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Metal Essay

  • Submitted by: anonymous
  • on January 7, 2013
  • Category: Arts and Music
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Thrash Metal really started when Newcastle band Venom mixed the speed and aggression of Motorhead with the dark occult themes and heavy guitar sound of Black Sabbath. Their first two albums Welcome to Hell (1981) and Black Metal (1982) are recognised classics of the Heavy Metal genre, proving to be influential on the formation of both Black Metal and Thrash Metal.


The genre began in earnest however when a scene coalesced in the Bay Area of California, featuring bands such as Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Exodus and Dark Angel. Metallica released the genre’s first album Kill ‘Em All (1983), a raw offering of superfast and heavy Metal music that took obvious cues from both Motorhead and the NWOBHM movement. Slayer followed close behind with Show No Mercy (1983), a dark and crudely satanic work that owed more than a little of its sound to Judas Priest. Without doubt Metallica and Slayer are the two most important bands in the Thrash Metal movement, Metallica going on to achieve massive success, popularising Thrash Metal and then moving beyond it to become the world’s biggest Heavy Metal band while Slayer pushed at Thrash Metal’s extremes, going faster than anyone else and then slowing things down a notch but always keeping it heavy and raw, proving to be a major influence on the burgeoning Death Metal genre.


Metallica’s sound matured on their second album Ride the Lightning (1984) and then became a little bit progressive with Master of Puppets (1986), creating possibly Thrash Metal’s most important album in the process. Unfortunately the success of Master of Puppets was followed by the tragic loss of their bass player Cliff Burton in a traffic accident while on tour. The band replaced him with Jason Newsted and recorded a new album but 1988’s And Justice for All, although even more progressive than its predecessor and including the truly awe-inspiring single One was flawed by a weak production. Their next move shocked the Thrash Metal faithful. They enlisted...

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