Top Ten Speed Metal Bands


The Top Ten

1 DragonForce DragonForce DragonForce are a British power metal band based in London, England. Formed in 1999, the group are known for their long and fast guitar solos, fantasy-themed lyrics, and electronic sounds in their music to add to their retro video game-influenced sound.

The are a very fast band, but they are not speed metal, not aggressive enough - germshep24


DragonForce has some quality music.

Lit music - DarkBoi-X

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2 Motörhead Motörhead Motörhead were an English heavy metal band formed in June 1975 by bassist, singer, and songwriter Ian Fraser "Lemmy" Kilmister, who was the sole constant member; guitarist and songwriter Larry Wallis; and drummer Lucas Fox. The band's harsh vocals and fast paced tempos helped inspire speed metal and more.

The most confused sub-genre of all time, which is probably why you can't find a good speed metal song list let alone speed metal band list - germshep24

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

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3 Blind Guardian Blind Guardian Blind Guardian is a German power metal band formed in the mid-1980s in West Germany. They are often credited as one of the seminal and most influential bands in the power metal and speed metal subgenres. Heavily influenced by Queen, they use the technique of overdubbing. They also incorporate large more.

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

Their first 3 albums are speed metal albums so I'll vote for them. Blind Guardian is my favorite band.

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4 Helloween Helloween Helloween is a German power metal band founded in 1984 in Hamburg, Northern Germany. The band is a pioneering force in the power metal genre, and their second and third studio albums, Keeper of the Seven Keys: Part I and Part II, are considered masterpieces of the genre.

Helloween themselves don't think they were speed metal. Maybe they are right. I would say their debut album Walls Of Jericho was mostly speed metal but not the albums they made after it (they were power metal). - Metal_Treasure

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!

Helloween is greatest Speed metal band...Listen to Walls Of jericho and Are You Metal

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

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5 Megadeth Megadeth Megadeth is an American thrash metal band from Los Angeles, California. Megadeth was formed in 1983 by guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson, shortly after Mustaine was fired from Metallica. They have released 15 studio albums to date, and have gone through many lineup changes, with Dave more.

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."

The genesis of speed metal. Listen to megadeth's last rites demo, if you haven't already. Can't be touched - hasn't been touched - won't be touched

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6 Accept Accept Accept is a German heavy metal band from the town of Solingen, originally assembled by former vocalist Udo Dirkschneider, guitarist Wolf Hoffmann and bassist Peter Baltes.

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.

Accept and DragonForce are the only speed Metal bands in the top 10. (Maybe Gamma Ray) - Brobusky

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

They built the genre along Priest and Motorhead, actually.

Accept No Substitues!

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7 Deep Purple Deep Purple Deep Purple are an English rock band formed in Hertford in 1968. They are considered to be among the pioneers of heavy metal and modern hard rock, although their musical approach changed over the years. Originally formed as a progressive rock band, the band shifted to a heavier sound in 1970. Deep Purple, more.

We have Deep Purple, Accept, Judas Priest as the big influencers, Riot as a minor influence, and Queen as the influencers from the rock side with Stone Cold Crazy - germshep24

Highway Star is pretty fast. - Userguy44

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.

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 (Hard Lovin' Man, 1970; 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

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8 Judas Priest Judas Priest Judas Priest are a British heavy metal band that formed in Birmingham, England, in 1969. They are often referred to as one of the greatest metal bands of all time, and are even commonly called “The Metal Gods”, after one of the songs on their 1980 album “British Steel”. more.

It's Heavy Metal! - Userguy44

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.

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!

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9 Gamma Ray Gamma Ray Gamma Ray is a power metal band from Hamburg, northern Germany, founded and fronted by Kai Hansen after his departure from the German power metal band Helloween.

They ARE speed metal.

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

Rule Germania Gamma Ray! They got enough speed to kick most of theese list bands off the board!

Ñu.Gamma Ray melodic Power/Speed Metal on their ranks

10 Slayer Slayer Slayer is an American thrash metal band from Huntington Park, California, formed in 1981 by guitarists Jeff Hanneman and Kerry King. They rose to fame with their 1986 album Reign in Blood, and is credited as one of the big four of thrash metal bands, the others being Metallica, Megadeth, and Anthrax. more.

If speed metal was only about speed this would definitely be under speed metal but their not - germshep24

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

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The Contenders

11 Metallica Metallica Metallica is an American Thrash Metal band formed in 1981 . The original lineup was James Hetfield (Vocalist and Rhythm guitarist), Dave Mustaine (Lead Guitar), Lars Ulrich (Drums), Ron McGovney (Bassist). The group came into mainstream from their Self-Titled album and the hit single "Enter Sandman". more.

