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THE BIG FOUR SONG CHALLENGE SERIES - Matchup 180

Anthrax "Blood Eagle Wings" (2016) VS Megadeth "The Emperor" (2016) VS Metallica "Am I Savage?" (2016) VS Slayer "Chasing Death" (2015)

Settle in, because this is the longest Anthrax song ever released (clocking in at 7:53).  The song is half time and spacious, letting notes ring rather than clamping down, but then the middle section cranks that shit up into some real thrash.  The ending is far too long though, trailing off for a full 90 seconds without earning the need for such a cool down period.  In a vacuum it drags the song out a bit too long, but on the album it's another misstep in pacing.  All in all not bad, even if it didn't earn its length.

"The Emperor" has some pretty cringeworthy lyrics.  The song would be serviceable with better words, but as it stands, this is a bit of a throwaway.

"Am I Savage?" doesn't fare too much better in the raison d'etre department, but at least it doesn't start with the lyric "Who do you think you are? Some kind of superstar?"  Though it does kind of try to be "Of Wolf And Man" 's goth sibling with the wolf imagery.  The video tries to make it like this is about domestic abuse or something, but the song doesn't really veer too far from the lycanthrope trope.

"Chasing Death" is a fairly meh Slayer song, mid-paced, lyrically bland and kind of unremarkable in every way, but it has such piss poor competition that it nets a 3.

"Blood Eagles Wings": 4
"Chasing Death": 3
"Am I Savage?": 2
"The Emperor": 1

UPDATE TOTALS:

Anthrax: 28
Metallica: 28
Megadeth: 26
Slayer: 19

ALL TIME TOTALS:

Anthrax: 466
Metallica: 452
Slayer: 447
Megadeth: 411

"Hardwired...To Self-Destruct" is kind of boring.  Not gonna lie.

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