Greatest Black Metal VocalistsNord666 Black Metal vocalists who will make you shiver whenever you listen to them. Vote for the best Black Metal vocalists.
The Top Ten
In my opinion Dead was the best black metal vocalist ever hands down. Whenever he unleashed his voice, you could feel the raw emotion and evil he had burning inside him. His vocals helped shape Mayhem's legacy, and also helped to create a very vivid, dark atmosphere that to this day I still think is unmatched. Not only this, but he was also one of the best songwriters, writing many of Mayhem's black metal classics. His legacy will forever be remembered for all of eternity in the black metal community.
I feel Dead was the best, just because he had the atmosphere and feel, that no one else could have. There is no one who could be him, except Dead. I feel the evil from him, its pure.
He was Black Metal a very dark and secluded person that in his own mind was a walking corpse. You felt that when he growled into the microphone. Only if he was here now to continue his dark reign of terror.
Dead has a soft spot with me. I like his songs with mayhemV 18 Comments
Varg's vocals on his earlier albums are fantastic. He sounds more like an animal being tortured than a human, and it adds so much evil atmosphere to his music.
Insane! Completely Insane!
His high pitch voice cannot be matched. If you are listening to him for the first time then I guarantee you get afraid and lower your headphone volume. - Nord666
I can't listen to much Guitars in Music. You can hate me now. But strange enough, Burzum is one my favorites.
How can people vote for Dead when his only project was a terribly produced live album? Varg is king!V 10 Comments
Most talented Norwegian black metal musician. He can play both bass guitar and lead guitar he played drums on their Sons of Northern Darkness album, as well, he and Demonaz are the best black metal duo in my opinion.
Just check out their latest album All Shall Fall to confirm.
His voice is awesome, not so violent but thick and few black metal vocalists got heavier voice. - GREYBOYY
One of the better black metal vocalists to be sure.
Poser clownV 4 Comments
He started this style of vocals and deserves the top spot. - Nord666
His vocals on the album Under the Sign of the Black Mark are actually scary. He has a strange voice, but on that album, he learned to make it work perfectly, creating this grinding, tortured rasp, unlike any growled vocal.
I'm not exactly a big black metal fan, but oh my god.
Quorthon was absolutely incredible! Every other black metal vocalist tries to be like him. He is legendary and without a doubt should be #1 - ryanrimmel
Varg is only up there because he stabbed Euronymous.
Dead is only there because he committed suicide.
Quorthon is genuinely a good singer and also one-manned the best black metal band for quite a while
What makes Ihsahn better than most other black metal musicians is that he is open to the idea of experimentation. He doesn't live by the same black metal structure for all of his music. His music is very much more progressive than black metal, and I personally think it's better than Emperor. Why? Because he shows his true musicianship. Also, his voice with Emperor is absolutely insane, but in his solo albums, he songs like an angel. He's like the Mikael Åkerfeldt of black metal. Overall, Ihsahn is a true genius who doesn't think that wearing corpse paint and constantly projecting images of satanism is what metal is all about. - MetalFoREVer1228
Very unique sound, can instantly tell him from the rest, he sounds awesome
Amazing. His vocal varition from high pitch screaming to acoustic symphony is excellent. - Nord666
I can't believe he isn't higher on the list. His voice is my absolute favourite in BM (and almost all of music in general). His latest albums Arktis showcased his voice in the best way possible. With either Emperor or solo he always continues to astonish me with his vocals, his amazing guitar work and his overall skills to creat a perfect song.V 3 Comments
Darkest vocalist here. - GREYBOYY
Norwegian night has never been colder. The real sound of hell!
He will torture you with his voice! - Nord666
This is number 2 or 3
His shrieks are amazing. His growled vocals make him sound like Satan himself. - SirSkeletorThe3rd
He sounds like he has been set on fire! - Nord666
Incredible range and his high pitched shriek sends shivers down your spine
Not even the best Gorgoroth vocalist - wizardlarryV 6 Comments
That voice! Oh, like nightmare. He was blessed by Satan, I guess. - Nord666
He deserves first position. Listen to "Conquer All" and see the difference. - Nimbusman
His vocals on Demigod.. Dark and brutal. - ViitalShadow
Greatest person in blackened death metal history.he is th #1V 4 Comments
Attila's vocals on De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas are mixed (personally I prefer Dead's vocals over Attila's) but he is a great vocalist nonetheless. Just listen to some of his works with Tormentor - SirSkeletorThe3rd
He's not a vocalist, he is a shock therapist! - Nord666
His pure skill and variety puts him at the top for technical skill in my opinion
Watch him with Sinn 0))) he's completely terrifying.V 1 Comment
He was a most talented man at black/death metal world.
He made 3 albums so special with Dissection.
Extremely powerful voice.
Seriously so kvlt he killed himself.
He's one of the awesome black metal vocalist I've ever seen! He deserves to be in top 10!
He is awesome. Totally awesome. I feel so high whenever I listen to his vocals!
Is there anybody who CAN sing like Dani does? Don't think so. Dani should be the #1.
