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System of a Down vs. Ghost – March Metal Madness 2014, Round 1

System of a Down vs. Ghost
American / Loma Vista

During the 21st Century, both of these acts redefined the landscape of metal while achieving monumental success. Tapping into styles and concepts never quite tackled before, these bands capture the listener's imagination like few others. Which one of these discs will move on to the second round of our March Metal Madness tournament to determine the best metal album of the 21st century?

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Opeth vs. Between the Buried and Me – March Metal Madness 2014, Round 1

Opeth vs. Between the Buried and Me
Koch / Victory

True progression in modern metal has been embraced by the fans of these two acts like almost no others. One hails from Sweden while the other comes straight from the U.S., but both have composed some of metal's most recent long-form masterpieces. Which one of these discs will advance in our March Metal Madness tournament to find the best 21st century metal album?

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Converge vs. The Dillinger Escape Plan – March Metal Madness 2014, Round 1

Converge vs. The Dillinger Escape Plan
Equal Vision / Relapse

Though rooted in hardcore, these underground juggernauts are two of the most experimental and unrelenting metal bands of this century. Both acts are true originals, and they go head-to-head in this matchup to try and find the best metal album of the 21st century in this March Metal Madness tournament.

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Slayer vs. Pig Destroyer – March Metal Madness 2014, Round 1

Slayer vs. Pig Destroyer
American / Relapse

These two bands have both been hailed as the most extreme of their generation. Though residing in different genres of metal, thrash and grindcore, both acts cranked up the intensity level of their respective genres while somehow churning out a product palatable for the metal masses. We're looking to find the best 21st century metal album in this March Metal Madness tournament. Could one of these two be given that distinction?

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Tool vs. Cynic – March Metal Madness 2014, Round 1

Tool vs. Cynic
Volcano / Season of Mist

Experimentation is the theme of this battle. Which of these discs will move on in our March Metal Madness search for the best metal album of the 21st century? When it comes to critical praise and undisputed originality, these two bands are ranked in the elite. Ahead of their time, compositionally complex and deeply imaginative, no acts on Earth sound quite like either of these sonic blueprinters.

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Cannibal Corpse vs. Gorguts – March Metal Madness 2014, Round 1

Cannibal Corpse vs. Gorguts
Metal Blade / Season of Mist

Here comes the death metal! These two acts are undisputed innovators of their craft, and here they compete in the first round of March Metal Madness to determine the best 21st century metal album. When it comes to both brutality and innovation, these are two bands any death metal aficionado would point curious metalheads towards.

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Baroness vs. Mastodon – March Metal Madness 2014, Round 1

Baroness vs. Mastodon
Relapse

Check out this epic Round 1 matchup between these Southern heavyweights to find the 21st Century's best metal album as part of March Metal Madness 2014. There must be something in the sweet tea and cornbread down in Georgia, because these two bands have become modern metal's most progressive and influential acts.

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Pantera vs. Shadows Fall – March Metal Madness 2014, Round 1

Pantera vs. Shadows Fall
EastWest / Century Media

For March Metal Madness this year, we're trying to find the greatest metal album of the 21st Century. In this first battle within the Headbanger Region, one of history's most purely powerful acts face down one of modern metal's most solid bands.

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Meshuggah vs. Children of Bodom – March Metal Madness 2014, Round 1

Meshuggah vs Children of Bodom
Nuclear Blast / Spinefarm

It's an old fashioned clash of European metal acts in the fourth and final Devil Horns Region matchup of the 2014 March Metal Madness competition. And you get to have a say in which act has the better 21st Century metal album.

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Machine Head vs. Avenged Sevenfold – March Metal Madness 2014, Round 1

Machine Head vs Avenged Sevenfold
Roadrunner / Hopeless

The third matchup in the March Metal Madness Devil Horns Region finds a veteran metal act re-establishing themselves as a force in the scene squaring off against a group of young rockers who would go on to generate one of the biggest fan bases in music. But which one has the better 21st Century metal album? That's up to you to tell us.

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