Not speed metal.Some thrash bands can be speed metal but I don't think metallica is - DarkBoi-X

Not speed metal. Dyers Eve is their fastest, but it's a Trash Metal song. Megadeth is faster. - Userguy44

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

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12 Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold is an American alternative metal band, that was formed 1999 in California. Their longest lineup of members was M. Shadows (Vocals), Synyster Gates (Lead Guitar), Zacky Vengeance (Rhythm Guitar), Johnny Christ (Bass Guitar), and The Rev (Drums). more.

Some of their songs are pretty fast but not really speed metal in general - danimey

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.

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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13 Rainbow Rainbow Rainbow are a British rock band led by guitarist Ritchie Blackmore from 1975 to 1984 and 1993 to 1997. They were originally established with Ronnie James Dio as the lead singer and lyricist. Rainbow were ranked No. 90 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock. The band has sold over 28 million albums more.

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

14 Exciter Exciter Exciter is a Canadian speed metal band from Ottawa, Ontario, formed in 1978 as Hell Razor. In 1980 they changed the name Exciter. They are widely considered to be one of the first speed metal bands and a seminal influence of the thrash metal genre.

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'. - Metal_Treasure

John Ricci invented speed metal!

By far the best

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15 Primal Fear Primal Fear Primal Fear are a German metal band formed in 1997 by Ralf Scheepers and Mat Sinner. They play heavy metal, power metal and speed metal. Primal Fear remind of Judas Priest but Primal Fear are faster and heavier. They use twin (dual) lead guitars. Ralf Scheepers voice reminds of Rob Halford.

Exodus...especially the video..Riot you get any faster"! ?

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

16 Metal Church Metal Church Metal Church is an American heavy metal band. They originally formed in San Francisco, California in 1980 before relocating to Aberdeen, Washington the following year and briefly using the name Shrapnel.

The best Metal Church albums are their self-debut Metal Church from 1985,The Dark and Blessing in Disguise along with their last album called XI
cool way how they mantained the roots of Power abrasive sound.
Metal Kings-Metal Church

17 Anvil Anvil Anvil are a Canadian heavy metal band from Toronto, Ontario, formed in 1978. The band consists of Steve "Lips" Kudlow, Robb Reiner and Chris Robertson.

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

18 Slipknot Slipknot Slipknot is an American Heavy Metal band formed in 1995 from Iowa. The band is best known as one of the pioneers of the New Wave of American Heavy Metal during the late 1990s - 2000s and are distinguishable by the band's clothing choices, consisting of black/red jumpsuits and horror inspired masks. more.

Not speed metal, but they are not bad.

19 Over 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... !

20 Riot

Come on guys listen some good stuff!

Speed metal

21 Annihilator Annihilator Annihilator is a Canadian thrash metal band founded in 1984 by vocalist, guitarist, bassist, songwriter, engineer, producer, mixer and mastering engineer Jeff Waters and former vocalist John Bates.

Metal Treasure, you are wrong. The following Annihilator albums are speed
Alice in Hell
King of the Kill
Criteria for a Black Widow
Waking the Fury
All for You
Annihilator - Roach

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


22 Venom Venom Venom are an English extreme metal band formed in 1979 in Newcastle upon Tyne. Coming to prominence towards the end of the new wave of British heavy metal, Venom's first two albums—Welcome to Hell and Black Metal—are considered a major influence on thrash metal and extreme metal in general.

Come on guys, venom is the best. They have made the genre their selves

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

23 Laaz Rockit Laaz Rockit Lääz Rockit is a thrash metal band formed in San Francisco, California in 1982. Although one of the lesser-known groups of the Bay Area thrash metal scene, each album in their career has received high critical marks. One of their signature elements were Ibanez guitars adorned with elaborate airbrushed more.

I think their best speed metal songs are Shot to Hell, Most Dangerous Game. - Metal_Treasure

24 Anthrax Anthrax Anthrax is an American thrash metal band from New York City, formed in 1981 by guitarist Scott Ian and bassist Dan Lilker.

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

4 sure I agree the Anthrax brought a great sound,fast a with a style all their own love them a must hear to thrashly be speedy

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26 Running Wild Running Wild Running Wild is a German heavy metal band, formed in 1976 in Hamburg. They were part of the German metal scene to emerge in the early to mid-1980s.

Really best and speed. Death or Glory simply nr1

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!

27 Children of Bodom Children of Bodom Children Of Bodom is a melodic death metal band from Espoo, Finland. Formed in 1993, the group currently consists of Alexi Laiho, Janne Wirman, Henkka Seppälä, Jaska Raatikainen and Daniel Freyberg.

