Top Thirteen Most Important Metal Anthems
Try as I might, and I did try, I couldn’t keep this list to only ten. In fact, it should be bigger. This list is a little bare, but it definitely defines the mosh pit days of thrash metal. A genre that’s near-and-dear to my heart, I wish today’s metal reflected the raw rebellion of crunching guitar riffs with vocals you could actually sing to. (I’m not a huge fan, actually I’m no fan, of the cookie monster vocals in later versions of metal.)
I suppose we could argue that Disturbed is from the progressive metal genre and #Iron Maiden doesn’t quite fit in the thrash genre but who can keep track of all the metal genres anyway? Death metal, black metal, speed metal, thrash metal, hair metal, progressive, industrial…blah, blah, blah.
Most of these songs go back as far as the very beginning of Thrash Metal when it was introduced by the “Big Four”: #Metallica, Anthrax, Slayer, & Megadeath. Mad props to the fathers of thrash metal because in those days we were all starting to suffer from the sweetness of, you wear more makeup than my sister and could you possibly add any more pink to your wardrobe, glam metal wave.
These guys didn’t care what they wore or what they looked like, yet still managed to be hot as hell. For these guys it was just about the music!
In my opinion, the following list is THE DEFINITIVE metal anthem list. I know a few more could be added, but none of these could be removed. Nope. Not one. Grab your combat boots, holy jeans, and leather jackets to step back into my way-back-machine for a reminder of what great thrash metal sounded like 30 years ago.
Testament: Alone in the Dark
Metallica: Master of Puppets
Iron Maiden: Fear of the Dark
Metal Church: Metal Church
Slayer: South of Heaven
Overkill: In Union We Stand
Exodus: Toxic Waltz
Disturbed: 10,000 Fists in the Air
Pantera: Cowboys from Hell
Anthrax: Caught in a Mosh
SOD – March of the SOD/ Sargent D
Megadeath: Wake up Dead
Sepultra: Chaos A.D.