Top 10 Differences Between Speed & Thrash MetalThere have been a lot of confusions between Speed Metal and Thrash metal. But these two genres are different.
I am trying my best to mentioning those differences. Its hard to fill 10 item.
The Top Ten
Yes, and for this reason speed metal is one of the purest subgenres of metal because there aren't influences from other music genres. Nice and accurate list, by the way. - Metal_Treasure
Most well known thrash metal guitarists were inspired by punk rock guitarists. James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett, Dave Mustaine, Scott Ian are some of them.
While speed metal guitarists such as Ritchie Blackmore, Duo KK Downing & Glenn Tipton, Kai Hansen, Michael Weikath weren't much inspired by punk rock. Rather they were more inspired by various music genres such as classical, hard rock, blues, heavy metal etc. - zxm
Thrash metal is probably the best genre of extreme metal, but speed metal hangs between two of them. I remember once seeing that speed metal hasn't been considered as extreme metal because it doesn't have hardcore punk influence - zxm
Speed Metal is between Power Metal and Thrash Metal - heavier than power metal but not extreme like thrash metal - Metal_Treasure
Speed metal is just fast, but not really brutal, while thrash metal is more brutal. - zxm
Downpicking riffs are very common in punk rock and thrash metal. But more or less, speed metal have always been using alternate picking.
I am not saying thrash metal doesn't have alternate picking or vice versa but check some speed and thrash metal riffs. - zxm
Yeah, speed metal has powerful vocals, thrash metal also does, but speed metal usually have more melodic vocals than thrash metal. But vocals isn't always the major thing, that's why I didn't add higher. - zxm
Thrash metal drummers beat snare drums more to keep the rhythm with guitarist, but speed metal drummers usually beat more pieces. - zxm
The low E and A string. Thickest strings of a guitar. Which makes more low pitched (brutal) sound. While, the aim of speed metal is to be fast, that's why it can be less restricted to low strings. And can be easily performed on high strings. - zxm
Dumb reason I know, I had to fill the list. - zxm
In the 70s Rainbow and Deep Purple created the foundations of speed metal - Metal_Treasure
I know both of them came in the 70s, but speed metal was slowly developed from 70s to 80s, were thrash metal was quickly developed in the 80s.
Even though guitarists like Glenn Tipton and KK Downing may not be speed metal guitarists, but they were important for creating fast paced metal riffs bases on traditional heavy metal.
Besides, I was running out of point. - zxm
Lyrics doesn't matter. That's why its on the end. But speed metal songs have more varieties. While thrash metal songs have dark stuffs, like war, violence, conflicts etc. - zxm