I have been a musician for quite some time, and thrash metal is probably one of my favorite styles of music. Unfortunately, thrash metal had its golden era during the 80s and 90s, and there really has not been a whole lot of new thrash metal bands to come out since then. In the 80s and 90s, of course, there were bands like Metallica, Slayer, Testament, and Megadeth that were very popular even if they did not get a whole lot of exposure on the radio at that time. The music was fast and heavy, and it had an adrenaline to it that really has not been paralleled since. Sure, there are still death metal bands, but death metal has no melody whatsoever, and so it does not quite have the same appeal as thrash metal.
It is nice to see that some of the old thrash metal bands are still going strong after all of these years. Metallica is still around, but they have not really put out anything heavy in a very long time. Slayer, on the other hand, continues to put out the same kind of hardcore heavy metal that they were putting out in the 80s and 90s. Although that is great, I do still wish that there were more up and comers in order to keep the tradition going.
Slayer is still probably my favorite of the old thrash metal bands. I think their raw sound just had a bit more of an appeal to me than the more polished styles of bands like Metallica and Megadeth. That does not mean that those were not great bands in their day, but I think it says a lot that Slayer is still going strong after playing such heavy music for nearly four decades.