Originally Posted by gilpdawg
I understand where he's coming from and I'm most likely the biggest metal fan here. Metallica has been pedestrian since 1986 imo. Those first three records are unstoppable though. I'd argue that while their rival Dave didn't ever have as good an album as Master of Puppets, as a whole, Megadeth's body of work is more consistent. I know I'm going to get hammered for that, but whatever.
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Megadeth's body of work is more consistant, but I don't think it is better (I don't think it is nearly as good). Looking back and listening as an adult, and after the music landscape has changed I think Slayer holds up amazingly well. I think King's guitar work dwarfs that of any other thrash band. Also, I think Pantera took everything that was great about Metallica, Megadeth and Slayer combined it with their take on Sabbath and Purple and created some masterful music.
Metallica is still my favorite, and probably the most influential of the bunch, but I think the best heavy metal songs of the 80's and 90's were performed by Slayer and Pantera.