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Judas Priest vs. Iron Maiden – Classic Cage Match

Judas Priest vs Iron Maiden
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Judas Priest have made it two-for-two in their Classic Cage Match competitions. The band’s 1980 single, ‘Breaking the Law,’ just took out Ozzy Osbourne’s ‘Crazy Train’ to see another Classic Cage Match day. The song, with its driving guitar and in-your-face Rob Halford vocals, has become a metal staple over the years and will now move on to face another standout track from 1980.

Iron Maiden are stepping into the “cage” with their 1980 classic, ‘Phantom of the Opera.’ The Paul DiAnno-led track is instantly recognizable to any self-respecting Maiden fan and helped pave the way for future metal greatness after appearing on their 1980 self-titled debut disc. But will the ‘Phantom’ scare up enough votes to get past Priest?

That’s your call. Listen to both Judas Priest’s ‘Breaking the Law’ and Iron Maiden’s ‘Phantom of the Opera’ and you tell us which deserves to advance in this Classic Cage Match battle 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!)

Judas Priest, ‘Breaking the Law’

Iron Maiden, ‘Phantom of the Opera’

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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