The ten biggest arguments in metal

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Brandon Marshall

Along with booze and a bowl, a metalhead's favorite pastime is arguing about all things metal -- the who, what, where, when, why and how something is the best of the best. These arguments typically end with broken teeth, bloody noses, fat lips and a cold can of beer on a swollen eye. Ready to grapple? Keep reading for the ten biggest arguments in metal.

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10. Guitar vs. Drums
The drummer is the metronome of the band, while the guitarist takes the metal to a higher level. The first point made is that without the drummer, the other musicians in the band couldn't keep the right time. Then a swift blow back is that without a ferocious guitar, the whole genre wouldn't exist. Even if you've never had this argument before, drummers will pounce back saying that guitarists are a dime a dozen and drummers are more in demand. Guitarist counter with: Epic guitar solos are more prevalent than a sad repetitious drum beat. Then a friend steps in saying they are equally as important, so shut up!

9. Heavy Metal vs. Nu Metal
If you hate on nu metal, nu metal fans will give you shit for being an old fuck with a saggy ball sack who doesn't like anything metal past 1990. Heavy metal fans are firm in their metal beliefs, as purists of metal don't even consider nu metal a derivative of metal. To heavy metallers, nu metal appeals to the masses with a more watered down sound, along with a sad whine which appeals to teenagers who take up most record sales. Nu metal devotees are adamant that heavy metal is too pissed the fuck off, while traditional heavy metal fans think nu metal fuckheads are pussies.

8. Thrash Metal vs. Death Metal
Thrash metal traditionalists always remind death metal brutes that their subgenre would've never come about without Slayer's Reign in Blood. Death metal brutes usually counter with the argument that just because it's first doesn't mean it's the best. I mean, a son can kick a father's ass once he grows up, right? Another counter is that thrash isn't as hardcore as death metal.

7. Dimebag vs. Slash
These guys were usually placed head to head because they were well-known at the same time. They both win when it comes to nicknames. With two of the best nicknames in metal, it's surprising the shredding skills argument doesn't end with who has the better name. But when pitting the two against each other there is always a never-ending argument that has fans of the two pulling on an overhand knot. There can also be a third indifferent person in this argument that thinks it is ridiculous to compare the two because they both have very different styles.

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the argument should have been:

•Pantera and Exhorder
•Metallica and Megadeth

and Zakk Wylde definitely would go berserk if he sees the Zakk and Randy comparison / argument.


if Zakk Wylde ever see this article, he will kick author's ass for being compared to his greatest idol.


This is dumb. I have been listening to metal for about ten years now, been to many shows and festivals (of both metal and other genres) - and I think these arguments don't even exist.

There are basically no nu metal fans anymore in any country, just some people who listen to Slipknot until they hit 15-16 age. Perhaps the new wave of metalcore is a better example to go against pre-existing genres of metal, but still, it's two separate subcultures that don't interact much except when they get booked on the same show.

The thrash/death argument probably does not exist anywhere except the most obscure corners of the Internet. I would think most people who like death metal also like thrash, and people who like thrash may like death metal, or may find it too noisy and I doubt any death metal fan will insult a thrash fan because they don't enjoy death metal.

Okay, that's two, not even going to hit the rest. This is entirely dumb shit that you probably found on Yahoo Answers typing "is metal ___?" in 30 seconds and decided to write an article.


Nu-Metal sucks ass, and is barely more metal than Punk rock.

Death Metal sucks ass. All I have to do to be in a Death Metal band is amplify myself whispering and play random fast shit on the instruments.

Neither Dimebag nor Slash are as good as Glenn Tipton.

Dio Sabbath is better, because Ozzy's voice sounds like ass.

Metallica is (was) better than Pantera. Pantera hasn't gotten better; Metallica just got worse.

Dickinson is better live, because Maiden music isn't as difficult as Priest music to sing (it's still good, though). I also like JP's lyrics better than Maiden's.

Megadeth is the best of the Big 4.

Zeppelin isn't metal, neither is Guns N' Roses. AC/DC and Motörhead, yes.


List fails without comparison of "clean" vs. "Cookie Monster" vocals.


Dimebag vs. Slash? Pffft what in the fuck, what kind of toolbag would ever consider that one of the biggest arguments in metal? GET THE FUCK OUTTA HERE.

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