Top Ten Questions About Metal to Ask Users of TheTopTens


The Top Ten

1 Metallica 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

Both, I can’t choose.

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2 Bruce Dickinson or Rob Halford?

That's a difficult one. They both have a vocal range of 4 octaves, and they are both awesome. But my vote goes to Bruce Dickinson, because he got me into metal. - Kiyomi

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

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


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3 Slayer or Kreator?

Slayer, Umm Ya! My preference - Ananya

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 by far, Kreator sucks in my opinion.

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4 Phil Anselmo or Randy Blythe?

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

I'm not really a Lamb of God fan. So Phil. - IronSabbathPriest

Anselmo - he's the better singer.
His vocal potential is even bigger than most of the metalheads think - check out the song Burnnn! (from their power /speed /glam metal era, 80s).
You can hear his amazing non-harsh vocals and his Halford-esque high notes.
By the way, Burnnn! is one of the best speed metal songs I've ever heard. - Metal_Treasure

Phil Anselmo.

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5 Dave Mustaine or James Hetfield?

The best vocals? Definitely James. Dave's voice sounds dirty and unsuitable for metal, and sometimes he barely sings, while James' voice is perfectly suitable for Thrash Metal. - Kiyomi

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

For vocals and songwriting, James. For guitar and overall musical skill, Dave.

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6 Possessed or Testament?

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


I’ve never listened to Possessed, but Testament is better than most bands.

7 Dio or Ozzy?

Dio. I don't listen a lot to Black Sabbath and Dio, but I did listen to a few songs from Black Sabbath's Dio era. And I prefer Dio. He's much better than Ozzy, and his voice is also much more influential than Ozzy. - Kiyomi

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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8 Venom or Motorhead?

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

Motorhead - Du

Motörhead. Venom sucks.

Motörhead by far.

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9 Iron 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


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10 Tool or Dream Theater?

Dream Theater. I find Tool a tad overrated. - IronSabbathPriest

Tool! They are the most original band of the last 30 years! - ryanrimmel

Dream Theater by a hundred thousand miles.

Dream Theater, easily.

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The Contenders

11 Paul Di'anno or Blaze Bailey?

This is a tricky question. I think both singers are good. Paul Di'Anno's voice is good and raw, but the sound quality of the first two albums cover the 'goodness' of his voice. The albums with Blaze Bailey have a good sound quality, and that way, you can hear Blaze's voice better. However, my vote goes to Paul Di'Anno. Blaze Bailey's voice just doesn't fit with the tuning of the guitars and the overall instrumentals of Traditional maiden, especially on Virtual XI. The band managed to adjust the instrumentals to Blaze's voice on The X Factor, but it made the band sound pretty different. Paul Di'Anno's voice fits very well with Traditional maiden, so my vote goes to Paul. - Kiyomi

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

Di’Anno, overall. I like Blaze too though

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12 Cliff 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

Steve by far.


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13 Death 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, I’m not even a big fan.

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14 Who Created Metal?

Black Sabbath and Deep Purple. - IronSabbathPriest

There is no sole creator of Metal. It is just a feat to strong for man! But the two biggest influences, both equally in my opinion are Black Sabbath and Deep Purple. I like Black Sabbath more because of the heavier sound though. If they invented subgenres, Deep Purple invented Speed Metal, Black Sabbath invented Doom Metal. - SoldierOfFortune

The idea of Metal was panned, hard when it was introduced. With Lester Bangs quoting Black Sabbath "Just like Cream!, but worse" If you're looking for the answer, Black Sabbath obviously created Metal, with Deep Purple coming in second. - Mumbizz01

Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest and Motörhead were the first bands to make up what makes metal metal.

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15 Iron Maiden or Judas Priest?

