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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149 58
Exciter is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

2
274 130
Motörhead is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

3
222 101
Helloween is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Melodic music, Power metal

4
84 24
Overkill is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands

5
132 60
Blind Guardian is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

6
108 45
Running Wild is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Power metal, Heavy metal, Folk metal

7
195 100
Judas Priest is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Thrash metal, Power metal

8
100 41
Riot is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Power metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

9
69 22
Rage is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

10
106 46
Anvil is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

11
140 68
Overkill is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Groove metal, Heavy metal

12
157 81
Anthrax is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Groove metal

13
246 140
Megadeth is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Glam metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

14
78 30
Agent Steel is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

15
76 29
Razor is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

16
213 121
Slayer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Groove metal, Rock music

17
79 32
Grave Digger is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Groove metal, Power metal

18
77 31
Raven is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

19
133 69
Testament is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Groove metal, Heavy metal

20
122 65
Exodus is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Groove metal, Heavy metal

21
36 8
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
110 63
Accept is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Glam metal, Thrash metal, Power metal

23
81 42
Annihilator is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

24
94 54
Metal Church is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

25
103 63
Kreator is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Gothic rock, Industrial metal