Claiming victory by a comfortable margin, the one and only Zakk Wylde beat out Motley Crue veteran Mick Mars in Round 1 of our Greatest Metal Guitarist competition. Wylde is surely a favorite to make it all the way to the end, but unfortunately for the Black Label Society/ Ozzy Osbourne fret blazer, so is his latest opponent as we enter Round 2.

It was a hell of a battle between AC/DC schoolboy riff master Angus Young and Rob Zombie / David Lee Roth / Marilyn Manson virtuoso John 5. Although John 5 can feasibly perform any style of guitar on the planet, it was Young who claimed a Round 1 victory. Having manned the axe for 40-plus years and helping shape the hard rock / heavy metal sound, Young surely deserves his spot in Round 2 of our Greatest Metal Guitarist feature.

Zakk Wylde or Angus Young? Cast your vote for the Greatest Metal Guitarist in the poll below! Voting for this round closes on Sunday, July 28 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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