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Metallica vs. Megadeth
Who is the Better Band? Megadeth or Metallica?
Metallica vs. Megadeth
The feud has raged on and off between both bands for decades, whether either band would like to admit it or not. What makes these bands so great?
They're both exceptional, if not the best, thrash bands in existence. Metallica has a huge worldwide following, huge hits, radio airplay and great songs. Some would argue that their best songs are in their early catalog, and they've made a large departure from what made them famous -- thrash metal.
Megadeth also has a huge following, however, obviously not as large as Metallica's fanbase. Megadeth bandmates have come and gone, however the sound of Megadeth has mostly stayed the same (except for a brief experimentation on Cryptic Writings and Risk). While some say that Megadeth songs are more listenable and stand the test of time, a vast of majority people favor Metallica.
Right now, there's a heavy metal tournament going on where Metallica and Megadeth are the finalists. Weigh in with your vote on the Metallica vs. Megadeth tournament page, and leave a comment why you think that band is better!
YOUR TURN TO WEIGH IN ON THE MEGADETH VS METALLICA DEBATE! - Tell us which thrash metal band is the best, and why!
Who is the better band? Who has the better songs, solos, live shows, CDs, the total package?
When leaving comments, please keep them curse free, or I have to delete them! I'm sure you can be creative enough to get around that. Also, due to the high volume of comments, there will be a "best of" comments section at the bottom of the page. Leave a good enough comment, and I might pick it to be featured here!
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Metallica vs. Megadeth
The Better Band
Who is the better band?
Holy Wars: The Punishment Due
Megadeth Framed CD (Killing is my Business)
Better Lead Singer
Who is the better lead singer?
Master of Puppets (Live)
The Best Guitarist
Who is the best guitarist of all?
Endgame - Features true thrash metal solos, shredding, and yes, double bass pedals
If you thought The System Has Failed and United Abominations were good, this one tops them both. The new chapter in the history of Megadeth unfolds with the frenzy of "Dialectic Chaos," the opening instrumental on the album, quickly shredding through to "This Day We Fight." You can tell by the first two songs that this album is very different, and has a more fundamentally thrash metal approach that hasn't been heard in a long time.
This disc/download features the tracks "This Day We Fight," "Headcrusher," and "The Right to Go Insane." Reviewers have given this a well deserved 4.5 stars out of 5, making it one of their most acclaimed releases.
Death Magnetic - The 2008 return of the famous Metallica thrash sound
Death Magnetic Poll - Rate the Metallica disc!
What did you think of Death Magnetic? Rate it here!
Megadeth United Abominations
United Abominations Poll - Rate this Megadeth disc!
What did you think of United Abominations? Rate it here!
The Best Album
Which album is the best, most classic thrash album of all time?
Metallica's Skull Flame Logo
You have to hit rock bottom before you go back up again, right? Well, you can't get much worse than this disc from Metallica. The song lyrics and riffs are so simplistic and not what Metallica fans are used to that this CD is a throwaway. The largest complaint about this album is the production, which has a low quality garage feel, which is done purposely, but fails to sound good. Their next release, "Death Magnetic," already sounds much more produced, lyrically complex, and actually contains (gasp!) a guitar solo!
Risk is largely regarded as the worst disc in the Megadeth collection. Why? The songs were completely catered for radio airplay. This seemed to backfire, as the album failed miserably! There are a few tracks worth saving, but mostly this CD was panned by everyone. In fact, it made Megadeth realize that they needed to get back to basics, and that they did. Their next CD, "The World Needs a Hero," wasn't the greatest, but was a partial return to the heaviness they do so well.
Metallica's Newest Lineup, Featuring Robert Trujillo on bass.
Classic Metallica Albums
Megadeth's 2005 Lineup
Best Live Show - Metallica vs Megadeth!
Who has the better live show?
Official Band Links
More Excellent Megadeth Albums/Downloads
If you're leaving something in our Guestbook, be sure to take part in the duel up top and take a stance! Where is your allegiance, who is the better band? Tell us! Tell us off! Have fun!
Best of Comments from Fans
The comments wall has grown so much that it became time to do a "best of" for this page. As time goes on, I'll add more of the best comments from this page to his section. If you leave a good enough comment, I might just pick it to wind up here.
"Dave is now completely over it and doesn't care anymore. On Metallica's earliest stuff, Dave wrote all of the solos and many songs. This influenced Kirk when he had to learn them. You can also hear Dave's influence on James even up until Master of Puppets. All I can say is that Mustaine and whatever guitarist he has with him at the time (particularly Friedman and Broderick) are more skilled technically than anyone in Metallica. Who is "better" is all opinion, but this is fact. James writes some complex stuff, but Kirk is just a joke with his solos. Besides just the complexity, I believe that Dave has better songwriting abilities. Megadeth has the speed on them as well. Metallica are posers now anyway and they planned on selling out from the beginning. When Dave was kicked out (for his drinking, not his playing), they chose a melodic guitarist instead of a shredder. Now that isn't metal at all, is it?"
"I quess I really can't favor either band.
TRUE: Dave is more melodic than James and lars in writing style MOST of the time, but credit is due Metallica foe doing and excellent job on Puppets.
TRUE: the black album DID put metallica over the topn in recognition, and sales but DAVE and megadeth in all incarnations have not been slouches either. While most complain that Cyrptic /Risk were not the strongest albums, they do prove that Dave has what it takes to bring substance and style to the meatl genre.
I think what really makes this a moot discussion is that if it wasn't FOR Dave contributing to ealry Metallica albums, there wouldn't be a Metallica. Though Dave wasn't the most stable at the time was he?
Both bands have made one major bungle, Megadeth Lost David, and Metallica lost Jason over minor matters.
Both bands are exceptional in their own rights and have had their losses as well.
So which really IS the better band: Musically... It's Megadeth. Metallica shouldn't be frowned upon for Load/Reload, the "fans" should for not satnding by a band they thought was " the best".
Both bands do what they do, do what they love and we're lucky enough to have them in an age of posers and fakers."
The funny thing about this rivalry has always been the different ways Megadeth supporters have tried to slice the facts. There are seemingly endless ways to "show" that Megadeth is a better band, whether it be album vs. album, decade vs. decade. However, Metallica just has that intangible, yet undeniable, quality that makes them truly great. As for me (and most die-hard metal fans who aren't pissed at Dave), I prefer listening to Megadeth. Their songs are just so insanely diverse and filled with complexities that always keep me coming back for another listen. Something about listening to "Take No Prisoners" just makes me feel empowered. And who can't relate to songs like "Trust" and "Tornado of Souls"? As far as a head-to-head comparison, I'd have to say that Megadeth has the undisputed edge in two important categories: technicality (if you dispute that, you're pretty thickheaded) and current status. In recent years, Megadeth has been a stronger presence live and in the studio. If you were to rank the last two albums from each band, it would have to be: 1) Endgame 2) United Abominations 3) Death Magnetic 4) St. Anger. As far as the 80s and 90s go, that's just personal preference. Now, all that being said, I'm a true MegaFan, and I have to vote for Megadeth on this one. Metallica, you still kick ass, just not as hard."