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Greatest Metal Bassist, Round 2 – Vote!

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After hundreds of thousands of votes, Loudwire readers have decided which musicians have made it to Round 2 in our Greatest Metal Bassist tournament. Having started with 32, the list of competitors has been chopped in half, leaving us with 16.

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Nikki Sixx vs. Steve Harris – Greatest Metal Bassist, Round 2

Nikki Sixx vs. Steve Harris
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In a matchup of legendary acts in Round 2 of our Greatest Metal Bassist tournament, only one bassist can walk away and advance to the quarterfinals!

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Fieldy vs. Paul Gray – Greatest Metal Bassist, Round 2

Fieldy Vs. Paul Gray
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The Round 2 battle in the Greatest Metal Bassist tournament features a popular nu-metal pioneer up against one of modern metal's most beloved musicians, who sadly left this world far too soon.

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Jason Newsted vs. David Ellefson – Greatest Metal Bassist, Round 2

Jason Newsted vs. David Ellefson
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Oooh! We've already got two of the genres biggest names squaring off early on! Jason Newsted has been a key member of some major metal bands over the years while David Ellefson earned his stripes as Megadeth's most prominent bassist.

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Cliff Burton vs. Mike LePond – Greatest Metal Bassist, Round 2

Cliff Burton vs. Mike LePond
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In this matchup, we have two proficient bassists who interject melody with their rhythm-oriented bands. One helped give depth to his band's music, while the other compliments the progressive nature of his band.

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Alex Webster vs. Justin Chancellor – Greatest Metal Bassist, Round 2

Alex Webster vs. Justin Chancellor
Facebook: Cannibal Corpse / Facebook: Tool

This should be an interesting one, as death metal's most powerful bassist steps up to face one of metal's most innovative players.

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Rex Brown vs. Martin Mendez – Greatest Metal Bassist, Round 2

Rex Brown vs. Martin Mendez
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This Round 2 matchup in the Greatest Metal Bassist tournament pits pure metal power against progressive mastery.

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Steve DiGiorgio vs. John Myung – Greatest Metal Bassist, Round 2

Steve DiGiorgio vs. John Myung
Sadus: Official Website / Facebook: Dream Theater

Get ready for an insanely difficult decision in this Round 2 battle between two ultra-technical wizards.

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Geezer Butler vs. Frank Bello – Greatest Metal Bassist, Round 2

Geezer Butler vs. Frank Bello
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In this Round 2 battle in the Greatest Metal Bassist tournament, we've got members of two pioneering metal acts going face to face.

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Greatest Metal Bassist, Round 1 – Vote!

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It's time to launch our Greatest Metal Bassist tournament! We're bringing you 32 of metal's all-time best bassists and leaving the decision in your hands to decide who will take the crown.

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