Best Backing Metal Vocalists

The Top Ten

1 Jason Newsted (Metallica) Jason Newsted (Metallica) Jason Curtis Newsted is an American metal musician, known for being the third bass guitarist with the band Metallica from November 1986 until his departure in January 2001, he was also a part of Voivod and Flotsam and Jetsam.

Kicking ass

2 Mat Sinner (Primal Fear) Mat Sinner (Primal Fear) Mat Sinner is a bassist, vocalist, songwriter and record producer from Stuttgart, Germany. He is best known as the bassist and primary songwriter for the metal band Primal Fear.

A bassist, who is a lead singer for another band - his vocals are that good. - Metal_Treasure

3 Kai Hansen (Helloween) Kai Hansen (Helloween)

He's a very unique case because he's basically a lead G player (all the time) but he's been switching from lead to backing vox and vice versa:
In Helloween - first lead vox and then backing vox.
In Gamma Ray - first backing vox and then lead vox.
Maybe he should be in the first place? - Metal_Treasure

4 Jon Schaffer (Iced Earth) Jon Schaffer (Iced Earth) Jon Ryan Schaffer is an American heavy metal musician. He is best known as the guitarist and last remaining original member of the Florida-based heavy metal band Iced Earth, which he formed in 1985 under the name "Purgatory".

He's awesome and he even does lead vox for his side project 'Sons Of Liberty' - not bad at all. - Metal_Treasure

5 Jeff Waters (Annihilator) Jeff Waters (Annihilator) Jeff Waters (born February 13, 1966) is a Canadian metal musician and founder of the metal band Annihilator . He's best known as the guitarist for Annihilator, appreciated for his fast riffs and solos . Waters is also the primary songwriter in the band . Very often he has taken on the role of lead singer, ...read more.

His backing vox on Alison Hell are more interesting than the lead vox. He can also do lead vocals pretty good and he recorded all lead vox on 3 albums and some songs on other albums (songs - King of the Kill; 21; Fiasco). - Metal_Treasure

6 Jason James (Bullet for My Valentine)
7 Shayley Bourget (Of Mice and Men)
8 Adrian Smith (Iron Maiden) Adrian Smith (Iron Maiden) Adrian Frederick "H" Smith is an English guitarist, best known as a member of Iron Maiden, for whom he writes songs and performs live backing vocals on some tracks.
9 Ben Bruce (Asking Alexandria)
10 Pepper Keenan (Down; Corrosion of Conformity)

He's a back vocalist but check out his lead vox on 'Vote With A Bullet' by Corrosion of Conformity - amazing. - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

11 Jordan Fish (Bring Me the Horizon)
12 Criss Oliva (Savatage) Criss Oliva (Savatage) Christopher "Criss" Michael Oliva was an American musician who was the lead guitarist and co-founder of the band Savatage.
13 Ahren Stringer (Amity Affliction)
14 Corey Beaulieu (Trivium) Corey Beaulieu (Trivium) Corey King Beaulieu (Born November 22nd 1983) is an American musician and actor, known for being the lead guitarist and backing vocalist for the Heavy Metal band Trivium.
15 Daron Malakian (System of a Down) Daron Malakian (System of a Down) Daron Vartan Malakian is an Armenian–American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer.
16 Arto Järvinen (Teräsbetoni)
17 Max Green (Falling In Reverse, Escape the Fate)
18 Arttu Lesonen (Lost Society)
19 Mike Shinoda (Linkin Park) Mike Shinoda (Linkin Park) Michael Kenji "Mike" Shinoda is an American musician, rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, graphic designer, manager and film composer.
20 Zacky Vengeance (Avenged Sevenfold) Zacky Vengeance (Avenged Sevenfold) Zachary James Baker, better known by his stage name Zacky Vengeance, is an American musician, best known as the rhythm guitarist, backing vocalist, and founding member for the American heavy metal band Avenged Sevenfold. Zacky V. also owns a small clothing company, Vengeance University.
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