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You can't compare with this band, they are the most talented band in metal, close to the most talented ever.
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.
The are a very fast band, but they are not speed metal, not aggressive enough - germshep24
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!60 Comments
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 band19 Comments
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.3 Comments
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.10 Comments
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 touched36 Comments
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!
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.
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
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
Highway Star is pretty fast. - Userguy445 Comments
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's Heavy Metal! - Userguy44
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!10 Comments
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
I don't know what is speed metal but Slayer= speed+ thrash metal
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 hannemann26 Comments
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.
Some of their songs are pretty fast but not really speed metal in general - danimey
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
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.9 Comments
Not speed metal.Some thrash bands can be speed metal but I don't think metallica is - DarkBoi-X
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/
Not speed metal. Dyers Eve is their fastest, but it's a Trash Metal song. Megadeth is faster. - Userguy44
No one in the world can do fight fire with fire as fast as Metallica15 Comments
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 best2 Comments
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
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
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
Exodus...especially the video..Riot act...how 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
In 70s brittish speed metal we have judas priest and motorhead as pioneers and america riot who switched their band name to riot v.
Come on guys listen some good stuff!
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... !
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
WHO THE HELL PUT IT HERE? IT doesn't DESERVE HERE, IT MUST BE HIGHER..
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.
Not speed metal, but they are not bad.
I think their best speed metal songs are Shot to Hell, Most Dangerous Game. - Metal_Treasure
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
This list is hilarious!
There are few true speed metal bands in this list and the best one of them is at 26.
People, just listen to 'Chosen to Stay'. It should be counted as one of the best metal songs ever but is hardly mentioned anywhere.
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! __
Nobody here seems to know what speed metal even is. Exciter, Agent Steel, Razor should be in the top three. - wizardlarry3 Comments
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!
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"!6 Comments
Good band specialy the early work
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.
Art of Life
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
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.
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.
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.
Best speed/ groove metal band ever! Should be in the top 3.
LOG are awesome!
One of my favored bands
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Stratovarius on 43? Joke? In speed metal between 1-10 place.
Hard & Fast..i think this is really speed metal
Deserves to be called mor speed metal than Metallica or the Nu- Metal ones up there.
Best German Band
Best power/speed/progressive mix from German metal scene
They're funny beer thrash, not speed metal. - Metal_Treasure
This is speed metal!
Severely underrated, they perfected the metal subgenre, just listen to Speed Metal Symphony! Jason and Marty just SHRED!
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.
Check them out
Damn I like this band. so veryy strooong and spiriit
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