Voting has finished for the inaugural Thrash Metal Hall of Fame class. The bands that were nominated for induction were; Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax, Slayer, Testament, Exodus, Overkill, Sodom, Destruction, and Kreator. The three bands that received the most votes are to be inducted. Without further stalling, I would like to announce which three bands will be in the inaugural class for the Thrash Metal Hall of Fame.
One of the members of the American "Big Four" of thrash metal, Megadeth have sold over 25 million records worldwide and singer/guitarist Dave Mustaine is often credited as being the "Godfather" of thrash metal. The band are still active to this day and are currently on tour with our next inductee...
Another member of the "Big Four" Slayer may be the most extreme thrash band to gain a large following and impressive album sales. Their 1986 opus Reign in Blood is often considered to be the greatest thrash album of all time and was highly influential in the formation of both death and black metal. The band's original line-up is still intact, however, in the 1990's drummer Dave Lombardo left, later coming back.
The final inductee into the Thrash Metal Hall of Fame are Exodus. The band that kick-started Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett's career are well-known for their 1985 release Bonded By Blood. Original singer Paul Baloff was known for humiliating "posers" at shows and calling out audience members with hair metal band patches. Today, Exodus are still active and have continued to release excellent albums.
In the coming week, Metal Up Your Thrash will more closely profile these bands in a series of articles dedicated to the inaugural class of the Thrash Metal Hall of Fame.