Speed metal is a sub-genre of heavy metal music that originated in the early 1980s from hardcore punk roots. It is usually described as extremely fast, abrasive and technically demanding music.
Motorhead is often credited as the first bad to invent/play speed metal.
Eric Peterson, guitarist of Testament, says about his band that "a lot of us did a lot of speed".
Here it is an example of a speed metal song by the finnish power metal band of Stratovarius.