The New Big 4: The Best Young Thrash Bands!
6/3/2011 2:29:01 PM by Frank

The Big 4 Tour Metal Fest with Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax has been a dream come true for thousands of old-school thrash fans. Those bands have been in the business for almost 30 years, so I asked some of our staff writers who they think are the best young thrash bands out there today. Here's the top bands chosen:

Angelus Apatrida
Spain's Angelus Apatrida greet the metal contingents with a blasting third endeavor that rivals the latest and greatest of thrash concepts. Amazing production values and standards are in place to back what amounts to be the best Bay Area thrash album to be released outside of America. This talented act lay down smokin' Testament and Death Angel vibes while keeping it fresh with different arrangements and a full arsenal of dynamic grooves. Vocals are spaced out and remain vivid and intelligible throughout. Hottest of the hot and one of the leaders of this new wave. --EC

The last few years have sparked thousands of Thrash bands all trying to claim the throne. It can be tough to stick out. Like many others Havok may not bring much to the table that's original but it does a solid job of keeping the pulse of this genre alive. Through smooth production, machine gun riffs and blistering drum work. Like on the breathless opener Prepare For Attack, Scumbag In Disguise, Covering Fire and Cleric. --Chris Kincaid

Lazarus A.D.
The seeds of Metal greatness were planted on 2009's "The Onslaught" and continue to show promise on "Black Rivers Flow". It's still a hard hitting trip to riff city but with a few tweaks that have tightened their axe grinding assault. More groove is dished out for a crossover/mainstream appeal it doesn't come at the expense of watering down their sound. It still gets the seal of headbanging approval. --Chris Kincaid

Taking a cue straight from early era Slayer, Warbringer comes guns blazin' right out of the gates. The vocals are reminiscent of Reign in Blood Slayer and Fabulous Disaster Exodus. The guitars are a well balanced mix of melody and speed, with some technical work thrown in to melt your face down to a bubbling mess. The drums and bass bring up the back end and fatten up the track. Trust me, I blew a few speakers blasting this one. --Greg

Honorable Mention: Blood Tsunami, Municipal Waste

<< back >>

In Flames Lost Horizon
Loudness Vehemence
Vicious Mary Chaingunn
Misery Index Disturbed
Twelfth Gate Nazareth
Majesty Usurper
Fozzy Mortician
Widowmaker Sickspeed
Wizard Powergod
God Dethroned Hammerwhore
Brainstorm The Chainsaw
Ion Vein Endless Time
Shakra Wycked Synn
Sinergy Axenstar
Halloween Soul Reaper
Dew Scented Silver Mountain
Superchrist Celesty
Scala Mercalli Babylon Mystery Orchestra
Cans Amityville Whore
Metalium Highlord
Unleashed Killswitch Engage
Rhapsody of Fire Images of Eden
Otep Age Of Silence
Slowlife Jamie. St. James
Witchburner Negative Creeps
Blind Guardian Creed
Azrael's Bane Cradle To Grave
The Apocalyptic Riders Miles Beyond
Lost Soul Corrosion Of Conformity
Seige of Hate Necrophagia
Hibria Marduk
God Fear None Soul SirkUS
Operatika Thunderblast
Neil Turbin Raintime
Shade Empire Pro-Pain
Green Carnation Hatesphere
Dark Funeral Ritual Killer
Gaia Nightvision
Agents Of The Sun Orphaned Land
Dragonia Evergrey
Violent Storm Dirty Americans
Forever Slave Barcode
Mabon Algol3
Shattersphere Vinterriket
Paths Of Possession Damnation
Balatonizer Spellbound
Doomfoxx Vile
Dragonlord Bronx Casket Company
God Forbid Nocturnal Rites
End of Level Boss Taunusheim
Early Man From This Day
Powerglove Katatonia
Beyond Fear Upwards of Endtime
The Berzerker The Smashup
The Sword 8th Sin
Dreams of Damnation Stormcrow
The Furor Apiary
Unsilent Phenomenon Vengeance
Bloodbound Amon Amarth
Scary Manilow Death Breath
Jeff Walker und Die Fluffers The Abominable Iron Sloth
Myon Wastefall
Isis Rotting Christ
Satyricon Twinball
Venom Escape The Fate
The Showdown Urkraft
Twisted Into Form With Passion
Mindgrinder Merciless Death
Nagelfar White Willow
White Wizzard The Prophecy
Since the Day Blut Aus Nord
Lipstick Magazine Malevolent Creation
Kruger Depressed Mode
Keep of Kalessin Temple Of Blood
Ensiferum Ride The Sky
Deceiver Ost Est Ima
Demonic Symphony Witchfinder General
To-Mera Kreator
Equilibrium Trinacria
Mar De Grises Kiuas
Son of Eric UFOmammut
Coffins Faded Hope
Winterfylleth Battleroar
Caliban Uli Jon Roth
Giant Squid