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 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

Hard one but I like the Four Horsemen a little bit more. - Rambles

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

This is a tie for me. - Userguy44

Love them both to death.Impossible to choose. - HEAVYMETALTHUNDER12345

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

I can't choose. - Metal_Treasure

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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

Heaven And Hell - HEAVYMETALTHUNDER12345

I have to go with Heaven And Hell.

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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

Rime of the Ancient Mariner - HEAVYMETALTHUNDER12345

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

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

Obviously Stargazer. - MattAffterburner


Stargazer! - Userguy44

The answer is obvious - Stargazer. - IronSabbathPriest

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

Run to the Hills. - HEAVYMETALTHUNDER12345

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 Newcomers

? Painkiller (Judas Priest) vs Stargazer (Rainbow)

The Contenders

11 Lack of Comprehension (Death) vs Hammer Smashed Face (Cannibal Corpse)

Lack of Comprehension - HEAVYMETALTHUNDER12345

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)

Raining Blood.Djent is very robotic and boring to me.Not even close - HEAVYMETALTHUNDER12345

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

Raining Blood without a thought. Meshuggah is okay but nothing compared to Slayer. - Rambles

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

We got a tough one here! I'll go with Voice of the Soul. - HEAVYMETALTHUNDER12345

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)

Walk is way better. I personally hate the album Roots. - Rambles

Roots by a long shot.

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

Light in the Black of course. - HEAVYMETALTHUNDER12345

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

I pick Beyond the realms of Death. - Rambles

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

Mistreated! - HEAVYMETALTHUNDER12345

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!

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

Nothing Else Matters. - Userguy44

Nothing Else Matters - I like it better. - Metal_Treasure

A Tout Le Monde is better in my opinion. - Rambles

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

Aces High. - Userguy44

Aces High is the best by far. - Rambles

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

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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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