This site is supported by the advertisements on it, please disable your AdBlocker so we can continue to provide you with the quality content you expect.

Welcome to Our Community

Wanting to join the rest of our members? Feel free to sign up today.

Opeth17's Cool and Fun Thrash Metal Reco Exchange

Discussion in 'RC' started by Opeth17, Jun 5, 2021.

  1. Opeth17

    Opeth17 Bill Ward's Red Pants

    Joined:
    Oct 21, 2003
    Messages:
    2,441
    Likes Received:
    312
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Location:
    The Southland
    I'm planning to do a series of these threads on each of the subgenres I'm interested in. The goal is a fruitful exchange of recommendations. I know a lot about bands from the Christian Metal scene as well as bands outside of such an identity but who have Christian influences in their lyrics. What I'm looking for is quality non-Christian bands that meet some specific criteria (and I know RC's vast collective knowledge can be of assistance here).

    I choose not to own records that have blasphemous or anti-Christian lyrics. A little social or historical criticism of Christians is fine, but I think you know the stuff I'm going to avoid. I don't want anything occult. I also want to avoid extremely lewd or serial killer/gore stuff. Since I am hoping to find albums to add to my collection in physical format, I'd prefer full-length albums that avoid the above, but if there are only particular songs off an album that fit the criteria and you think I should hear them, I'll check those out and consider buying a download of the song.

    I'm looking mostly for stuff from the 80s and 90s, but I'll check out new bands/albums if they're worth it.

    Here's some stuff that I already have:

    Annihilator - Never, Neverland
    Exodus - Fabulous Disaster
    Megadeth - Killing is My Business, some songs from Peace Sells, most of SFSGSW, Rust in Peace, Countdown, and some new stuff.
    Metallica - first four
    Metal Church - The Dark, Blessing in Disguise, The Human Factor

    I'll begin by doing my part and providing some Thrash Metal recommendations of my own. Thrash is a subgenre where there is depth and variety in the Christian scene and I think there are some largely unknown gems to be found here:

    Tourniquet - Tourniquet is one of the most creative and technically proficient Thrash bands in the Christian scene and beyond. I'm continually finding nuances in their music to appreciate (not something Thrash is typically known for).

    Stop the Bleeding (1990) - It was a grower, but the debut is now one of my top Thrash albums of any persuasion. Great songwriting, lead work, drumming, and crazy falsetto vocals. Most raw and fun to listen to imo.



    Psycho Surgery (1991) - The sophomore effort is more technical and polished, but features variety in songwriting and a lot of catchy tracks. Vocalist Guy Ritter has dropped the falsetto and the lyrics begin to incorporate medical allegories.



    Pathogenic Ocular Dissonance (1992) - The third album is more progressive with classical influences and some experimental tracks (including the ten-minute long "Skeezix Dilemma"). Many consider this their best album.



    Deliverance - Bay Area Thrash band formed in 1985. The first two albums are Speed/Thrash classics and demonstrate a great deal of talent in songwriting, guitar work, vocals, etc. Influences from secular acts are there, but Deliverance has its own (very catchy) sound.

    Self-Titled (1989) - The debut is raw but melodic. A few of the songs were originally recorded for the "Greeting of Death" demo in 1985. This has been one of my most listened to albums over the last few years.



    Weapons of Our Warfare (1990) - Most tend to see the sophomore effort as an improvement over the debut. It's hard to deny the greatness of these songs and the title track in particular.




    Seventh Angel - SA were probably one of the earliest bands to combine Thrash and Doom in this way which led to some really creative and atmospheric songs. The tendency toward Doom and Gothic was more completely explored by Ian Arkley later on with his bands Ashen Mortality and My Silent Wake.

    The Torment (1990)



    Lament For the Weary (1991)



    Believer - Believer is a progressive/technical Thrash band that often drew comparisons with Atheist and Cynic (ironically), especially on Dimensions. The first album was more straight-forward, but the next two became much more experimental. Tourniquet and Believer are probably the two most highly regarded Christian Thrash bands outside of the Christian scene.

    Extraction From Mortality (1989)


    Sanity Obscure (1990)

    Orchestral Thrash:


    Dimensions (1993)

    The Trilogy of Knowledge: Believer's pioneering symphonic Thrash epic


    Vengeance Rising

    Human Sacrifice (1988)
    - This is an interesting album. Fast, bluesy, great lead work, and vocals pushing towards Death Metal. VR was controversial at the time and ever since. This album is held in high-regard in the Christian scene and known outside of it, but not as lauded as Tourniquet and some others.



