Whoa! Two guitar gods who also happen to front their band are going at it in the first round of our Greatest Metal Frontman tournament! Thrash shredder Dave Mustaine is going to war with the neoclassical new schooler Alexi Laiho.

Megadeth are are known for their virtuoso guitar work and complex songwriting, landing them in the 'Big 4' of thrash metal bands. Mustaine has a distinctive voice that works well within the Megadeth catalog and his guitar skills are just about unmatched among metal frontmen. Add in the fact that he was tossed out of one of metal's most legendary bands and went on to form an legendary act of his own adds only more to his incredible legacy.

Alexi Laiho was a mere 17 years old when Children of Bodom’s debut album ‘Something Wild’ was released. An astonishing guitar player, Laiho infuses classical music into his guitar work and is considered one of the fastest guitarists in the world. His snarling voice has become more vicious with age as he somehow manages to play and sing at the same time.

Dave Mustaine or Alexi Laiho? Cast your vote for the Greatest Metal Frontman in the poll below! Voting for this round closes on Sunday, Nov. 3 at 11:59PM ET. Fans can vote once per hour, so keep coming back to make sure that your favorite metal musician wins!

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