Top Ten Speed Metal Bands


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21 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!

22 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

23 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

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26 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

27 Sodom Sodom Sodom is a German thrash metal band from Gelsenkirchen, formed in 1981. They have gone through many line-up changes, leaving bassist vocalist Tom Angelripper as the only constant member.

Listen to Agent orange or to Tapping the Vein albums after it you know who is the fastest speed metal band songs like Agent Orange or Deadline prove it

Sodom is so hard and speedy. I love the music.

28 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.

29 Agent Steel

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 the only Speed Metal band in the list... Try listening Paradox, ADX and Violent Force.

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30 HammerFall HammerFall HammerFall is a Swedish heavy metal band from Gothenburg, Sweden. The band was formed in 1993 by ex-Ceremonial Oath guitarist Oscar Dronjak. V 1 Comment
31 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.
32 Slipknot Slipknot Slipknot is a Heavy Metal band formed in 1995 from Iowa. The band released their first album in 1999 and was well received by critics and fans. The group gained success after the release of their second studio album, "Iowa". more.

Not speed metal, but they are not bad.

33 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.
34 Rage Rage

Best power/speed/progressive mix from German metal scene

35 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

36 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.

37 Possessed Possessed Possessed is an American thrash/death metal band, originally formed in 1983 in the San Francisco Bay Area. Noted for their fast style of playing and Jeff Becerra's guttural vocals, they are routinely called the first band in the death metal genre. Possessed is the sometimes credited with being the first more.
38 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

39 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.

40 Running Wild Running Wild

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!

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