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Charlie Benante vs. Igor Cavalera – Greatest Metal Drummer, Round 1

Charlie Benante vs. Igor Cavalera
Ethan Miller, Getty Images / Facebook: Cavalera Conspiracy

Two thrash drumming icons meet head-to-head in Round 1, boasting two radically different playing styles. Charlie Benante locks in tight with guitarist Scott Ian’s palm-muting champion right hand that works symbiotically with the

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Lars Ulrich vs. Scott Rockenfield – Greatest Metal Drummer, Round 1

Lars Ulrich vs. Scott Rockenfield
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Metallica skinsman Lars Ulrich may not get acclaim as a technical master on the drums, but his stickwork has provided the backbone to metal's biggest band for 30 years. The thrash titans have always been centered around rhythm riffing, and Ulrich’s drumming anchors

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Nicko McBrain vs. Morgan Rose – Greatest Metal Drummer, Round 1

Nicko McBrain vs. Morgan Rose
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Following Clive Burr’s departure from Iron Maiden, fans were skeptical about a new guy on the stool. Nicko McBrain dazzled fans in 1983 with ‘Where Eagles Dare’ off ‘Piece of Mind.’ His franti

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Tommy Lee vs. Mike Bordin – Greatest Metal Drummer, Round 1

Tommy Lee vs. Mike Bordin
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Wildman Tommy Lee is known for many talents, but first and foremost he's a renowned hard-hitting force behind the kit in legendary hard rock outfit Mötley Crüe. One of his most famed drumming feats is when his drum kit

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Clive Burr vs. Mikkey Dee – Greatest Metal Drummer, Round 1

Clive Burr vs. Mikkey Dee
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Clive Burr may not have an overwhelming catalog to draw from like other drummers in this competition, but his work on the first three Iron Maiden albums have made a long-lasting impact. Burr was a madman behi

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Bill Ward vs. Vinny Appice – Greatest Metal Drummer, Round 1

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Kevin Winter / Paul Kane, Getty Images

This one is an intriguing matchup. In one corner, we have Black Sabbath founding member Bill Ward. The human octopus provided the backbone for the pioneers of heavy metal. His playing ranges from min

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