Friday 5

Friday 5: What Five Bands Are Still Thrashing?

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Happy Friday, MetalSucks reader! Welcome to MetalSucks Friday 5, our awesome series that appears every Friday (duh) on MetalSucks (duhh) and involves the quantity of five (duhhh).

Here’s how it works: A list of best/worst/weirdest/whatever five somethings is posted by one of your beloved MetalSucks contributors or by one of our buds (like you?). Then you, our cherished reader, checks it out, has a chuckle, then chimes in with a list of the same. No sweat, just whatever springs to mind, k? (Just like that movie about those losers working at a Chicago record store!) After all, it’s Friday — the day dedicated by the gods to mindless, fun time-wasting. 

Today, let’s get wrecked!

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THE FIVE

What five bands are saving (and shaping) Thrash?

THE LISTER

Emperor RhombusMetalSucks contributor

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1. Vampire
from Sweden

Kinetic and chaotic, Sweden’s simply-named Vampire is a perfect bands for fans of the more underground ’80s classics like Dark Angel’s Darkness Descends. Their upcoming EP, Cimmerian Shade, is a masterpiece of thrashing witchcraft; for now, he’s a killer track from their Century Mediadebut full-length.

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2. Bonehunter
from Finland

This whole list came about when I saw a MetalSucks piece about Bonehunter and bro’ed down with its author. I told him that these guys were the best band at Hell’s Headbash 2015 easily, utilizing death and black metal influences to make their fuzzy brand of toxic thrash as killer as it can be. See Bonehunter if they come to your town!

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3. Speedtrap
from Finland too

While the above bands are a little more entrenched in extreme thrash, Speedtrap take it entirely old-school on their latest, Straight Shooter, out now on Svart Records. Fans of Skeletonwitch and Overkill will fucking love these nasty, head-throttling riffs and shrieking vocals. Either get on board or get run over!

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4. Bat
from Richmond, VA

While Speedtrap (above) is epic and polished, Bat are grimy, angry, and invested in thrash’s punk roots. They may not give you the same charge or gallop that some of the other outfits provide, but they make up for it with raw unhinged power and a love of pure degeneracy. Another band who ruled at Hell’s Headbash; a fun live act for anyone who isn’t too old to get out there and throw the bows!

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5. Satan’s Wrath
from Greece

I wrote about Satan’s Wrath months ago, but even since then their new album Die Evil remains on my heavy rotation list. This record is just so self-indulgently metal, so ready to commit to pure grave-robbing bullet-belting cross-inverting sonic blasphemy. If only more bands today were this single-minded and set in their ways!

Your turn! Have a great wknd!

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