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Thrashback Thursday: Nailbomb “Guerrillas”
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Nailbomb Band Photo

Nailbomb was a short-lived heavy metal supergroup consisting of core members Max Cavalera (Sepultura, Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy, Killer Be Killed) and Alex Newport (Fudge Tunnel) along with a veritable who’s who of metal in their live lineup.

The group only managed to issue one studio recording, the 1994 industrial thrash masterpiece Point Blank and their sole live performance occurred at the Dynamo Open Air festival in the Netherlands in 1995. The show was recorded and was later released as the live album Proud to Commit Commercial Suicide. The footage below is for the track “Guerrillas” from that very performance.

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Thrashback Thursday: Dark Angel “Darkness Descends”
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Dark Angel Band Photo

When discussing the history of thrash metal, the contributions of legendary Los Angeles thrash band Dark Angel cannot be overlooked. The band’s second album, 1986’s Darkness Descends, is widely considered to be one of the seminal recordings of the genre. In fact, Revolver magazine placed the album on its “14 Thrash Albums You Need to Own” list.

The quality of the album owes more than a little to the fact that it was the first to feature powerhouse drummer Gene Hoglan who contributed heavily to the writing process. Hogan would go on to be a key member in both Death and Testament.

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Thrashback Thursday: Warbringer “Combat Shock”
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Warbringer War Without End Album Cover

Warbringer is a Los Angeles band that has been at the forefront of the new millennial thrash revival movement for over 10 years. Despite numerous lineup changes, the band has managed to build up a rabid cult following through a relentless touring schedule and the release of four high quality full-length albums.

Today’s Thrashback Thursday takes a look back to where it all started, Warbringer’s 2008 debut album War Without End. This is the first single and video from that album “Combat Shock.”

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Thrashback Thursday: Cavalera Conspiracy “Killing Inside”
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Igor and Max Cavalera

Today’s edition of Thrashback Thursday comes courtesy of Max and Igor Cavalera. The brothers who were once the heart and soul of Sepultura. The two had been estranged for over ten years following Max’s acrimonious split with the band, which the brothers had formed back in their native Brazil in the early ’80s.

When Igor also decided to break with the Sepultura camp the brothers reconciled, to the delight of thrash fans the world over. Their new project together was initially to be called Inflikted, but the name was already taken. They instead decided to call the band Cavalera Conspiracy and named their 2007 debut album Inflikted.

Killing Inside” was the single from Cavalera Conspiracy‘s 2011 sophomore album Blunt Force Trauma and is today’s featured Thrashback Thursday track. Check out the official video here below.

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Thrashback Thursday: Aura Noir “Black Thrash Attack”
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Aura Noir Band Photo

Aura Noir is a blackened thrash unit out of Norway that has been going strong since 1993. The band is led by bassist Apollyon who is also a member of the iconic black metal band Immortal. Their guitarist Blasphemer is also a former member of the notorious black metal band Mayhem.

Co-founding guitarist and singer Aggressor had to sit out a number of years due to injuries sustained while either jumping or falling (details are sketchy) from a third story window. In recent years, he has been able to rejoin the band although still heavily reliant on a wheelchair to get around.

The video below shows Aggressor’s first reunion with his bandmates in some time for a performance of the title track of their classic second album, 1996’s
Black Thrash Attack at Inferno Festival 2011 in Oslo.

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Thrashback Thursday: Meanstreak “Roadkill”
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Meanstreak Band Photo

Meanstreak was an all-female thrash band from Westchester, New York, that was active from 1985-1994. They were playing at legendary New York metal club L’Amour when Mercenary Records asked them to contribute the song “Lost Stranger” to their compilation album L’Amour Rocks. The favorable reaction that the track generated lead to Mercenary issuing Mean Streak’s one and only full-length album RoadKill.

Meanstreak is notable for several reasons; not only were they one of very few all-female acts in the world of thrash, but three of the ladies went on to marry members of progressive metal titans Dream Theater. Perhaps the band’s greatest contribution to metal though was their drummer Yael. She would go on to become a metal legend and one of the most respected female drummers in the world.

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Thrashback Thursday: Destruction “Nailed To The Cross”
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Destruction Band Photo

German thrashers Destruction have been doling out their brand of brutality with an astounding consistency for over 33 years. Such is their reputation as to be considered (along with Kreator and Sodom) one of the “Big 3” of German thrash metal. The band was pivotal not only in the creation of the thrash genre, but in the development of death metal and blackened thrash. To date, Destruction has released 13 studio albums and more EPs, Live albums, and splits to keep track of.

Check out Destruction performing “Nailed to the Cross” from their 2001 album The Antichrist here below. And be sure to check them out on tour supporting Sepultura on their 30th anniversary trek this Spring.

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Thrashback Thursday: Metallica “Mercyful Fate” With King Diamond
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Metallica and Mercyful Fate

Today’s Thrashback Thursday is a two-for-one deal. Metallica‘s Lars Ulrich and King Diamond (aka Kim Bendix Peterson) are Danish countrymen. The two have been close friends for some time. Metallica even recorded their breakthrough second album, 1984’s Ride The Lightning in the studio owned by King Diamond and his band Mercyful Fate.

So strong is Metallica’s reverence for Mercyful Fate that they have, for many years, been performing a medley consisting of several of the band’s songs (“Satan’s Fall,” “Curse of the Pharaohs,” “A Corpse Without Soul,” “Into the Coven,” and “Evil”) which they simply call “Mercyful Fate.” A recorded version of the tribute appeared on Metallica’s Garage Inc.

When Metallica made a stop in King Diamond’s adopted hometown of Dallas Texas in 2008, they invited the King himself to join them onstage to lend his iconic lead vocals to the medley. Check out the footage of that performance here below.

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Thrashback Thursday: Diamond Head “Am I Evil?”
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Diamond Head Band Photo

Diamond Head may not be the same sort of household name that their contemporaries such as Judas Priest and Iron Maiden became during the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, but their influence is every bit as strong, if not more so. Diamond Head were among the first bands to experiment with marrying the raw power and speed of punk to heavy metal. The resulting sound would provide the building blocks of the thrash movement that lay just a few years away with Mercyful Fate, Metallica, and Slayer. Such was the influence of Diamond Head on this fledgling scene that Metallica would cover Diamond Head’s classic “Am I Evil?” on their very first album.

Check out this promo clip for Diamond Head’s original version of “Am I Evil?” from their landmark 1980 debut album Lightning to the Nations.

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Thrashback Thursday: Megadeth “Crush ‘Em”
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Megadeth Risk Era Band Photo

Today’s Thrashback Thursday theme is: great band, cool song, terrible record. Megadeth‘s anthemic track “Crush ‘Em” was just about the only redeeming factor of their otherwise abysmal 1999 album Risk. The record’s title reflects Megadeth leader Dave Mustaine’s belief that the band was ready to take a risk and step outside of their comfort zone. The problem was that the step they took was toward pop metal and the risk that they took alienated many fans. The album would be the last to feature legendary guitarist Marty Friedman, who left the fold a year later.

“Crush ‘Em” was also used as the theme song for the equally terrible Jean Claude Van Damme and Bill Goldberg movie Universal Soldier: The Return and the song’s official video features both actors.

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