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Thursday, March 5, 2015

The 10 Best Crossover Thrash Bands

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3. Suicidal Tendencies How could we mention crossover without mentioning one of the pivotal bands that merged hardcore punk and thrash metal in the early '80s? For many, ST is more than just a band -- it's a lifestyle. With its debut 1983 album, which included the band's biggest hit, "Institutionalized," fans were introduced to a raw, amped-up, punk-rock version of thrash metal they could pit to. Speed metal and punk had their fates united with this record. But it didn't end there. After the first album, the band offered several more classic thrash metal records, including Join the Army (1987) and How Will I Laugh Tomorrow When I Can't Even Smile Today (1988). The band has had more than two dozen musicians in its lineup over its career and recorded a dozen studio albums. Muir is still keeping the flame going, inciting circle pits around the world, with the current lineup including guitarists Dean Pleasants and Nico Santora, drummer Eric Moore and bassist Michael Morgan.

2. Cryptic Slaughter Almost completely ignored by the mainstream, Cryptic Slaughter came up in 1984 among the first wave of punk/thrash bands to emerge from the Venice skate-punk scene. Featuring guitarist Les Evans, drummer Scott Peterson, bassist Rob Nicholson and vocalist Bill Crooks, the band's very harsh and abrasive fusion of sped-up punk and thrash metal gave fans a reason to be angry. Whether it was lashing out against corruption, mass consumerism, greed, wars or other societal ills, Cryptic Slaughter was a crucial band in developing the crossover scene in the '80s. The 1986 album Convicted and the next year's follow-up, Money Talks, are classic crossover records.

1. D.R.I. Dirty Rotten Imbeciles has become synonymous with crossover and thrash punk. Since forming in Houston, Texas, in 1982, the band slowly evolved from punk to incorporating more speed-metal elements. Even into the third decade of performing to rabid fans of pit maniacs and stage-divers, D.R.I. has only gotten faster with age. The 1987 classic Crossover is what coined the term to describe the mutation of hardcore punk and speed metal. In 2006 guitarist Spike Cassidy was diagnosed with colon cancer and had to have a large section of his intestines removed. While he recovered, all recording and tours were canceled. But he's healthy again, and the band continues to create havoc and burst eardrums in any town it can.

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