Top 10 Best Metal Vocalists

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21 Matt Heafy - Trivium Matt Heafy - Trivium Matthew "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.

He was so good at ascendancy era. He could sing very high pitch such as pull harder, dying in your arms, declaration, departure. I like him when he sang high.

Matt Heafy is not a trained vocalist. As a guitarist he his skilled enough, but his screaming abilities are good. He should placed within first 15. - Gupta

I love to sing and my inspiration was Matt. I love his voice. I watched him live and its was absolutely amazing. I love every part of his voice.

My favorite for life

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22 Ivan Moody - Five Finger Death Punch Ivan Moody - Five Finger Death Punch Ivan L. Moody, known by the pseudonym Ghost during his time with Motograter, is the lead vocalist for American heavy metal band Five Finger Death Punch from Las Vegas, Nevada.

In my opinion he's the best vocalist in all of metal music currently! He has a lot of diversity in his vocals ranging from mellow singing to brutal screaming.

You're kidding guys, aren't you? I hope those who voted him down have at any rate a half of Ivan's incredible voice charisma.

If corey taylor is number 7, Ivan moody should at least 8 because he sounds just like him in my opinion.

I think IvanMoody is the greatest vocalist of his time, he has such an amazing voice and you can sometimes actually hear the emotion in his voice when he sings.

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23 Matt Barlow - Iced Earth Matt Barlow - Iced Earth Matthew 'Matt' Barlow is an American heavy metal singer and police officer. He was the lead singer for Iced Earth in the 1990s and 2000s. He is currently the lead singer for Ashes of Ares. After the September 11 terrorist attacks Matt Barlow decided to become a police officer and contribute to the "real ...read more.

Whilst probably not THE best, he is undoubtedly one of them. His phenomenal voice has soared into the highest reaches of sound and rumbled in the lowest depths. The masculine thickness of his voice also allows for him to be soft while still menacing and strong. His voice is a one of a kind, and it's a damn shame he doesn't get more recognition.

Anything to say? A god among humans, with a great voice tune, power and feeling, and a awesome presence on stages, he knows how to conquer the World!

THE voice of ICED EARTH. Killer growls, clean and hight pitched vocals. "Something Wicked This Way Comes", "Horrow Show" and "Immortal" albums are a proof of what is he made of: pure metal and a class A+ quality voice.

Barlow, a perfect mixture between Hetfield, Anselmo, Dickinson and Halford, at his best.

Listen to Alive in Athens and you know what I mean. What a power, what a range!

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24 Mikael Akerfeldt Mikael Akerfeldt Lars Mikael Åkerfeldt is a Swedish musician, prominently known as the lead vocalist, guitarist, and primary songwriter of progressive death metal band Opeth, as well as being the former vocalist of death metal supergroup Bloodbath.

Can't believe he's at 22, and also can't believe I am still going down to find Devin Townsend. Honestly if there is Musical Theory behind any singer in Metal, Devin Townsend is the master. But Mikael Akerfeldt has some of the best growls and cleans of anybody.

Excellent versatility, and some of the best growls in metal. His clean voice is also a way beyond the norm of the scene, and in general he's a superior vocalist to many.

Basically the best with growls, & an amazing vocalist in the progressive metal arena. Should be up there among the metal vocal kings like Bruce & Robert. - Flash667

The best vocalist who can utilize the clean and the harsh singing and that not all but he is also a very very talented guitarist and songwriter

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25 Russell Allen - Symphony X Russell Allen - Symphony X

Debatably the best in the genre and my personal favorite, Russell has a great range of 4+ octaves, an unreal amount of vocal control, an amazing amount of power, a naturally pleasant and soothing vocal tone and a real passion for what he does.

Here is a quote from progressive metal genius Arjen Lucassen on Russell Allen's ability as a vocalist:
"Russell has a very powerful and versatile voice, and on top of that he is a great musician and performer. Russell was one of the few singers with whom I didn't need to be present during recording, but when on the phone he let me hear the parts he had sung, my eyes filled with tears. Russell thought I was joking, but I was truly moved! At the moment Russell is one of the best singers in the world. And he proved that during the Star One tour."

Definitely the best thing to happen to Michael Romeo and the rest of Symphony X and definitely deserving of a better place on this list.

Definitely one of the best metal vocalists of our times, both in Symphony X and in all his other side projects! He deserves a much better position than this!

Russel Allen! Symphony X stands out as one of the Metal greats. There are few bands that can combine technical ability and introspective emotions.

Easily the best on this list. Just not there because he's not "mainstream".

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26 Tom Araya - Slayer Tom Araya - Slayer Tomás Enrique "Tom" Araya Díaz is a Chilean American musician, best known as the bassist and vocalist of the American thrash metal band Slayer.

