It was a tight battle, but Soundgarden's 'Black Hole Sun' has emerged to earn its first Classic Cage Match victory over Nine Inch Nails' 'Closer.' The standout track off of Soundgarden's stellar 'Superunknown' album is a wicked rocker giving Chris Cornell's voice a chance to shine while some sinister licks are laid down under his voice. The track received just shy of 55 percent of the final tally to advance, but 1994 was a big year for hard rock and the hits just keep on coming.
Classic Cage Match
First off, congrats are in order for Iron Maiden's 'Phantom of the Opera,' which just concluded its Classic Cage Match Hall of Fame run by defeating four other tracks from the year 1980 over the past month. With the Iron Maiden tune retired to the Hall of Fame, that makes room for two new competitors in the Classic Cage Match.
Iron Maiden just chalked up their third victory in the Classic Cage Match. One more victory for 'Phantom of the Opera' and they will be entering the Classic Cage Match Hall of Fame. The song, which came from the band's self-titled debut and features original frontman Paul Di'Anno, has become a fan favorite over the years and managed to put up a significant victory over Diamond Head's 'Am I Evil?'
Iron Maiden have begun a run through 1980, as their song 'Phantom of the Opera' just concluded its second straight Classic Cage Match victory. The song, which came from the band's self-titled debut disc while Paul Di'Anno was still their frontman, bested the Ronnie James Dio-led Black Sabbath and their 1980 single 'Heaven and Hell.'
Iron Maiden have snapped Judas Priest's two-match Classic Cage Match win streak as the fans have voted 'Phantom of the Opera' the victor in he latest Classic Cage Match. The 1980 classic from the band's self-titled debut disc is filled with plenty of riffing and a frenetic drumbeat that's perfect to bang your head to. But does Maiden's 'Phantom of the Opera' have what it takes to continue their Classic Cage Match run?
Judas Priest have made it two-for-two in their Classic Cage Match competitions. The band's 1980 single, 'Breaking the Law,' just took out Ozzy Osbourne's 'Crazy Train' to see another Classic Cage Match day. The song, with its driving guitar and in-your-face Rob Halford vocals, has become a metal staple over the years and will now move on to face another standout track from 1980.
It was a tight battle, but Judas Priest's 'Breaking the Law' emerged victorious over the returning champ, Motorhead's 'Ace of Spades,' in the latest Classic Cage Match. The hard-driving riffs of the 1980 classic alongside Rob Halford's very distinctive vocals have made 'Breaking the Law' a metal anthem over the years. But how will the song do against another '80s metal powerhouse?
Motorhead are moving on, claiming victory over AC/DC in the last Classic Cage Match. The band's 1980 anthem 'Ace of Spades' emerged victorious, besting 'Back in Black' in a match-up of iconic rock songs. But do Lemmy and crew have what it takes to keep their Classic Cage Match streak alive?
Congrats are in order for Motley Crue's 'Wild Side,' which has now been officially retired after reaching the Loudwire Classic Cage Match Hall of Fame with five straight victories. With their run through 1987 complete, we now move on to two other well known bands and another year -- 1980.