Top 10 Facts About Metal Musicians

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1 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

2 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

3 James Hetfield of Metallica built a car that could survive nuclear blasts and earthquakes 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.
4 Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden is a professional pilot, who used to take unpaid leave to front Iron Maiden 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

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

I laughed when I read this! - Metalhead1997

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 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

The Contenders

11 Hansi Kürsch of Blind Giardian records individually each track of the multi-layered backing vocals and doesn't use a harmonizer 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 ...read more.

0_0 damn. - Metalhead1997

Oh my God, their songs have numerous layers of vocal harmony. That's lots 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

12 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

13 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

14 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

15 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

16 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

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

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

18 Nergal of Behemoth was a judge on the Polish version of The Voice
19 Tom Araya of Slayer likes Spongebob

Is it true? Interesting. - zxm

He does?! - Metalhead1997

20 Alexi Laiho founded Children of Bodom at 14
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