Top Ten Best Metal Lyricists


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21Fernando Ribeiro - MoonspellFernando Ribeiro has been the lead vocalist for the Portuguese metal band Moonspell since 1992. He sings gothic metal, black metal, doom metal, melodic death metal.

This guy is not just a good lyricist - he's a poet (published three poetry books).
"It's when life's so precious that every moment hurts" (a line from the song WhiteOmega, 2012). - Metal_Treasure

22Phil AnselmoPhilip Hansen "Phil" Anselmo is an American musician who is best known as the former lead vocalist of the heavy metal band Pantera. He currently is the vocalist of heavy metal bands Down and Superjoint Ritual.

Stone the crow cemetary gates drag the waters

23Gene Hoglan - Dark AngelEugene "Gene" Victor Hoglan II is an American drummer. He is acclaimed for his creativity in drum arrangements, including use of odd devices for percussion effects and his trademark lengthy double-kick drum rhythms.

Try lyrics of "Black Prophecies" to see what I'm talking about. Epic! And don't forget to give a listen to this song - thrash at its best. - Metal_Treasure

24M. Shadows - Avenged SevenfoldMatthew Charles Sanders, better known by his stage name M. Shadows, is an American musician, best known as the lead vocalist, songwriter and founding member of the American heavy metal band Avenged Sevenfold.V2 Comments
25Robb Flynn - Machine Head
26Tom Araya - SlayerTomás Enrique "Tom" Araya Díaz is a Chilean American musician, best known as the bassist and vocalist of the American thrash metal band Slayer.
27Mike Portony - Dream Theater
28Jari Mäenpää - Wintersun

One of the best in his sub-genre listen to "Starchild" and also check his previous work in Ensiferum its what made him. When I first heard Victory song I came in my pants.

One of the best lyricist I have ever heard look up "starchild" by Wintersun and "Victory song" by Ensiferum. and yes its in English

29Howard Jones - Killswitch Engage
30Tony Kakko - Sonata ArcticaToni Kristian "Tony" Kakko is a Finnish musician, composer and vocalist. He is mainly known as the vocalist, primary songwriter, and creative force in the band Sonata Arctica since 1996.
31Mikael Stanne

From dark romanticism to psychological introspection, Stanne understands how best to use words to convey whatever message he desires. An impressive feat considering the swede writes his lyrics in and speaks perfect English.

32Bruce Dickinson - Iron MaidenPaul Bruce Dickinson, known professionally as Bruce Dickinson, is an English musician, airline pilot, and broadcaster. He is most well known for being the lead singer in heavy metal band Iron Maiden and his solo career.

"Mist is in the trees, stone sweats with a dew
The morning sunrise, red before the blue"

His story telling is spectacular. His lyrics have an amazing fluidity than can really paint beautiful vivid images in your mind. Empire of the Clouds, Coming Home, Man of Sorrows, Tears of the Dragon, Navigate the Seas of the Son, and Out of the Shadows are among his best writing. His singing also compliments his lyrics so much.

33Geezer ButlerTerence Michael Joseph "Geezer" Butler is an English musician and songwriter. Butler is best known as the bassist and primary lyricist of heavy metal band Black Sabbath.

Wrote pretty much every song before dio entered the band.

Main lyricist in Black Sabbath, do I need to say anymore?

His lyrics will live on forever

Black Sabbath I mean yeah

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34Ihsahn - Emperor
35John Gallagher - Dying Fetus
36Mark Hunter - Chimaira
37Matt Heafy - TriviumMatthew "Matt" Kiichi Heafy is a Japanese-American musician, best known as the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist of the Orlando based Heavy Metal/Metalcore band Trivium.
38The Rev - Avenged SevenfoldJames Owen Sullivan (February 9th, 1981 - December 28th 2009), better known by his stage name "The Rev" (Short for "The Reverend Tholomew Plague") was an American musician, singer and songwriter, best known as the former drummer, backing vocalist and co-founder of the American heavy metal band Avenged more.
39Jesse Leach - Killswitch Engage
40Phil Labonte - All That Remains
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