Thrash metal or thrash metal. “Hammering” metal

The origins of thrash

Thrash metal or thrash (although the abbreviated word “trash” refers to a subculture rather than music) appeared as a historically logical development of the core direction of twentieth-century rock music - blues-rock: from rhythm and blues and rock and roll mid century, through blues rock, hard rock and heavy metal of the second half. The immediate precursor of the new style was a new wave of heavy metal, the place was California and the work of musicians from Metallica and Megadeth. Exodus, Anthrax, Slayer, Venom and Overkill also started playing music with a new sound in the mid-eighties of the last century. In general, thrash metal has absorbed a number of features and elements of the following styles of music: English heavy metal, American hardcore and American punk rock.

Features thrash style

Today they say and write that thrash appeared due to the interest of the then young drummer of Metallica, Lars Uloikh, to British rock and his trips to England, with the aim of gaining experience from local musicians in performing heavy music. In the first recordings of the American thrash, there is still no supertechnique of performance and the refined manner of performance of this music, which is now. But the music was already violent and rough, although raw in sound. Style standards have developed very quickly. The main one is the requirement for the technique of execution, when you need to play quickly with a clear vision of the composition and the placement of the necessary accents.

The thrash metal style arrangement is built on stiff and more complex than heavy metal riffs that play guitar and bass. A notable feature is the tremolo, which is played on electric guitars with great processing overload. There are also a number of features of thrash metal: these are the piercing parts of the guitar solo, the powerful sound of the snare drum, blast beats on two barrels, the mediator playing on the fretless bass, sometimes additional processing of the bass by overload effects. Vocals in trash are mostly low and hoarse, with growling elements, and high clean is also found. Of the musical features, one can note the frequent use of chromatisms, mixodiatonics, a change not only in harmony, but even in tonality and musical size in one song. More often than others, such modes as pentatonic and Lokrian are used. The content of the compositions of thrash groups concerns social problems and social inequality, protests against local wars, there are themes of love and loneliness.

Thrash style development

Since the late eighties of the twentieth century, thrash metal has been known throughout the world. The popularity of the style and the groups of its players did not know geographical boundaries and limits. World fame at that time was won: a group from Canada Annihilator, Brazilians Sepultura, German Kreator and Sodom, the American bands Testament, Forbidden, Death Angel and many others declared loudly and powerfully. In the nineties, it became clear that thrash metal, like other styles of rock music, is evolving and becoming the next stage in the development of rock in general. Trash in this regard has become the progenitor of such styles as groove metal, thrashcore, crossover, techno thrash and hardcore. Later, with the advent of certain new elements and features of sound or manner of performance, different terms began to be used, denoting new directions of rock, but in essence, remaining the same “heavy” rock.

Today, in the terminology denoting this or that “heavy weight” one can get confused - there are so many of it, the world of this music has become so diverse. The values ​​of thrash metal for world rock culture can hardly be overestimated, since during all periods of its existence, with all the ups and downs, heavy “metal” music was a powerful generator of subcultural processes in the constantly renewed youth environment. And this, be that as it may, is a rather significant contribution to the general palette of global modernity.