Greatest Death Metal Vocalists
The Top Ten Greatest Death Metal Vocalists
#1. He innovated this extreme growling style
#2. His voice was insane and the craziest of all DM vocalists.
#3. He had the deepest death growl ability.
#4. He was a lead guitarist and a lead vocalist as well. (takes too much talent too play two such major roles alone).
#5. He was the father of Death Metal and the founder of the best Death Metal band ever! - Nord666
His Performance on Sound of Perseverance really puts him on top
He is just the Godfather of Death Metal. He could growl very deep on the earlier albums but also could almost scream on the newer ones. On Spiritual Healing the vocals sounded almost like the ones on Cause of Death from Obituary. His voice is very manifold. All hail the godfather and R.I. P m/
He's encompassed all forms of death metal singing: The more brutal type like in Death's earlier work, the more high pitched type in Death's earliest work, and then the point in the middle in Symbolic. Truly an amazing and talented vocalist.
Intense deep dark growls, even if he does not do it in studios nowadays, he still sounds like an ancient dragon!
Can go from sounding like an angel and then sound like Satan himself in a second. best metal singer PERIOD
Akerfeldt's unique combination of his beautiful baritone singing voice and his utterly terrifying death growls are what gives Opeth its unique sound. - CaptDeadeye
He's awfully talented, his voice is like snow falling symphony when he's singing with Opeth and it just turns into a monstrous growling when he's with Bloodbath!
Never saw such 180degree variations in my entire life anywhere else! - Nord666
He has some pretty monstrous growls in Opeth too, if you listen to their actually good stuff - EzzyEsbourne
great vocalist! He got insane high pitched screams and strong monstrous growls. He's style is very recognizable. He is perfect vocalist for cannibal corpse and He has also done some great job in his own melodic death metal band paths of possession, it's really great stuff, (maybe best vocal work he's ever done, if you don't know band you should seriously check it out). I would have thought that he's voice would fit to melodic death metal, but it was perfect.
One of the best death growlers in metal and masters of the "monstrous growl". Peter Tagtgren in "Nightmares Made Flesh" by Bloodbath is a close second. Corpse's newest album, A Skeletal Domain, is their best yet, and this guy really tears it up. Top notch death metal vocalist, in my opinion.
He is most skilled with his voice.
His neck arouses me
Johan Hegg! This name defines everything about death Growl! This beast does everything can be told about growl. His voice is so balanced and so individual... Bah it can't be explained more.
His growls feel natural and flow very well with Amon Amarth's music. Its also surprisingly intelligible and accessible for a casual Death Metal listener. Johan is certainly a good vocalist, and honestly, Amon Amarth is the best band I'd consider a Death Metal mascot for contemporary time. - CrimsonShark
Johan once killed 1000 Jotun using only his voice.
With his Thor alike low and deep growls really suits their viking realated lyrics and melodic riff; just listening AA songs makes me feel like I'm in the clash of the gods! HAIL AMON AMARTH!
I like Corpsegrinder but Chris barnes is my favorite death metal signer he was awesome in CC.
Just watch Cannibal Corpse eats Moscow alive. He has the most badass style.
This monster growl.
Chris Barnes was excellent on the first 4 Cannibal Corpse albums. But his work on Six Feet Under is mostly pretty abysmal.
I have a lot of respect for this man, he never fails to ace his work both as a bassist and as a vocalist. - Nord666
For me his voice makes the perfect death growl, many of the others either sound screechy like chuck schuldiner or like the cookie monster like george fisher
His growls is brutal but still natural. I like when he squeal from growl and than show the most brutal powerful vocal in death metal music. I like that he does exhales. That's interesting because he does music where is inhales more often. With John Gallagher he is the best vocalist ever.
Just so much rage and power in his vocals. He changes it up from album to album too so great variety
When I think brutal death metal vocals, I think Frank Mullen. - FacUtGaudeam
Liege of Inveracity! - Vip3r
I remember when I first heard Desire. I was already a fan of Morbid Angel, Entombed, Carcass, Suffocation etc. But when I heard Deicide and Benson's Vocals, I was blown away. He has this naturally demonic and aggressive voice that comes across fast and fluent. Early Deicide was at another level of speed, percussive brutality and heaviness.
