‘Devil’s Child’ vs. ‘Children of the Damned’ – Clash of the Titans
The devil goes by many names, but whether you call him Beelzebub, Lucifer or just plain Satan, he's provided musical inspiration for some of metal's finest -- and we're pitting two of the all-time greats against each other in this edition of Clash of the Titans, which forces you to choose between Judas Priest's 'Devil's Child' and Iron Maiden's 'Children of the Damned.'
Both songs were released in 1982, but Iron Maiden were first by a matter of months, releasing 'Children of the Damned' as part of their landmark third studio LP, 'The Number of the Beast,' which heralded the arrival of new vocalist Bruce Dickinson. Helped by a wave of controversy that found misguided activists burning or smashing copies of 'Beast,' Maiden took the top spot on the British chart for the first time with this album, which contained future classics like the title track and 'Run to the Hills' and started a string of Top 5 records that would remain unbroken until 1995's 'The X Factor.'
Priest were already well established by 1982, having first broken the British Top 40 with 1977's 'Sin After Sin,' but they too were poised for a big breakthrough that year: their eighth LP, 'Screaming for Vengeance,' hit the Top 20 on both sides of the Atlantic, going double platinum in the U.S. and spinning off what would ultimately become one of the band's signature hits in 'You've Got Another Thing Comin'.' 'Devil's Child,' which has moved in and out of the Priest set list over the years, was recently reintroduced for the group's 2014 tour.
So which song gets your vote? Check them both out below, and remember: You can cast a ballot once an hour between now and when voting ends on Sunday, Oct. 26, at 11:59PM ET.
Listen to Judas Priest's 'Devil's Child'
Listen to Iron Maiden's 'Children of the Damned'