For any true metalheads reading this, hear me out on what I'm about to say. Slayer's 'Seasons In The Abyss' is the best thrash metal album, ever. Reasons?
Okay, let's be serious for a sec, when it comes to Thrash, metal fans usually go to the big four every time without considering other thrash bands such as Testament, Exodus or even Pantera (yes, Pantera are thrash too. Fucking Hostile anyone?). Fact is, while the "lesser" 4 can be debated upon like a 'That Metal Show' Top 4/5 Board and while I'm a fan of Testament & Pantera respectively, personally, I don't really care for Anthrax, so that leaves us with 3.
Megadeth have arguably two contenders on the table in Peace Sells & Rust In Peace, both with great tracks, but even Mustaine himself said that Countdown is the best Megadeth album. And who am I to not take that opinion into consideration? A great thrash band, but Megadeth are a great all round metal band. And then there were two. There has been a debate between Metallica's Master of Puppets and Slayer's Reign In Blood for best Thrash album for many years. Both, of course, great albums, but you can remove Reign In Blood, because it doesn't have a full album of great tracks in my opinion. When I think of Reign In Blood, I think of 'Angel Of Death' and 'Raining Blood'.
When I think of Puppets, yes, Puppets is Metallica's best song, but the album just lacks the balls that Slayer would eventually place on the table in the form of Seasons In The Abyss. The album from the very first riff to the climactic, genius ending that is the self-titled track deserves more recognition (in this categorial conversation) than it's received. Everything just sounds, fucking, heavy, but not so heavy that you're left feeling the urge to balance out your brain with something like.....Ratt.....
No, Seasons is truly the pinnacle of Slayer's recording career. I have always said that Jeff Hanneman (may he rest in peace) was the greatest thrash metal guitarist to ever grace the thrash genre. Ok, Kerry King is good, but Hanneman was better. You only needed to see them two live together to truly understand where I'm coming from. Now, in terms of best thrash song? It really is down to Puppets vs Seasons, respectively, as those tracks are both fantastic. Puppets came first, yes, but in my opinion....I honestly think Seasons may just take the crown on this one, just slightly though. Depending on the day.
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