    VR has another album ("Once Dead") with the same line-up that I haven't gotten into much and two more where the vocalist carried on with session members after the rest left to form Die Happy. I haven't listened to those two at all.

    Sacrament - Brutal Thrash pushing boundaries toward Death Metal. The two albums sound very different. The first is grittier. I think the second actually has a more traditionally Thrash sound. There are also different vocalists on each album. "Souls in Torment" is one of those stuck-in-your-head songs. Very underrated band with a lot to like.

    Testimony of Apocalypse (1990)



    Haunts of Violence (1992)



    The Crucified - Thrash/Crossover band that was formed in 1984 and has similarities to Suicidal Tendencies, D.R.I. and S.O.D. I didn't think I'd enjoy it, but I've really got into the debut and starting to listen to the follow-up more.

    Self-Titled (1989)



    The PIllars of Humanity (1991)


    Living Sacrifice - A well-known and highly influential band. They started playing Thrash (having apparently absorbed a heavy dose of Reign in Blood), before releasing two Death Metal albums in 1992 and 1994. After that, LS helped pioneer the developing metalcore genre (much to my chagrin). Nothing groundbreaking here, but a solid headbanger.

    Self-Titled (1991)



    Betrayal - I waffle back and forth about how much I actually like this band. They have a lot going on. Their Thrash is riddled with atmospheric passages that are almost gothic in nature and other times they have elements that sound industrial (which the guitarist would explore later when the band became his one-man project). There's also some punk influence on the vocals though there was more in the earlier incarnation of the band, Martyr. Sometimes I think "hmm that was cool" and other times I think "wth is this?' At least they were creative.

    Renaissance By Death (1991) -



    The Passing (1993) -



    Ultimatum - New Mexico Groove/Thrash with an interesting sound. Vocalist Scott Waters is a good guy with a real love for Metal (runs a small label, does graphics work, and hosts a YouTube channel). His vocals are an acquired taste, but I dig it. They have later works as well, but I'm only really familiar with the first two.

    Symphonic Extremities (1995) - The debut is very diverse with a lot of slower and mid-paced songs too. It's a bit inconsistent, but there are some tracks I really enjoy here.




    Puppet of Destruction (1998) - This is a more solid Thrash album and one that I've enjoyed for quite some time. It's simple and straight-forward stuff that isn't pushing any boundaries, but it grooves and I like to throw it on for fun.



    These bands were not associated with the "Christian scene," but have Christian members and/or lyrics that are influenced by Christianity:

    Opprobrium (originally Incubus) - I've recommended this band multiple times, but they've yet to penetrate the RC hive mind. The debut is regarded as a cult classic in the broader metal underground and the sophomore effort is also widely praised. They've remained an active band and released a solid record in 2019.

    Serpent Temptation (1988) - Brutal Thrash by the Howard brothers (Brazilians that re-located to Louisiana) that pushes the boundaries toward Death Metal. They re-issued it with re-recorded vocals in 1996 and I like that version better, but this is the classic.




    Beyond the Unknown (1990) - Francis Howard took over vocals and used more of a death growl which I favor. The music pushes further in the direction of Death Metal while retaining it's Thrash core. The production is better as well.




    Realm - Another highly underrated band (though not as much as most of the others on this list). M-A lists this as Technical Thrash/Power Metal which sounds pretty good. They had a follow-up album "Suiciety" in 1990. This debut album also has a Beatles cover that some of y'all (@NAD ?) might find interesting.

    Endless War (1988)




    Deadly Blessing - This is more of a Power/Speed/Thrash band. It's criminal that they aren't more well-known. This thing soars and thrashes equally and the range of vocalist Ski is incredible.

    Ascend From the Cauldron (1988)





    Viking - Pretty good Thrash in the vein of Dark Angel. They have one earlier album (Do or Die) that I'm not familiar with.

    Man of Straw (1989)




    Stone Vengeance
    - This band should be right up @Reign in Acai's alley.

    To Kill Evil (1986)



    There's more stuff from the 2000s-present, but this is already a lot.

    I hope y'all take some time to listen through these. What have you got for me?
     
  2. J.

    J. Old Fart

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2001
    Messages:
    26,151
    Likes Received:
    1,125
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    The Woodlands
    Sepultura - everything up to and including Arise (or maybe Chaos AD, depending who you ask)
    Voivod - everything up to and including The Outer Limits.

    okay, Im done
     
  3. Krilons Resa

    Krilons Resa Jerry's married?!

