Thrash has had a pretty serious revival over the past few years, with bands like Municipal Waste and Toxic Holocaust making records in the 2010s that sound like they could easily have soundtracked bong-ripping sessions in the mid-80s, and a bunch of the lifers still playing in classic thrash bands attracting a whole new generation of proud burnouts. The Anthrax-headlined Metal Alliance package tour has united groups of both stripes, and it brings the rager to the House of Blues tomorrow night. Hit the jump for details and music.
Anthrax is arguably the quintessential thrash band—loud, fast, and almost as punk as they are metal. For this tour they're playing their complete 1987 album Among the Living, which is a definite classic, although its cover art comes nowhere near the level of 1984's Fistful of Metal.
Exodus is another notable name from the first wave of thrash. They're best known to music trivia buffs as the band Kirk Hammett quit to join Metallica, and to metalheads for bringing a new level of speed and relentlessness to American metal.
If you're going to be picky about it, High on Fire isn't strictly a thrash band, but they've got a lot of it in their DNA. They're also a reliably face-pummeling live act.
As mentioned above, Municipal Waste are one of the most popular thrash revival outfit around. Last year they released their fifth album, The Fatal Feast. This year they inspired Three Floyds to release Toxic Revolution, a "massive-yet-drinkable, American-style oatmeal stout" brewed in tribute to the band.