Metal 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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1
143 54
Exciter is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

2
211 93
Helloween is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Melodic music, Power metal

3
256 125
Motörhead is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

4
131 55
Blind Guardian is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

5
99 36
Riot is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Power metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

6
71 21
Overkill is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands

7
66 18
Rage is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

8
104 42
Anvil is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

9
102 41
Running Wild is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Power metal, Heavy metal, Folk metal

10
77 28
Grave Digger is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Groove metal, Power metal

11
178 96
Judas Priest is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Thrash metal, Power metal

12
130 65
Overkill is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Groove metal, Heavy metal

13
74 28
Agent Steel is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

14
148 78
Anthrax is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Groove metal

15
233 137
Megadeth is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Glam metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

16
72 28
Razor is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

17
199 116
Slayer is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Groove metal, Rock music

18
126 66
Testament is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Groove metal, Heavy metal

19
118 61
Exodus is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Groove metal, Heavy metal

20
72 30
Raven is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

21
32 5
Iced Earth is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Alex Gaginsky added Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

22
40 13
Helstar is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

23
103 61
Accept is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Glam metal, Thrash metal, Power metal

24
38 12
Whiplash is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

25
77 42
Annihilator is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

26
100 60
Kreator is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Gothic rock, Industrial metal

27
90 53
Metal Church is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

28
41 17
Stormwarrior is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Viking metal, Power metal

29
38 17
Paragon is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Power metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

30
56 33
Destruction is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Nu metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

31
57 34
King Diamond is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Black metal

32
61 39
Sodom is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Black metal

33
64 43
Death Angel is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Nu metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

34
72 51
Mercyful Fate is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Doom metal, Thrash metal, Progressive metal

35
48 32
Sacred Reich is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Groove metal, Heavy metal

36
51 35
Savatage is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Melodic Rock, Progressive metal, Power metal

37
28 15
Viper is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

38
40 26
Primal Fear is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Power metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

39
23 11
Heathen is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

40
42 29
Dark Angel is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Heavy metal

41
17 7
Master is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

42
38 28
Flotsam and Jetsam is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

43
10 3
Manilla Road is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Alex Gaginsky added Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

44
13 6
Artillery is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

45
14 7
Iron Angel is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

46
14 7
Avenger is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
RobinGallego added

47
15 8
Liege Lord is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Power metal, Speed metal

48
15 8
Heretic is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

49
99 90
DragonForce is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Black metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

50
33 26
Children of Bodom is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Symphonic black metal