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Thrash metal

Music genre
NameThrash metal
Stylistic originsNWOBHM, speed metal, hardcore punk
Cultural originsEarly 1980s, United States
Typical instrumentsRhythm guitar, lead guitar, bass guitar, drums, vocals
Mainstream popularityUnderground in early 1980s, with a gradual rise in popularity until peaking at near-mainstream levels in late 1980s and early 1990s, and then a gradual decline until being effectively underground in mid 1990s. Moderate resurgence in mid 2000s.
Derivative formsDeath metal, Black metal, Groove metal, and Metalcore
Fusion genresCrossover thrash
Regional scenesGermany � Brazil � United KingdomPolandSwitzerland - ColombiaAustralia � Canada � United States: Bay Area � East Coast � Japan
Other topicsExtreme metal, list of thrash metal bands

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Thrash metal is an extreme subgenre of heavy metal that is characterized usually by its fast tempo and aggression. Songs of the genre typically use fast percussive and low-register guitar riffs, overlaid with shredding-style lead work. Lyrics of thrash metal songs often deal with social issues using direct and denunciatory language, an approach which partially overlaps with the hardcore genre. The "Big Four" bands of thrash metal are Anthrax, Megadeth, Metallica and Slayer, who simultaneously created and popularized the genre in the early 1980s.

The origins of thrash metal are generally traced to the late 1970s and early 1980s, when a number of bands began incorporating the sound of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, creating a new genre and developing into a separate movement from punk rock and hardcore. This genre is more aggressive compared to its relative, speed metal, and can be seen in part to be a reaction to the lighter, more widely acceptable sounds and themes of glam metal.

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Heavy metal

Primary subgenresBlack metal * Death metal * Doom metal * Glam metal * Gothic metal * Groove metal * Post-metal * Power metal * Speed metal * Stoner metal * Thrash metal * Traditional heavy metal
Cross-genre terms within heavy metalAlternative metal * Avant-garde metal * Christian metal * Crust punk * Drone metal * Extreme metal * Folk metal * Funk metal * Grindcore * Industrial metal * Metalcore * Neo-classical metal * Nu metal * Progressive metal * Rap metal * Sludge metal * Symphonic metal * Viking metal
Notable scenesNew Wave of British Heavy Metal * Norwegian black metal * Swedish death metal * Bay Area thrash metal * Brazilian thrash metal * Teutonic thrash metal * Australian heavy metal * New Orleans heavy metal * New Wave of American Heavy Metal
CultureMetalheads * Fashion * Subgenres * Bands * Festivals * Umlaut * Headbanging * Sign of the horns

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