Iron Maiden. Without a doubt. I have to agree, Judas Priest is a bit more influential than Iron Maiden, and they were earlier. Iron Maiden released their first metal songs in 1979 on 'The Soundhouse Tapes', while Judas Priest already released metal songs before 1979. Still, my vote goes to Iron maiden, because they have better guitar melodies and vocals in my opinion. - Kiyomi

Both bands are good but I go with Judas Priest - Neonco31

Iron Maiden - Du


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16 Mike Portnoy or Mike Mangini?

Always Mike Portnoy is better drummer. - 05yusuf09

Portnoy, but Mangini is great too.

Mike Portnoy is a god - ryanrimmel


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17 Power 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

Progressive by far.

Prog metal. But I love power metal too,

Prog Metal, easily.

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18 Blind 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

Blind Guardian, but iced earth is great too.

Ugh, that’s a tough one...overall, probably IE.

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19 Vinnie Paul or Dave Lombardo?

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

Dave OWNS double bass! - gemcloben

Lombardo is better, but he's also more overrated. - IronSabbathPriest


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20 Mike Portnoy or Dave Lombardo?

Really no contest here... Go Mike. - IronSabbathPriest

Portnoy by a mile.


21 Ozzy Osbourne or Marilyn Manson?

Marilyn Manson. I have to admit, Marilyn Manson's voice is very weird, but good in it's own way, and it's also gripping. Ozzy's voice doesn't fit for heavy metal at all, and there's nothing really special about Ozzy's voice. - Kiyomi

Manson by far. For those who claim Ozzy is the Prince of Darkness, I counter that Manson is the King of Darkness. He is superior to Ozzy in every way - Shake_n_Bake13

Superior to Ozzy in every way except for songwriting and singing - SoldierOfFortune

Ozzy Osbourne. I don't think anyone would actually vote for manson - ryanrimmel


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22 Nu Metal or Rap Metal?

Korn and Deftones are the only nu-metal bands I actually enjoy, and I hate rap metal. I never was a big Faith No More fan and I hated the Anthrax/Public Enemy song - ryanrimmel

My answer is: neither! - Metal_Treasure

They both largely suck.

Nu Metal - s646451

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23 Satan or Gore?

Gore all the way - XxDarkStorm_PhoenixMothxX

SATAN! - SoldierOfFortune

Chainsaw - EliHbk

I don’t know who either of those are.

24 Tenors 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

I don’t care, as long as they’re good singers.

25 20th or 21st Century?

While most of the classics are from the 20th century, there is a ton of great metal still being made. - Songsta41

20th - SoldierOfFortune


21st century. Modern metal just doesn’t have the magic of older metal bands, the only really amazing newer metal I find is the metal from older bands being released in the 21st century.

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26 Queensryche or Geoff Tate?

There is a right answer. - IronSabbathPriest

Uhh Geoff Tate is Queensryche - ryanrimmel

Tate is Queensrÿche, like RR said.

Queensrÿche isn’t Queensrÿche anymore without Geoff Tate.

27 Jason Newsted or Robert Trujillo? Jason Newsted or Robert Trujillo? Jason Curtis Newsted is an American metal musician, known for being the third bass guitarist with the band Metallica from November 1986 until his departure in January 2001, he was also a part of Voivod and Flotsam and Jetsam.

I actually prefer Rob. He was a cool replacement for Newsted. But neither of them beat the legendary Cliff Burton. - IronSabbathPriest

Definitely Newsted. Honestly, I like him even better than Cliff Burton (my apologies to whoever that offended). The bass on the Black Album was just phenomenal - Shake_n_Bake13

Newsted probably. I'd rather have Trujillo in Suicidal Tendencies cause I love them - ryanrimmel


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28 Marilyn Manson or Nine Inch Nails?

Definitely Nine Inch Nails - ryanrimmel

It doesn't matter because none of them is metal. - Metal_Treasure

NIN, but is it metal? I'm not sure - 9/26/17 - EliHbk


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29 Children of Bodom or Amon Amarth?

Children of Bodom. They are one of the single coolest bands I've ever heard in my life - ryanrimmel

Amon Amarth with no doubt. - IronSabbathPriest

Children of Bodom - XxDarkStorm_PhoenixMothxX

Not sure.

