Top 10 Facts About Metal Musicians

The Top Ten Facts About Metal Musicians

1 James Hetfield of Metallica built a car that could survive nuclear blasts and earthquakes James Alan Hetfield was born on August 3, 1963. He is an American musician, singer and songwriter known for being the co-founder, lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist and main songwriter for the American heavy metal band Metallica.

What? - Deathshield18

2 Matt Barlow of Iced Earth was a policeman and after the 9/11 attacks he left the band to work as a policeman again

The September 11 terrorist attacks made him wanna contribute to the "real world" instead of living the illusion of a "rock star."
So one of the most impressive metal singers for one of the best US bands left the band and became a police officer again in the police department in Georgetown, Delaware.
He returned to music in 2007. - Metal_Treasure

3 Mike Mangini of Dream Theater is also a software specialist who worked on a program that studied the links between the human brain and body

He graduated from Bentley University (computer science major).
He's one of my top 3 favorite drummers. - Metal_Treasure

4 Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden is a professional pilot, who used to take unpaid leave to front Iron Maiden

He also flies the band's plane called 'Ed Force One', named after Ed - their mascot. - Metal_Treasure

I know this, I love his show " flying heavy metal" on discovery turbo - Ananya

5 Cozy Powell of Rainbow set a world record by playing 400 drums in under one minute, live on television (BBC)

He set a world record for the most drums played per minute. - Metal_Treasure

6 Dave Mustaine of Megadeth chose heavy metal as a career as revenge against a brother-in-law who punched him for listening to Judas Priest

More specifically, he was listening to Sad Wings of Destiny. - Metal_Treasure

I laughed when I read this! - Metalhead1997

Gee, aren't both sides of this story blowing things well out of proportion? - PositronWildhawk

This is absolutely hilarious! - Alpha101

7 Parents of Metallica’s James Hetfield were Christian Scientists and did not believe in medicine, so his mother died of cancer with no medical help

Well, yeah, "Dyers Eve" and " The God That Failed" are some obvious clues to this. - Metalhead1997

James was 16 years old when she died and even his father wasn't there because his parents were divorced.

No wonder Hetfield wrote the song “The God That Failed”.

The song is about his mother who solely relied on her belief in God to heal her but he didn’t. Hetfield felt that had she not followed her Christian Science beliefs, she could have survived. She was too young.

However, Hetfield does not celebrate God's failure in the song, but instead blames God, through his mother's faith and death, for contributing to the meaninglessness of life.

'Until It Sleeps' is also about his dying mother. - Metal_Treasure

8 Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden was a talented fencer and a member of The UK National Olympic Team

And here we can see photographic evidence... - Britgirl

I actually used to fence and judge bouts. - Metalhead1997

9 Rob Halford of Judas Priest broke his nose onstage and was rendered unconscious in 1990, during what was supposed to be his final show with the band

On the last show of the "Painkiller" tour in 1990, Halford was knocked off the motorcycle he famously rides onto the stage at the end of each show by a misplaced prop.
So he missed the last song of what was supposed to be his final show with Judas Priest.
Well, maybe he shouldn't have left the band...
Actually it wasn't his last song with Judas Priest because he rejoined the band many years later. - Metal_Treasure

10 Mike Mangini of Dream Theater was a Full-time Associate professor at Berklee College of Music, Percussion Department

He resigned in 2010 to join Dream Theater as a drummer, of course. - Metal_Treasure

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11 One of hair metal's most famous feuds was between Twisted Sister and Manowar. After Manowar attacked Twisted Sister by calling them "sissy boys in makeup," the "We're Not Gonna Take It" legends challenged Manowar to a street fight. Guess who never showed

These shows how coward manowar are pussies


12 Hansi Kürsch of Blind Giardian records individually each track of the multi-layered backing vocals and doesn't use a harmonizer Hansi Kürsch, born Hans Jürgen Kürsch, is the lead singer, lyricist, co-composer and bassist for German power metal band Blind Guardian . Heavily influenced by Freddie Mercury, he creates a huge choir effect by overdubbing his own voice multiple times in complex, overlapping vocal harmonies. He records more.

