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James Hetfield vs. Joey Belladonna – Greatest Metal Frontman, Round 1

James Hetfield vs. Joey Belladonna
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A Big 4 matchup in Round 1 of our Greatest Metal Tournament? You got it, as Metallica’s James Hetfield takes on fellow thrasher Joey Belladonna.

James Hetfield commands the crowd with every word he speaks, as leader of the biggest heavy metal band in the world. He locks in with his rhythmic guitar playing, but sometimes breaks away for more melodic elements that are a hallmark of Metallica.

Anthrax may not be the biggest of the Big 4 bands, but Joey Belladonna is still fierce competition for the Metallica frontman. He is a unique singer in the thrash scene, forgoing harsher and more rhythmic delivery for traditional clean singing. Is his style enough to win?

James Hetfield or Joey Belladonna? 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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