Tag Archives: Thrash Metal

The Unholy Crossover Sounds of Mission of Christ

Select photography by Bruce Peaker and John Boller, courtesy of Supreme Echo

On an island off the coast of Western Canada, in the late 1980s, Mission of Christ’s contract with the iconic Metal Blade Records sat unsigned in the backseat of their vocalist’s car for months—a perfect metaphor for the thrash act’s ultimately unfulfilled potential. Thirty years later, the Victoria, British Columbia outfit’s two long-out-of-print demos have been exhumed, dusted off, and reintroduced as the intensely whip-cracking Mission of Christ collection. Their sinister shredding and apocalyptic wordplay were certain proof of Mission of Christ’s ascendence as Vancouver crossover royalty, but despite being offered multiple deals that could have broken them into the global metal community, a series of miscommunications and missed opportunities have generally limited the act to being nothing more than the subject of local lore.    

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Voyage Through Amon Amarth’s Must-Hear Releases on Bandcamp

Amon Amarth

They weren’t the first Scandinavian band to write about Viking history, Norse mythology, and the glorious thrill of battle, but Stockholm, Sweden quintet Amon Amarth have done more with Viking themes and imagery than nearly all their peers. Over the last quarter-century, they’ve risen to Odin-esque levels of achievement that the founders of the movement couldn’t have imagined: Top 20 Billboard debuts, world tours, and even a mobile video game.

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Eight Bands Leading the Crossover Thrash Revival

Crossover Trash

As a genre, thrash metal has always been elastic. Given the style’s global reach, with its formative period seeing bands in California’s Bay Area, New York City, Germany, and Brazil—to name only a few—all pushing the style forward, there was never a single correct way to thrash. All that parallel thinking meant every scene was offering something distinct, and it’s why every band left behind a different thread for the next generation to follow, enabling them to spin off their own distinct takes on the genre, too. Continue reading