The Top 10 best thrash metal power ballads

Thrash metal: a bunch of spotty, drunken kids in white hi-top sneakers and T-shirts with their own band’s name on it, making a 100mph racket while jacked on speed and cheap liquor, right? Absolutely. And that’s why it was so brilliant.

But even the most raging thrasher had a soft side, or if not a soft side, then a part of them that wanted to get played on MTV. That’s why pretty much every band from Metallica down dropped at least one epic power ballad at some point during their career, shifting from the usual thrash fare to singing about women, heartbreak and death. OK, mostly death.

We’ve rounded up 10 of these classic slow(er) jams as a reminder that thrash’s finest could dial it down when they wanted. Sure, none of these tracks are ever gonna be confused with Every Rose Has Its Thornbut they’ve still got the power to get those Zippos aloft.

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