    Joined:
    Nov 7, 2002
    Messages:
    31,074
    Likes Received:
    1,091
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Inside dorian's gym bag.
    Dude, there are so many. Endless options...

    Vio-Lence - Eternal Nightmare
    Dark Angel - Darkness Descends
    Coroner - All of 'em
    Testament - The Legacy
    Sacrifice - Forward To Termination (Fun Fact: flipped my car over one night to this album)
    Sepultera - Beneath The Remains
    Sadus - Illusions
    Sodom - Agent Orange
    Razor - Violent Restitution
    Overkill - Years of Decay
    Sabbat - History of a Time To Come
    Whiplash - Power & Pain
    Exumer - Possessed By Fire
    Nuclear Assault - Game Over
    Artillery - Terror Squad
    Watchtower - Energetic Dissasembly
    Forbidden - Twisted Into Form


    This thread has reminded me to finally check into Voivod.

    Edit: I tried to take out the bands I initially put in that defied your criteria the best I could remember.
     
    #3 Krilons Resa, Jun 5, 2021
    Last edited: Jun 5, 2021
    Opeth17 likes this.
  4. Hell Mike

    Hell Mike fuck melodic black metal

    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2003
    Messages:
    9,128
    Likes Received:
    171
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Location:
    Norrland
    There's so damn much of this, buddy. I won't even try the real shit atm because i don't want to do it as half-assed as namedropping a bunch of classics (you know who i am looking at) but here's a starter, a buncha kiddos who sound like Lethal only better



    https://sarcator-se.bandcamp.com/
     
  5. Opeth17

    Opeth17 Bill Ward's Red Pants

    Joined:
    Oct 21, 2003
    Messages:
    2,441
    Likes Received:
    312
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Location:
    The Southland
    I forgot that I have Sepultura - Beneath the Remains. The first Sepultura is no bueno for me (maybe the second too?), but I'm going to look into "Arise."

    I never got into Voivod back in the day, but I wasn't really into Thrash back then either. I'll check 'em out.

    Thanks, there are some names here I've been meaning to check out. I think that Testament will work. The Dark Angel is probably a download option thanks to "Death is Certain (Life is Not)." I was actually kind of surprised by some of Overkill's lyrics, but there's probably a lot of stuff that will work there. Much to be done.

    Sounds good, wish they had lyrics up.

    I look forward to seeing what all you've got.
     
    Krilons Resa likes this.
  6. Krilons Resa

    Krilons Resa Jerry's married?!

    Joined:
    Nov 7, 2002
    Messages:
    31,074
    Likes Received:
    1,091
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Inside dorian's gym bag.
    That Testament album is a bonafide classic.
     
  7. NAD

    NAD What A Horrible Night To Have A Curse

    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2002
    Messages:
    38,457
    Likes Received:
    1,158
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Kandarian Ruins

    Early days RC hype band.


    I have always loved these dudes like boobies.


    I'm sure you know this one due to Peter Steele.

    I've never paid much attention to lyrics so I have no idea if these qualify! But it's good thrashy stuff.

    EDIT: Welp that first one has an upside down cross for the logo so *BUZZER*

    EDITx2: Okay so that Sacred Reich album has some extreme blasphe-- *BUZZER*

    EDITx3: Sorry man, I'll try again later, I'm sure I have something that qualifies.
     
    #7 NAD, Jun 6, 2021
    Last edited: Jun 6, 2021
  8. Opeth17

    Opeth17 Bill Ward's Red Pants

    Joined:
    Oct 21, 2003
    Messages:
    2,441
    Likes Received:
    312
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Location:
    The Southland
    at least you tried.gif

    I do have some Carnivore songs. I used to own the S/T back in the day. MALE SU-PREM-ACY!
     
  9. NAD

    NAD What A Horrible Night To Have A Curse

    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2002
    Messages:
    38,457
    Likes Received:
    1,158
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Kandarian Ruins


    Alright here you go. BIGGER THAN THE DEVIL.


    Charlie Don't Cheat is the best thrash song S.O.D. ever wrote.


    Well. Other than Chromatic Death I suppose.
     
  10. MFJ

    MFJ Active Member

    Joined:
    Jan 20, 2004
    Messages:
    10,783
    Likes Received:
    358
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Location:
    Behind the mist.
     
