The final battle of the Headbanger Region's first round is perhaps the highest-pitched matchup within the entire competition. Both albums in contention, which are fighting to be named the greatest ever in our 2013 March Metal Madness feature, also share the similarity of being released in 1987, so which album will advance into the seconds round?
March Metal Madness
The next Round 1 matchup in the Headbanger Region of March Metal Madness 2013 consists of two '80s albums that caused metalheads to double-take upon hearing them for the first time, and the classic tracks showcased within the discs are still mainstays on many fan's personal playlists. Does either have the merit to be voted the best metal album ever?
Next up in Round 1 of the Headbanger Region, eclectic metal masters System of a Down battle it out with death metal pioneers Cannibal Corpse to decide which act will move on to Round 2 of March Metal Madness 2013 and come one step closer to being named the greatest metal album of all time.
In our first head-to-head battle in the Headbanger Region, we've got arguably the heaviest records on the planet at their time of release, but will one be voted the greatest metal album of all time? They face each other for a chance to move into Round 2 of Loudwire's March Metal Madness 2013.
We finish out the first round of the Devil Horn Region in Loudwire's 2013 March Metal Madness with a matchup feature a pair of enduring metal vets. In one corner, you've got Judas Priest and their 'Screaming for Vengeance' album. In the other, it's Suffocation and their standout effort, 'Effigy of the Forgotten.'
Two more legendary albums are showcased in the Stage Dive Region of Loudwire's March Metal Madness 2013. With 32 albums in total on the chopping block, only one can emerge as the greatest of all time. Will it be from one of these two innovators?
It's March Metal Madness 2013! To find the best metal album of all time, we're leaving it up to you to vote for your favorite records throughout the history of the genre. We've got two more innovators on the block in this Stage Dive region Round 1 matchup, with one of metal's most aggressive acts taking on one of the most eclectic acts in modern metal.