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Metallica vs. Megadeth

Updated on May 16, 2012

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!

One more thing: the new Dave Mustaine autobiography has been released (I'm in the process of reading it). If you'd like to learn more about the book, read my page on the book here:

Dave Mustaine: A Heavy Metal Memoir

If you've already read the book, please leave your thoughts in the guestbook of that page and let everyone know what you thought of it.

Metallica vs. Megadeth

The Better Band

Who is the better band?

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Holy Wars: The Punishment Due

Megadeth Framed CD (Killing is my Business)

Better Lead Singer

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Master of Puppets (Live)

The Best Guitarist

Who is the best guitarist of all?

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Megadeth Videos

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!

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Megadeth United Abominations

United Abominations Poll - Rate this Megadeth disc!

What did you think of United Abominations? Rate it here!

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Metallica Videos

The Best Album

Which album is the best, most classic thrash album of all time?

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Metallica's Skull Flame Logo

Metallica's Skull Flame Logo
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.

Metallica's Newest Lineup, Featuring Robert Trujillo on bass.
Metallica's Newest Lineup, Featuring Robert Trujillo on bass.

Classic Metallica Albums

Megadeth's 2005 Lineup

Megadeth's 2005 Lineup
Megadeth's 2005 Lineup

Best Live Show - Metallica vs Megadeth!

Who has the better live show?

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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."



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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great lens man. I just published my first lens. Looks like I have a lot of work to do to reach this level..

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      domjohnson lm 5 years ago

      I don't think Megadeth can be compared to Metallica! Metallica are the better band by some way!

      Having said that, their albums are steadily getting worse while Megadeths albums are getting better! Still, Metallica FTW! :)

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      wolvyz 5 years ago

      Metallica All the way.

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      theeoriginal1 6 years ago

      wow I love metallica....too bad I cant play guitar worth a squat.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      3 words about live shows - That One Night !!!

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      ThriftyTuscany 6 years ago

      Metallica! Way more posse.

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      MusicFan57 6 years ago

      Kickin' lens! Miss the old Cliff Burton Metallica days.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      i prefer megadeth over metallica.......megadeth has better songs,lyrics n riffs...and specially i love their solos.....metallica are big posers...megadeth keep low profile because they only concentrate in their music...while metallica are buisy posing and making money releasing shitty albums n songs....ALL HAIL MEGADETH.

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      RonnieV74 6 years ago

      Great lens ! Big Metallica fan and also a fan of Megadeth.

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      filmic 6 years ago

      great lens. thanks for the opportunity to have my say. this is a debate which has raged for decades. i was into metallica before i'd even heard of megadeth, but the more i hear of ulrich and crew, the less i like them.

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      wildanimal86 6 years ago


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      tpw1977 6 years ago

      I don't know if I'm the only one that does this but i go through phases of liking one band then the other so I can't vote who I like better. If it were down to live shows I think Metallica are better but that's just down to them having more money behind them. I've never been to a Megadeth gig and not liked it. Megadeth and Metallica rule! \m/

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      Zakmoonbeam 6 years ago

      Love em both, listened to them in my formative years, and still do now. Great lens!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Megadeth its kinda like iron maiden in some albums,originally the "same"

      Metallica is very versatil i think thats how some bands/genres got generated 2day.

      aside from metallica's "crappy work" i think we all have mistakes and because metallica was like the FIRST band i think its allright. i love both and i cant say which is better cause im 13 and i found metallca and megadeth recently by myself (1 year ago). I just listen to metallica more in the daily basis so i would have to go with metallica \m/

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      mnc bryan 7 years ago

      great lens love the debate of the two biggest metal bands of my time.

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      superbob17 lm 7 years ago

      Great Lens. Im glad you have a face off with Metallica and Megadeath because they were probably the biggest heavy metals bands ever.

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      TyGatti LM 7 years ago

      Nice lens, well put together :D I love both bands so am finding this lens hard to swallow :P

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      lovelylashes 7 years ago

      What an excellent lens! (And the winner is Metallica!)

