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The era of conquerors part 3.

Third year into “the era of conquerors” and if I had to choose a title to describe this year, it would definately be “…And injustice for all”! And I’m not kidding. Apparently this is the year with the greatest injustices. Carrier of some of the most overated and the most underated thrash records of all times. Seems like the music bussiness has finally caught up with the thrash metal domain and pours it’s poisonous judgement, bloodied by profit upon our favorite music. But here we are 30 years later to set things straight. Punish some for the extreme attention they got and highlight others that never got what they deserved. Musicaly the year was extremely diverse. Amazing efforts were made, mainly from Europe and north America. There are the exceptions of two Australian and one Chilean albums in this list though. Complexity and technical supremacy are two very common traits that characterize the whole year. If nothing else, 1988 was quite controversial and intriguing. And as such I had a very difficult time trying to classify all this magnificence. But here it is at last. The answers to the years secrets lies beyond this prelude. Enter this musical labyrinth and explore by yourselves the way forward. Enjoy, notify, spread, comment this wonderfull music. Thrash till death!

Starting At 50…

50. READ THE FUL LIST STARTING AY 50 – Final genocide

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Whiplash “Ticket To Mayhem” LP 1987

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This New Jersey Thrash Outfit Should Be Legends: What Happened?

Ticket to Mayhem is the second studio album from New Jersey thrash metal band, Whiplash. It was released on Roadrunner Records in October 1987 and follows 1986’s Power and Pain. 1989, the band released a follow-up album, Insult to Injury. (SOURCE: WIKIPEDIA)

Side A

1. Stage Dive (03:09)
2. Red Bomb (05:18)
3. Last Man Alive (03:31)
4. Message in Blood (04:04)

Side B

5. War Monger (03:18)
6. Power Thrashing Death (04:13)
7. Stirring the Cauldron (04:18)
8. Spit on Your Grave (02:49)
9. Nailed to the Cross (4:05)

Total Running: 34:45


Yes, Whiplash is a 3 piece band from New York and it should come as no shock that all 3 members are named “Tony”.

Line up: Tony Portaro – Vocals, Guitars
Tony Bono (R.I.P. 2002) – Bass
Tony Scaglione – Drums (ex-slayer)

Whiplash "Ticket To Mayhem" LP 1987
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Dark Angel – We Have Arrived 19​85

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We Have Arrived has been reissued at least two times. In 1986, it was re-released by the French recording label Axe Killer in a 2,000-number limited edition. It was then re-released once again in 1997 by Axe Killer. The label attached to the plastic wrap says that this is a remastered edition, but there is no indication in the booklet. We Have Arrived is the only Dark Angel album to feature Jack Schwartz on drums, as Gene Hoglan replaced him as their drummer on subsequent albums.


Thrash Metal Icons Dank Angel Freshmen Effort

Track listing

1.”We Have Arrived”4:07
2.”Merciless Death”4:28
3.”Falling From The Sky”4:23
4.”Welcome To The Slaughter House”5:23
5.”No Tomorrow”6:31
6.”Hell’s On Its Knees”4:14

Total length:33:33

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What Happened To German Thrash Band Deathrow? (“Raging Steel” 1987)

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Deathrow is another German Thrash Metal act from the 80s. They never got huge, but their raging fast tempos and technical riffing made them better than bands that were a lot bigger. If you have never heard them before, think SODOMKREATOR, or  EXUMER.

Germany’s Deathrow: A Classic Case Of A Metal Band That Should Have Been Bigger

The band suffered from somewhat poor production, but the album was remastered in 2016. The newly remastered version includes the band’s original demo, previously unheard rehearsals and live tracks, plus liner notes with band founding members Sven Flügge (interviewed here in 2018) and Markus Hahn. Unfortunately, the vinyl of this album has been out of print for more than 30 years! <<– Hint Vinyl Collectors.

There is very little information about Deathrow, but I will continue to update this page when (if) any becomes available.

Listen To The Full Album On YouTube


1. The Dawn

2. Raging Steel

3. Scattered by the Wind

4. Dragon’s Blood

5. The Thing Within

6. Pledge to Die

7. Mortal Dread

8. The Undead Cry

9. Beyond the Light

Original 1987 line-up

Milo – Vocals, Bass
Sven Flügge – Guitars
Thomas Priebe – Guitars
Markus Hahn – Drums

Raging Steel Vinyl Artwork

Deathrow "Raging Steel" 1987 Original LP. 1st pressing w/ insert. VERY RARE!

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Dark Angel – Leave Scars 30 Years Later – Does It Still Stand UP?


It was 1991 when I bought the Leave Scars LP that came with a sticker reading “9 songs, 67 minutes, 246 riffs!” I didn’t like it as much as Darkness Descends or because I liked Don Doty’s style of vocals better.

Listen To The Whole Album Here

Leave Scars is the third studio album released by the American thrash metal band, Dark Angel, released on January 24, 1989.

  • Leave Scars was Dark Angel’s most successful release, peaking at number 159 on the Billboard 200, mostly on the commercial cover of Led Zepplin’s Immigrant Song.
  • It was their first album with vocalist Ron Rinehart and bassist Mike Gonzalez. It was the last album for guitarist Jim Durkin until his return to the band in 2013.
Dark Angel “Leave Scars”


  1. “The Death of Innocence”
  2. “Never to Rise Again”
  3. “No One Answers”
  4. “Cauterization”
  5. “Immigrant Song”
  6. “Older Than Time Itself”
  7. “Worms” (Instrumental)
  8. “The Promise of Agony”
  9. “Leave Scars”
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Dark Angel – Darkness Descends 1986 – The Greatest Thrash Album Of All Time!

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Darkness Descends is the second studio album by the American thrash metal band Dark Angel, released on November 17, 1986

  1. “Darkness Descends”
  2. “The Burning of Sodom”
  3. “Hunger of the Undead”
  4. “Merciless Death”
  5. “Death Is Certain (Life Is Not)”
  6. “Black Prophecies”
  7. “Perish in Flames”

See Why This Album Is Rated One Of The Top Thrash Albums Of All Time Time-After-Time

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Whiplash – Power and Pain 1986 Roadracer Records – RR-90533

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This Album Should Have Made Whiplash Huge and Remains A Classic To This Day

Here are some photos of the original artwork from the album.



A1 Stage Dive

A2 Red Bomb

A3 Last Man Alive

A4 Message In Blood

B5 War Monger

B6 Power Thrashing Death

B7 Stirring The Cauldron

B8 Spit On Your Grave

B9 Nailed To The Cross

  • Backing Vocals [Power-thrashing Death Brigade] – Louie Beateaux, Petrus Steele, Rob Kabula, Vinny Stigma
  • Music By, Lyrics By – Tony Portaro
  • Band – Tony Bono, Tony Portaro, Tony Scaglione