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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

’80s Metal Music Throwdown: UK vs US



By Metal Marcy

Metal hit its commercial peak in the 1980’s, with countless bands from around the globe hitting it big. It was mainstream whether we liked it or not. To this day, the ’80s will always be remembered for metal music, most of it (aside from such massive bands as Scorpions and AC/DC) coming out of the United States and United Kingdom. When it comes to ’80s metal, who reigns supreme, the US or UK?

Share your 2 cents and vote in the ultimate ’80s metal throwdown!

United Kingdom
United States
Def Leppard

Def Leppard
City of Origin: Sheffield
Seminal ’80s Album: Pyromania (1983)
Power-pop chartoppers who like sugar.

VS Motley Crue

Motley Crue
City of Origin: Los Angeles
Seminal ’80s Album: Shout at the Devil (1983)
LA glam metal gods.

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Ozzy Osbourne

Ozzy Osbourne (solo years)
City of Origin: Birmingham
Seminal Album: Blizzard of Ozz (1980)
Ozzy soared after the Sabbath fall.

VS Metallica

Metallica
City of Origin: San Francisco
Seminal Album: Master of Puppets (1986)
Thrash metal superstars with street cred.

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Iron Maiden

Iron Maiden
City of Origin: Leyton, East London
Seminal Album: The Number of the Beast (1982)
Operatic vocals & powerhouse instrumentation.

VS Guns 'N Roses

Guns ‘N Roses
City of Origin: Los Angeles
Seminal Album: Appetite for Destruction (1987)
Raw, ugly and authentic. Massive hitmakers, too.

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Black Sabbath

Black Sabbath (Dio years)
City of Origin: Birmingham
Seminal Album: Heaven and Hell (1980)
Post-Ozzy, Sabbath still rocked with a fury.

VS Van Halen

Van Halen (David Lee Roth years)
City of Origin: Los Angeles
Seminal Album: 1984 (1984)
Sexy showmanship & explosive guitar wizardry.

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Motorhead

Motorhead
City of Origin: London
Seminal Album: Ace of Spades (1980)
Precursor to speed & thrash, Lemmy likes it loud & fast

VS Slayer

Slayer
City of Origin: Huntington Beach
Seminal Album: Reign in Blood (1986)
Thrash monsters with ghoulish lyrics.

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Judas Priest

Judas Priest (mid period)
City of Origin: Birmingham
Seminal Album: British Steel (1980)
Metal pioneers hit the big time.

VS Kiss

Kiss (mid period)
City of Origin: New York
Seminal Album: Creatures of the Night (1982)
Glam metal godfathers.

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Whitesnake

Whitesnake
City of Origin: London
Seminal Album: White Snake (1987)
Hair band rockers fronted by Cloverdale.

VS Twisted Sister

Twisted Sister
City of Origin: New York
Seminal Album: Stay Hungry (1984)
Picked up the glam torch & ran up the charts.

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Saxon

Saxon
City of Origin: Barnsley, Yorkshire
Seminal Album: Strong Arm of the Law (1980)
Highly influential & heavy metal thunder.

VS Megadeth

Megadeth
City of Origin: Los Angeles
Seminal Album: Peace Sells… (1986)
Faster & thrashier than Metallica.

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