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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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