Best Death Metal and/or Deathcore Vocalists

The Top Ten

1 Phil Bozeman - Whitechapel Phil Bozeman - Whitechapel

Easy number one. Pure aggression you can feel each note.
His lows are out of this world too.


Best. Vocalist. Ever. Phil is my inspiration to do vocals. I have been a Whitechapel fan since This Is Exile came out and the vocals got me hooked. Deathcore haters can go jump off a cliff because Phil is amazing

He is amazing - MetalFreek

2 Mitch Lucker - Suicide Silence Mitch Lucker - Suicide Silence Mitchell Adam "Mitch" Lucker was an American musician and lead singer for the deathcore band Suicide Silence.

And after random browsing, Bozeman came across this list and he had an issue. He then voted for Mitch and felt happy.

Hands down number 1 of all time. Legends never die. R.I.P. Mitch

No, no, no, HE NEEDS TO BE #1 I love the other guys on this list but Mitch Lucker is the king of deathcore metal, he has the most powerful voice of all time, the deep blast of power of his low screams, and his high screams that brings chills to your spine. He will live forever! RIP, he needs to be #1, he is the best of all of the people from this list, he is inspirational and his songs have meaning and depth, he is #1 in my book

He's the best. No one can scream better

3 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.

The strongest voice that I ever imagined... Ultimate voice and variations are deadly threatening... Damn no words to express about his ultimate voice...

It's a bit dis-appointing to see him at 2. His vocals are the most thrashing ever. Songs like Ruin, Laid to Rest, Pathetic are incredible. Randy, you rule buddy.

His voice is just so demonic, I don't really know how to put this but DAMN!. you wanna listen to a spine chilling growl of pure awesomeness, he is yer man. Setan's devil version's, if there's a choir in hell Randy will definitely lead the chorus.

He helps every day Because His song is my alarm tone - tahsinodabas

4 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.

People are joking right? , I hate all these deathcore kids - eurobeat

Chuck is the best, there is no question about it. With out him we probably wouldn't have death metal as we know it and the guys on this list wouldn't be here if it weren't for him

Not only does he sing, he's also one of the greatest guitarists of all time. RIP Chuck!

chuck schuldiner, no 17, this is a joke, right? and since when is cradle of filth death metal or deathcore, it's clearly black metal!

5 Chris "CJ" McMahon - Thy Art Is Murder

He is totally the best singer when it comes to deathcore - Nintendonix


Damn...his voice is directly from hell...

His screams are earth shattering I love thy art is murder

6 Ian Bearer - Rings of Saturn

THE best vocalist around. His growls are demonic, while still staying clear and his highs make satan weep

He is the best vocalist in the Deathcore scene. His voice is very powerful and demonic.

The newest beast in the Deathcore scene

Easily the biggest vocal range in metal. His highs are loud, powerful, and energetic and are some of the highest screams in metal, while his lows, pig squeals, and gutterals are jaw dropping and brutal.

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7 Dan Watson - Infant Annihilator

Hey, he is number 1. No one can beat him. Dan Watson left Infant Annihilator. But he is insane and brutal. His new bands (Enterprise Earth and Mire Lore) are better than I. A in my opinion. I think Dan Watson, Dickie Allen, Luke Griffin, Ian Bearer and Alex Terrible are.. Best vocalist in Deathcore.

TOP 3 best. Dan's gutteral range and dynamic combo of gut, scream, and actual singing is unique and sick! Check out his "veil of maya" cover on YouTube!

He's simply amazing. His lows are some of the lowest, his highs are some of the highest. Hear him screaming or "growling" is just like listening to a demon.

He's one of the best, no doubt about it.

8 Ronnie Canizaro - Born of Osiris

The second best part of Born of Osiris, besides the awesome guitar player and drummer.

The guy's awesome /.. /

9 Alexi Laiho - Children of Bodom Alexi Laiho - Children of Bodom Alexi "Wildchild" Laiho is a Finnish guitarist, composer, and vocalist. He is best known as the lead guitarist, lead vocalist and founding member of the melodic death metal band Children of Bodom, and is also the guitarist for Sinergy, The Local Band and Kylähullut.

Alexi is one of the best guitar players on earth right now... and his voice perfectly matches their singing style... and their guitar is so melodic... just listen to Kissing The Shadows

oh common alexi is the best what are you guys thinking Amon Amarth and Nile are pretty good but COB is the best Every time I die just listen and youll see

Yeah I know randy sings n screams well. But alexi along with those things he is the lead guitarist and he writes songs. Can randy do all these?

if you wanna listen to the hardest deathcore vocals, just listen to the "are you dead yet"!
WARNING: it can get nerve wrecking!

