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Anthrax "Vice Of The People" (2016) VS Megadeth "Melt The Ice Away" (2016) VS Metallica "When A Blind Man Cries" (2016) VS Slayer "Pride In Prejudice" (2015)

"Vice Of The People" is the Japanese bonus track for "For All Kings".  Aaaand it starts with that doofy march beat.  Wonderful.  The lyrics don't do it any favors in the "I should take this seriously" department either.  And like most of the songs I've slagged in this Update process, it's not bad.  It's just so "...whatever."

"Melt The Ice Away" is a Budgie cover that was the Spotify exclusive bonus track for "Dystopia".  It's funny how the original Budgie tracks are often much softer than the bands that cover them and turn them into fucking barnburners.  This song sounds a little goofy in the vocals and lyrics department, but knowing it's a Budgie song, it totally gets a pass.  And unlike some covers of Budgie songs, there's no painfully long quiet middle section to chop out like in, say, "Crash Course In Brain Surgery".  This is the original dialed up to twelve.

"When A Blind Man Cries" is a Deep Purple cover recorded for a tribute album in 2012.  It is also the second shortest song in the 3-Disc "Hardwired" package at 4:35.  (The title track is 3:09; the third shortest song is "Murder One" at 5:49.)  It's certainly the most laid back song out of the 60 I had to review for this exercise.  It's downright mournful, which works because it's a blues song.  It picks up by the end, but really, it's more a curiosity than a song to jam.

"Pride In Prejudice" is the only song in this matchup that isn't a bonus track.  Considering Slayer have a hard time keeping up since they don't put out as many songs per album, this is the shoe being on the other foot for a change.  What do they do with this opportunity?  Squander it.  The lyrics suck and the song is a slog to get through, despite being 4:14.  But again, context saves it from the floor because I didn't care about Metallica or Anthrax's entries.

Let's get this over with:

"Melt The Ice Away": 4
"Pride In Prejudice": 3
"When A Blind Man Cries": 2
"Vice Of The People": 1


Metallica: 41
Megadeth: 40
Anthrax: 38
Slayer: 31


Anthrax: 476
Metallica: 465
Slayer: 460
Megadeth: 425

If you like statistics, come back tomorrow for the rap-up!


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