Top Ten Speed Metal Bands

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The Top Ten

1
DragonForce
NO OTHER BAND IN THE WORLD WILL EVER BE ABLE TO BEAT DRAGONFORCE IN THEIR SPEED. PLUS DRAGONFORCE HAS A SUPERB COMBINATION OF ALL THE INSTRUMENT AT UNBELIEVABLE SPEEDS.
ALL THE SIX MEMBERS ARE SIMPLY THE BEST IN THEIR OWN.
No doubt about it! DragonForce is THE BEST! Fury of the storm, Through the fire and flames, Fields of despair, Storming the burning fields, Ones in a life time, if someone can that these song can be beaten I will no longer be a fan of them. But for now, DRAGONFORCE is the bets band ever!
Okay Metallica is the best Thrash metal band (first four albums} and best hard rock/ heavy metal band but Dragonforce should be able to steal the number one position in their sleep
[Newest]I JUST can't BELIEVE HOW FAST THEY PLAY ITS UNREAL (but it's actually real and whoever thinks it's fake is stupid) BY FAR HAS SOME OF THE FASTEST SONGS like Through the Fire and Flames

2Motörhead
omg people are stupid, metallica and megadeth aren't speed metal.. they are better than motörhead I think, but they're not speed metal, they're thrash metal..

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Overall, Motörhead are probably not metal. Motörhead maybe influenced thrash but not speed metal. Judas Priest and Iron Maiden have never been labeled as speed metal but I think they influenced speed metal at most.

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Motörhead play hard and fast Rock n Roll and bluese. They aren't a metal band. Lemmy has stated that he generally feels more kinship with punk rockers than with metal bands: Motörhead had engagements with fellow Brits The Damned, with whom he played bass on a handful of late 1970s engagements, as well as having penned the song "R.A.M.O.N.E.S. " as a tribute to the Ramones. Motörhead, Lemmy states, have more in common aesthetically with The Damnedthan Black Sabbath, and nothing whatsoever in common with Judas Priest. Lemmy says he feels little kinship with the speed metal bands Motörhead have inspired:...
These is an article from wiki but is my opinion too. I'm my whole live a Motöhead fan and I'm a rocker not a metal head. Greaz
I have always loved Motorhead and I always will... I love Megadeth and Metallica but they are not even close to being speed metal. They are thrash metal so they should not be on this list...
[Newest]DragonForce wouldn't be half the speed without the studio

3Megadeth
Listen to Holy wars. The riff has not only speed but it is one of the greatest in the history of speed metal. Sure there are bands who can play faster but nothing beats Holy wars! Even the solo at the end will make your house tremble! Listen to it at full volume
Metallica speed metal? No chance. Megadeth's first 4 albums win it for them. Speed metal at it's finest baby
Neither Metallica nor Megadeth are speed metal. Speed metal is basically a version of power metal. Unlike thrash, speed metal does not have hardcore punk elements - as a result, speed metal is more melodic and less abrasive than thrash.

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Metallica is only good because of Dave and Cliff. Once they kicked out Dave and Cliff died Metallica was destine to fail. Which they proved on The black album. Dave should have took Cliff with him. Metallics sold out, or as they say "we sell out."
[Newest]They are thrash, but are still metal.
More comments about Megadeth

4Helloween
Helloween it isn't speed metal now...
But they played speed metal! It is such albums that Helloween(EP) and the greatest WALLS OF JERICHO!
-Keeper of the Seven Keys is an amazing record.
- A7X nor Dragonforce are even Speed Metal.
- Helloween has only failed twice, the others (besides Blind Guardian) have many times
What? Helloween the masters of speed metal in 6th, just listen to Helloween EP.
[Newest]Why? They are Iron Maiden on speed that's why.

5Slayer
Damn right. What's that other lame (and slow) crap doing on this list?
Slayer are not speed metal. Thrash is different from speed metal. Speed metal is a higher version of power metal.