10 George Corpsegrinder Fisher - Cannibal Corpse

No band is as brutal as Cannibal Corpse, and no vocalist is as brutal as George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher. He is definitely one of the best death metal vocalists. Some of what he does seems near impossible - fifteen second screams, lightning fast guttural vocals. Listen to any Cannibal Corpse song with Corpsegrinder on it, and you'll see what I mean. He doesn't use any kind of vocal machines or enhancements on his voice (as many other vocalists do). Corpsegrinder should be near the top, if not at the top, of any list comprising death metal vocalists - real death metal vocalists.

This list is highly inaccurate of true death metal. It is totally flooded by deathcore and melodic death metal vocalists, most of whom are in bands that formed just a few years ago (and seem to be very poser-friendly). Where is all of the traditional death metal? This list doesn't even contain the vocalists who pretty much created and influenced death growling - people like jeff becerra, kam ...more

My God, are people serious with all these deathcore kids?

I love this guy. He is one of my inspirations in singing rock. Not that I am bragging or anything, but with a little more training not to mention age ripening, I could finally copy his singing voice. Ain't that cute? - aeromaxx777

Truly the absolute best. None of the albums he made were bad. Screw all the deathcore, Chuck and Corpsegrinder should be number 1!


The Contenders

11 Dez Fafara - Devildriver

So, SO under-rated. His range might not be as high as some of the others on this list, but his "I've just been gargling with nails and battery acid" shouts are the best. Powerful, emotional and most importantly- he sounds awesome. Great live, too.

Dez also has one of the best stage presences in all the business. He only has to look at the crowd for them to circle pit like crazy.

Put up there in the top 10 DevilDriver fans!

So, SO under-rated

12 Alex Koehler - Chelsea Grin Alex Koehler - Chelsea Grin

His screams, in my opinion, are the best. He should be at third or second. His voice in their EP is "demonic". It is completely awesome. I am a big fan of Chelsea Grin and I love all of their songs and albums. So anybody who doesn't know Chelsea Grin please go to YouTube and listen to this sick band! CG for the win!

This dudes voice is gone, he screwed it up doing his highs and now he sounds like a dying cat.

Listen to sonnet of the wretched and you'll understand why he should be higher

You are great

13 Oliver Sykes - Bring Me The Horizon

you'd never expect such a powerful voice to come out of such a frail lookin guy!... his screams are high and powerfull and his lows are massive! like in the end of ''medusa'' or ''pray for plagues''... and the most respectable part is that he doesn muffle his mike whie growling!... which is more than I can say for phil bozzman or suicide silence!
for a couple of years I did see that his voice wasnt as great as ever but I recently saw him live in montreal in 2010 and his voice was more beasty than EVER!... check that on youtube too n you ll know what I'm talkin about!

If people think that Oli Sykes is a good vocalist they should be castrated

Regardless of the fact that he permanently damaged his vocal cords from doing it wrong, his sound is terrible, especially now since he can't even growl properly anymore

You guys are idiots Mitch Lucker Is more better

From Count Your Blessings, to There is a Hell, his screaming was beatiful. for Stevie Wonder's Eyes Only or Black and Blue are such a great songs and his screaming is majestous. His painful screaming in Suicide Season goes very well with the song. In Anthem and Crucify Me have great vocalization.

14 Angela Gossow - Arch Enemy Angela Gossow - Arch Enemy Angela Nathalie Gossow is a German vocalist, best known as the former lead vocalist for the Swedish melodic death metal band Arch Enemy.
15 Eddie Hermida - All Shall Perish Eddie Hermida - All Shall Perish

Great accentuation, pronunciation, vocal range as well as power.

I can only handle him in the song Wage Slaves, I despise the fact that he is the new frontman of Suicide Silence. His pitchy screams annoy the hell out of me.

16 Johan Hegg - Amon Amarth Johan Hegg - Amon Amarth

He has such a versatile voice. can low growl, forcefully shout, and can scream exceptionally well.

Him and the singer from Hypocrisy are awesome.

I find it funny he just walks around talking like that.

17 John Tardy - Obituary

The Voice of Death Metal!

One of the most unique growls ever he doesn't sound like everyone else

Haha legends in number 18 yet suicide silence at number 1?...

18 Dallas Toler-Wade - Nile
19 Trevor Strnad - The Black Dahlia Murder Trevor Strnad - The Black Dahlia Murder

Trevor has amazing dynamic in his high, low and mid range vocals. He hits the nail on the head in terms of lyrics for the concepts he covers and the themes of BDM's music. Deserves a spot in the top ten.

