music 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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Helloween is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Helloween Progressive metal, Melodic music, Power metal

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Motörhead is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Motörhead New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

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Exciter is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Exciter Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

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Judas Priest is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Judas Priest New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Thrash metal, Power metal

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Riot is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Riot Power metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

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Overkill is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Overkill Thrash metal, Groove metal, Heavy metal

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Megadeth is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Megadeth Glam metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

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Raven is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Raven New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

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Running Wild is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Running Wild Power metal, Heavy metal, Folk metal

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Blind Guardian is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Blind Guardian Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

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Agent Steel is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Agent Steel Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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Slayer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Slayer Thrash metal, Groove metal, Rock music

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Anvil is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Anvil Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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Razor is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Razor Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

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Anthrax is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Anthrax Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Groove metal

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Whiplash is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Whiplash Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

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Overkill is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands

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Grave Digger is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Grave Digger Thrash metal, Groove metal, Power metal

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Helstar is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Helstar Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

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Exodus is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Exodus Thrash metal, Groove metal, Heavy metal

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Testament is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Testament Thrash metal, Groove metal, Heavy metal

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Accept is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Accept Glam metal, Thrash metal, Power metal

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Rage is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Rage Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

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Paragon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Paragon Power metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

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Stormwarrior is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Stormwarrior Thrash metal, Viking metal, Power metal

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Metal Church is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Metal Church Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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Annihilator is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Annihilator Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

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Destruction is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Destruction Nu metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

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Savatage is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Savatage Melodic Rock, Progressive metal, Power metal

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Metallica is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Metallica Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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Primal Fear is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Primal Fear Power metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

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Kreator is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Kreator Thrash metal, Gothic rock, Industrial metal

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Viper is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Viper Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

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Liege Lord is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Liege Lord Power metal, Speed metal

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Death Angel is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Death Angel Nu metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

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King Diamond is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
King Diamond Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Black metal

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Sodom is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Sodom Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Black metal

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Mercyful Fate is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Mercyful Fate Doom metal, Thrash metal, Progressive metal

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Dark Angel is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Dark Angel Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Heavy metal

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Sacred Reich is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Sacred Reich Thrash metal, Groove metal, Heavy metal

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Diamond Head is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Diamond Head New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Thrash metal, Heavy metal

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Tank is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Tank New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

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Heretic is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Heretic Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

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Heathen is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Heathen Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

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Iron Angel is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Iron Angel Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

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Malice is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Malice Heavy metal, Speed metal

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DragonForce is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
DragonForce Black metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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Flotsam and Jetsam is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Flotsam and Jetsam Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

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Stratovarius is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Stratovarius Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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Pantera is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Pantera Glam metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal