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Speed metal is a sub-genre of heavy metal music originating in the late 1970's to mid 1980's that was the direct musical progenitor of and . Speed metal is characterized by staccato drumming, single-note riffing at fast tempos and complex guitar solos. Unlike thrash metal, speed metal uses melodical hooks. Lyrical themes of speed metal are those common for .

Early speed metal bands include Motorhead, Judas Priest, Venom, Anthrax, Megadeth, Rage, Helloween, Blind Guardian, Running… read more

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  • Avatar for tntmk
    Speed Metal is somewhere in between heavy metal and power/thrash metal, for example first two Blind Guardian albums, Kai Hansen fronted Helloween, Scanner, Exciter and more. It doesn't mean fast metal (even if the name came from: faster than usual heavy metal) and no, DragonForce aren't even remotely speed metal. [2]
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  • Avatar for L57NT
    @ adam11i13, @ BastianDansk: There were a lot of raw and primitive speed metal in the 80s (that is generally considered to be speed metal nowadays). I'd say the real difference between speed and thrash is hardcore punk influence. Speed metal can be simply Judas Priest / Accept type heavy metal pushed to the extremity, while thrash is built on hardcore punk rhythms. And thrash can be quite melodic easily.
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    Dragonforce? What the hell
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    ZİGGURAT - Kudretim Var (2015) New song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8FH911O1ss
  • Avatar for adam11i13
    Speed is something like (as i always say) melodic thrash.
  • Avatar for BastianDansk
    Speed Metal: Venom, Diamond Head, Manowar, Manilla Road, Motorhead, some of Judas Priest, Exciter Thrash Metal: Speed Metal + Aggressiveness Power Metal: Speed Metal + Melody
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    TO ALL HEAVY METAL LOVERS: IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO DOWNLOAD OUR FREE DEMO YOU CAN GET IT HERE!!! https://angelmartyr.bandcamp.com/releases
  • Avatar for L57NT
    V People generally tend to call speed metal any fast metal from 80s except for thrash. This is the reason why this term is so awkward.
  • Avatar for Kuroishi_x
    Speed Metal is somewhere in between heavy metal and power/thrash metal, for example first two Blind Guardian albums, Kai Hansen fronted Helloween, Scanner, Exciter and more. It doesn't mean fast metal (even if the name came from: faster than usual heavy metal) and no, DragonForce aren't even remotely speed metal.

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