One of the most distinctive metal vocalists around, who improves with every album.

Awesome use of high screams and low growls - MetalFoREVer1228

He's my main influence to scream. Only a few come close o him

20 Mike Hranica - The Devil Wears Prada

His screaming is brutal and ear piercing which makes The Devil Wears Prada the band they are today. Songs like 'Dogs Can Grow Beards All Over' show the low growls and harmony within the other instruments, while 'Hey John, Whats Your Name Again?' shows his amazing screams which gives all of their songs their own distinct tone and character!

Best American scream/growl vocalist

21 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.

There are to many things I want to vote for but this guy defiantly deserves some recognition. Though I am happy to see so many of my favorite vocalists in the top 10 positions.

This dude just has such a variety of crazy sounds. Very original and can pull off some very impressive low gutterals and demonic screams.

22 Jonny Davy - Job For a Cowboy

This man hits lower than some slam metal artists. If you watch the Mitch memorial show you see him hitting super low with his mouth wide open. That's impossible for your average vocalist. Hands down #1

No one can sing with a voice so low and then in a tenth of a second switch to scream higher and absurd

These growls are just so brutal.. So so brutal

23 Mikael Akerfeldt - Opeth Mikael Akerfeldt - Opeth 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 for three albums up until 2012. more.

His performance in bloodbath was better. check out the album reserection through carnage if you want to experiance the greatest death metal vocals I've ever heard.

24 Dickie Allen - Infant Annihilator

10/10 most unique vocal range in pure deathcore in my opinion. You can tell in the vocal covers he's put out that his vocals are hardly processed and his lows, highs, gutturals are all natural. The sounds this guy can make are inhuman though really. His lyrics are actually well thought out as well, still gory and disgusting as hell, but well put together. If you haven't check out the new Infant Annihilator album, I suggest you do that now!

I wanted to vote for Alex Shikolai but I can't see him on the list, so here goes Dickie Allen. This guy is a bit like Travis Ryan but less on very deep guttural vocals and more on disturbing, disgusting and brutal death growls that will scare each and every non-deathmetaller. He has a sound which is like Dan Watson (the previous vocalist of Infant Annihilator) but he sounds less insane. The insanity of the voice of Dan has been replaced by the most disgusting voice ever. Listen to him singing "NEW BORN PORN" in the song Soil the Stillborn and you will know what I mean. He brings a kind of putrid aura to the band's sound.

HOW IS HE SO LOW IN THIS LIST? He has the best high's I've ever heard.

25 Martin van Drunen

Singer of Asphyx / Ex Pestilence and Hail of Bullets.

The best

26 Dani Filth - Cradle of Filth Dani Filth - Cradle of Filth

He has a demonic vampire like screeching voice. - jonty

He is awesome... He ROCKS

A banshee on crack

27 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.
28 Kyo - Dir en grey Kyo - Dir en grey Kyo is a Japanese musician, singer, lyricist and poet. He is best known as the vocalist of the metal band Dir en grey. He has been with the band since its inception in 1997 and was formerly in La:Sadie's.

I am not the only person who should have voted for kyo. He should at least be number 4 or 3 on this list. He is an amazing vocalist, and the reason why he and his band is not known by many is because their Japanese. But kyo is definitely one hell of a vocalist, he can go to low gutteral growls to high ear piercing shrieks and then he can sing with a voice so heavenly and clean. His singing range is extremely high. Kyo is one of the most diverse metal vocalists of this generation, and he needs to be voted much higher.

Such an underrated singer. He deserves to be at least in the top 10

Kyo is a god. He deserves the top 10

29 Chris Barnes - Six Feet Under

The worlds best death metal singer. why the f8ck is he in no. 44

30 Pekka Kokko - Kalmah

Has a great vocal range, from high pitch screams like in swamplord to the low brutal growls in the Black Waltz.

He should be on top 3 but is brutal than anybody in this liast - MIFZAL

31 Sean Beasley - Dying Fetus

that particular song has awesome guitar as well as awesome vocals (beasley is the bald one)

Gallagher is who you're referring to

32 Max Cavalera - Sepultura / Soulfly Max Cavalera - Sepultura / Soulfly Massimiliano Antonio "Max" Cavalera is a Brazillian singer, guitarist, and songwriter who currently plays in heavy metal bands Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy, and Killer Be Killed.

max is the best man, listen to the song arise and beneath the remains by sepultura and you might change your mind.

33 Muhammed Suçimez - Necrophagist

This master of guitar technicality is also so brutal with his guttural growls! The song Stabwound and Only Ash Remains show the power of his voice.

