Most Brutal Death Metal Vocalists


The Top Ten

1 Akerfeldt (Opeth, Bloodbath)

The awesome vocalist who can go from dangerous growling to melodic singing in seconds. - IronSabbathPriest

Just listen to Blackwater Park. Yep, that's all Akerfeldt

Totally deserves #1 spot

I love Cryptopsy but Lord Worm's vocals SUCK!
Akerfeldt on the other hand is a multitalented genius. He is the best brutal vocalist, period. His voice has the power that death metal requires. Moreover his singing makes the lyrics perfectly legible, something most DM vocalists can't say for themselves.
His clean voice is also perfect. On top of that he is a legendary guitarist and songwriter.
I wish he'd start growling again and do justice to Opeth's legacy

2 Lord Worm (Cryptopsy) Lord Worm (Cryptopsy) Dan Greening, aka Lord Worm, is the original vocalist for Cryptopsy, a Canadian technical death metal band. He is also an English teacher.

His vocals are as destructive as the sun consuming the earth. Absolutely chaotic and indecipherable.

3 Glen Benton (Deicide, Vital Remains) Glen Benton (Deicide, Vital Remains) Glen Benton is an American death metal musician. He is best known as the vocalist and bassist for the death metal band Deicide and was also a part of the band Vital Remains, where he has performed in recording sessions as well as live with them on a few occasions. more.
4 Corpsegrinder (Cannibal Corpse, Paths of Possession)

Devoured : By vermin
Hotel: Trivago

The only brutal person on this list

5 Chris Barnes (Six Feet Under, Cannibal Corpse) Chris Barnes (Six Feet Under, Cannibal Corpse) Chris Barnes is an American musician mainly noted for his deep-throat vocals, explicitly violent lyrics. Barnes was a founding member of Cannibal Corpse before his dismissal and would later form Six Feet Under, which he fronts to this day.

A Legend. The Best with John Tardy & Chuck Schuldiner.

6 Brook Reeves (Impending Doom)

What a brutality came from a Christian metal vocalist, I mean he is preaching about Christianity/Anti Satanism, and he sounds so brutal! - nooreldeen

7 Karl Sanders (Nile) Karl Sanders (Nile) Karl Sanders is an American musician, most widely known as the founding member of the American ancient Egyptian-themed technical death metal band Nile.
8 Karl Willetts (Bolt Thrower)
9 Chuck Schuldiner (Death) Chuck Schuldiner (Death) Charles Michael "Chuck" Schuldiner (1967-2001) was an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist, best known as the founder and vocalist, guitarist and bassist of the American heavy metal band Death. He is considered the most influential figure in Death Metal, with some publications referring to Chuck more.

Evil chuck evil dead enough said

Number 12? Listen to spiritual healing.

10 Travis Ryan (Cattle Decapitation) Travis Ryan (Cattle Decapitation) Travis Ryan Collins, who goes by the stage name Travis Ryan, is an American musician known for being the vocalist of the Deathgrind band Cattle Decapitation.

One of the most versatile and impressive

He is the best! No doubt. His vocal range is simply insane.

The Contenders

11 John Gallagher (Dying Fetus) John Gallagher (Dying Fetus)

John Gallagher has the most original growl ever. He can do extreme lows. For me he sounds like he growls while he doing pig sqeal. Nobody has as brutal voice as John Gallagher.

12 Adam Darski (Behemoth)
13 Alex Terrible (Slaughter to Prevail)

Probably the deepest death growl I have heard thus far.

14 Frank Mullen (Suffocation) Frank Mullen (Suffocation) Frank Mullen, is the vocalist of the American death metal band Suffocation, and met band mates Terrance Hobbs and Mike Smith in high school.
15 Johan Hegg (Amon Amarth) Johan Hegg (Amon Amarth)
16 Chris Reifert (Autopsy)
17 Count Grishnackh (Burzum)

What! He's a Black Metal singer, who added this? - GREYBOYY

So brutal, even his cornflakes are soft... - ThatStrangeKid42

Not a death metal singer.

He stabbed Euronymous in the head and burned down 1000 year old churches. Can't get any more brutal than that.

18 Scott Lewis (Carnifex) Scott Lewis (Carnifex)

Deathcore does count as death metal! And Scott kicks everyone's ass on this list except Corpsegrinder.

Travis Ryan is also amazing. - ThatStrangeKid42

19 Ruben Rosas (Devourment)

His vocals on Molesting The Decapitated are inhuman! Like a grizzly bear on steroids!

20 Martin van Drunen (Asphyx)

Singer of Asphyx. Nobody shreds their vocal chords in such a loud and powerful way. Mic cuppers beware.

21 CJ McCreery (Signs of the Swarm)

Frankly, even though his lyrics are almost completely unintelligible, he still fits the quota for brutality nonetheless.

22 Frank Rini (Internal Bleeding)

The most gutteral vocals ever! Check out Internal Bleeding's first two proper releases.

23 Alissa White-Gluz Alissa White-Gluz Alissa White-Gluz is a Canadian vocalist, best known as the former lead vocalist and one of the founding members of the Canadian metal band, The Agonist, and current lead vocalist for the Swedish melodic death metal group, Arch Enemy.

Brutal growls and screams, also great vocal range

24 Angel Ochoa (Cephalotripsy)

Deep. Very deep. VERY LOW. Very low.

25 Igor Filimontsev (Katalepsy) Igor Filimontsev (Katalepsy)

Crazy growls and Pigsqueals and those gutterals are pure brutality.

26 Phlegeton (Wormed)

Actually sounds like an alien worm come to eat humanity.

27 Dead (Morbid/Mayhem)
28 Ben Duerr (Hollow Prophet, Shadow of Intent)
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Top Remixes

1. Lord Worm (Cryptopsy)
2. Glen Benton (Deicide, Vital Remains)
3. Akerfeldt (Opeth, Bloodbath)


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