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30 Slayer or Marilyn Manson?

I know I'll get hate for this, but I choose Manson. I love Slayer but Manson has more variety than them.

There's only one correct answer here - Slayer. - Metal_Treasure

Slayer. Again, who would take Manson? - ryanrimmel


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31 Marilyn Manson or Rob Zombie?

I'll take Manson on this one - Shake_n_Bake13

Again, Rob Zombie is 100x better - ryanrimmel

Rob - EliHbk

Zombie. Manson is good but Zombie’s vocals just blow Manson’s out of the damn water.

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32 Korn or Limp Bizkit?

Oh come on, this is a joke? I love them - 05yusuf09

Korn. Not a big fan of Limp Bizkit - XxDarkStorm_PhoenixMothxX

Both of them helped kill metal.

Korn - s646451

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33 Vocals or Guitar?

This question has 2 sides:

1) what is more important in metal?
Guitar, because there are metal guitar instrumentals (no vocals) but metal is not possible acapella (only vocals).

2) what do you prefer, bands with better vocals or better guitars?
I prefer bands with better vocals because metal bands usually have pretty good guitars by default but I can't say the same about the vocals.
This answer is based on my own experience and facts - I've never pressed the stop button because guitars were not good enough but I've pressed that button many times because vox hurt my ears. - Metal_Treasure

Guitar. Long, extended lead guitar solo's are much more important than vocals, because they distinguish Metal from other genres in general. - Kiyomi

Neither. Its about how well the guitar and vocals complement each other. - ryanrimmel

What kind of question is that? Both

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34 Blaze Bayley or Tim "Ripper" Owens

Tim Ripper Owens. Just listen to Cathedral Spires and Metal Messiah. Tim's vocals during the choruses are pure gold, especially during Cathedral Spires. - Kiyomi

I think Tim is a better vocalist, but I prefer the Bayley era of Iron Maiden to the Ripper Owens era of Judas Priest. - IronSabbathPriest

Easily - Tim "Ripper" Owens.
Agree with IronSabbathPriest - Tim is the better singer and it's really sad this guy didn't find the right band to sing for. He was hated in both Judas Priest and Iced Earth provided that there was nothing wrong with his voice and singing. Tim's voice is 100% metal and he sounds more demonic than Halford.
I absolutely love this song and his vocal:
Judas Priest - Cathedral Spires - Metal_Treasure

Blaze. He’s more pleasant to listen to plus he’s nowhere near the douche Owens is.

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35 Screaming Vocals or Clean Vocals?

It really depends on the mood, so no answer - ryanrimmel

Clean vocals. I personally dislike scream vocals and screamo bands. - 05yusuf09

Clean and Painkiller. Growls are generic. - SoldierOfFortune


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36 Nine Inch Nails or Ministry?

I like Nine Inch Nails more, but ministry is more metallic - ryanrimmel

NIN - EliHbk

Not sure. I’ve never heard either.

I haven’t heard either that much, but from what I’ve heard I’ve gotta say NIN

37 Angela Gossow or Alissa White-Gluz?
38 Bon 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

Brian. Bon sucked at singing.

Brian, I don’t understand why people love Bon so much, he couldn’t sing at all.

39 Metalcore or Deathcore?



Metalcore - EliHbk

I only remember one Deathcore song: Pray For Plagues by BMTH. That song told me to stop. I also listened to other deathcore songs, but I couldn't get into them. I really like Bring Me The Horizon's metalcore songs, like Shadow Moses and It Never Ends.
My vote goes to Metalcore. - Kiyomi

40 Chest Growls or Gutturals?
41 Grindcore or Slamming Death?
42 Lacuna Coil or Within Temptation?
43 Industrial Metal or Nu Metal?

Nu - EliHbk

44 Dream Theater or Queensrÿche?

I love both but DT for me.

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