A fucking awesome subgenre of heavy metal music, one of the extreme metal subgenres that is characterised by high speed riffing and aggression.
Thrash metal songs typically use fast, percussive and low-register guitar riffs, overlaid with shredding-style lead work.

Possibly the four biggest bands in the Thrash Metal genre include: Slayer, Megadeth, Metallica, and Anthrax.

Thrash guitar solos are almost exclusively played at high speed, as they are usually characterized by shredding, and use techniques such as sweep picking, legato phrasing, alternate picking, string skipping, and two-hand tapping. Thrash lead guitarists are rooted in the New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement.

The speed and pacing of the songs is what defines thrash metal. The music tends to have a visceral, propellant feel to it due to its drumming style, most commonly utilizing the snare drum on the 1/2 beat, or the 2nd and 4th beats of the measure. Frantic bass drum use is also common. Thrash drummers often use two bass drums. Some thrash drummers are revered as some of the "best drummers in rock music".
Most famous thrash metal bands: Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax.
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A Sub-Genre of Metal made popular during the 80's originally by bands such as Motorhead and Venom. Metallica then took the style and made it into a more popular and prominent style. Other bands through the Thrash ages are Overkill, Exodus, Testament, Megadeth, Sepultura, Vio-Lence, Dark Angel, Death Angel, Kreator and so forth.

Basically Thrash is a fast paced Metal style that usually includes lots of Palm Muting on the top E string and mega fast solo's.
"Did you see Overkill play last night"

"Yeah, they were Thrashy as fuck!"
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Thrash Metal is not Speed Metal. Many confuse the two genres. Thrash Metal started in the early 80's with bands like Metallica and Overkill. Thrash has a strong hardcore punk influence, while Speed Metal is mainly a faster version of traditional heavy metal. I read somewhere someone was saying Megadeth is speed metal. Not True! They are Thrash. Thrash Metal and Speed Metal are two completely different genres. Thrash has had influence on the more extreme genres and didn't show up until quite a few years after Speed Metal which started to surface in the late 70's.
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The greatest genre of music on earth. Has amazing bands such as

Megadeth
Slayer
Anthrax
Metallica
Testament
Overkill
Exodus
Municipal Waste
Venom

Motorhead
Annihilator
Guy #1- Dude did you see Dave Mustaine's hands fly on that solo!!

Guy #2-Ya that was metal thrashing mad!!! Thrash metal till death!!
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Thrash metal is a sub-genre of heavy metal that uses fast, palm muted guitar riffs, fast double-bass drumming and growling, singing or screaming. Some thrash metal bands include:
Slayer
Megadeth
Metallica
Anthrax
Testament
Exodus
Overkill
Death Angel
Dark Angel
Vio-lence
Suicidal Tendancies
Voivod
Flatsam And Jetsam
Sacred Reich
Neuclear Assault
Sepultura
"Did you see that thrash metal concert last night?"
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The process of slapping your ballsack with a piece of metal repeatedly at a fast pace.
"Just went for a big thrash metal sesh"
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