Forget Halford vs Dickinson, Ozzy Sabbath vs Dio Sabbath or Metallica vs Slayer, we braved the heat at Melbourne's Soundwave on the weekend to ask the most important question in hard rock – Icon For Hire vs The Color Morale?
On a lineup that included Slipknot, Faith No More, Soundgarden, Judas Priest, Ministry and Lamb of God we walked among the black band t-shirted hordes to discover who was more popular; the 'kind of Christian band' Icon For Hire or The Color Morale, the most metal 'non Christian' band made up members who all identify as Christian.
Occupation: Blueberry sorter
Opinion: The Color Morale are much better. Icon For Hire are pretty crap. They're a try-hard Paramore, and Paramore are a sell out now anyway.
Opinion: The Color Morale are better. Icon For Hire are crap. They're crap for no real reason. They're just crap.
Occupation: Car detailer
Opinion: It's a hard to say sort of thing. The Color Morale are more enjoyable for a few more years. Yeah.
Occupation: Sales assistant
Opinion: Icon For Hire has a chick singer, so… I would say Icon For Hire.
Opinion: Icon For Hire is something different. If you look at their film clips, one of them is like Alice In Wonderland gone to hell.
Occupation: Hydraulic engineer
Opinion: Icon For Hire is more unique. The way she performs on stage, her vocals, how she trains. It's much more technically proficient.
Opinion: The Color Morale have a much better sound. I like their lyrics and they're much better to listen to.
Opinion: My friend told me The Color Morale are good. I believe her.
Opinion: Color Morale sound so much better. I listen to them more than Color Morale [for that reason].
Opinion: The Color Morale's word has spread much more. I haven't heard much of them, but if their word-of-mouth is anything to go by, this is going to be awesome.
Opinion: Icon For Hire play as a package and it makes them a much better band than the Color Morale.
Occupation: IT Consultant
Opinion: The Color Morale. They're much more theatrical than Icon For Hire. Much more.
Opinion: I think Icon For Hire. They are both good, but the chick in Icon For Hire just has a unique voice. They're totally different bands. But I think Icon For Hire are a better Paramore. I think Icon For Hire is more metal. I see the Color Morale as more of pop-punk band.
Occupation: Kitchen hand
Opinion: Icon For Hire. I dunno. I just fuckin' love their music. It's natural. It just feels right I suppose!
Occupation: Real Estate Agent
Opinion: Icon For Hire is more different than other punk bands. Their first album is better than the second album. The second one is more electro. All in all, it's all good.
Occupation: Youth Worker
Opinion: Icon For Hire are so powerful with her vocals. The beat behind it is something you can dance to. Look out for a lot of craziness, fun and excitement.
Name: Velocity Fox
Opinion: They're both metal. If they were both on at the same time I would choose Icon For Hire. I can't put my finger on it. It just suits!
Opinion: Icon For Hire's lyrics are different and better. Their music, their lyrics - it's just better [than the Color Morale].
Opinion: The Color Morale are fuckin' mint. I won't even be seeing Icon For Hire after seeing the Color Morale. That was metal.