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Friday Faceoff: Round 2 – Dave Mustaine vs. James Hetfield

June 15, 2012

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To see the rules of our first ever Faceoff to crown the best Frontman see the article detailing the event at: this link.

You can see the official tournament bracket and past results here: this link!

We will be running the columns the same way with each Frontman being judged by us in the same 4 qualities: signature sound, appeal to the ladies, career thus far and legacy to other musicians. Of course we hope these columns might help you decide who should win, but ultimately it’s your decision. You will find the voting poll on the left hand sidebar. Vote away to crown the best frontman in metal!

You know this is the battle we all wanted to see and a late charge in the voting by Mustaine proved that everyone wanted him to go head to head with his musical nemesis. The history between the two is deep and raw; with that said it’s your decision to find out who comes out on top.


Dave Mustaine: he is a guitar player first and foremost. In the tradition of great metal bands he took the reins on the mic for Megadeth just to get things moving forward. His voice is described as grungy and at times nasal, but when matched up with the frantic and psychotic guitar work it blends perfectly. Mustaine may have the most noticeable voice in metal.

James Hetfield – although his voice has changed drastically since his youth, his signature gravelly voice will forever be in metal history. He displays a limited range and can at times be washed out live, but all he has to do is say the simple phrase “GO” and everything is right in the metal world again.


Dave Mustaine: his bio makes reference to the women, but Dave is more known for his appeal with addictions. He is married with a wife and children and things appeared to calm down after he turned to Christianity to heal his soul. The women aren’t a big story when it comes to the life of Mustaine.

James Hetfield – he was married in 1997 and is very devoted to his family at this point in his life, but during the “alcoholica” times, James was known as a wild man that appreciated the ladies that came with the fame. His struggles with addiction certainly fueled this reputation as well.

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Dave Mustine: with 30 million thrash albums sold with Megadeth he is and always will be a true legend. Being fueled by a hatred of Metallica has given Dave massive success, including the touring festival Gigantatour. As a member of The Big 4 Dave has written his own ticket in Metal history.

James Hetfield – he will go down as the most successful metal singer in history. His voice will have the biggest influence by sheer numbers that will hear it. Metallica has accomplished everything there is to do in the music business. Without James this would not have happened.


Dave Mustine: his legacy will be taking raw emotion and using it to fuel yourself forward. Also his political aspirations and knowledge can show a younger generation that you don’t have to follow the path of stupidity when it comes to public image. Show the world what you have!

James Hetfield – don’t be scared of success will be what James is known for on a personal level. If you make music that appeals to the mainstream or a bigger fan base; that’s not a bad thing. You’re not a sell out or fake, you are a professional musician. Hetfield gets that.

This brings us to the end of this epic battle. Good luck voting, may the right man win! There will be no battle bigger than this.

Metal on,


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One Response to Friday Faceoff: Round 2 – Dave Mustaine vs. James Hetfield

  1. WARBLADE on June 18, 2012 at 2:36 am

    I like Dave more than Hetfield. Dave is far more intelligent than Hetfield right.
    By–d-way, I’m also a fan of d vintage Metallica. But MEGADETH is my 4ever fave band. \m/ B-) \m/

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