Speed metal musical groups

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  1. Accept



    Accept is a German heavy metal band from the town of Solingen, originally assembled by former vocalist Udo Dirkschneider, guitarist Wolf Hoffmann and bassist Peter Baltes. Their beginnings can be traced back to the late 1960s. The band played an important role in the development of speed and thrash metal, being part of the German heavy metal scene, which emerged in the early to mid-1980s. Accept achieved commercial success with their fifth studio album Balls to the Wall (1983), which remains the band's only album to be certified gold in the United States and Canada, and spawned their well-known hit "Balls to the Wall".

  2. Agent Steel

    Agent Steel


    Agent Steel is an American speed metal band from Los Angeles, California that was formed in 1984 by singer John Cyriis (birth name disputed, possibly João Campos or Jean Pierre), and drummer Chuck Profus. The band released two full length albums, and one EP before disbanding in 1988. They were most notable for John Cyriis's high-pitched vocals, catchy songs, melodic riffs, and fast tempos mixed in with their unusual (in heavy metal) UFOs, and differential anthropology -as the band's song]/lyrical themes. The band reformed in 1999 and has released three full length albums since.

  3. Agony



    Agony is a Colombian metal band, formed in Bogotá, Colombia in 1992. The band was founded by Alfonso Pinzón and Andrés Jaramillo, two college friends that shared a common interest in metal. A demo tape of the band's first songs, was quickly spread through Bogotá's metal fans in 1994. The band created a reputation of strong and fierce live shows, which was recorded in the first live album published by a Colombian band, Live All the Time in 1995, featuring two cover songs: Pantera's "Strength Beyond Strength" and Sepultura's "Propaganda".

  4. Aion



    Aion (stylized as AION) is a Japanese metal band from Osaka, formed in 1983 by guitarist Izumi. Aion are considered to be important to the formation of visual kei, credited as being one of the bands to start the movement in the early '80s. They were also one of the most successful Japanese heavy metal bands of the early '90s, charting on the Oricon music chart and touring with big bands such as Luna Sea. As of 2010 they have released 15 full albums, 6 singles, 2 EPs and more than 10 VHS/DVD.

  5. Alcatrazz



    Alcatrazz is an American heavy metal band formed in 1983 by Graham Bonnet, Jimmy Waldo and Gary Shea. They are best known for their song "God Blessed Video".

  6. Angel Dust

    Angel Dust


    Angel Dust (originally Angeldust) was a German heavy metal band. Initially active from 1984 to 1990 as speed and thrash metal band, they dropped their thrash roots in favor of a power/progressive metal sound upon reforming in 1998.

  7. Annihilator



    Annihilator is a Canadian thrash metal band founded in 1984 by vocalist, guitarist and bassist Jeff Waters. They are the highest selling heavy metal group in Canadian history, having sold 12 million albums worldwide, although most of their sales have been generated outside of the band's home country. Their first two studio albums, Alice in Hell and Never, Neverland, are considered to be influential Canadian heavy metal records.

  8. Anthrax



    Anthrax is an American thrash metal band from New York, formed in 1981 by guitarist Scott Ian and bassist Dan Lilker. The group was considered one of the leaders of the thrash metal scene during the 1980s. When the genre's popularity increased, Anthrax was one of its "big four" with Metallica, Megadeth and Slayer. As of 2014 the band has released ten studio albums, a number of singles and an EP with American hip hop group Public Enemy. According to Nielsen SoundScan Anthrax sold 2.5 million records in the United States from 1991 to 2004, with worldwide sales of over 15 million.

  9. Anvil



    Anvil are a Canadian heavy metal band from Toronto, Ontario, formed in 1978. The band consists of Steve "Lips" Kudlow (vocals, guitar), Robb Reiner (drums) and Chris Robertson (bass, backing vocals). To date, the band has released fifteen studio albums, and has been cited as having influenced many notable heavy metal groups, including Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax and Metallica.

  10. Atomkraft



    Atomkraft are an English heavy/speed metal band who were part of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement. They formed in 1979 and disbanded 1988. Their "Total Metal" approach is somewhere between fellow NWOBHM bands such as Motörhead and Venom, punk rock bands such as The Dickies, and early Exodus or Slayer. The band subsequently reformed in 2005.

  11. Avenger Of Blood

    Avenger Of Blood


    Avenger of Blood is an American Death/Thrash band (and a part of the recent revival of thrash metal) based out of Las Vegas, Nevada. The band began their career in 2002 and have since released several demos and two full-length albums.

  12. Bellzlleb



    Bellzlleb (stylized as BELLZLLEB) was a Japanese heavy metal band, formed in Chiba in 1985 by Tetsu and Yuji. Their sound mixed elements from black metal, doom metal and hardcore with influences from Aleister Crowley, the occult, horror, satanism and the dark, heavy sound of British heavy metal band, Black Sabbath. They extensively toured the Japanese national club circuit during the 1980s and the early 1990s and left various recordings from 1986 until they disassociated in 1992. Kuroyume opened for their last gig in 1992 at Meguro Rock-May-Kan.