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      cooldiet 7 years ago

      Megadeth of course! Fortunately, and Mustaine went out on time!

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      JeffreyTymczak LM 7 years ago

      I would like to Say, Great LENS!!! MEGADETH!!! ;)


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      katprice lm 7 years ago

      Nice lens! Two GREAT bands, but I'm gonna have to go with Megadeth.

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      damagedinc 7 years ago

      Nice Lens

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      glenbrook 7 years ago

      I like Megadeath better. Metallica is OK but after awhile all there songs start to sound the same.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      i have to say great and informative lens but it is METALLICA all the way

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      LouiseKirkpatrick 7 years ago from Berkshire, United Kingdom

      Now I'm a SquidAngel I'm back to bless one of my favourite lenses...I saw Megadeth last year and they were pretty good and Dave Mustaine seems much cooler these days..but I'm with Metallica all the way :)

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      @anonymous: nope,i think both are good since without metallica,there wouldn't be any "so called megadeth"because if lars didn't advertise the recycler,and mustaine did not answer,there will be no metallica or megadeth!ain't that right?no offense but dave's voice is 9999%worser than hetfield.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      i'd prefer metallica since their classic song,master of puppets,fade to black and creeping death made me excited!i wondered,what is this sound??and,,,it was METALLICA!!!!!!long live metallica...megadeth sucks real bad since mustaine could'nt sing better than hetfield though,

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Metallica. Anyone with a brain can see that. So Metallica hasn't made a very good album in a while. At least they can still play the music that made them the BEST Metal band ever. They simply have talent that Megadeth doesn't have.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      megadeth are meaner and heavier!

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      LouiseKirkpatrick 8 years ago from Berkshire, United Kingdom

      Hi kiwisoutback - I've chosen this lens as Heavy Metal Lens of the Month for June 2009 on Heavy Metal Headquarters

      Congratulations - this lens ROCKS m/


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      Andy-Po 8 years ago

      Great lens. I hadn't heard much of either for years.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      metallica all the way!!!!!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Way to work the polls lady! Bravo! Love this lens! 5 stars!!!!!

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      Cesarous 8 years ago

      Megadeth! YoU cAN sEE!

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      MikeMoore LM 9 years ago

      Great idea for a lens. Thanks for the Squid Angel blessing too. I think Metallica beats Megadeath in every way, except perhaps the best lead singer. :)

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      drifter0658 lm 9 years ago

      Dang it......this lens is a masterpiece and had me torn all the way through....Rock On!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      you know friend!i am sure metallica is the best band.i like james`his sound` lyrics`and he knows how to be master of metal.i like lars `he is professional and i have never see wonderful guitarist like kirk hammet and robert is expert.i live in iran .all of my friends are metallica fans.its about 12 years that i listen to metallica and enjoy from their live shows.metallica is the most famous band in the the end i offer to megadeth fans forget their band forever.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      metallica rocks forever!!!


      hey everyone join if love 80's metal band like megadeth & metallica and more...

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      Monkeytrix29 9 years ago


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      anonymous 9 years ago

      my band sucks metallica is way better and i wish i could be in metallica

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      megadeth is the best band ever. metallica is so boaring, they songs is boaring... metallica sucks.

      dave mustaine rulzzzz

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Been Into Metallica for so long..., recently I'm Listening to Megadeth, not so bad at all..., regarding what's metallica been tuning in with no "Metal-Taste" recently..., hearing Megadeth kind a fills the Hollow of MetalliCrap inside Me...

      Oh yeah read a bit of what I said about their rivalry:

      And here's some dude on Youtube that doing some awesome covers on both bands, check it out:

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      metallica is the best band in the world megadeth wants to be a metallica master of puppets is the best album ever made. megadeth ,slayer and anthrax sucks

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Metallica smokes Megadeth. Metallica is the reason why Megadeth is even around .Death Magnetic crushes united Abombinations. Plus Kirk Hammet is the best guitarist alive today