This guy is the god of screams.V 8 Comments
Hat is probably the greatest black metal vocalist ever. He is one of the first, if not, the first to use high pitched shrieking in black metal. Hat has made every record he was in 10 times better with his evil vocals. It is a shame we only see him on just a couple of demos, an album, and half of an EP. Although he bears the unfortunate name of Hat (Norwegian for hate mind you) he will go down as the greatest black metal vocalist ever - SirSkeletorThe3rd
I can't believe Hat isn't on the actual list. He sounded like Varg Vikernes on the Gorgoroth demos, but his high screeching sound on the first two Gorgoroth albums is awesome sounding as well.
In norwegian Hat means Hate, clearly he will spawn hate inside your head when you are listening to him. - Nord666
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Awesome range and clarity for the style of vocals, not just high pitched screams or growl. He throws in a bit of everything and in perfect order with the feel of the lyrics.
My vote definitely goes to Shagrath, so much pure evillish and ear bleeding vocals...in particularly albums like Spiritual Black Dimensions and Enthrone Darkness Triumphant...and I love Dimmu Borgir and I don't give a hoot about what the narrow minded metal elitists think..as long as the music is terrific I'll continue with the path of music exploration whoever the band is and what genre they're classified as. - Arhaan95
The opening screaming in hybrid stigmata is the most awesome voice I have ever heard
Shagrath is darn awesome and so is Dimmu Borgir,just gave a listen to their album Stormblåst and fell in love with Black Metal on the first listen.V 2 Comments
Hands down the best Black Metal vocalist, he's got the power, the range, the emotion. Should be at least top 3.
Come on isn't this one obvious? Such powerful vocals! He just doesn't scream or produces the sound of being in pain, he does that on a grunt base which makes this my nr. 1. Many black metal vocalists sound like half man half frog, He doesn't :D
WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU GUYS? THIS IS THE BEST VOCALIST OF ALL TIME
IKR I spent forever trying to find a black metal vocalist that dosnt sound like a gross monster he is great
Probably the most unique of them all. The Lou reed of black metal. He hates you all.
Best vocalist ever! So dark
Come on #16? ,he is black metal monster! - Ananya
I cry when I hear himV 2 Comments
Killer! He sounds just like an alien! - Nord666
For me "Under the Sign of Hell" is the most intense Black Metal Album ever created. The vocals, the drumming (Erik aka Grim did a great job here - RIP), the guitares, the composition everything is overhelming and really unique. Everything fits together perfectly and unleashes the blackest storm of hate.
He deserves #1. And what is this Dani Filth guy doing on the list, Cradle of Filth isn't even Black Metal.
After listening to the new marduk album I'm convinced his vocals are superior to many other singers
One of the best for sure.. Dani filth? You people are hilarious..
His voice is so powerful, and legion is even better - Anonymous1234V 5 Comments
Satyr's voice just sent chills up my spine the first time I heard it. Deserves to be higher up.
In my opinion he deserves the 2 or 1 position m/
Amazing vocalist. His voice is truly unique to other black metal vocalists - SirSkeletorThe3rd
His sound is just amazing!
He has one of the most varied vocal range as well of intensity, without the need of props, just being himself
His vocals are drenched in pain and sorrow. He sounds like he came straight from the depths of hell.
He is the heart of satanic warmaster - Ananya
Nattefrost has It all.
Impressive stage presence and amazing vocal attributes.
Scary. Just scary. Like a black metal vocalist should be.
I just coundnt believe that there wasn't any list about CF. - Ananya
Just listen to him... His voice is so eargasm... He's the reason people listen to Dimmu Borgir.
I like his screams because you can actually understand what he's saying and they fit the atmosphere
His epic angry vocals will present you with freezing and grim tales from ice-cold land of Norway. UGH!
No one can mimic Hoest that is.
Darker then most of the stuff out there!
Well, don't listen to Nargaroth songs when you have intensions to kill someone, or you obviously will be succeed doing so and you have to face lawsuits next. :o - Nord666
Great screams and cleans! Ulver, Arcturus, Borknagar etc. Should be top 10 for sure
Perfect black metal vocalist. Absolutely amazing screaming vocals and fantastic cleans. Listen to Arcturus' Aspera Hiems Symfonia and you'll listen both at their perfection!
Why he is not on the list Along With Dead, Gaahl and Varg - Blackmetalist
Based on their comments and way of writing, I can tell most people who vote here are very limited musically. Music is a form of art, and art is defined by being extraordinary, by being able to please its observers in various ways... That's my opinion at least, please comment if you think otherwise.
Anyway, this singer is really capable of making you experience his explosive anger and sheer insanity. The vocals range from high pitched screams to unusually low growls, very pleasing in my humble opinion. His best work is to be found on "Dictius Te Necare", with lyrics solely in German. Look it up if you're looking for something new and more extreme.
If You feel suicidal & You're listening to him. You wont see the next day.
Not for those who are doing through depression or something - Ananya
Neither a vocalist nor a black metal musician. Why is he on here? - wizardlarry
He's not a vocalist.
This guys range and projection are amazing
His scream is so particular!
One of the finest and most talented DSBM vocalist. He could make you cry with his torturous vocals... Listen to his songs like 'Mental Central Dialogue', 'I Love (to Hurt) You', 'Cancertid', 'Nackscott' etc. Rest In Pain. - Nord666
His screams are something to behold
What is wrong with people? dani is at number 11 and black winds were not even on the list...
His voice kills me,gives me hallucinations! - Ananya
I could only find them on YouTube but the vocals are terrifying, probably why they are called Merciless Nightmare.
He can go from high pitch shreiks,to rasp,to death metal growls.
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