(Original post by mr eko)
You still don't understand. Over half their material ISN'T very sub-par thrash metal, because it just simply isn't that genre.
If you judge how much of an impact they had on thrash metal then you ignore the albums that weren't actually thrash . Do that and Metallica rank as high as any thrash band(highest imo).
You can't just ignore over half their disography...If you were to that I could argue a whole load of bands possibly the greatest of their genre, just because they made one good album out of, I dunno, 20 bad ones. That sort of logic just isn't a sensible way to look at things.
See to me, if over half their disography isn't even thrash metal how can you even call them a thrash band? As far as I see it, in order for a band to fall into a certain category the majority of their music must also fall into that category as well...That's just following a logical chain though, personally, I would catagorise them as a thrash metal band but I think it outlines a certain distinction that I possibly haven't been making very clear.
I'm making a simple distinction between their good albums and the band as a whole. I agree with you, I think those 4 albums they made were among the best in Thrash Metal but what I'm saying is, looking at the band as whole, they aren't one of the best bands in thrash simply because the MAJORITY of their albums aren't thrash (Going with what you're saying anyway, I'd tend to be of the opinion that a few were technically thrash but just not very good thrash). I think to be classified as a great band, you have to be CONSISTENTLY good and that's where Metallica fall short.
I think they've made a few of the greatest albums in Thrash but I don't think they are one of the greatest bands in thrash, which is something that is commonly cited. Bands like Slayer, Megadeth and Testament have all produced consistently good thrash albums and to me, they're the best bands in the genre, Metallica just made a few great albums and the rest...well, it's average and this pulls the band as a whole down.