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Speed Metal

Speed Metal is a sub-genre of Heavy Metal originating from the NWOBHM and the work of early Heavy Metal bands such as Deep Purple and Judas Priest. It is usually considered less abrasive and more melodic than Thrash Metal, showing less influence from Hardcore Punk. However, Speed Metal is usually faster and more aggressive than traditional Heavy Metal, also showing more inclination to virtuoso soloing and featuring short instrumental passages between couplets. Speed Metal songs frequently make use of highly expressive vocals, but are usually less likely to employ 'harsh' vocals than Thrash Metal songs.

A few defining Speed Metal releases are Metallica's Kill 'Em All (1983), Exciter's Violence & Force (1984), Helloween's Walls of Jericho (1985), Blind Guardian's Battalions of Fear (1988), and Angel Dust's Into the Dark Past (1988).

The best Speed Metal albums

Stained Class
1978 / Columbia Records
Somewhere Far Beyond
1992 / Virgin Records
Thundersteel
1988 / CBS Associated
Nosferatu
1989 / Metal Blade Records
2005 Demo
2005 / Self-released/independent
Painkiller
1990 / Columbia Records
Gambling with the Devil
2007 / Steamhammer
Walls of Jericho
1985 / Noise Records
The Missing Link
1993 / Noise Records
Unleashed in the East
1979 / Columbia Records
8 Deadly Sins
2004 / Massacre Records
Somewhere Out in Space
1997 / Noise Records
Outworld
2006 / Replica Records
Land of the Free
1995 / Noise Records
Think This
1989 / Roadracer Records
Rust in Peace
1990 / Capitol Records
Mind Wars
1988 / Under One Flag
Master Control
1988 / Metal Blade Records