Thrash Metal has been with us for so long now that bands and albums are already classifiable as Classic, Old-School and Modern. After creating a list which counted down the 10 Greatest Thrash Metal Albums Of All Time, I thought it only appropriate to tackle the 10 Greatest Modern Classics Of Thrash Metal, as many recent albums are just as worthy as those released back in Thrash's 80s heyday. Thrash Metal has made an astonishing comeback over the last 10 years, with many of the classic Thrash bands reforming and recording new material. I've taken great care to balance their output with the new breed of Thrash bands, hopefully providing a balanced overview of the genre as it stands today. Thrash is arguably as popular today as it was 25 years ago and with the recent success of the 'Big Four' Tour (Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax, together on one bill for the first time), both veterans of the scene and new bands alike - with their modern spin on the genre - look to benefit from its resurgence for many years. Thrash is back and it's here to slay!
10. Municipal Waste - Hazardous MutationTrack List:
1. Deathripper 2. Unleash The Bastards 3. The Thing 4. Blood Drive 5. Accelerated Vision 6. Guilty Of Being Tight 7. Set To Destruct 8. Hazardous Mutation 9. Nailed Casket 10. Abusement Park 11. Black Ice 12. Mind Eraser 13. Terror Shark 14. The Thrashin' Of The Christ 15. Bangover Stand Out Track:
Guilty of Being Tight. Guilty as charged, this is a tight, aggressive and insanely fast track that even finds time in its relentless 1 min 53 sec running time to include an excerpt from 80s horror classic 'Phantasm'. Municipal Waste have made quite a name for themselves since their inception in 2001 and have become one of the better known thrash bands in recent years; one spin of this beast and it's easy to see why. This is potent crossover thrash that brings to mind the efforts of D.R.I and The Crucified, while introducing a new generation of fans to this mutated version of thrash metal and hardcore punk, the quality of which has not been heard since the late '80s. The level of attack here is ferocious, the band simply do not let up and although this is a very short album it is still chock-full of cracking riffs. The longest track on this album is a measly 2 mins 39 secs which tells you how staggeringly fast Municipal Waste are, fortunately for us they are also tighter than a nun's chuff. Great production and great songs equals a great album. Fast, hard-hitting and most importantly fun, Municipal Waste are a breath of fresh air in a scene that can sometimes take itself far too seriously.