Top Ten Speed Metal Bands

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1DragonForce

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

Simply the best Speed Metal Band EVER! Body Breakdown!

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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.. - freezerman75

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. - Metal_Treasure

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...

Why are Dragonforce number one. Not even within top 10 for power metal.

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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. - Metal_Treasure

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."

Well their fist three albums was pretty damn fast if you ask me

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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.

Why? They are Iron Maiden on speed that's why.

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5Blind 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. - Metal_Treasure

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

I really like their new album 'beyond the red mirror', in my opinion they really deserve a higher rank than this.

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6Slayer

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. - Metal_Treasure

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

Pretty fast, but not exactly Speed yet... Still one of the best bands around however.

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7Accept

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. - Metal_Treasure

8Metallica

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. - Metal_Treasure

No one in the world can do fight fire with fire as fast as Metallica

Metallica is the better than all the other bands COMBINED!

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9Gamma Ray

They ARE speed metal.

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

10Avenged 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.

Avenged Sevenfold are NOT speed metal - speed metal is a genre with specific features and not every fast song. Get them off here! - Metal_Treasure

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11Judas 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.

They are not called the gods of metal for nothing rob halford for the win

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12Deep Purple

They may have started it but dragonforce is the current best

I don't hear any Metal in Deep Purples sound. They shouldn't be on this list - ryanrimmel

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. - Metal_Treasure

13Rainbow

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. - Metal_Treasure

14Children 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"!

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. - Metal_Treasure

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15Anvil

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. - Metal_Treasure

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17Over 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. - Metal_Treasure

The green and the black... !

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 they sound more like prog metal with thrash elements). - Metal_Treasure

This band so underrated - dootdoot

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

19Primal 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. - Metal_Treasure

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