Best bass / singer combination in the world of metal!

He knows how to get the best out of the crowd at the concerts

Amazing vocals... Evil voice

Oh come on! He shouldn't be this low! A lot of you should be ashamed of yourselves.. - LadyBanshee

Not much of a vocalist, he just yells, but that is what metal is all about - thejdog03

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27 Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth - Overkill Bobby Robert Ellsworth, mainly known as Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth, is the lead vocalist of New Jersey thrash metal band Overkill.

I don't know if I would place him at #1 (probably not), but Bobby Blitz should be top 15 for sure. He's one of the most underrated vocalists out there and still has an amazing voice to this day even after multiple albums starting in the mid-late 80's. A thrash metal legend.

The ultimate thrash vocalist. Best metal vocalist in my opinion.

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28 Ian Gillan - Deep Purple Ian Gillan - Deep Purple Ian Gillan is an English singer and songwriter. He originally found success as the lead singer and lyricist for Deep Purple, and the original singer on the rock opera concept album Jesus Christ Superstar by Andrew Lloyd Webber, where Gillan had the leading role (Jesus Christ).

Not much to say really. His ability is unmatched.

So many metal singers were inspired by Ian Gillan. I can't remember all of them right now but I clearly remember that Hansi Kürsch (one of the best metal singers of all time) quotes Gillan as the biggest vocal influence. Hansi said during an interview that Gillan was the only metal singer who moved him "because the way Gillan sings has always had a deeper impact on me." - Metal_Treasure

No 33 on the list? Are you kidding me? He is a god and belongs to the top!

He is one of the people that started it all

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29 Dave Mustaine - Megadeth Dave Mustaine - Megadeth ...read more.

One of the best vocalists. Even today, Dave's voice is incredible. Should be higher ranked than James Hetfield.

Might not be on the top, and rightly so, because the likes of Bruce and Rob are simply better. But Dave's got some unique style which I haven't heard before. His voice oozes sarcasm and weirdness, and that works for all those intricate Megadeth riffs.

An Icon to Metal Vocalists. Should be easily on the Top 20, even though I can agree his vocals are not for everyone, specially due to his aggressive, raw nature.

Many might not agree with me, but I just love the sound of his voice. It is just so uniquely raw, aggressive and powerful. I don't think anyone could replicate this mans voice. - LadyBanshee

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30 King Diamond - Mercyful Fate King Diamond - Mercyful Fate Kim Bendix Petersen, better known by his stage name King Diamond, is a Danish heavy metal musician. He is known for his extensive vocal range, usually sung in falsetto. King Diamond was originally known as the vocalist for Mercyful Fate, but has become notorious for his horror themed Concept albums ...read more.

What an incredible deluge of eerie falsetto shrieking, growling, gurgling... His work on Abigail is the stuff of metal legend and struck fear into to the hearts of listeners and competitors... Should be at least top 10, if not top 5.

Come on! King Diamond leaves all these in the dust with his amazing vocal range. Rob Halford is great, but no one can touch King

I am sickened that he is so low. King diamond is easily better than Bruce.

This list is a joke King Diamond should be in the top 5. How is the babymetal singer above King Diamond. - Rambles

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31 Daniel Gildenlöw - Pain Of Salvation Daniel Gildenlöw - Pain Of Salvation Daniel Gildenlöw is a Swedish musician and songwriter. He is best known as a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist for the progressive metal band Pain of Salvation.

Vocal range, color and control of his voice - it all makes a complete harmony...

In my opinion - greatest singer! Amazing control of his voice, and large vocal range.

The most versatile singer I've ever heard or seen

One of the most underrated of all time.

32 Lemmy Kilmister- Motorhead Lemmy Kilmister- Motorhead Ian Fraser Kilmister, known as Lemmy, was an English musician, singer and songwriter who founded and fronted the rock band Motörhead.

I just don't understand why he is not number 1. His voice was so scary and and song he sang automatically became a metal song

Lemmys voice set the bar for metal and when you hear him live and see people running for the exit sign after an encore with overkill you know it's the real deal.

In my opinion Metallica's version of "overkill" was better because you could actually tell what James is saying.

32? This is a disgrace he should be at least #14 or #15

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33 Mike Patton - Faith No More Mike Patton - Faith No More Michael Allan "Mike" Patton is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, film composer, producer, and actor, best known as the lead singer of the alternative metal band Faith No More.

A true vocal god right here. Can sing any genre effortlessly, and does things with his voice that I've never heard anyone in metal (including Devin and Kyo), or in most of music do. Some of these so-called singers here (even some legends), are laughable compare to this man (especially these young tools like M Shadows). Now to be fair, there are some people who can probably compete with his range... but they are outside metal and usually dwell in the experimental side of music. Anyway, the only reason he's placed so low in this, is because these lists tend to focus on popular people.