  13. Blind Guardian

    Blind Guardian


    Blind Guardian is a German power metal band formed in the mid-1980s in Krefeld, West Germany. They are often credited as one of the seminal and most influential bands in the power metal and speed metal subgenres. Nine musicians have been a part of the band's line-up in its history, which has consisted of singer Hansi Kürsch, guitarists André Olbrich and Marcus Siepen, and drummer Frederik Ehmke since 2005.

  14. Body Count

    Body Count


    Body Count is an American metal band formed in Los Angeles, California, in 1990. The group is fronted by Ice-T, who co-founded the group with lead guitarist Ernie C. out of their interest in heavy metal music. Ice-T took on the role of vocalist and writing the lyrics for most of the group's songs. Lead guitarist Ernie C has been responsible for writing the group's music. Their controversial self-titled debut album was released on Sire Records in 1992.

  15. Bombarder



    Bombarder (Serbian Cyrillic: Бомбардер; trans. Bomber) is a Serbian and former Yugoslav speed/thrash metal band. Bombarder was originally formed in 1986 in Sarajevo, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina, at the time part of SFR Yugoslavia. During the Bosnian War, during which guitarist Maho Šiljdedić lost his life, vocalist Nenad Kovačević moved to Serbia, where he reformed Bombarder in the new lineup.

  16. Bulldozer



    Bulldozer is an extreme metal band from Milan, Italy, that was active from 1980 until 1990. They had reunited as of 2008.

  17. Cacophony



    Cacophony was an American heavy metal band formed in 1986 by guitarists Marty Friedman and Jason Becker. They remained active until 1989, after which both guitarists would go on to forge their own solo careers and join other bands.

  18. Carnivore



    Carnivore was an American crossover thrash band from Brooklyn, New York founded by singer and bassist Peter Steele, and was formed out of the breakup of the Brooklyn metal group Fallout in 1982.

  19. Chrome Division

    Chrome Division


    Chrome Division is a heavy metal band from Norway formed in 2004 by Shagrath, the lead vocalist of symphonic black metal band Dimmu Borgir, and Lex Icon, founder of The Kovenant. Although it was not intended as such, it is now considered a side project of Shagrath's, and the current lineup consists of him on rhythm guitar, along with Athera from Susperia as the vocalist, Ricky Black on lead guitar, Björn Luna on bass guitar and Tony White on drums. The band plays in the style of bands such as Motörhead, and draws heavily upon imagery from the motorcycling subculture.

  20. Cranium



    Cranium is a Swedish speed metal band formed in 1984. Cranium's music resembles German speed metal and thrash metal bands like Kreator, Sodom, and Destruction.

  21. Cruise



    Cruise (Kruiz, Russian: Круиз) is a rock band from the former Soviet Union. While the band was originally formed in 1978, they were largely unknown in the west for a number of years. They are best known for their video, In Flames, which was played many times in the mid-1980s, on the Canadian metal show, The Power Hour.

  22. D'erlanger



    D'erlanger (stylized as D'ERLANGER, believed by the band to mean "indecent temptation" in French) is a Japanese rock band, formed in Kyoto in 1983 by guitarist Cipher and bassist Seela. While they originally played speed metal, after recruiting drummer Tetsu and vocalist Kyo they switched to an alternative rock sound for their debut album La Vie En Rose in 1989. Although it was on an indie label, it sold out and was reissued three times that year, earning them a major label record deal with BMG Japan the following year. They released Basilisk in March 1990 and it reached the top five on the charts. However, in December the group suddenly announced their disbandment.

  23. Deliverance



    Deliverance was a German-Canadian Christian pop and rock music band that was active in the 1970s until 1981. Danny Janz, Ken Janz, and Paul Janz formed Deliverance in Lörrach, Germany though the three were from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. All three were raised in Basel, Switzerland and attended Black Forest Academy. Danny and Paul Janz had already performed together as "Danny and Paul" but joined with Ken in 1974 to form Deliverance — combining the "Janz Team Singers" with "Danny, Paul & Wayne" and created a dynamic new band. Guy Roellinger and Dave McSparran also joined the band during its history. The band released four albums before Paul Janz embarked on a solo career.

  24. Deliverance (metal band)

    Deliverance (metal band)


    Deliverance is an American Christian thrash metal band which later shifted more towards heavy metal and progressive metal. Founded by Jimmy P. Brown II in 1985, many members have either stayed in the lineup for a number of years, or left and returned to the lineup. Jimmy P. Brown II has been the only persistent member of Deliverance.

  25. Destruction



    Destruction are a German thrash metal band. They are considered one of the "The Big Teutonic Four" of the Teutonic thrash metal scene, the others being Kreator, Sodom and Tankard. All three bands except Tankard are often credited with helping pioneer death metal, by containing several elements of what was to become the genre. Destruction were originally named Knight of Demon, but changed their name in 1984. For most of the 1990s, Destruction were not signed to a major record label and were forced to self-produce their albums until they signed a contract with Nuclear Blast in the 2000s.

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