Okay, let me tell you something. Avenged Sevenfold, Metallica and Slayer are not Speed Metal and Dragonforce is horrible music. Children Of Bodom should be in top 5 because they are most awesome band in the world, Alexi's guitar solos and Janne's keyboard solos are craziest thing ever. Combined to most underrated drummer (Jaska Raatikainen) and awesome rhythm and bass guitar it makes their music unbelievable good. - Disturbedpotato

I agree "Avenged Sevenfold, Metallica and Slayer are not Speed Metal and Dragonforce is horrible music." I agree Children Of Bodom are a great band. But they are NOT speed metal. - Metal_Treasure

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"!

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28 Agent Steel

Nobody here seems to know what speed metal even is. Exciter, Agent Steel, Razor should be in the top three. - wizardlarry

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 real speed!

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29 X Japan X Japan X Japan is a Japanese heavy metal band from Chiba, formed in 1982 by drummer Yoshiki and lead vocalist Toshi.

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.

I definitely vote number 1. Speed rock combined with the most melodic rhythm.

Band Altogether!
Beautiful songs:
Art of Life
Rusty Nail

30 Liege Lord Liege Lord Liege Lord is an American speed/power metal band, active in the 1980s and considered to be a pioneer of the genre.
31 Racer X

Best Speed Metal Band Ever!
Paul Gilbert was, is and will forever be a Prodigy.
Technical Difficulties was a true landmark in his Musical Career.
Quite a difficult guitar solo to deliver.
And the speed, of course.

32 Skull 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. - Metal_Treasure

33 Grave Digger Grave Digger

Pioneers of speed metal along with Accept. Known for such classics as Headbanging Man, Heavy Metal Breakdown, and Witch Hunt. Reformed in the 90s and became a great speed/power metal band. I saw them open for Blind Guardian and they were awesome.

Grave Digger is 25? This list sucks.

34 3 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.

35 Lamb of God Lamb of God Lamb of God is an American heavy metal band from Richmond, Virginia. Formed in 1994, the group consists of vocalist Randy Blythe, guitarists Mark Morton and Willie Adler, bassist John Campbell, and drummer Chris Adler.

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

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37 Stratovarius Stratovarius Stratovarius is a Finnish power metal band that formed in 1984. Since their formation, they have released 16 studio albums, 4 DVD and 3 live albums.

Stratovarius on 43? Joke? In speed metal between 1-10 place.

Hard & Fast..i think this is really speed metal

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39 Sonata Arctica Sonata Arctica Sonata Arctica is a Finnish power metal band from the town of Kemi, Finland. Created as a hard rock band named Tricky Beans, they later changed to Tricky Means and finally to Sonata Arctica, when they shifted to power metal.

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

40 Rage Rage Rage is a German heavy metal band, formed in 1984 by Peter "Peavy" Wagner. They were part of the German heavy/speed/power metal scene to emerge in the early to mid-1980s.

Best German Band

Best power/speed/progressive mix from German metal scene

41 Hatebreed Hatebreed Hatebreed is an American metalcore band from Connecticut, formed in 1994. They have released 7 studio albums to date, most recently The Concrete Confessional on May 13, 2016. Their musical style blends influences from hardcore punk and heavy metal; a prominent band within the hardcore scene, they have more.
42 Artillery Artillery Artillery is a Danish thrash metal band. They participated in the early development of the genre, and their highly energetic, riff-centric and often fast-paced music is similar in style to that of Voivod, Coroner, Megadeth and Sabbat from the same era.
43 Tankard Tankard Tankard is a thrash metal band from Frankfurt am Main, Germany, founded in 1982. Along with the bands Kreator, Destruction and Sodom, Tankard is often considered one of the "The Big Teutonic Four" of Teutonic thrash metal.

They're funny beer thrash, not speed metal. - Metal_Treasure

44 Cranium

This is speed metal!

45 Cacophony

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

46 Enforcer

Listen to undying evil and from beyond this band deserves to be in top 20

Such an amazing band!

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

47 Sabaton Sabaton Sabaton is a power metal band from Falun, Sweden formed in 1999. The band's main lyrical themes are based on war and historical battles.

Check them out

Damn I like this band. so veryy strooong and spiriit

48 Kreator Kreator Kreator is a German thrash metal band from Essen. Their style of music is similar to that of their compatriots Destruction, Sodom and Tankard; along with those three bands, Kreator has been referred to as one of the "big four" of Teutonic thrash metal, and they are often credited with helping pioneer more.

How could no one add kreator here? Pleasure to Kill album was the classic speed brutal speed metal!

49 Death Angel Death Angel Death Angel is an American thrash metal band from Daly City, California, initially active from 1982 to 1991 and again since 2001. Death Angel has released seven studio albums, two demo tapes, one box set and two live albums.

I Think this list was for speed metal not for thrash metal and more why are thrash metals ahead of this band. This band is not the best but deserves to be at no 9

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