The Greatest American Rock Band Bracket!
First Round, Punk/Hard Rock Division
Metallica (2) vs. Foo Fighters (15)
Speed-metal superstars versus the ambassadors of rock
"Metallica is one of the most important and most influential metal bands of all time, drafting the blueprint for thrash metal in their earliest days, then pushing the boundaries of mainstream metal and hard rock as they settled into their role as a popular legacy act as the decades went on. Between the meeting of raw energy and intricate speed metal compositions and layered, radio-geared production, the band turned in classic album after classic album, each new chapter leading the development of metal on a global scale. Razor-sharp riffs, growling vocals, and high-power precision drumming remained at the core of their sound even as they explored new ideas. "
"Melding heavy rock guitars, driving punk sensibilities, and pretty melodies, Foo Fighters rose to become one of the biggest acts to emerge out of the alt-rock boom of the 1990s. Led by singer Dave Grohl, Foo Fighters initially debuted as a solo project in 1995. As their lineup expanded, they steadily racked up success after success, filling stadiums around the world while staying near the top of the charts. Foo Fighters' sound gelled into a recognizable signature built upon the heavy, yet melodic, loud-quiet-loud template of the Pixies and Nirvana; a modern rock sound anchored by Grohl's love of classic guitar rock."