Post # 198On May 19th, the last segment of the first round of Heavy Metal Madness came to a close, and once again there were some unexpected upsets, and tight races for these bands to make it to the next round.
For the Metalcore Block:
Tool beat Death by a comfortable margin of 39-11,
Bullet For My Valentine upset Opeth 26-19,
System of a Down narrowly escaped being upset by Amon Amarth, as they clung to a 31-25 lead at the end of voting.
...and Korn had the most convincing upset of the month knocking off the #4 seed, Shadows Fall 34-13.
In the Classic Rock Block:
Queen upset Guns N' Roses 31-18,
AC/DC topped the Scorpions 35-14,
Ozzy bested Van Halen 37-9,
and Led Zeppelin overcame Jimi Hendrix 34-14.
As the early pattern of voting has unfolded, it seems that the magic number for a 'safe' amount of votes to push a band into the next round is 30. In the closest races, the most votes collected by a losing band was 29 (Godsmack). Will this rule-of-thumb hold true for the rest of this tournament? Only time will tell...
With the first round now concluded, the matches are only going to get tougher. Fans will have a harder time deciding who to vote for. Those who's first choice of a Champion is now eliminated have the freedom to vote for another band in their place. At this point, many of your predictions can be thrown out the window. I know several of mine have been defenestrated.
So, now is the time to follow more closely than ever! Already, the second round is underway, and more upsets are brewing, while other favorites dominate. Inevitably, more face-offs will come down to a close decision. Help those bands whom you prefer by sharing this blog with your friends, and call for more fans of heavy metal music to cast their votes, and make their opinion count!
Now, as I have done before, I leave you with some of my favorite suggested tracks from those bands now eliminated from Heavy Metal Madness:
Opeth-The Drapery Falls
Amon Amarth-Fate of Norns
Guns N' Roses-Welcome to the Jungle
Van Halen-Source of Infection
Jimi Hendrix-Manic Depression