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Hell Fire's new album "Mania" was released on March 28. Simply stated: it rulez! The opening riff on the album sounds a bit like Back in the Village and there are a plethora of other Maiden-esque riffs throughout. These guys are not derivative though and stand on their own. If you like metal from 1980-1984 you will love these guys.There are still some Bay Area bands putting out stuff that may or may not fall strictly within the "thrash" genre boundaries, but definitely comes out of that tradition. "Hell Fire" is highly recommended.
Power Trip is awesome, saw them live last year. Another band of that ilk is Red Death. In fact they open for Power Trip a lot (they did at the show I saw last year and several dates on a recently ended tour this year). Red Death is expected to release a new album soon. If you like PT, you'll like Red Death as well.Somewhat surprised there has not been any mention of Power Trip in this thread. A new-ish band from Texas that sounds like 80s thrash crossed with hardcore punk. @Mosh mentioned them in the "Best of 2018" thread, but I thought I'd feature them here. Earlier this year they re-released their early EPs in a comp album called Opening Fire: 2008-2014. But this is from 2017's Nightmare Logic LP -- I dig it, and I think a number of folks on this forum will, too.
1- Sabbat: Back in the late 80's Sabbat crafted the most unique, relentless, mystical soundscapes Thrash Metal has ever seen. Sneap's composing and playing was as original as masterful, shapping thrash's riffing fundamentals into a completely medieval, arcane and epic ambiance. Plus Walkyier's voice was brutal, poingnant and utterly unmistakable. As far as I'm concerned their first 2 albums were as great as the greatest in the genre and were pivotal to the sound of two acts that would storm the metal scene during the next decade: Primordial and Cradle Of Filth. Great things were reserved in the future to both Sneap and Walkyer after the band broke up, but the indifference of a considerable number of Thrash Metal fans towards Sabbat's first two records remains a mystery to me.