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. (201 items)
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    Motörhead is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands

    New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

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    Progressive metal, Melodic music, Power metal

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    New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Thrash metal, Power metal

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    Thrash metal, Groove metal, Heavy metal

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    Thrash metal, Groove metal, Rock music

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    Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

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    Megadeth is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands

    Glam metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

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    Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Groove metal

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    Power metal, Heavy metal, Folk metal

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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

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    Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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  12. 12
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    Thrash metal, Groove metal, Power metal

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    New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

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    Glam metal, Thrash metal, Power metal

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  15. 15
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    Overkill is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
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    Thrash metal, Groove metal, Heavy metal

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  17. 17
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    Power metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

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    Power metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

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    Thrash metal, Viking metal, Power metal

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    Testament is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands

    Thrash metal, Groove metal, Heavy metal

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    Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

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    Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

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    Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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    Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

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    Metallica is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands

    Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Thrash metal, Gothic rock, Industrial metal

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    Nu metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

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    Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Black metal

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    Nu metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

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    Viper is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands

    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

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    Mercyful Fate is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands

    Doom metal, Thrash metal, Progressive metal

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    Glam metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

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    Power metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Heavy metal

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    King Diamond is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands

    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Black metal

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    Thrash metal, Groove metal, Heavy metal

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    Power metal, Speed metal

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    Power metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Industrial metal

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    Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

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    New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Thrash metal, Heavy metal

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    Progressive rock

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    Toxic Holocaust is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands

    Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Black metal

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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

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    Black metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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    Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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