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Come on slayer metalheads. Where Are You? No.4? Megadeth is good so BUT slayer is Godfather Of speed & Thrash metal... Listen to (Angel of death. Raining blood. Snuff. hell awaits. War ensemble...) Dragon force is just FAST? Their songs deserve to play in Kindergartens. Think About IT Then Do your VOTE. R I P jeff hannemann
Speed + metal = slayer
[Newest]Slayer deserves to be in number 1 not 4... Come on people

6Metallica
MetallicA are a legend. there are a very few bands like them who have made quality music consistently for almost thirty years. they have definitely composed some of the greatest solos and riffs. they are legendary. m/
Metallica IS THE BEST SPEED HEAVY METAL BY FAR BECAUSE THE ALBUMS KILL EM ALL-RIDE THE LIGHTING-MASTER OF PUPPETS-AND JUSTICE FOR ALL-DEATH MAGNETIC ARE THE BEST SPEED HEAVY METAL ALBUMS. I THINK HELLOWEEN IS POWER HEAVY METAL. SLAYER IS BRUTAL METAL. MEGADETH IS LIKE SLAYER. MOTORHEAD IS MORE HEAVY THAN SPEED. DRAGON FORCE PLAYS CLAVIER/KEYS WHO CAN SAY THAT DRAGON FORCE IS SPEED METAL DRAGON FORCE IS NO SPEED METAL. MY OPINION
Metallica are NOT SPEED metal. Speed metal is basically a version of POWER metal.

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No one in the world can do fight fire with fire as fast as Metallica
[Newest]Metallica is the better than all the other bands COMBINED!

7Blind Guardian
Much more power metal than speed today, Guardian's two or three first albums sure had that speed metal sound to them. Try "Banish from Sanctuary", "Damned for all time" or "Fast to Madness".
They don't write speed metal anymore but they're are so good that can still play some of those fast early songs live - live versions of Banish from Sanctuary. Majesty and Valhalla are awesome.

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Follow the Blind is definitely one of my favorite speed metal albums of all time!
Their music style is so unique, epic and totally awesome- favourite band! 1

8Avenged Sevenfold
Is not speed metal, metalcore was in the beginning, then started to vary between its style to combine heavy metal with metalcore and finally, in their most recent albums is mostly hard rock and heavy metal.
Don't know why they're on a speed metal list, but what the hell I'll vote any way, 'because they are just that awesome.
This is not speed metal but they have speed and everyone knows it. But this band is all the way first. Every metal lovers should be listen this band... This band is just awesome. I just love this band.
[Newest]Avenged Sevenfold are NOT speed metal - speed metal is a genre with specific features and not every fast song. Get them off here!

9Judas Priest
With Stained Class, they invented it, with albums from Killing Machine to Ram It Down, they perfected it and with Painkiller ^^ Angle of Retribution they made the best Speed Metal albums ever made. They are the best Speed Metal Band as well as The Greatest Metal Band that ever existed!
Judas Priest and Motorhead are the first speed metal bands, and the only ones on this list, the others are thrash metal, but still they are all awesome. If you don't think Judas Priest are speed metal, listen to exciter and metal meltdown, they are fast.
It seems like hardly anyone knows what speed metal is. Judas Priest probably invented it with Stained Class.

10Accept
Why is Accept in 14th place!? Refer to "Fast As a Shark, " it'll blow your mind. It's a song that was released in 1982. It was the fastest up at that point, no one came close to it.
They built the genre along Priest and Motorhead, actually.

Accept No Substitues!
Accept (one of the pioneers of speed metal) is in #14 because out of the current top 13 bands, only 4 are/were really speed metal bands. The rest are thrash or even death metal, metalcore, hard rock, fast Rock N Roll ... Laugh out loud.

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The Contenders

11Gamma Ray
They ARE speed metal.
Actual speed metal, what is Hatebreed, Slipknot, and A7X doing on this list? They aren't even that fast

12Over Kill
Elimination! Elimination! A lemon nation. Overkill defines speed/thrash metal. Ironbound only proves that sometimes the old ways are good to.
They're not speed metal.

