The next Round 1 matchup in the Headbanger Region of March Metal Madness 2013 consists of two '80s albums that caused metalheads to double-take upon hearing them for the first time, and the classic tracks showcased within the discs are still mainstays on many fan's personal playlists. Does either have the merit to be voted the best metal album ever?

Metal god Ozzy Osbourne embarked on a solo career after being ousted from Black Sabbath in 1979. When he teamed up with Quiet Riot guitarist Randy Rhoads, one of metal's all-time greatest pairings was formed. 'Blizzard of Ozz' featured such tracks as 'Crazy Train,' 'Suicide Solution,' 'Mr. Crowley' … what more needs to be said?

Taking on the great and powerful Ozz are American heavy metal act Queensryche and their magnum opus, 'Operation: Mindcrime.' Released in 1988, the storyline of 'Operation: Mindcrime' was revolutionary in its day, detailing a progressive and captivating tale starring the celebrated Dr. X. Tracks such as 'Speak' and 'I Don't Believe in Love' were huge hits, the latter of which gained Queensryche a Grammy nomination.

Ozzy Osbourne's 'Blizzard of Ozz' or Queensryche's 'Operation: Mindcrime'? Vote for your favorite album in the poll below!

(This poll will end on Monday, March 18 at 11:59 PM EST. Fans are able to vote once per hour, so keep coming back to make sure your favorite album wins!)

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