Top Ten Questions About Metal to Ask Users of TheTopTens


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1Metallica or Megadeth?

Metallica is more pure thrash metal. - gemcloben

Both are equally good, but I've listened to more Metallica than Megadeth, so I'm going with Metallica - XxDarkStorm_PhoenixMothxX

I enjoy both and both have good and bad songs, but I'll go with Megadeth. I like Mustaine's riffs more. - LostDream258

Metallica. Megadeth isn't bad, but I don't like them as much as I like Metallica. - NikBrusk

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2Slayer or Kreator?

Kreator is very heavy, but slayer, I mean... Tom could out-sing the whole band. - gemcloben

Sometimes I think Kreator is underrated. They could be on the big four instead of Anthrax

Slayer, still don't know who Kreator are. - Mumbizz01

Slayer. Never heard of Kreator. - NikBrusk

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3Phil Anselmo or Randy Blythe?

I love pantera a lot more than LOG, but I think randy has a heavier and more powerful voice. - gemcloben

Both are great bands. I do like Pantera better, but Anselmo can't compre to Blythe's voice, it's just the perfect rock voice for the band - Shake_n_Bake13

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4Bruce Dickinson or Rob Halford?

Don't think I can choose here, both have awesome vocal techniques. - LostDream258

Bruce Dickinson, he has an amazing voice. - 05yusuf09

Bruce is the greatest singer of all time! - gemcloben

Bruce Dickinson has an amazing voice - BlueFrostOfThunderClan

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5Possessed or Testament?

Although possessed are my favourite death metal band, they can't compare to the most powerful thrash metal band ever. - gemcloben

6Venom or Motorhead?

I like both A LOT. I cannot decide. - IronSabbathPriest

Depends what mood I am in. If I'm in a relaxed mood, Motörhead. If I'm in an excited mood, venom. - gemcloben

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7Iron Maiden or Iced Earth?

Iron Maiden, but Iced Earth are a great band also. - IronSabbathPriest

Iron Maiden, Iced Earth are a good band as well, but Iron Maiden has great songs. - Mumbizz01

I'm going with Iron Maiden for this one. - 906389

Iron Maiden, but Iced Earth is good too - XxDarkStorm_PhoenixMothxX

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8Paul Di'anno or Blaze Bailey?

Paul is a great vocalist whose voice fits the genre while Blaze's doesn't (he has a great voice but it's not a metal voice). The Paul Di'anno era is more consistent than Blaze Bayley's. I think the Blaze era was the low point of Iron Maiden, even though they have never written a bad song and a bunch of great songs come from Blaze's era, if that makes any sense. - Songsta41

This one is easy. Paul had an inability to make a bad maiden song. - gemcloben

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9Dio or Ozzy?

In Black Sabbath, Ozzy was the perfect singer. Overall, though, Dio is the better musician - Shake_n_Bake13

I prefer Dio on overall musical scale, but Ozzy's cool too. - LostDream258

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10Tool or Dream Theater?

Dream Theater. I would explain why they're better, but I already did that. It's the first paragraph of my bio on my profile page. If you want to know why I choose DT, check that out. - Songsta41

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11Dave Mustaine or James Hetfield?

Dave Mustaine's voice sounds immature and overall repulsive, but he is a better guitarist. I don't know. - Songsta41

James's voice is perfect for metal. - Songsta41

Vocals: James Hetfield
Guitars: Dave Mustaine
Songwriting - music: tie
Songwriting - lyrics: tie

Total: tie - Metal_Treasure

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12Cliff Burton or Steve Harris?

Cliff Burton was a better bassist, but Steve Harris is better in every other way including song writing, mixing, and editing, personality, and the fact that he made Iron Maiden. He is the magnet of Iron Maiden, he brought them all together and was the consistent centerpiece of the band as long as they have been around. - Songsta41

Both are/were great and some of my biggest influences. But I'm going to give this one to Steve, for multiple reasons including song writing, forming Iron Maiden in the first place, etc. - LostDream258

13Mike Portnoy or Mike Mangini?

Always Mike Portnoy is better drummer. - 05yusuf09

haha - Mike Mangini was a full-time Associate Professor at the same percussion department, where Mike Portnoy was a student (Berklee College of Music, Boston).
Mike Mangini resigned in 2010 to join Dream Theater.

But Mike Portnoy is absolutely excellent, too. - Metal_Treasure

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14Power Metal or Progressive Metal?

None of them is my first subgenre choice but maybe power metal - it's faster, it has the best choruses in metal, and most of the greatest singers are there (Dio, Michael Kiske, Hansi Kursch, Tobias Sammet, Eric Adams, Ralf Scheepers, etc).

Prog metal - it's complex and technical, which is good, but prog metal can be quite boring (haha, thrash is never boring).

How about Progressive Power Metal? It's awesome - combines the best of the two subgenres.
PS. I answered power metal but to be honest, I love wholeheartedly only Blind Guardian (out of the power metal bands). It's because Blind Guardian's power metal is different and it's actually prog power metal for the most part. - Metal_Treasure

Prog definitely. Bands like tool, dream Theater, Mastodon, neurosis, Meshuggah, opeth, and symphony X are amazing - ryanrimmel

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15Who Created Metal?

Black Sabbath was the first metal band.

Hard rock of the late 60s helped influence metal as a whole, like deep purple, Led Zeppelin, blue cheer, iron butterfly, mc5, the stooges, mountain, and a bunch more - ryanrimmel

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16Blind Guardian or Iced Earth?

I like both. But Blind Guardian wins for me. They've never put out a bad album, whilst Iced Earth had that episode with something wicked parts 1 & 2. - IronSabbathPriest

Blind Guardian without a doubt. I love both of them though - ryanrimmel

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17Vinnie Paul or Dave Lombardo?

Dave Lombardo is the king of double bass. Every metal drummer wants to sound like dave - ryanrimmel

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18Death Metal or Black Metal?

Death metal. I'm kinda picky about black metal, a lot of the Norwegian stuff sounds the same to me - ryanrimmel

Death Metal but I like some Black Metal like Carach Angren and Mayhem - SirSkeletorThe3rd

Death Metal - I prefer growls to shrieks. Besides, Black Metal is very misanthropic and I don't like this excessive negative energy. But there are some cool black metal songs and instrumentals. - Metal_Treasure

Death Metal. Black Metal is close though - XxDarkStorm_PhoenixMothxX

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19Bon Scott or Brian Johnson?

Both are excellent musicians who contributed a lot to the greatest band of all time. But overall, I give the edge to Brian Johnson. - Shake_n_Bake13

20Tenors or Baritones?

Before you answer - examples:
Great Tenors - Rob Halford, Bruce Dickinson, Michael Kiske, Geoff Tate, Tobias Sammet, Jarkko Ahola

Great Baritones - Dio, Hansi Kürsch, Matt Barlow, Russel Allen, Phil Anselmo, Eric Adams, Jon Oliva; James Hetfield - Metal_Treasure

Before you answer - some examples:

Great Tenors - Rob Halford, Bruce Dickinson, Michael Kiske, Tobias Sammet, Timo Kotipelto, King Diamond, Andre Matos, Jarkko Ahola

Great Baritones - Dio, Hansi Kürsch, Geoff Tate, Matt Barlow, Russel Allen, Phil Anselmo, Eric Adams;
James Hetfield - different singing style but great in his own right.

PS: Geoff Tate - very high baritone, close to low tenor. - Metal_Treasure

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