This January marks the 30th anniversary since the release of Anthrax’s debut album, ‘Fistful of Metal,’ which was obviously one of very first bona fide thrash metal LPs, arriving right on the coattails of Metallica’s ‘Kill ‘em All,’ Slayer’s ‘Show no Mercy,’ and other, lesser-known nuggets like Exciter’s ‘Heavy Metal Maniac.’
For all intents and purposes, thrash metal is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2013. Yes, as nebulous as rock 'n' roll history can be when it comes to dating broad-ranging musical developments, we can confidently point to 1983 as the year when sporadic 'speed metal' displays coalesced into the true definition of thrash metal
If you're one of those people who can hardly contain a groan of dismay every time you're faced with a definitive LIST of some kind -- never mind an entire book filled with them -- don't run away screaming just yet, because 'The Merciless Book of Metal Lists' is definitely worth a read.
The 1980s were well under way by January 1983 – even mathematical geniuses like us can figure that out – but when it came to defining the look, the sound and the vibe of the '80s, there's no arguing Def Leppard’s third album, ‘Pyromania,’ released 30 years ago today (Jan. 20), played a major role.