In our quest to find the greatest metal album of the 21st century so far, we're finally down to the final four recordings! Both of these records deserve a spot in this latest battle, as each act has achieved monumental success through both mainstream popularity and genuine innovation.
System of a Down
Welcome to this quarterfinal matchup of March Metal Madness 2014. The goal of this year's bracketed competition is to find the greatest metal album of the 21st century. We're now down to eight contenders, with two heavyweights battling it out to come out of the Stage Dive Region.
There is no band in the world quite like Opeth and there is definitely no band in the world like System of a Down. In our quest to find the greatest metal album released so far in the 21st century, these two heavyweights have advanced in March Metal Madness 2014 to face off in a massive Round 2 battle!
During the 21st Century, both of these acts redefined the landscape of metal while achieving monumental success. Tapping into styles and concepts never quite tackled before, these bands capture the listener's imagination like few others. Which one of these discs will move on to the second round of our March Metal Madness tournament to determine the best metal album of the 21st century?
System of a Down are the undisputed kings of weirdness. Not only that, but System of a Down are one of the most bizarre bands to achieve massive mainstream success. Even when you have no idea what Serj Tankian or Daron Malakian are singing about, the masses sing along with unwavering passion and intensity.