1. Show No Mercy...10+
The one true Thrash Metal lp not directly influenced by Kill 'Em All. It's also the best album on this entire page. It doesn't sound like a debut, more like a band of seasoned veterans who combined all their influences and produce a perfect masterpiece.
Kill 'Em All...10
I'll never get bored of Kill 'Em All. The solos are brilliant, and he was only 17? GTFO...
Killing is My Business...and Business is Good!...9.5
It's speed and technicality are a first for any band, and the raw inyourfacedness really hits home. Songs like These Boots and Mechanix take away from what is otherwise brutal genius.
Fistful of Metal...9
I love it, and they are true thrash pioneers.
2. Hell Awaits...10+
It's technical, evil, brutal, inventive and has the perfect metal atmosphere.
Ride the Lightning...10
The guitar harmonies are one of a kind.
Peace Sells, But Who's Buying? 9
Too commercial for me, and a far cry from their debut. Dave is to blame for the rest of the thrash world believing that fast was uncool. MTV? bleh
Spreading the Disease...9
As much as I like it, too many boring songs like Gung Ho.
3. Master of Puppets...10
It would have an 11 rating had they not overproduced it and took away it's edge.
Among the Living...9.99999
More influential than the others, due to the fact that their SOD follwing of crossover fans picked this record up and helped bridge the gap between punks and metalheads. Scott Ians rythm work crunches like no other, and Dan's solo's are freakin awseome. And Charlie? WOW!!!!
Reign in Blood...9.97
Too short, but still what is there is perfect.
So Far, So Good, So What?...9
Guitar production is to thin
4. Rust in Peace...10+
Progressive Technical Thrash Metal Brilliance.
...And Justice for All...9.1
If I could hear the bass I would like it more.
State of Euphoria...8
It's crap compared to their first 3 albums. Too happy
South of Heaven...5
I hate the lyrics, the tempo, the songwriting, and it puts me to sleep. It's really awful. Points for brutality.
5. Countdown to Extinction...8.5
Take away the Popeye vocals and it's a solid record
Seasons in the Abyss...8.3 See above about South of Heaven with extra points for bringing back part of the Slayer atmosphere.
Persistence of Time...8
Just a tad better than their last failure.
They ruined a good thing.
Fav member is Gar Samuelson. 7/22/99 is always a black mark on my calendar. RIP old buddy. 41 is too young to die.
BA2: I like all their debuts the best, but I'm a weirdo. They are so underrated. Seems everyone bashes them, causing me to believe that these folks weren't even metalheads when the debuts first came out. Topwaters....
BA3 Endgame is my favorite, but the rest are good releases and much better offerings than what they have released in a very long time. My thanks to them for finally giving a fk what we the fans think.
BBA: No, they have really earned my respect with how much they have been touring lately. And bringing Joey on tour there in 05-07 was brilliant and the best show I've seen in 20 years. I cleared out a 50 foot mosh pit I went so crazy.
BBBBBBBBBBA: No, but sometimes I can't answer due to time restraints.
Show No Mercy
Kill 'Em All
Fistful of Metal tied with Among the Living (I have to include both because they are like two different bands)
Killing is My Business...and Business is Good!