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Nikki Sixx vs. Joey DeMaio – Greatest Metal Bassist, Round 1

Nikki Sixx vs. Joey DeMaio
Mary Ouellette, SheWillShootYou.com / Facebook: Manowar

These next two owners of the low end are loud and longtime heavy metal leaders. Both acting as creative leaders for their respective projects, Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx and Manowar's Joey DeMaio step up to battle in Round 1 of our Greatest Metal Bassist tournament.

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Shavo Odadjian vs. Paul Gray – Greatest Metal Bassist, Round 1

Shavo Odadjian vs. Paul Gray
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The cult of personality plays a big part in this next duel. The skills of System of a Down bassist Shavo Odadjian and late Slipknot bassist Paul Gray both carry weight, but an "it factor" also helps carry the torch.

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Steve Harris vs. Markus Grosskopf – Greatest Metal Bassist, Round 1

Steve Harris vs. Markus Grosskopf
Mary Oullette, SheWillShootYou.com / Official Helloween Facebook

Iron Maiden founder Steve Harris has some of the busiest fingers in the business. His trademark galloping rhythm is not his only claim to fame, delivering intricate bass lines and even utilizing power chords at times by brushing the strings with a downstroke of his hand. He is one of the band’s main songwriters, calling ‘The Trooper’ and ‘The Rime of the Ancient

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Fieldy vs. G.C. Green – Greatest Metal Bassist, Round 1

Fieldy vs. GC Green

Here, we have two bassists who are the center of the rhythmic focus of their bands. Fieldy is one of the key songwriters in Korn, utilizing a combination of slap techniques, finger-picking, and left hand mutes, giving the band their signature groove. His downtuned playing takes on a myriad of influences from the Red Hot Chili Peppers to

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Jason Newsted vs. Rob Trujillo – Greatest Metal Bassist, Round 1

Jason Newsted vs. Rob Trujillo
Liz Ramanand, Loudwire / Cory Schwartz, Getty Images

Aww snap! We've got a Metallica vs. Metallica battle to present to you in our very first round. The late Cliff Burton is currently taking on Napalm Death's Shane Embury, but Jason Newsted and Rob Trujillo stand face to face ready for combat.

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David Ellefson vs. Roger Patterson – Greatest Metal Bassist, Round 1

David Ellefson vs. Roger Patterson
Ethan Miller, Getty Images / Official Atheist Facebook

As one of the founding members of Megadeth, die hard fans consider David Ellefson almost as an equally crucial part of the band as leader Dave Mustaine. He is one of metal’s elite bassists, and his use of a pick categorizes his bass tone more than his playing st

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Mike LePond vs. Jeroen Paul Thesseling – Greatest Metal Bassist, Round 1

Mike LePond vs. Jeroen Paul Thesseling
Official Mike LePond Facebook / Relapse Records

Mike LePond joined Symphony X in 1999, making his debut with the band on ‘V: The New Mythology Suite.’ From this album on, the progressive power metallers have become very rhythm-driven, opposed to the more melodic grandeur of their earlier albums. LePond and drummer Jason Rullo formed a synergis

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Cliff Burton vs. Shane Embury – Greatest Metal Bassist, Round 1

Cliff Burton vs. Shane Embury
Elektra Records / Official Napalm Death Facebook

Late Metallica bassist Cliff Burton left this world far too early. His unique lead playing style can be heard on the first three Metallica albums, with his bass solo ‘(Anesthesia) Pulling Teeth’ showcasing his signature style. The thrash band is driven by pummeling speed and rhythm, while Burton used his bass as a bit of a l

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Justin Chancellor vs. Colin Marston – Greatest Metal Bassist, Round 1

Justin Chancellor vs. Colin Marston
Facebook: Tool / Facebook: Dysrhythmia

Both of these bassists possess tremendous technical skills and they both know exactly when to use them. They are modern metal royalty; Chancellor in the mainstream and Marston in the deep, deep underground.

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Alex Webster vs. Derek Boyer – Greatest Metal Bassist, Round 1

Alex Webster vs. Derek Boyer
Facebook: Cannibal Corpse / Facebook: Suffocation

Death metal's finest meet in the most brutal battle throughout our entire Greatest Metal Bassist bracket. Fight!

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