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Greatest Metal Bassist

Martin Mendez vs. Dan Briggs – Greatest Metal Bassist, Round 1

Martin Mendez vs. Dan Briggs
Liz Ramanand, Loudwire (2)

Fellow metal aficionados, we present you with another brain-stabbing battle. In this Greatest Metal Bassist round, both competitors constantly strive for perfection while rarely missing their targets.

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Rex Brown vs. Dan Lilker – Greatest Metal Bassist, Round 1

Rex Brown vs. Dan Lilker
Ethan Miller, Getty Images / Relativity Records

Pantera pioneered the groove metal sound in the ‘90s, with Rex Brown laying down the low end. Regardless of how huge Dimebag Darrell’s guitar tone was, Rex helped fill out the sound to make Pantera so heavy. He also supplied the thunde

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John Myung vs. Sean Malone – Greatest Metal Bassist, Round 1

Facebook: Dream Theater / Facebook: Cynic
Facebook: Dream Theater / Facebook: Cynic

This matchup in Round 1 of our Greatest Metal Bassist competition is a progressive metal fan's wet dream. Get yourselves ready for a choice tough enough to induce tears.

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Ryan Martinie vs. Frank Bello – Greatest Metal Bassist, Round 1

Ryan Martinie vs. Frank Bello
Dave Etheridge-Barnes, Getty Images / Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

Ryan Martinie of Mudvayne is one of metal’s most underrated bassists. He imposes his will on the band’s music, displaying a circus of techniques including lightning fast finger-picking, slapping, a unique tapping style, flicks, and even flamenco. His bass playing is an undoubtedly signature s

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Geezer Butler vs. D.D. Verni – Greatest Metal Bassist, Round 1

Geezer Butler vs. D.D. Verni
Robert Cianflone,Getty Images / Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

These two masters of the low end aren't just driving sonic forces of their respective bands, both bassists are primary writers for their groups, as well.

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Steve DiGiorgio vs. Liam Wilson – Greatest Metal Bassist, Round 1

Steve DiGiorgio vs. Liam Wilson
Mascot Records / Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

Steve DiGiorgio is lauded for his pioneering bass skills. He got his start with the thrash band Sadus, bringing a new element to the genre with his fretless bass. This masterwork can also be heard on the Death albums ‘Human’

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