Fans of punk and metal nowadays take it for granted that the two genres often manage to intermingle. It isn't uncommon to spot a Black Flag t-shirt at a metal show, or a Metallica t-shirt at a punk show. But, during the early to mid 1980s, such camaraderie between hardcore punk and heavy metal was non-existent and for a period of time, the two scenes could not peacefully coexist. But, as the violence, hostility, fights, and mayhem ensued when the fans met at shows, bands were able to use this tension and chaos, to usher in a new breed (at the time) of thrash metal and punk rock combined, a hybrid style of music that came to be known as Crossover, since it bridged the gap, and crossed between fans of both hardcore and metal.
Ask any one old enough to witness concerts back in the day by bands such as DRI, Anthrax, Cro Mags, Suicidal Tendencies and others on this list and off. Many, are still fighting the good fight, putting out new music, and destroying audiences across the globe. Many, are not letting factors such as personal health, age or finances stand in their way of bringing bring thrash punk to their fans. It was the first generation of Crossover bands, which created the backdrop, and spawned a musical subculture to influence new generations of bands today, such as Municipal Waste, Toxic Holocaust, Iron Regan, Trash Talk and more. This, is the music that slam dancing was made for. We now present our list of top ten Crossover bands.
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