This matchup in Round 1 of our Greatest Metal Bassist competition is a progressive metal fan's wet dream. Get yourselves ready for a choice tough enough to induce tears.

John Myung has been playing both the bass guitar and chapman stick for Dream Theater since 1985. He's appeared on every full-length release from the band and is highly celebrated amongst Dream Theater fans for his lyrical contributions. Myung is the type of bassist who can't be touched, but he faces a more-than-worthy opponent.

Cynic act as somewhat of a continuation of Dream Theater's style of fusion, although Cynic boast slightly heavier and more abrasive qualities. Much like John Myung, Cynic bassist Sean Malone can also rip on a chapman stick, both of which he used while recording the 'Focus' and 'Traced in Air' albums. Malone is a truly phenomenal musician, but can he progress into Round 2?

John Myung or Sean Malone? Vote for your favorite bassist in the poll below! Voting for this round closes on Sunday, Sept. 29 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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