Speed metal


July 6, 2022

Speed ​​metal is an extreme subgenre of heavy metal, originating in the late 1970s and early 1980s. It fuses NWOBHM with hardcore punk.


As with other subgenres of heavy metal, it is difficult to define, especially in this case, since there are no cases of exclusively speed metal bands. Groups such as Accept, Anvil, Exciter, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Riot, Venom or Mercyful Fate are considered the main developers of the fastest speeds within the style. Later, because speed metal was so intense and technically demanding, the genre quickly evolved into thrash metal, which allowed more wiggle room in terms of rhythm, groove, and instrumental prowess (with Slayer, Metallica, Megadeth, and Anthrax). as higher exponents). Others, like Helloween, Gamma Ray or Blind Guardian, influenced their more melodic aspect, and their fantastic lyrics. The first albums of these bands, such as Walls of Jericho (Helloween), Blue Blood (X Japan) or Battalions of fear (Blind Guardian) are a clear example of the evolution of speed metal towards power metal. The term "speed metal" is still used to glorify and differentiate bands that play faster traditional heavy metal, although the term is being lost as it is too diffuse, and is often simply distinguished between traditional heavy metal, thrash metal and power metal. .

Music Features

Speed ​​metal is characterized by its extremely fast and abrasive as well as technical rhythms. However, it shows a precise and clean sound. The speed metal concept has been changed and adapted over the years. In the 1980s he was referring to American underground bands like Metallica. Even today, its use generates controversy, as it is commonly used in North America for European power metal bands (Sonata Arctica), while on the other hand, it refers to the records or songs of heavy metal bands (such as Motörhead , Iron Maiden or Judas Priest) that laid the foundations for later thrash metal and power metal. However, officially, works by bands that appeared in the 80s such as Metallica, Helloween, Exciter, Blind Guardian, Megadeth, Anvil, Agent Steel, Venom, Damien Thorne or Iron Angel are included in the subgenre. Later these bands, when defining their styles, would lean more towards thrash metal or power metal.

See also

speed metal bands

External Links

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