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. Malmsteen was the pinnacle of speed, then came Herman. He was so fast and utilized so much solos that no death metal band took him. He started it to piss them off even more and eventually reached success. Rest of the group is just as fast as him and the vocals are just amazing.

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2Motörhead

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

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...

Megadeth is thrash metal and heavy metal they are not speed metal and Avenged Sevenfold is just heavy metal you people have confused all the genres yeah I know Megadeth and Metallica are better than Motörhead but as speed metal is concerned motorhead is way better come on they are a better speed metal band

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."

Agreement: Holy Wars is speed perfection

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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!

What? Helloween the masters of speed metal in 6th, just listen to Helloween EP.

-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

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

Most of these bands are not even Speed Metal, just thrash. But Slayer with pounding double bass drums, disturbing vocals and lyrics, and some of the best guitar work in metal are simply the musical superior of all other speed metal bands.

Surely Slayer are always number #1? What are they doing down here? Have you listened to them?

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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

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8Gamma Ray

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

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9Metallica

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/

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

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

I know faster band and that band is Megadeth now that's the real speed metal.

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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.

I thought this was a speed metal list this band hard rock at best

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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The Contenders

11Judas Priest

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.

It seems you don't know what speed metal is. Motorhead is pure hard rock, Judas priest are not speed metal, slayer are more trash than speed, megadeath is heavy-black metal, Halloween is metal (No one know what gender)...

Rob Halford looks like a stripper in that picture...

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12Rainbow

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

13Deep Purple

People that can't hear any metal in Deep Purple are deaf. Listen to the song Burn. If you don't hear any metal at all, you need a hearing aid.

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

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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"!

Ever heard of Melodic Death Metal? If not, this is it. Not a speed metal band.

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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

16Metal Church
17Over Kill

Elimination! Elimination! A lemon nation. Overkill defines speed/thrash metal. Ironbound only proves that sometimes the old ways are good to.

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

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

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20The Human Abstract
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