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The Best Speed Metal Bands

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An offshoot of the New Wave of British Metal, speed metal emerged at the end of the 1970s. Speed metal bands are some of the most skilled musicians out there. The genre can be described as extremely fast (speed metal isn't just a clever name), melodic and aggressive. Also, speed metal showcases solos and a technical precision that demonstrates how truly talented the best speed metal bands are. The increased tempo, power chords and more authoritative sound helped define speed metal to its legions of fans.

So, what are the best speed metal bands? If you're going to talk about speed metal bands, you have to include the likes of Motorhead, Anthrax, Judas Priest, Metallica (during those early years) and Helloween. All of these speed metal bands played an important role in shaping the genre and its popularity remains strong today. The best speed metal bands have been able to play some of the biggest arenas - and even stadiums - in the world which is a testament not only to their popularity, but skill as musicians.

That said, it's up to you to determine what are the best speed metal bands. If you notice that a band isn't on this list and should be, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best speed metal bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest speed metal musician ever?" If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular speed metal bands that you might've heard of. (225 items)


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    Ace of Spades, 1916, No Remorse

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    Reign in Blood, South of Heaven, Seasons in the Abyss

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    Rust in Peace, Peace Sells... but Who's Buying?, Youthanasia

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    British Steel, Screaming for Vengeance, Hell Bent for Leather

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    Keeper of the Seven Keys, Pt. 2, Walls of Jericho

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    Bonded by Blood, Fabulous Disaster, Another Lesson in Violence

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    Balls to the Wall, Restless and Wild, Metal Heart

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    Practice What You Preach, The New Order, The Legacy

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    Master of Puppets, Ride the Lightning, Metallica

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    Among the Living, Fistful of Metal, Spreading the Disease

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    Feel the Fire, Taking Over, W.F.O.

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    Vulgar Display of Power, Cowboys From Hell, Far Beyond Driven

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    Holy Diver, The Last in Line, Sacred Heart

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    Enemy of God, Pleasure to Kill, Phantom Antichrist

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    Inhuman Rampage, Twilight Dementia, Ultra Beatdown

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    Triumph of the Will, Hell's Getting Hotter

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    Metal Church, The Human Factor, The Dark

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    The Beginning, Melissa, Don't Break the Oath

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    Abigail, Black Rose: 20 Years Ago, The Puppet Master

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    Imaginations From the Other Side, Nightfall in Middle-Earth, A Twist in ...

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    Heavy Metal Maniac, Violence & Force, Unveiling the Wicked

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    Ausgebombt, Agent Orange, M-16

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    The Ultra-Violence, Act III, Relentless Retribution

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    Alice in Hell, The One, Never

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    The Antichrist, Sentence of Death, Release From Agony

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    Suicidal for Life, The Art of Rebellion, Join the Army

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    Insult to Injury, Thrashback, Ticket to Mayhem

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    Masterpieces, Crimson Thunder, Glory to the Brave

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    Infinite, Visions, Twilight Time

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    Past and Present, This Is Thirteen, Anthology of Anvil

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    Death or Glory, Port Royal, The Brotherhood

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    Follow the Reaper, Hatebreeder, Blooddrunk

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    Chemistry of Consciousness, Reaper's Grave EP, From the Ashes of Nuclear ...

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    Rising, Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow, Long Live Rock ’n’ Roll

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    Darkness Descends, Time Does Not Heal, Leave Scars

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    Lightning to the Nations, Rising Up, Canterbury

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    The American Way, Surf Nicaragua, Independent

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    Heavy Metal Breakdown, The Grave Digger, The Reaper

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    Northern Rage, StormWarrior, Heading Northe

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    The New Age of Terror, Raging Violence, Hate

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    Here Waits Thy Doom, Battlecry Under a Winter Sun, Advance and Vanquish ...

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    Into the Night, Diamonds, Death by Fire

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    Thundersteel, The Privilege of Power, Army of One

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    Closing In, Early Man, Death Potion

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    Doomsday for the Deceiver, Drift, The Cold

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    They Will Return, Swamplord, Swampsong

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    Death Is This Communion, Blessed Black Wings, The Art of Self Defense

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    ART OF LIFE, Art of Life 1993.12.31 Tokyo Dome, Complete Singles

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    Into the Mirror Black, Refuge Denied, Into the Mirror Live

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