D.R.I. - Thrash Zone LP (Traffic Sign/Yellow Marble vinyl)
remastered reissued 180 gram + DLC 300 copies limited
This may not be the absolute greatest album to ever come out of D.R.I.'s arsenal (that honor is rightly afforded to Crossover by the majority consensus of old school crossover fans), but it's an exemplary case of how the style can be expanded, varied and ultimately made more accessible to the broader thrash metal world. It doesn't really get the credit it deserves due to the band's more influential early offerings, and tends to be dismissed in a similar fashion to 1988's 4 Of A Kind as an attempt to jump onto the popular wave that Anthrax was riding at the time. To be fair, both said preceding album and this one managed to crack the Billboard Top 200, so it was a success on that front, and it definitely carries a heavy likeness to that more mainline thrash metal sound that had been popularized by several bands that were riding the media coattails of the Big 4. It's a great example of a thrash album that doesn't go too heavy on the technical wizardry, and is maybe a slight step below How Will I Laugh Tomorrow When I Can't Even Smile Today in moving beyond the style's stripped down roots for more ambitious territory.