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Friday Faceoff – Semifinals – Joey Belladonna vs Bruce Dickenson

June 29, 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!

Joey Belladonna has been on a roll and gathering the most votes of any vocalist in this tournament. Will this continue and push him to the finals or will the legendary Bruce Dickenson take his legacy to the finals.


Joey Belladonna – early on most people referred to Joey as a tenor with a go to falsetto that could bring the house down. Over the years he has used that less, but his massive voice is mistaken with no one else in metal. Not a fan of melodies Joey pretty much carries the vocals on his back completely.

Bruce Dickenson – Although he has no formal training Bruce is credited with being one of the founding fathers of the operatic singing style in heavy metal. This puts him in company with Rob Halford and Ronnie James Dio. Bruce has the ability to use a lower raspy voice as well; this is shown during his solo career on albums like Tattooed Millionaire.


Joey Belladonna – he has stated time and time again that his wife is very understanding of his career and when he goes out on the road, she does her thing and he does his. What that means I don’t know, but Joey doesn’t strike me as a groupie banging Wildman. In fact there is very little info on this topic.

Bruce Dickenson – the most information you’re going to get on Bruce and the ladies is the story Nikki Sixx tells about sleeping with Bruce’s ex-wife. Bruce has been married a couple of times and his lack of living the “rock star” lifestyle has led to false rumors of him being gay.

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Joey Belladonna – although he has had his ups and downs with Anthrax, many people in the music world consider Joey the true voice of Anthrax. Together Joey and the band have cemented themselves in the Big 4 of thrash and will be known for bringing experimental methods to metal. They have sold millions of records and are true metal legends. Joey’s brief solo career had such a minor impact is doesn’t fair well next to Anthrax.

Bruce Dickenson – with around 35 albums produced with Maiden, 8 solo albums, a couple of albums with Samson and somewhere in the neighborhood of 90 million records sold you could say Bruce has been very successful. Add on his side projects of author, actor, pilot, and activist to complete an incredible career.


Joey Belladonna – some may feel his legacy is tarnished by the “rap metal” or helping lay the foundation for nu-metal, but in reality he leaves behind a legacy of experimenting with the music. He also showed that being mature and going to your home is something you should do for the music and its fans!

Bruce Dickenson – his legacy will always be as the “true” voice of Iron Maiden. As a founder of the NWOBHM movement Bruce also brought an abundance of energy to the stage that proved you don’t have to just stand in front of your mic and sing. Generations of singers will emulate Bruce long after he has left the music behind.

This is where it matters. The winner here battles for the crown!

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