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Thrash metal is a more aggressive subgenre of heavy metal that is specifically characterized by its heavy rhythms similar to extreme metal, NWOBHM, speed metal, biker metal, and hardcore punk in aggressiveness and forcefulness.
The songs of the genre usually use fast percussion and a low register of guitar riffs, which are also usually fast and cutting. The lyrics of thrash metal songs are often faced with social problems, often with direct language and denunciation. It was one of the first subgenres of heavy metal to appear, with Queen’s Stone Cold Crazy being the forerunner of the thrash metal sound released in 1974, and its influence on this style has continued to grow over the years. In this way, thrash metal is the base and the greatest influence on extreme metal, which includes mainly death metal and black metal; in addition to having an important development (along with speed metal) in power metal, although this style took the music down a more melodic path. Also the genre has peculiarly influenced other subgenres such as metalcore, this is demonstrated by bands such as Trivium, Unearth or Chimaira as some of the most popular examples. It should be noted the importance in the creation and evolution of the genre of the original bands better known as The Big Four of Thrash Metal, which are considered the most representative and in a foundational order.