15 albums that prove that 1988 was just as good as 1986 for thrash metal

It's pretty much unanimous that 1986 was THE year for thrash metal. Metallica's "Master of Puppets", Megadeth's "Peace Sells" and Slayer's "Reign in Blood" were game changers that turned the bands into undisputed kings of the genre. But, in this article, we're showing you albums that prove that 1988 was just as good a year for thrash metal...

Regarding 1986, lets not forget about other gems from that year, such as Dark Angel's "Darkness Descends", Exumer's "Possessed By Fire", Angel Dust's "Into The Dark Past", Kreator's Pleasure To Kill", Destruction's "Eternal Devastation", Nuclear Assault's "Game Over", Possessed's "Beyond The Gates", Onslaught's "The Force"... phew! You get the picture.

However... 1988 deserves it's place in the thrash history as well. It was a year in which even bands who had pushed the genre forward were beginning to become more mature. Newer bands already knew the tricks of the genre and, despite having started a few years later than the first wave, released their own thing in wild style.

Having that said, lets see some of the great GREAT records 1988 had to offer, in no particular order... 

Metallica - ...And Justice For All

Megadeth - So Far, So Good... So What!

Slayer - South of Heaven

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Nuclear Assault - Survive

Testament - The New Order

Vio-lence - Eternal Nightmare

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Sadus – Chemical Exposure

D.R.I. – 4 of a Kind

Rigor Mortis – Rigor Mortis

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Forbidden – Forbidden Evil

Acid Reign – Moshkinstein

Coroner – Punishment for Decadence

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Flotsam and Jetsam – No Place for Disgrace

Voivod – Dimension Hatröss

Anthrax - State of Euphoria

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So... what did you think? Did we miss an essential thrash metal album from 1988? Comment below and share with your friends!

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