Top Ten Questions About Metal to Ask Users of TheTopTens


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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

Metallica - christangrant

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2 Bruce 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 has the better voice - ryanrimmel

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3 Slayer 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

Kreator. Just compare Slayer's best to Kreator's best.

I actually say Kreator on this one. - IronSabbathPriest

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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

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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5 Possessed or Testament?

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

6 Venom 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

Motorhead - Du

Mötorhead, but I do love Venom though. - SirSkeletorThe3rd

7 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

Iron Maiden, but Iced Earth is good too - XxDarkStorm_PhoenixMothxX

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8 Dave 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

James Hetfield - Du

Vocals: James Hetfield
Guitars: Dave Mustaine
Songwriting Music: James Hetfield
Songwriting Lyrics: Dave Mustaine

So far it would be a tie, but Lars Ulrich wasn't even the best Metallica drummer. James Hetfield was, and he doesn't even play drums except that one time they had a drum battle, and Hetfield was the better drummer. Because of this, Hetfield wins.

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9 Paul 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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10 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

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11 Dio 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

Dio any day. I vote for talent. - Metal_Treasure

Both - Du

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12 Tool or Dream Theater?

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

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

I wish LaBrie was a better singer, so Tool.
LaBrie is a very good singer but I need more when I listen to Dream Theater - he is very good but not great. - Metal_Treasure

Tool - Du

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13 Mike 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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14 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.

Progressive Metal - Du

Power Metal. - 906389

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15 Who Created Metal?

Black Sabbath and Deep Purple. - IronSabbathPriest

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

Easily, Black Sabbath. - 05yusuf09

Black Sabbath - Du

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16 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 Metal. Black Metal is close though - XxDarkStorm_PhoenixMothxX

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17 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

Both - I can't choose. Both bands provide epic stuff and 2 of the top 10 metal singers. Also, both bands are underrated but Blind Guardian is more underrated - Blind Guardians are a bit better but they are less known. That's the reason I usually defend/promote Blind Guardian. - Metal_Treasure

Blind Guardian - Du

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18 Vinnie 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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19 Iron Maiden or Judas Priest?

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

Iron Maiden - Du

20 Mike Portnoy or Dave Lombardo?

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

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