Best Metal Song Face Offs

Please do NOT include non-metal bands like ACDC, Led Zep, Guns N Roses, Nirvana, Bon Jovi, etc.

The Top Ten

1 Master Of Puppets (Metallica) vs Holy Wars (Megadeth)

Holy Wars. - Userguy44

Holy Wars DESTROYS Master of puppets.

This Song Is Like Trying To Pick Between Call Of Duty And Battlefield They Are Both So Good - christangrant

Holy wars. Both are great though - ryanrimmel

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2 The Trooper (Iron Maiden) vs Painkiller (Judas Priest)

The Trooper for me... Love Painkiller though...

This is a tie for me. - Userguy44

The trooper. That's one of the staple heavy metal songs - ryanrimmel

I can't choose. - Metal_Treasure

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3 The Four Horsemen (Metallica) vs The Mechanix (Megadeth)

The Four Horseman may be slower, but I like it more. - MattAffterburner

The Four Horsemen. It’s much better than Mechanix in my opinion. - Userguy44

The Four Horsemen Is A Epic Tale While The Mechanix Is About Having Sex At A Gas Station - christangrant

I say The Four Horsemen. - Metal_Treasure

4 Heaven And Hell (Black Sabbath) vs Paranoid (Black Sabbath)

Heaven and Hell is a classic song from Sabbath. Paranoid is overplayed pop filler. - MattAffterburner

Easily, Heaven And Hell.
Paranoid is a 2 minute song written in 20 minutes as a filler with a ripped off riff. And the melody sounds like a children song and not a metal song. - Metal_Treasure

I have to go with Heaven And Hell.

Paranoid easily. - ryanrimmel

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5 Dante's Inferno (Iced Earth) vs The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (Iron Maiden)

Here the Rime of the Ancient Mariner! - MattAffterburner

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, but Dante’s Inferno is great as well. - Userguy44

Gotta say the rime. It was the first classic Maiden song I ever heard - I got into them via The Final Frontier and because I was young when the album came out, I felt it would be impossible to have a song longer than When The Wild Wind Blows. Until I was pointed to the Rime. I have to say, it has the best lyrics in a song ever. - IronSabbathPriest

Both songs are really epic and apply that cool galloping style. - Metal_Treasure

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6 Iron Man (Black Sabbath) vs Stargazer (Rainbow)

Obviously Stargazer. - MattAffterburner

Stargazer! - Userguy44

The answer is obvious - Stargazer. - IronSabbathPriest

I say Stargazer, too. - Metal_Treasure

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7 Run to the Hills (Iron Maiden) vs Breaking the Law (Judas Priest)

Run to the Hills. - Userguy44

8 Painkiller (Judas Priest) vs Hallowed Be Thy Name (Iron Maiden)

Quite difficult, but Iron Maiden is my second favorite band and this Hallowed is my favorite song. - MattAffterburner


One of the hardest choices ever... But I have to go with Hallowed Be Thy Name - Metal_Treasure

Too hard to choose. - Userguy44

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9 Peace Sells (Megadeth) vs Powerslave (Iron Maiden)

Powerslave. I really like the bridge part and solos. - Userguy44

Two of the greatest basslines in metal.

The basslines: Dave E. vs Steve H. ! - Metal_Treasure

10 Alison Hell (Annihilator) vs Elimination (Overkill)

Alison Hell is brilliant. - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

11 Lack of Comprehension (Death) vs Hammer Smashed Face (Cannibal Corpse)
12 War Eternal (Arch Enemy) vs The Pursuit Of Vikings (Amon Amarth)

Pursuit of Vikings! Hail Valhalla! - MattAffterburner

13 Raining Blood (Slayer) vs Bleed (Meshuggah)

This isn't even a face off the answer is obviously Raining Blood, Bleed isn't even in its league not to say that bleed isn't an awesome song. - germshep24

14 Black Star (Yngwie) vs Voice Of The Soul (Death)

Voice Of The Soul Is A Perfect Song It Doesn't Need Lyrics To Describe An Epic Tale - christangrant

These are my favorite metal instrumentals. - Metal_Treasure

15 The Bard's Song (Blind Guardian) vs Melancholy (Iced Earth)

The greatest ballads written by these two bands, also known for being friends - yeah, they may end up with a common performance onstage :)
Either way, it's gonna be cool. - Metal_Treasure

Bard's song. - ryanrimmel

16 Walk (Pantera) vs Roots (Sepultura)

Roots by a long shot.