"Blind Giardian" - 445956

0_0 damn. - Metalhead1997

Oh my God, their songs have numerous layers of vocal harmony. That's a lot of singing and recording...
Hansi explained: "Harmonizers and "perfect pitch" programs do not work well with my voice due to distortion and the natural double layer effects my vocal cords have." - Metal_Treasure

13 Jon Schaffer of Iced Earth went to a Lutheran school for 5 years, where a pastor shoved a bar of soap down his throat, so Jon formed a band to "prove these people wrong"

Jon Schaffer developed a lot of anger and rebellion at this Lutheran school, where he had to deal with the abusive nature of the pastors.
"On one occasion, one of the pastors shoved a bar of soap down Jon's throat, because the pastor felt threatened due to Jon's refusal to submit, after he couldn't answer Jon's questions about evolution versus creationism. According to Jon, this did have an effect on him forming a band, so that he could "prove these people wrong". (wiki) - Metal_Treasure

This is why I hate most Christians. They take things WAY to seriously. Have nothing against Christianity though, - Alpha101

14 Rob Halford of Judas Priest could have been a classical singer

Classical voice teachers say this being impressed with his "fabulous range of vocal colors" and "mad skills." - Metal_Treasure

He has a sick range. - Metalhead1997

15 Metallica bought the rights to the film 'Johnny Got His Gun' to continue showing the music video to their song 'One'

In the video for the song ONE Metallica used scenes taken from the anti-war film Johnny Got His Gun. And because their video was played a lot, Metallica were routinely required to pay royalty fees to continue showing the music video. So Metallica bought the rights to the film. Simple, eh? - Metal_Treasure

16 Morbid Angel's album titles are working through the alphabet

Altars of Madness
Blessed Are the Sick
Entangled in Chaos
Formulas Fatal to the Flesh
Gateways to Annihilation
Illud Divinum Insanus
Juvenilia (it should have been titled Just Kidding About That Whole Illud Thing)
Kingdoms Disdained - Metal_Treasure

17 Tobias Sammet formed Edguy at 14

"Although I have always been the clown of the class it didn't work out very well with the girls", he said.
I guess his metal band and his voice worked out with the girls though. As he said "My plan to be a professional musician, which I hatched in a certain phase of pubescent ignorance, seems to have worked out...thank God." - Metal_Treasure

18 Ian Gillan of Deep Purple was the original Jesus Christ in the rock opera 'Jesus Christ Superstar' (1970)

Yes! Apparently, they were impressed with his vocals on Child in Time. I think they made the right choice, because Ian absolutely killed it! - Gg2000

He was selected for the role personally by the authors of the rock opera - Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. - Metal_Treasure

19 Fenriz of Darkthrone was elected as councilman of Kolbotn
20 In the 80s Metallica moved from Los Angeles to San Francisco because "the glam metal scene in Los Angeles sucked"
21 Jeff Hanneman of Slayer was a "super quiet" guy but he wrote the music and lyrics to songs that can't be described as quiet

R.I.P. Jeff.
He wrote Raining Blood, Angel Of Death, South Of Heaven, Hell Awaits, Dead Skin Mask, Black Magic, and many more.
Robb Flynn of Machine Head, who did over 120 shows with Slayer, commented: "Jeff was super quiet, really kept to himself". - Metal_Treasure

22 Fernando Ribeiro of Moonspell has a University degree in Philosophy
23 Rob Halford of Judas Priest considered wearing a wig or a toupee but decided against it

Halford even planned to design a line of wigs at one point. But he actually handled the matter with more dignity - first going for a close-cropped look and eventually shaving his head. - Metal_Treasure

The was actually the original outfit of Judas Priest, until they invented the leather look. - Metalhead1997

24 Cozy Powell of Rainbow raced for Hitachi on the UK saloon car circuit and was quoted as saying "I drive like I drum - madly"

Unfortunately, he died in a car accident while driving at 104 mph (167 km/h) in bad weather, in 1998, at the age of 50.
R.I.P. Cozy! - Metal_Treasure

25 Alex Skolnick of Testament plays jazz in Alex Skolnick Trio

He's a thrasher but he's also a jazzer! I love him, he is a great guitarist. - Metal_Treasure

26 Jeff Walker of Carcass recorded a country album
27 Nergal of Behemoth was a judge on the Polish version of The Voice
28 Tom Araya of Slayer likes Spongebob

Is it true? Interesting. - zxm

He does?! - Metalhead1997

29 Tobias Sammet didn't want to be a singer but the band had no singer and told him at the 2nd rehearsal that he was the singer

