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Readers' Poll: The Top 10 Metal Bands of All Time

Selections include Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Megadeth

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5. Slayer

It's possible that no other metal band has amassed a group of fans as loyal and hardcore as Slayer. Even when they are on the bill with Metallica, it seems like more fans are in the audience wearing Slayer t-shirts than those of the headliner. From the second they walk onstage, the thrash-metal giants whip the crowd into a violent frenzy unlike anything we've ever seen. At Yankee Stadium this summer, it was a beautiful sight. Their most beloved record may be 1986's Reign In Blood, which was produced by Rick Rubin, but to Slayer fans, every LP is a classic. The quartet still tours with the original lineup, though guitarist Jeff Hanneman was forced to miss some shows after becoming infected with flesh-eating bacteria on his arm. 

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