34 Scott Lewis - Carnifex Scott Lewis - Carnifex

His highs and lows are perfection. Caught between Chelsea Grin and Carnifex for#1 death core vocals

This dude is the boss, the lowest lows I've ever heard, and his highs aren't too bad either.

He sounds definitely beats johnny davy sorry I love johnny but scotts just better

As other commenters have said, Scott has some of the best lows ever - he surpasses all other deathcore vocalists (even Phil Bozeman), and can even compare to pure death metal growlers like Travis Ryan and Corpsegrinder. His highs have gotten progressively better, they were great on the first album and got even better every album after that. Back on the first two albums, he did very impressive pig squeals, which I know a lot of elitists don't like pig squeals… well, guess what? I don't care. Pig squealing is awesome. Scott's lyrics always prove to be powerful, angry, and emotional. He's pure rage when he screams, and all aggression when he growls. His voice matches his lyrics, too. Maybe he's not the absolute best on this list, but definitely deserving of a spot in the top 5. - ThatStrangeKid42

35 Chris Fronzak - Attila

Terrible band and terrible lyrics but seriously a great vocalist, Wastes his own potential because he could be at the top if he wanted to be

He's one of the vocalist I can hear forever and ever. He's one of the few who do nasals screams and can rap and scream fast at the same time.

36 Luke Griffin - Acrania (UK)

You can't handle the BRE!

Amazing uniqueness, mixes highs and lows perfectly and very underrated for an extremely talented vocalist.

100% exhales, and does nearly every type of vocal style possible
. he's beyond underrated


37 David Vincent - Morbid Angel David Vincent - Morbid Angel David Justin Vincent, also known as Evil D, is an American musician who is best known as the former lead vocalist and bassist for the death metal band Morbid Angel as well as the bassist for Genitorturers.
38 Adam Warren - Oceano

The fact that all of his pig-squeals are exhale make him an amazing vocalist! That and his highs are unmatched by anyone else.

If you've ever seen this guy live you know why 37th place is not a good spot for him...

39 Orion Stephens - In Dying Arms

First album was redolent of that 2006 The Devil Wears Prada era many are surely so familiar with. However their second album was absolutely crazy, most insane highs (that sound like AK Grin) and badass lows to boot. Solid band, amazing vocalist.

Best vocalist of all time I swear

His screams are so evil, I love it.

40 Alex Camargo - Krisiun
41 Varjoherra - Azaghal

There can be only one! TRVECOLDHVNKKVLT!

42 Ricky Hoover - Suffokate
43 Tomas Lindberg - At The Gates / The Crown / Lock Up

Great great Singer and has proven for many years and in different Bands and styles.

44 Nergal - Behemoth Nergal - Behemoth Adam Nergal Darski (born Adam Michał Darski; 10 June 1977 in Gdynia), is a Polish musician and television personality, best known for being the frontman for the black/death metal band Behemoth. more.

Behemeoth is Polish Black Metal. Not Death Metal or Metalcore.

45 Chris Blair - As Blood Runs Black
46 Anders Friden - In Flames Anders Friden - In Flames Anders Fridén is the vocalist/lyricist of the Swedish metal band In Flames. Fridén was also the vocalist of Passenger, a side project.
47 Jeff Walker - Carcass Jeff Walker - Carcass Jeffrey Walker is a bass guitarist and vocalist from Windle, St Helens, UK. He is best known for his work with death metal band Carcass for which he is also the main lyricist.
48 Glen Benton - Deicide Glen Benton - Deicide 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.
49 Mikael Stanne - Dark Tranquillity Mikael Stanne - Dark Tranquillity Bengt Mikael Stanne is the vocalist and one of the lyricists for the Swedish melodic death metal band, Dark Tranquillity and the ex-vocalist for Swedish power metal band HammerFall.
50 Corey Taylor - Slipknot Corey Taylor - Slipknot Corey Todd Taylor was born in December 8, 1973. He is an American musician, author, and actor best known as the lead singer and lyricist of the Nu-metal band Slipknot and hard rock/alternative metal band Stone Sour.

Not a death metal vocalist.

Corey is love.

"Corey is life"

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1. Phil Bozeman - Whitechapel
2. Chuck Schuldiner - Death
3. Alex Koehler - Chelsea Grin
1. Randy Blythe - Lamb of God
2. Chuck Schuldiner - Death
3. Alexi Laiho - Children of Bodom
1. Mitch Lucker - Suicide Silence
2. Phil Bozeman - Whitechapel
3. George Corpsegrinder Fisher - Cannibal Corpse

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