Mike Patton is very likely the most talented vocalist on the planet. How a cheap imitator like Serj Tankian makes the top ten and Patton sits at # 40 baffles me. Anyway, I don't consider him a "metal vocalist", simply because the vast majority of his work falls into other genres. As far as metal singers go, I would take Patton over any body. Ever.

HE CAN SING ANY GENRE! , I really don't know why he's not up a little higher.

I've never heard a vocalist who could literally sing any genre or any song like Mike Patton can.

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34 Tobias Sammet - Avantasia, Edguy Tobias Sammet - Avantasia, Edguy Tobias Sammet is a German metal musician, best known as the vocalist and primary songwriter of the power metal band Edguy, as well as the founder, main singer and bassist of the metal opera Avantasia.

In my opinion his vocal style is somewhere between Kiske and Jorn Lande, great vocalist composer musician and person

I think he is one of the best with his range and stage presence. Avantasia is the product of a genius mind.

He's amazing. Love his crafted screams and sustain. His voice and singing style remind me of Bruce Dickinson and a bit of Michael Kiske. - Metal_Treasure

35 Urban Breed - Trail of Murder, Tad Morose

By far the most excellent lyricist, and deliverer of expression and abstraction on this list. Urban is quite literally the excellence of execution when it comes to delivery of melodies.

And then he provides some of the best backing vocals in metal as well.

36 Randy Blythe - Lamb of God Randy Blythe - Lamb of God David Randall "Randy" Blythe is the vocalist and lyricist of American heavy metal band Lamb of God and side-project band Halo of Locusts.

To start with, Randy was the one who originally got me listening to growling. He is capable of mixing the heavy, ear-ripping effect of growling, but still keep the lyrics fairly easy to hear. Combine this with intricate songs about policy and war, and you have a recipe for chills.

Just try any song of lamb of god.. And you will shocked after listening he's vocals... He sings like a ghost..

Randy Blythe is the god of metal vocals. Not only his voice but his stage attitude and persona are better than everyone on this list. Why 22? Why? He is the god, the ruler, the emperor and the lord of metal growls. screeches and vocals.

Was looking for him in the top ten... Underrated as always

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37 Jørn

Votes from jorn and jorn lande should be combined, it's the same god of metal

Come on...47 for Jorn? How can you guys mistreat the GOD?

Its about singing, not growling... True metal vocals... Others just borrowed the name of Metal.
True metal vocals are the kind Jorn Lands delivers.

Amazing Vocalist but to hear strong energy you have to hear him live

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38 Till Lindemann - Rammstein Till Lindemann - Rammstein

How is Till number 35?! He has amazing vocals that can move you in songs like Ohne Dich or Mutter. He should be in the top ten.

Till lindemann has amazing vocals so deep and low for yelling and soothing song

Till should be number one because he has a incredible voice

The most vibrant voice of the world... excelent composer

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39 Chuck Billy - Testament Chuck Billy - Testament Charles "Chuck" Billy is an American vocalist, who is best known as the vocalist for the thrash metal band Testament.

59? Come on people he has the best voice in thrash metal

40 Devin Townsend Devin Townsend Devin Garret Townsend is a Canadian musician, songwriter and record producer. He was the founder, songwriter, vocalist, and guitarist in extreme metal band Strapping Young Lad from 1994 to 2007 and has an extensive career as a solo artist.

A great and kind man with more musical talent than all of the metal community combined. He has done so much work in the 20+ years that he has been releasing music and he is now only recently starting to get the deserved attention for it... From working with Steve Vai in the early 90s... To performing in his own band Strapping young lad, the epitome of heavy, aggressive and intense metal... And to today where he performs in his solo project playing everything from progressive metal, to death metal to even ambient melo stuff. But to the factor of his voice, he has a range that shouldn't even be humanly possible, he can scream to levels that hurt my throat just hearing, do powerful growls, perform simple mellow clean vocals and to top it all of... Incredibly powerful operatic vocals that blow people away. Every note he hits is clean and spot on and he has an incredible sense of timing with each one. With all that, his live performances put his studios albums to shame. For those reading ...more

A god walking amongst mere mortals, Devin just is from another planet, godly voice that has an range I have never seen nor heard, great guy as well very nice and down to earth, a perfect performer

I've never heard anyone pull off such a wide range of as Devin Townsend, and whatever he decides to do, he does masterfully.

Devin is pure talent. All that's written about him is so true. I'm a great fan of him and can't stop listening!

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