17 Paranoid (Black Sabbath) vs A Light In the Black (Rainbow)

Without a doubt - A Light In the Black. - Metal_Treasure

18 Beyond the Realms of Death (Judas Priest) vs My Last Sunrise (Demons and Wizards)

Rob Halford is a vocal god but the voice of Hansi Kürsch is godlike, too. I wouldn't underestimate Hansi as a contender, not at all. Hansi's incredible passion in the voice and the way he sings this song give me chills. On the other hand, Rob Halford gives me chills, too. I'd tie it. - Metal_Treasure

Rob Halford and Hansi Kürsch are two of the greatest metal singers ever and their vocal performances are mindblowing here.
These two songs also have similar lyrical themes; both are epic, introspective and emotive.

19 War Pigs (Black Sabbath) vs Mistreated (Deep Purple)

Mistreated. - Userguy44

Awesome, Black Sabbath and Deep Purple even performed these 2 legendary songs live in California, 1974 (same day, same venue - the famous California Jamming). The videos are available on youtube.
My choice is Mistreated. - Metal_Treasure

Deep Purple nailed it even live!

War pigs easily. One of my favorite songs - ryanrimmel

20 Nothing Else Matters (Metallica) vs a Tout Le Monde (Megadeth)

Nothing Else Matters. - Userguy44

Nothing Else Matters - I like it better. - Metal_Treasure

21 Aces High (Iron Maiden) vs Nailed to the Wheel (Edguy)

Aces High. - Userguy44

Both songs are fast and Sammet's voice often sounds so similar to Dickinson's.

22 Hallowed Be Thy Name (Iron Maiden) vs Into the Storm (Blind Guardian)
23 Banish from Sanctuary (Blind Guardian) vs Ride the Sky (Helloween)
24 Rebellion In Dreamland (Gamma Ray) vs the Piper Never Dies (Edguy)
25 Victim of Changes (Judas Priest) vs Highlander (Lost Horizon)
26 Cemetery Gates (Pantera) vs How the Gods Kill (Danzig)
27 Mouth for War (Pantera) vs March of the Fire Ants (Mastodon)

March of the Fire Ants! Awesome song, but both are great. - MattAffterburner

Mouth for War. I love how heavy it is. - Userguy44

Both songs are with harsh vocals - Metal_Treasure

28 Feuer Frei! (Rammstein) vs Jesus Built My Hotrod (Ministry)

Ministry is the funniest band because of this song. - MattAffterburner

29 Stargazer (Rainbow) vs Child in Time (Deep Purple)

This is something I cannot answer. What are your opinions? - MattAffterburner

30 Painkiller (Judas Priest) vs Stargazer (Rainbow)
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Top Remixes (4)

1. Master Of Puppets (Metallica) vs Holy Wars (Megadeth)
2. Heaven And Hell (Black Sabbath) vs Paranoid (Black Sabbath)
3. The Four Horsemen (Metallica) vs The Mechanix (Megadeth)
1. Master Of Puppets (Metallica) vs Holy Wars (Megadeth)
2. Run to the Hills (Iron Maiden) vs Breaking the Law (Judas Priest)
3. The Four Horsemen (Metallica) vs The Mechanix (Megadeth)
1. Master Of Puppets (Metallica) vs Holy Wars (Megadeth)
2. Painkiller (Judas Priest) - Hallowed Be Thy Name (Iron Maiden)
3. Nothing Else Matters (Metallica) vs a Tout Le Monde (Megadeth)

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