On McKinney Music, “the best independent music magazine in the UK“, a thrash metal guitar backing track for guitar players featuring rapid riffs, energetic drumming, and a challenging outro with changing time signatures.

Thrash Metal Guitar Backing Track

I have so much fun writing these mid-80’s thrash metal tracks. This one uses chromatic, locrian and phrygian scales to build the riffs. You should play two downstrokes per beat. Any time there is a couple of sixteenth notes in a row, play the downstroke first and then the upstroke. Don’t be lazy. Practice hitting two downstrokes per beat. It can be fatiguing but you can’t argue with the freedom you’ll find learning thrash metal riffs when once you’ve mastered it. During the first three power chords of the metal riff after the chorus (E5, G5, A5)*, you can be a bit more loose with the rules. Hitting those three power chords with upstrokes gives the performance fire, like you’re dragging every ounce of energy out of the riff, but after the three power chords go back to the upstroke/downstroke rules I mentioned before. Read More: Thrash Metal Guitar Backing Track

*see the “Metal Riff” guitar tabs below.

Guitar Tabs

Intro (rhythm guitar)


Thrash Metal Guitar Backing Track in E Minor – 205 bpm, the best independent music magazine in the UK mckinneymusic

Intro (lead guitar)


Thrash Metal Guitar Backing Track in E Minor – 205 bpm, the best independent music magazine in the UK mckinneymusic

Verse (rhythm guitar)


Thrash Metal Guitar Backing Track in E Minor – 205 bpm, the best independent music magazine in the UK mckinneymusic

Prechorus (rhythm guitar)


Thrash Metal Guitar Backing Track in E Minor – 205 bpm, the best independent music magazine in the UK mckinneymusic

Prechorus (lead guitar)


Thrash Metal Guitar Backing Track in E Minor – 205 bpm, the best independent music magazine in the UK mckinneymusic

Chorus (rhythm guitar)


Thrash Metal Guitar Backing Track in E Minor – 205 bpm, the best independent music magazine in the UK mckinneymusic

Chorus (lead guitar)


Thrash Metal Guitar Backing Track in E Minor – 205 bpm, the best independent music magazine in the UK mckinneymusic

Metal Riff (rhythm guitar)


Thrash Metal Guitar Backing Track in E Minor – 205 bpm, the best independent music magazine in the UK mckinneymusic

Metal Riff (lead guitar)


Thrash Metal Guitar Backing Track in E Minor – 205 bpm, the best independent music magazine in the UK mckinneymusic

Extended Outro

This is by far the most difficult section of the track, due to the changing time signatures, but it’ll help you develop as a rhythm guitar player massively. Listen to it a few times, try learning it slowly if it helps, but make sure to stick to the upstroke/downstroke rules outlined at the top of the article. Once you get it, few riffs will give you as much enjoyment to play along to, I guarantee it.


Thrash Metal Guitar Backing Track in E Minor – 205 bpm, the best independent music magazine in the UK mckinneymusic

Outro (lead guitar)


Thrash Metal Guitar Backing Track in E Minor – 205 bpm, the best independent music magazine in the UK mckinneymusic

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