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Best Speed Metal Bands

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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    Heavy Metal Maniac, Violence & Force, Unveiling the Wicked

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

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

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

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    The Antichrist, Sentence of Death, Release From Agony

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    Triumph of the Will, Hell's Getting Hotter

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    Insult to Injury, Thrashback, Ticket to Mayhem

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    Infinite, Visions, Twilight Time

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

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    Death or Glory, Port Royal, The Brotherhood

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    Past and Present, This Is Thirteen, Anthology of Anvil

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    Masterpieces, Crimson Thunder, Glory to the Brave

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    Heavy Metal Breakdown, The Grave Digger, The Reaper

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    Lightning to the Nations, Rising Up, Canterbury

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    Follow the Reaper, Hatebreeder, Blooddrunk

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    Darkness Descends, Time Does Not Heal, Leave Scars

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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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    The American Way, Surf Nicaragua, Independent

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    Doomsday for the Deceiver, Drift, The Cold

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

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    Angel Rat, Lives, The Outer Limits

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    Freedom's Rise, Master Control, Burn to My Touch

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    Hellish Crossfire, Winds of War

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    Strength, Power, Will

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    ...and Rome Shall Fall, Born of the Cauldron, God of Metal

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    Totális Metál, Best of Régi Gép, Oblatio

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    Félre az útból!!!, A szabadság fantomja, ...

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