The band members were so right! - Metal_Treasure

30 Alexi Laiho founded Children of Bodom at 14
31 Bathory drummer Jonas Akerlund now works as a music video director for artists such as Lady Gaga, Madonna, and Coldplay
32 Robert Trujillo's full name is Roberto Agustín Miguel Santiago Samuel Perez de la Santa Concepción Trujillo Veracruz Batista Roberto Agustin Trujillo, better known as Robert Trujillo, is an American musician known for his role as the current bassist of heavy metal band Metallica.
33 Nobody knows who is the woman at Black Sabbath Debut album.
34 Rob Halford of Judas Priest is gay

Everyone pretty much knows that but there's no shame in gay musicians being in the music industry. - Metalhead1997

He came out as gay publicly in 1998, on an interview with MTV News:

"I think that most people know that I've been a gay man all of my life, and it's only been in recent times it's an issue that I feel comfortable to address (...) something that I feel has a moment, and this is the moment to discuss it." - Metal_Treasure

35 Fernando Ribeiro of Moonspell published two poetry books

That's why his lyrics to Moonspell songs are so good. My favorite line is from the song White Omega: "It's when life's so precious that every moment hurts". - Metal_Treasure

Update: 3 poetry books already - Metal_Treasure

36 James Hetfield of Metallica loves to skateboard

Thanks to whoever added this.
Yes, he loves that but he has broken his arm a number of times while skateboarding, which prevented him from playing guitar on stage, and subsequently caused Hetfield's management company to add a clause in Hetfield's contract forbidding him to ride a skateboard while Metallica was touring.
Hetfield actually enjoys a variety of other activities such as hunting, snowboarding, water-skiing, jet-skiing, sketching, customizing cars and motorcycles in his garage, watching the Oakland Raiders, and going to hot-rod shows. - Metal_Treasure

37 Roy Khan of Kamelot studied opera singing for 3 years
38 Richard Christy left Iced Earth to join the Howard Stern Show in 2004

Thanks for this addition, Ryan.
It's a miracle this band survived in the early 2000s - remember Matt Barlow also left to become a cop...
God bless Jon Schaffer! - Metal_Treasure

39 Alissa White-Gluz of Arch Enemy is an animal rights activist and has been a vegan since 1998

She received a Libby award from PETA for her work in an international campaign advocating against the hunting of Canadian seals. - Metal_Treasure

40 Kerry King of Slayer did the guitar riffs and solo on the Beastie Boys song No Sleep Till Brooklyn
41 Manowar appeared on Livewire (a Nickelodeon talk show from the early 1980's)

They also had Twisted Sister, The Ramones, R.E.M. and other musicians.

42 Chuck Schuldiner founded Death at 16
43 Frederik Ehmke of Blind Guardian also plays bagpipe and flute Frederik Ehmke is a German metal drummer, who has been the drummer for the German metal band Blind Guardian since 2005.
44 Hansi Kürsch of Blind Guardian wanted to become a guitarist and not a singer

Hansi: "When I started making music I had a stronger tendency to become a guitarist. That changed when I met André Olbrich in school and he was the one realizing my potential as a vocalist. During one of our high school parties I was screaming parts of Ian Gillan and MSG songs. André somehow liked it."
And Hansi became a singer and also a bassist but never was officially a guitarist. - Metal_Treasure

45 Pantera was on SpongeBob SquarePants

Where? - Metalhead1997

46 Dave Mustaine was on Duck Dodgers
47 Heaven Shall Burn's band logo was drawn by Killswitch Engage bassist Mike D'Antonio Heaven Shall Burn are a German metalcore band from Saalfeld, formed in 1996. The band consists of vocalist Marcus Bischoff, guitarists Maik Weichert and Alexander Dietz, bassist Eric Bischoff and drummer Christian Bass.
48 Kobra Paige (Kobra and the Lotus) answered an ad for a drummer for a metal band, she showed up and told them she was not a drummer but a singer, and after some jamming, she had the job
49 Francesco Paoli loves to cook Francesco Paoli is the drummer for the Italian technical death metal band Fleshgod Apocalypse, formed in 2007.

One of the fastest and most brutal metal drummers enjoys cooking!
To find some recipes and tips, and improve your cooking skills, you can start with this video "FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE - Learn How To Cook with Francesco Paoli". - Metal_Treasure

50 George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher Likes World of Warcraft
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