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Thrashback Episode 1: What Is Thrash?

With Thrashback celebrating three mighty decades of thrash this year, a new video series has been put together looking at the genre's amazing history.

Episode 1 discovers the roots of thrash. Where did it all come from? Who influenced thrash’s greats to pick up a guitar and start making fast, brutal music of their own? And where did the term “thrash” even come from? Have a look below…

Merlin stepped into his role as Executive Editor of Louder in early 2022, following over ten years working at Metal Hammer. While there, he served as Online Editor and Deputy Editor, before being promoted to Editor in 2016. Before joining Metal Hammer, Merlin worked as Associate Editor at Terrorizer Magazine and has previously written for the likes of Classic Rock, Rock Sound, eFestivals and others. Across his career he has interviewed legends including Ozzy Osbourne, Lemmy, Metallica, Iron Maiden (including getting a trip on Ed Force One courtesy of Bruce Dickinson), Guns N' Roses, KISS, Slipknot, System Of A Down and Meat Loaf. He is also probably responsible for 90% of all nu metal-related content making it onto the site.