If you need any convincing that thrash is alive and well, look no further. Columbus, Ohio's Deprecator have created a beast of an album that proves it beyond question. They have managed to capture everything that made the '80s the peak decade for American metal, without sounding the least bit dated. Huge riffs and incredible shredding, with a heavy, driving rhythm section that DEMANDS your attention.
Check it out at http://www.reverbnation.com/deprecatorusa.