Speed metal bands

This list of Speed metal bands includes bands that have at some stage in their career played within the style of Speed metal or one of its sub or fusion genres.

Speed metal is a sub-genre of heavy metal music that originated in the late 1970s from NWOBHM and hardcore punk roots. Motörhead is often credited as the first band to invent and play speed metal. Speed metal’s sound varied between various regional scenes. European bands leaned towards the sound of bands like Venom and Motörhead. Japanese bands had a more melodic sound that resembled power metal. US bands had a more aggressive sound that would later influence the thrash metal.

Speed metal bands – list of Speed metal bands a-z

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403 Forbidden (Japan)

A

Abraxas (Germany)
Acid (Belgium)
ADX (France)
Angel Dust (Germany)
Annihilator (Canada)
Anthrax (United States)
Antidote (Finland)
Armored Angel (Australia)
Arrow (Germany)
At War (United States)
Atlain (Germany)
Azrael (Japan)

B

Baphomet’s Blood (Italy)
Blatant Disarray (United States)
Blind Guardian (Germany)
Bloodcum (United States)
Bloodlust (United States)
Bömber (Chile)
Buzzard (Belgium)

C

Cerbero (Argentina)
Cranium (Sweden)
Crimson (United States)

D

Damien Thorne (United States)
Dead of Night (Finland)
Deadclaw (Japan)
Death Mask (United States)
Defender (Netherlands)
Desilence (Germany)
Disfear (Sweden)

E

Em Ruínas (Brazil)
Evil Blood (Croatia)

F

Flames (Greece)
Flametal (United States)

G

Guerra Total (Colombia)

H

Hawaii (United States)
Heller (Yugoslavia)
Hellraper (France)
Holy Moses (Germany)

I

Intöxicated (Germany)
Iron Savior (Germany)

J

Jester’s March (Germany)

K

Killing Fields (Thailand)
Kinetic Dissent (United States)
Kruger (Russia)

L

Legacy (Colombia)
Lonewolf (France)

M

Mandator (Netherlands)
Mefisto (Sweden)
Messerschmitt (Germany)
Messiah Force (Canada)
Motörhead (United Kingdom)

O

Oniromancy (France)

P

Pace of Hearse (Germany)
Pariah (Canada)
Perseguidor (Chile)
Primal Fear (Germany)

R

Razor (Canada)
Rex Inferi (Italy)
Rotor Hungary

S

Sagittari (Czech Republic)
Sarcasm (Slovenia)
Savage Thrust (United States)
Sentinel (United States)
Skanners (Italy)
Stereoxyde (France)
Stormwarrior (Germany)
Striker (Canada)

T

Target (Belgium)
Testor (Poland)
The Great Kat (United States)
Thrasher Death (Poland)
Toxic Holocaust (United States)
Toxik (United States)
Trench Hell (Australia)
Tröjan (United Kingdom)

V

Victorium (Thailand)
Vodka Humor (Russia)

W

Warfare (United Kingdom)
Whiplash (United States)
Witches (France)
Witchhammer (Norway)

Z

Zidiz Ecuador
Zimmer’s Hole (Canada)
Znöwhite (United States)