After a year of deciding who should be in the final bracket of the Lords of the Stage Tournament we have reached the “Sadistic 16.” Two bands from every genre you thought worthy to fight it out for the crown of favorite live heavy metal band. These 16 were picked by you and now it’s time to let the genres battle it out.
The Lords of the Stage started over a year ago. Our readers started chiming in right away and with the staggering numbers of suggestions for the best live metal band we quickly realized a 16 team tournament would not be sufficient. Metal is known for its multiple genres and subgenres, so we had to start there. First you voted for the 8 genres known for their live performances. After a series of 8 band tournaments within those genres, you voted two bands to move to the final bracket to name the Lords of the Stage.
Here is the genre mini-brackets to decide the “Sadistic 16”:
Now all the bands have been picked and the bracket is set:
Let’s get on with the battle: Helloween (Power Metal) vs King Diamond (Traditional).
FOUNDED: Helloween stormed onto the power scene in 1984. King Diamond’s lineage due to King Diamond using his name sake in several projects is trickier to pinpoint. For the sake of argument we will go with the release of the band’s first recording in 1986.
INSTRUMENTS: Both bands stick to the basics of metal: bass, vocals, drums, and guitars, along with keyboards. In this match-up both bands use powerful vocal performances as well.
FACTS: King Diamond rose to fame previously as the lead singer of legendary metal band Mercyful Fate before forming his own project. Helloween has won many prestigious polls stating they are one of the founders of Power Metal.
OPINION: Both bands are very closely matched in all regards. The more mainstream approach of Helloween might win in the end, but with King Diamond handing Dio the loss in the mini brackets we find the Lords of the Stage is ruled by the biggest fan club that shows up.
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There you have it, the poll is located on the right of the page. Go vote! ~ Martell
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