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The green and the black... !

13Anvil
Anvil and Exciter were among the pioneers of speed metal in North America.
Try Bushpig by Anvil - it's very fast and the drum intro is insane.

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14Anthrax
Seriously? They should be #1 because they pretty much are the inventors and kings of speed metal
Should be first for sure pluse there one of the big four

15Deep Purple
The List Of Top Speed Metal Bands should always start with Deep Purple - the inventors of speed metal. They wrote the first speed metal songs (Fireball, 1971; Highway Star, 1972). Robb Reiner of speed metal band Anvil called them 'early speed metal'. Fireball was the first metal song with double bass drumming but the real speed metal masterpiece was Highway Star.
*** Highway Star is a metal definition: an entirely non-bluesy song which is based on Bach-like chord sequences. Later this non-bluesy sound became the most important feature of metal music - Rainbow, Judas Priest and Iron Maiden made it even more evident.
*** Highway Star was very fast for the early 70s standards, with a memorable riff, breathtaking long & technical solo, Gillan's great vocals and that galloping style (later used by many speed metal bands and bands like Iron Maiden, Iced Earth). To a high degree metal in general was invented in the form of speed metal.

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16Rainbow
Mid 70s speed metal - genre defining songs: Kill The King, A Light In The Black, Death Alley Driver. The first two songs were covered by Metallica.

Rainbow helped to define and strengthen this baby genre (metal) in the mid 70s - credits to Ritchie Blackmore and Dio.

Listen to 'A Light In The Black' - it was the next step towards speed metal after 'Highway Star' by Deep Purple. This song is more technical and more intense - its awesome and fast instrumental section in the middle of the song is already 4 minutes long. Currently such extended and fast technical sections are very typical for speed metal songs.

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17Children of Bodom
A lot of people probably haven't listened to children of bodom. But they definitely should. All of their players have such amazing talent and have not only speed, but melody as well.
The great band and no competition with this band of any other band in this list. COB is the master of death metal just watch the video of angels don't kill live then you know how much this band deserves.
Children of Bodom for me are number 1! So many of their riffs have me thrashing my air guitar! For me no other band I've ever come across scream quite like cob! How can you beat "we're hate crew, we stand, and we won't fall"!
[Newest]This is the most irrelevant list I've ever seen - 80% of the top 10 are not speed metal, including COB. Not every fast song is speed metal - thrash and death metal are fast but they are not speed metal. Speed metal is a higher version of power metal - heavier, faster or more technical power metal. So stop arguing who is faster/heavier/better because it's not the first thing to identify. First you have to make sure the band is really speed metal.

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18Annihilator
I'm a huge fan and I agree they are terribly underrated but they are NOT speed metal - they're technical thrash (and recently - more prog metal with thrash elements).

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This band so underrated

dootdoot

WHO THE HELL PUT IT HERE? IT doesn't DESERVE HERE, IT MUST BE HIGHER..

19Metal Church

20Primal Fear
Currently they are one of the best bands (if not the best) putting out speed metal songs and also power metal songs. It's normal because speed metal is a higher version of power metal and can be described as heavier, faster or more technical power metal. Speed metal is mostly played by power metal bands because power metal and speed metal usually go hand in hand.
Helloween, Accept and Blind Guardian don’t play speed metal anymore but Primal Fear and Gamma Ray still do. However, I respect the first three bands for keeping this subgenre alive in the 80s.

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21The Human Abstract

22Slipknot

23Grave Digger

24Paragon

25Venom
Come on, Vemon it's a legend. It's an excelent band.

26Exciter
Exciter wrote the book on speed metal, guitarist John Ricci wrote the most crushing speed metal riffs I, ve ever heard, And they did it years before Metallica, anthrax or Megadeth. This band never gets the respect they deserve!
Try 'Heavy Metal Maniac'.

