scene started in the early 1980s in the San Francisco, CA Bay Area by thrash
bands like Metallica, Testament, Exodus, Heathen, Vio-Lence, and many others. Devoted cult following.
Also used to describe a particular style of thrash
, most easily recognizable by sped-up middle sections and a grounding in traditional speed metal
2001's Thrash of the Titans benefit spotlighted several Bay Area Thrash bands reuniting to raise money for Testament singer Chuck Billy.