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Iron Maiden’s Steve Harris Wins Loudwire’s Greatest Metal Bassist Tournament

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After a monthlong tournament, Iron Maiden's Steve Harris has been named the Greatest Metal Bassist by our readers! The galloping Maiden mastermind defeated a very worthy opponent, Dream Theater's John Myung, in the final round, earning the title of the Greatest of All Time!

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John Myung vs. Steve Harris – Greatest Metal Bassist, Final Round

John Myung vs. Steve Harris
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This is it! We've made it to the final round of our Greatest Metal Bassist competition. Having started with 32 bassists, we're now down to only two. This matchup is for the gold and we couldn't have asked for a much better final pairing than this!

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Greatest Metal Bassist, Semifinals – Vote!

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The votes just keep flooding in for our Greatest Metal Bassist competition. Well into the hundreds of thousands yet again, you made your voices heard and pushed four of metal's most acclaimed bassists into the semifinals.

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Cliff Burton vs. Steve Harris – Greatest Metal Bassist, Semifinals

Cliff Burton vs. Steve Harris
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It doesn't get more legendary than Cliff Burton and Steve Harris! Support for both of these musicians has been overwhelming ever since we launched our Greatest Metal Bassist tournament. In what's sure to be a tough fight, these two classic metal bassists battle for supremacy.

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John Myung vs. Justin Chancellor – Greatest Metal Bassist, Semifinals

John Myung vs. Justin Chancellor
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We've got two semifinal battles for you to vote on and both feature incredibly intriguing matchups. In this first battle, two of the genre's most progressive bassists go head-to-head for a spot in the finals.

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Greatest Metal Bassist, Quarterfinals – Vote!

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After starting with 32 contenders, we now are left with only eight. Round 2 of our Greatest Metal Bassist tournament has concluded and, holy hell, do we have some great matchups in the quarterfinals!

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Paul Gray vs. Steve Harris – Greatest Metal Bassist, Quarterfinals

Paul Gray vs. Steve Harris
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In this fourth and last quarterfinal matchup, we've got two massive personalities who have creatively spearheaded their respective bands.

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Cliff Burton vs. David Ellefson – Greatest Metal Bassist, Quarterfinals

Cliff Burton vs. David Ellefson
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Two of thrash metal's finest make it to the quarterfinals of our Greatest Metal Bassist competition. Get ready for this 'Big 4' battle.

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Rex Brown vs. Justin Chancellor – Greatest Metal Bassist, Quarterfinals

Rex Brown vs. Justin Chancellor
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This Greatest Metal Bassist tournament is now offering you a battle between modern day legends. Driving force meets technique in this quarterfinal match.

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Geezer Butler vs. John Myung – Greatest Metal Bassist, Quarterfinals

Geezer Butler vs. John Myung
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Ready for our first quarterfinal matchup? We've got a tough one for you right off the bat, pitting an original master against a technical virtuoso.

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