  11. spikes77

    spikes77 Active Member

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2001
    Messages:
    1,927
    Likes Received:
    209
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Location:
    Brooklyn, NYC
    Needs some Holy Terror ( band name is not indicative of lyrical themes):






     
  12. Opeth17

    Opeth17 Bill Ward's Red Pants

    Joined:
    Oct 21, 2003
    Messages:
    2,441
    Likes Received:
    312
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Location:
    The Southland
    HT.jpg

    Seems a lil sus :suspicious:
     
  13. einride

    einride your best friend

    Joined:
    Feb 29, 2008
    Messages:
    7,437
    Likes Received:
    934
    Trophy Points:
    113
    well you shouldn't judge these guys on that alone, let's see, the drummer has a new band, maybe with age he's gotten a bit more tolera...

    Screenshot 2021-06-07 at 09.19.13.png
    ...oh
     
    NAD and Doom like this.
  14. J.

    J. Old Fart

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2001
    Messages:
    26,151
    Likes Received:
    1,125
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    The Woodlands
    "Blind sheep believing christ bullshit. Fake gods controlling all your minds. Thinking that we’re trying to shock you. You’re just a pussy if you’re offended. Fuck jesus up the ass. Holy bullshit you profess. Fuck jesus up the ass. No one hears your fucking prayers. We make music for ourselves and for other heathens who can think. We don’t give a fuck if you don’t like us. You are not our target audience. Fuck jesus up the ass. Holy bullshit you profess. Fuck jesus up the ass. No one hears your fucking prayers. Fuck jesus up the ass. Holy bullshit you profess. Fuck jesus up the ass. No one hears your fucking prayers."

    Such poetry. Almost as bad as that Havohej song.
     
  15. einride

    einride your best friend

    Joined:
    Feb 29, 2008
    Messages:
    7,437
    Likes Received:
    934
    Trophy Points:
    113
    the only good christian thrash metal is torn flesh



    8. Gay Rights?
    The world is full of men lusting men
    Gay is not happy when it is a sin
    Free sex has got its price to pay
    God still loves you but in a different way

    AAAAAAAGH!
    If you want gay rights, you got em!
    You have the right to repent
    You have the right to stand before God
    And be judged
    You have the right to heed Romans 1:26-30
    If you want gay rights, you got 'em!

    You're screaming for gay rights
    but all of those rights are wrong
    It is time to put love back
    To where it really belongs
    Two cities were destroyed
    Because of what you do
    Sodom and Gomorrah
    Next it could be you

    You beg for gay rights
    You scream and you plead
    when it's God's love
    That you really need
    The choice is still yours
    To be gay or not
    If you choose to be gay
    You'll end up mighty hot!

    The world is full
    of men lusting men
    Gay is not happy
    When it is a sin
    God's graceful love
    Can set you free
    Why do you think He created
    Adam and Eve?
     
  16. J.

    J. Old Fart

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2001
    Messages:
    26,151
    Likes Received:
    1,125
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    The Woodlands
    "To be gay or not
    If you choose to be gay
    You'll end up mighty hot!"

    wtfomfglol
     
  17. einride

    einride your best friend

    Joined:
    Feb 29, 2008
    Messages:
    7,437
    Likes Received:
    934
    Trophy Points:
    113
    i recommend listening to the actual music too, it's hilariously inept
     
  18. NAD

    NAD What A Horrible Night To Have A Curse

    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2002
    Messages:
    38,457
    Likes Received:
    1,158
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Kandarian Ruins

    5 rainbow stars
     
  19. Opeth17

    Opeth17 Bill Ward's Red Pants

    Joined:
    Oct 21, 2003
    Messages:
    2,441
    Likes Received:
    312
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Location:
    The Southland
    Leave it to Erik to derail the thread. I don't know how you find these things. I've never heard of that group or seen anyone ever mention their name.

    Anyway, there's a lot of good stuff up there that I hope someone takes the time to check out.

    I've listened to the Testament and it sounds solid (Ken's post was really helpful). I'll probably pick that one up. Been looking in to Coroner.
     
    Krilons Resa likes this.
  20. Krilons Resa

    Krilons Resa Jerry's married?!

    Joined:
    Nov 7, 2002
    Messages:
    31,074
    Likes Received:
    1,091
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Inside dorian's gym bag.
    Sorry for not posting youtube vids (FU Mike! lol) but I thought the thread was bogged down enough by them. It takes an eternity for this thread to load for me.
     
    Hell Mike likes this.

Share This Page