Best European Heavy Metal SingersPowerfultekin
The Top Ten
He invented metal vocals he should be in top 3! - zxm
Yeah, I agree with Powerfultekin that he is not recognized much as heavy metal but this is only because most of the metal fans don't know what metal is and don't know the metal songs by Deep Purple.
Ian Gillan created his own singing style that was quite operatic for the 70s but this operatic style influenced Bruce Dickinson and then Bruce influenced everybody with clean vocals (Kiske, Sammet, Kotipelto). Hansi said Gillan was the only metal singer who ever moved him and Hansi learned from Gillan. Now we are all moved by the way Hansi sings.
Gillan is shamefully underrated. He was the first singer with a true metal singing style (because he created this style). Gillan also had a 4 octave vocal range (Freddie had the same range) - Metal_Treasure
He is my favorite metal singer because he has it all: very powerful voice, vocal technique, incredible tonal versatility and unmatched passion. There are lots of details about his vocal skills in my lists: "Top 10 Hansi Kürsch Vocal Performances", and "Top 10 Most Emotionally Intense Vocal Performances by Hansi Kürsch (Blind Guardian, Demons & Wizards)". - Metal_Treasure
In my opinion he is the BEST in Europe. An amazing vocal range, and he's especially famous for his high notes. He can sing almost anything, from power metal to opera. His new band AHOLA is really worth checking out.
In general, I agree with the visitor's comment and confirm Ahola is an incredible singer - definitely the best metal singer from Finland and currently one of the best in Europe. He is a young guy and still unnoticed. He's got the most resonant voice I've ever heard (his notes are ringing).
Several months ago I made a list with many details "Top 10 Jarkko Ahola Vocal Performances".
His first band (Teräsbetoni) got its first recording contract thanks to a nation-wide petition in Finland, started by fans and sent to several record companies. As a result, Teräsbetoni were signed to Warner Music in 2004. Never heard of anything like that before. - Metal_Treasure
This guy is just amazing. Hands down. Kiske, Kursch and Sammet should be higher than Ozzy, Lemmy and Biff. - Metal_Treasure
Incredible singer with excellent vocal technique. If you are interested in his vocal skills, you can visit my list "Top 10 Tobias Sammet Vocal Performances". - Metal_Treasure
Opeth is awesome
His voice and vocal skills are very impressive - his voice is a combination of Dio, Ian Gillan and David Coverdale. If this sounds interesting to you, you can visit my list "Top 10 Jørn Lande Vocal Performances" - there are song samples and details to convince you. - Metal_Treasure
Such a fantastic and unique voice.
@zxm - I didn't say it directly but you got my point: he doesn't have enough vocal skills for the top 10, not even for the top 100 best European singers. However, I wanna make some clarifications. My opinion isn't based on like/dislike him personally - I'm just comparing his singing ability with the other singers, that's all. There is one thing that annoys me - he is extremely overrated, he is the most overrated metal musician and singer. - Metal_Treasure
Just to remind you that the list title is "Best Singers" and not most popular singers. The best singers are the singers with the best vocal skills: range, power, control, switches, and so on. - Metal_Treasure
Though Ronnie James Dio isn't European, he is better in general.
@Metal_Treasure : I know.He is overrated.There are singers who deserve to be higher than him - zxmV 1 Comment
He is very very good and should be higher than #50. - Metal_Treasure
He wasn't a metal singer because Motorhead were not a metal band. Lemmy himself explained that they had always been a rock N roll band. I agree with him: they played faster and heavier rock N roll with punk elements. For metal you need classical elements but Motorhead never had classical influences. - Metal_Treasure
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2. Ian Gillan
3. Bruce Dickinson
2. Ian Gillan
3. Rob Halford