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THE BIG FOUR SONG CHALLENGE SERIES - Matchup 179

Anthrax "Evil Twin" (2016) VS Megadeth "Lying In State" (2016) VS Metallica "Here Comes Revenge" (2016) VS Slayer "When The Stillness Comes" (2015)

Speaking of the old Anthrax, here they are again.  Thrashing and railing against the ills of the world; in this case extremism.  This song came out less than a month before the attacks in Paris, so much like "Post American World", it was much more unsettling to listen to after than before.

Whelp, there's that gallop beat that I've been take it or leave it on since the first time I heard it in like 1993.  (It's been around much longer than that, but fifth grade is when I got into metal.)  The thing "Lying In State" has going for it though is that Megadeth put some mustard on it.  Mustaine is spitting the words, not just saying them.  There's energy and urgency and even a few nice twists and turns, even if it's built on an uninteresting skeleton.  (I guess if it ain't broke don't fix it, right?)

"Here Comes Revenge" had the best music video off of "Hardwired", so it's got that going for it.  Though listening to the first minute or so of the song, it sounds kind of impotent.  Then the verse starts and dude that sounds cool.  The choruses are ho-hum but at least they work.  The lyrics are on point and there's an unsettling ambience to it that proves you don't have to be on 11 all the time to make a good metal song.  But you do have to try.

I'm looking at you "When The Stillness Comes".

"Here Comes Revenge": 4
"Evil Twin": 3
"Lying In State": 2
"When The Stillness Comes": 1

UPDATE TOTALS:

Metallica: 26
Megadeth: 25
Anthrax: 24
Slayer: 16

ALL TIME TOTALS:

Anthrax: 462
Metallica: 450
Slayer: 444
Megadeth: 410

Come on back tomorrow for more!

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