Battle of the Bands 42


By Pilgrim Paige Sun-19-Nov-2017 09:43:17

The Moon Maiden · 654 comments

Starting with this edition, I will make an effort to include links to songs for each artist. (Or music videos, if applicable.)

– Paige

Hey-hey, kids! Looks like Def Leppard have lost their championship spot(s) to feisty fire fetishists, Rammstein!

Welcome, 4W faithfuls, to Battle of the Bands!

When you vote, please request a musical act for the challenger list. Each act will be added to the list in the order they are requested. (Only one request at a time per person, please.) Battles will be usually be posted on Mondays, with the voting period lasting for about one week. I will try to post a heads-up as voting nears an end. When a band loses, it will be unable to re-challenge for 10 rounds. If an act achieves 10 straight victories, they will be retired from champion status and the next two challengers in the request list will duke it out for supremacy!

Note: The term "musical act" denotes any band, solo artist, vocal group... whatever you like. Basically, this is an all-inclusive popularity contest.

Voters are encouraged to include their opinions of the bands/artists in the battle, or at least a few short words about the act they voted for. Not a requirement, of course!

("Would you like to see the bed in flames?")

Battle of the Bands Championship History


11. Meat Loaf (Won @ BotB 34)
12. AC/DC (Won at BotB 36)
13. Ronnie James Dio (Won at BotB 39)
14. Def Leppard (Won at BotB 40)
15. Rammstein (Won at BotB 41)

Battle of the Bands 41

The champion...



Rammstein is a German industrial metal band, formed in 1994 in Berlin. Throughout its existence, Rammstein's six-man lineup has remained unchanged—lead guitarist Richard Z. Kruspe, bassist Oliver "Ollie" Riedel, drummer Christoph "Doom" Schneider, lead vocalist Till Lindemann, rhythm guitarist Paul H. Landers, and keyboardist Christian "Flake" Lorenz.

The band helped to found a subgenre within German hard rock and metal that became known as Neue Deutsche Härte. The majority of their songs are in German, but they have also performed songs entirely or partially in other languages including English, Spanish, French, and Russian. Rammstein's award-winning live shows are known for their pyrotechnic elements and both on and off-stage theatrics. Rammstein's entire catalogue is published by Universal Music Group.

Rammstein - "Ich Tu Der Wih" music video


The challenger...


Praying Mantis

Praying Mantis are an English rock band. Although a part of the new wave of British heavy metal scene, they pursued a musical direction more melodic and AOR-sounding than their contemporaries.

The band maintained a strong fan base in Japan, and when the Troys temporarily reformed Praying Mantis for a NWOBHM nostalgia tour in 1990, they were encouraged by the response to resurrect the band full-time. Their live work was released as Live at Last, and a follow-up studio album Predator in Disguise was released the following year, and the band soldiered on into the new century. A compilation album, The Best of Praying Mantis, was released in 2004. Following further line-up changes, a new album, Sanctuary, was released in the spring of 2009 and has gained worldwide media acclaim.

Praying Mantis - "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" music video

Challenger List (requester's name in brackets)
Coldplay (Rhys)
Foreigner (Sery)
Judas Priest (Compy)
Red Hot Chili Peppers (Eastdog)
Papa Roach (Gorgrim)
The Tea Party (Paige)


Don't forget to request a challenger!

Last edited by Pilgrim Paige (Sun-19-Nov-2017 09:53:30)

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By Sery Sun-19-Nov-2017 09:47:30

The Blue Print · 1,488 comments

How did Rammstein beat Def Leppard? I guess I have to vote Rammstein cuz idk who the other guys are

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By Pilgrim Paige Sun-19-Nov-2017 11:16:24

The Moon Maiden · 654 comments

My vote goes to Rammstein again.

In checking out numerous songs by Praying Mantis, I'm finding I quite dislike them. They have a few moments here and there. Their many, many vocalists over the years and gradual shift into more and more generic territory makes for really inconsistent listening. Hell, it seems to me that the best vocalist they had was only on one EP.

Sery: To answer your question, it was a 4-3 victory, with the last vote coming in after it had been tied for a while.

(It occurs to me you may have just been expressing surprise, in which case you can simply ignore this!)

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By rhys Sun-19-Nov-2017 14:57:11

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Also, I like the new layout of the thread Paige. 🙂

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By Gorgrim Sun-19-Nov-2017 15:47:08

Main Event · 734 comments

Gonna stick with Rammstein. Never actually heard of Praying Mantis and your review Paige, doesn't fill me with confidence about them! :-P

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By Pilgrim Paige Sun-19-Nov-2017 20:03:01

The Moon Maiden · 654 comments

Rhys: Thank you. I like it, too! 🙂 It's cleaner-looking and I think including song links is a wise tool to include.

Gorgrim: Well, I did provide a link to one of their music videos; you could have at least watched it! 😋 But no, truly... the band went through too many line-up changes... mostly vocalists. They were always a generic AOR band just beneath their hard rock surface, anyway.... and they let that outer coating melt away after a few albums. Band does nothing for me.

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By Gorgrim Sun-19-Nov-2017 21:08:30

Main Event · 734 comments

Well, that song seems alright to me, but they do come across as a poor mans Iron Maiden to me! :-P My vote stays the same ;-)

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By Pilgrim Paige Mon-20-Nov-2017 03:04:07

The Moon Maiden · 654 comments

Heh. Never expected it to change! I just like the idea of providing readily accessible resources to help people make up their minds.

And believe me, not one other song I've heard comes close to even sounding a bit like Maiden.

I'll stop ragging on Praying Mantis now! 😋 Just not my cup of tea.

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By TheSurrealOne Tue-21-Nov-2017 00:39:00

Count The Lights · 209 comments



By Compy Tue-21-Nov-2017 13:33:13

Mid Card · 447 comments

Rammstein, though I was tempted to give Praying Mantis a pity vote!

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By benjawi Tue-21-Nov-2017 13:36:56

Admin · 3,242 comments

Praying Mantis. Got more of their albums than I do Rammstein. Tough choice though.