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Iron Maiden vs. Black Sabbath – Classic Cage Match

Iron Maiden vs Black Sabbath
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Iron Maiden have snapped Judas Priest’s two-match Classic Cage Match win streak as the fans have voted ‘Phantom of the Opera’ the victor in he latest Classic Cage Match. The 1980 classic from the band’s self-titled debut disc is filled with plenty of riffing and a frenetic drumbeat that’s perfect to bang your head to. But does Maiden’s ‘Phantom of the Opera’ have what it takes to continue their Classic Cage Match run?

Their opponent this week comes in the form of another 1980 metal classic — Black Sabbath‘s ‘Heaven and Hell.’ Though the band had said farewell to Ozzy Osbourne, the addition of Ronnie James Dio ensured the Sabbath legacy would remain alive and well. Tony Iommi’s killer riffs and Dio’s powerful vocals made ‘Heaven and Hell’ a classic tune and it will now compete to advance in this Classic Cage Match competition.

So take a listen to both songs — Iron Maiden’s ‘Phantom of the Opera’ and Black Sabbath’s ‘Heaven and Hell’ — and tell us which one you think should advance by voting in the poll below.

(This Cage Match will run until Friday, April 18, at 2PM ET. Fans can vote once per hour! So come back and vote often to make sure your favorite song wins!)

Iron Maiden, ‘Phantom of the Opera’

Black Sabbath, ‘Heaven and Hell’

Rules of Classic Cage Match:

Classic Cage Match songs must be at least 10 years old. Fans can vote once per hour for their favorite song. If a band remains the reigning champ for four straight cage matches, they are entered into the Loudwire Classic Cage Match Hall of Fame. With so many great songs out there, we have to give other bands a chance!

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