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Megadeth vs. Pantera – Classic Cage Match

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Congrats to Megadeth, now a two-time winner in the Classic Cage Match. Their 1986 song ‘Peace Sells’ defeated two fellow legendary 1986 metal tracks — first, Slayer’s ‘Raining Blood,’ and then, Metallica’s ‘Master of Puppets.’

We’ll jump ahead four years for our next battle, sending current champions Megadeth back into the Classic Cage Match armed with their song ‘Holy Wars … The Punishment Due.’ The track, from their 1990 standout album ‘Rust in Peace,’ is a metal staple if there ever was one. Driving guitars, signature shifts and solid riffing truly make this song a classic. But how will ‘Holy Wars’ hold up against another metal classic?

Megadeth’s opponent this time will be Pantera‘s ‘Domination’ off their 1990 album ‘Cowboys From Hell.’ This hard-driving classic gets all up in your face with Philip Anselmo’s powerful delivery and some chunky riffing from Dimebag Darrell and bassist Rex Brown. It became a live favorite for the band and a staple in their outstanding catalog. You can just feel a moshpit brewing anytime this song is played at full volume.

Who will win in this battle of 1990 metal tracks? That’s up to you. The winning band will advance to face a new opponent. So turn the volume all the way up to 11, listen to these classics once more and then vote for your favorite between Megadeth’s ‘Holy Wars … The Punishment Due’ and Pantera’s ‘Domination.’

(This Cage Match will run until Thursday, Dec. 26, at 2PM ET. Fans can vote once per hour! So come back and vote often to make sure your favorite song wins!)

Megadeth, ‘Holy Wars … The Punishment Due’

Pantera, ‘Domination’

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