Sam Bean of The Senseless: "Give me a serious song trying to bust some fucking heads!"

WARNING: Megadeth fans of a sensitive disposition turn back now!

Hello Sam, welcome to Metal as Fuck. We're talking thrash, which is good as you seem to have some strident thoughts on the subject! First of, the Big Four, what do you think? Who'd be in yours? "Megadeth would be benched in favour of Kreator or Sodom, for sure...and honestly, Sodom would have a hard time defending its position against Destruction. When was the last decade Megadeth laid down a thrash beat for god's sake? They’re a heavy metal band with a second-rate singer. They may have been relevant in ‘92, but it’s 2014 for god’s sake".

Off you go, Dave, sorry... So what to you, then, is the thrash sound all about, in essence? And did it originate in the Bay Area, from Germany, or from somewhere else? "I’m split between the crazy west coast thrash that emerged from the punk/skater scene, and the inhuman fast brutal Deutscher stuff"

OK, I'm getting a whiff of the Teutonophile about you - so If I asked you to nominate 5 Essential thrash albums, I'm guessing there might be one or two German names in there? "Apart from SlayerReign in Blood and Metallica's Master of Puppets:

SadusVision of Misery

Evile Infected Nations

KreatorComa of Souls

AnthraxAttack of the Killer Bs

Sepultura - Arise"

You may well be the only person we've had all month to nominate that particular Anthrax album, right out of left field! What about the best live thrash outfit of all time in your opinion You're not going to say Lawnmower Deth I hope? "When Slayer were at their peak, no-one came close. I reckon that was around the time they released Decade of Aggression. They’d start their gigs with the feedback from Reign in Blood and you knew you were about to get your arse solidly kicked, and it was terrifying. I still get chills when I see them do that song live". 

Not much to argue with there. A band at the peak of it's powers for sure! And the worst? Who are the antithesis of prime Slayer? "Megadeth. They’ve written about two decent songs in their lifetime and are still trading off a three-decade old beef. Seeing Dave Mustaine play live just makes me want to punch him in his whiny retard soulless ginger face. Give up the church dude, get back on the coke, and stop trying to write prog-rock. I’ve been waiting over 20 years for another Hangar 18 dammit!"

What are the key elements for writing a classic thrash tune, in your opinion? "Velocity, pace, aggression, and prodigious use of whammy bar during solos. And none of these  ‘ironic’ homages to early 80s thrash with Iron Maiden harmonies, give me a serious song trying to bust some fucking heads". 

Haha, more vitriol for 'retro' thrash - you're not the first to echoe such sentiments in these pages! Next question: Which musicians would make up your dream thrash outfit from the last 30 years? "A young Max Cavalera on vocals, Ol Drake on guitar, Jeff Waters on guitar, Steve diGiorgio on bass, Charlie Benante on drums. That’d just about cover all bases". 

Just about. Finally, what do you think is the biggest gift given to heavy metal by thrash? "Death metal. Thrash paved the way for it, no doubt about that. Thank you, thrash metal".