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27Motley Crue

28Skull Fist
They ARE speed metal.
Try 'Get Fisted' - there's an awesome instrumental part, almost 2 minutes long.
They are a new band, formed in 2006 but getting lots of positive reviews.

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29Liege Lord

30Agent Steel
On this entire list I see two true speed metal bands. Agent Steel and Exciter. The rest is Metal, Death Metal, Thrash Metal and Power Metal. Dragon force is not Speed Metal and do not deserve to be in the number one spot. They are nothing more than Power metal.
Listen to their first album : Skeptics Apocalypse. The best Speed Metal album!

Avenged Sevenfold?! This is a metalcore band, NOT a Speed metal band! __
Agent Steel is the only Speed Metal band in the list... Try listening Paradox, ADX and Violent Force.

31Hatebreed

323 Inches of Blood
A great band, originated in Canada, started with Justin Hagberg vocals at the time, now the guitarist and harsh vocals, Shane Clark guitarist and Ash Pearson drummer. Later, a new member was introduced to the band, Cam Pipes was put as the vocals and Justin was moved to guitarist and harsh vocals. One of their best songs, Deadly Sinner from the album Advance and Vanquish, appeared in three games, Saints Row 2, Tony Hawk's Underground 2, and Brutal Legend.

33Lamb of God
Best speed/ groove metal band ever! Should be in the top 3.
LOG are awesome!
One of my favored bands
Exactly I don't know why this thy do because lamb wa of god wa izz de most amazingly fantastical ban eve

34Running Wild
Best speed metal band of all times. Period. Really, just watch their last concert at Wacken Opean Air and you will see that they are, indeed, the best of all times!

35Racer X

36Sonata Arctica
Deserves to be called mor speed metal than Metallica or the Nu- Metal ones up there.

37Stormwarrior

38Artillery

39Rage

40ADX

41Tankard
They're funny beer thrash, not speed metal.

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42Cranium
This is speed metal!

43Iced Earth

44Death Angel

45Sodom
Listen to Agent orange or to Tapping the Vein albums after it you know who is the fastest speed metal band songs like Agent Orange or Deadline prove it
Sodom is so hard and speedy. I love the music.

46Suicidal Tendencies
Not sure how they managed to escape this list, but Suicidal Tendencies is definitely speed metal.

47Manowar
Started in the 1980's in Auburn, NY with Eric Adams at the helm this band holds the loudest concert ever and their best speed song is probably house of death or fight until we die
Manowar should be in top 20

48Powermad

49Midnight

50Wrathchild America

51Helstar

52Wumbo
I wumbo you wumbo he she we wumbo.
Wumbo, wumblebee, its first grade SpongeBob!
Wumbology, the study of wumbo

53Possessed

54Testament

55Alcatrazz

56Cacophony
Severely underrated, they perfected the metal subgenre, just listen to Speed Metal Symphony! Jason and Marty just SHRED!

57Rigor Mortis
Has everyone forgotten about rigamortis you can't get any faster than that mike scaccias solos are lightning and the bass lines are buzzing Corbits vocals roar makes dragon force seem like wagon force with a busted wheel

58Riot
Come on guys listen some good stuff!

59D.R.I.

60Steel Attack
Real speed metal. This list almost has no speed metal bands.

61Hibria
Change your lifeline and millenium quest.
Listen to those songs and you will see how
Amazing Hibria is.

62Enforcer
If you like iron maiden or the early days of
Helloween you'll like this one a lot.
Just listen to midnight vice.

63X Japan
Beautiful songs, beautiful lyrics, beautiful instrumentals, beautiful voice. Their songs are filled with emotion like none other.

They are definitely one of, if not the, best rock bands in all time.
Aweesoome
Band Altogether!
Beautiful songs:
Art of Life
Kurenai
Rusty Nail
I definitely vote number 1. Speed rock combined with the most melodic rhythm.

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