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Speed Metal (See also) heavy metal, progressive rock hardcore punk ,doom metal, thrash, grindcore

Speed metal is a small subset of the heavy metal movement and even rabid hardcore fans can't always agree on which bands fit in this category. It is very similar to thrash metal but combines more progressive rock elements with lyrical elements of apocalyptic fears and collective oppression. One thing that most agree on is that the genre is defined by Speed Metalblistering guitar speed, progressive rock arrangements, twisted song structures, extremely difficult guitar solos and anti social lyrics. Combining elements of extreme hardcore punk and traditional heavy metal, speed metal was a big influence on the doom metal  thrash, progressive metal, and grindcore movements.


Speed metal used muted droning guitar riffs with rapidly alternating rhythms and dramatic subjects like pollution, war, nuclear weapons, and corporate greed. Vocals were sung in a deep growling voice or shouted in powerful burst similar to hardcore punk. While this music was highly complex and often inventive in structure, it remained roughly within the confines of Speed Metal, heavy metal, progressive rock, hardcore punk , black metal ,doom metal, thrash, grindcorerock-based mainstream music and passed its technique on to the underground thrash metal and grindcore
to follow.

Three acts seem to come up often in the discussion of speed metal; Metallica, Megadeth, and Exodus. Metallica's album kill them all was a definite influence on the movement and is arguably the first speed metal album. Metallica's groundbreaking Master of Puppets mixed the progressive rock with antisocial and vicious hardcore punk to create a huge ripple in the rock genre spawning many other speed metal bands.

Megadeth was started by original Metallica guitarist Dave Mustaine who's dark guitar riffs elaborate thrash structures, and droning open chord combined with dark but intelligently written lyrics on subjects like war, and nuclear assault, hit the scene like an atom bomb when they released their epic Peace sells in 86.

Exodus burst on to the scene in 85 with their debut release Bonded by Blood which was very definitive of the genre and got great critical acclaim before being overshadowed by Metallica. Eventually guitarist Kirt Hammet joined Metallica and the stage was set for speed metal to break through to the mainstream.

Other bands of interest are Prong, Voivod, Nuclear Assault and many others who defined the genre and were a tremendous influence on the future of genres like thrash metal and grindcore.

 

Silver Dragon Records Presents the History of Rock Music

Speed Metal musicThank you for your interest in Houston Rock Record Label Silver Dragon Records. Below is some information on our record label and website catering to rock fans and musicians.

Houston Rock Record Label Silver Dragon Records presents rock band Lazarus X and the their latest independent CD release Weapon of Love. Lazarus X's combines determined hard hitting rock with haunting and soulful melodies which struck a chord with many underground rock music fans. Some fans received a preview of the publicity photos and underground rock CD WOL at a rooftop listening party a day before it was released and the response was amazing. Check out Rock Band Lazarus X merchandise like The Weapon of Love Tour T-Shirt and the Weapon of Love CD or preview one of their songs by downloading a free rock mp3.

Silver Dragon Records is a Houston rock record label producing and promoting experimental, hard rock and alternative metal albums. We provide 24 bit digital recording in a quiet private studio free of distractions. If you think we are the label for you submit a demo to our record label and let us tell you how we can help your band with artist promotion, publicity, marketing, recording, mastering, help in marketing a demo or shopping for a major label deal. We are happy to offer musicians our online resources like our musicians toolkit for recording audio, our museum of rock music history and our Houston rock music resource.

Thank you for checking out music history or rock genres and subgenres and enjoy the above links.

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