He not only has a brutal voice but he can sing brutal and fast as well. He has the complete package.
Mikael Åkerfeldt's voice is brutal but what he lacks is speed and intensity like Glen Benton. To be a great death metal vocalist one has to be able to sing with such speed and intensity.
One of the rare death metal vocalists where you can easily understand what he's saying
Barney Greenway's vocals sound like a 20-foot monster ripping through the roof of a building... Powerful, deep, brutal, and massive. A great vocalist among the many great vocalists in death metal/grindcore/deathcore.
Technically it's grindcore, but what the hell. - Metalhead1997
Vocals are so raw - lukeburket
#1 why? Benediction - Subcunsious Terror, Napalm Death - Harmony Corruption, the vocals are so intense, dark and brutal The BEST!
The most powerful growl I've ever heard..so hard to imitate..tardy's the best of all..!
Reminds me of Chuck Schuldiner during the Human era. Love this guy!
He has a unique voice for the genre
The most unique and original sounding death metal vocalist ever! No one sounds like him!
A unique, crazy, but already classic voice. Jeff is getting older but his voice just doesn't change!
Jeff is classic. One of the best death metal vocalist of all time!
Songs like edge of darkness says why he should be number one.
His voice rip flesh from the bones.
Angela Gossow makes most male death metal singers sound like pussies. All hail the goddess from hell!
Should be top 10 hands down the best female metal vocalist...
She is the goddess from hell
Her growls are very very impressive. - winner333
Lord Worm's voice is complete madness. If you are a brutal death metal fan, he is your perfect choice!
Can't get gored more by anyone else! - Nord666
His growls are as powerful as corpsegrinder's and brutal as chris barnes' ones! And his scream in open face surgery is insane!
The second best, next to Sylvain Houde of 90's Kataklysm.
Lord worm is king of screams when it comes to death metal. even though you can't understand a word listening to none so vile or blasphemy made flesh, the first time after a while he grows on U. lord worm is ten times better then matt mcgatchy. matt defietly needs to learn from lord worm on how to be better. but overall lord worm needs to be in top 10.
People should try and listen to more death metal bands before posting in this listen to death metal beyond Death and Cannibal Corpse when they vote on this list. Because while Chuck Schuldiner's growls are the first metal growls, they suck compared to the controlled burps and shrieking of TRAVIS RYAN!
The most unique voice in metal as a whole- even music as a whole. He kinda reminds me of Demilich with his lows and Carcass with his highs. The amazing vocalist of the best band ever. - shoulderboythemetalhead
He has gotta have one of the most unique styles in the world of metal. His growls have a gurgly, toilet bowl, and another recognizable quality that almost sounds like an accent. His vocals are instantly recognizable, and his "meloshrieks" add another noise to his arsenal and an edge to Cattle Decapitation's awesome music.
People need to actually listen to this guy before voting. I've ben listening to Extreme Metal for 27 years now and nobody has the most distinguishable growls and screams than Travis. He can also do these 'Melodic highs" where he sings and screams at the same goddamned time! People say its layered and processed but he does it live! HE DOES IT LIVE!
Mikael Stanne and Mikael Akerfeldt are definitely the best growlers, and are also more versatile than most of the vocalists on here
The best one in my opinion. His growls and screams are superb, sometimes even soft and gentle although still brutal, which makes him unique in the metal scene. On top of that his clean vocals are simply beautiful and so atmospheric. Whenever you see him perform live you know how much passion he puts into music!
The Man of dark tranquillity! His growls are soft and evil, dark and gloom. Mikael is much better than many others written up here.
Mikael has a truly unique and recognizable growl. He writes superb, artistic lyrics. And his clean vocals are excellent too.
To put it simple, he's the best and has the most brutal growls! #Behemoth
Listen to demigod and evangelion such unique growls
He;s the best.. Should be in top 5 at least!
Nergal is total. Now after listening to The Satanist I have no questions - Ora Pro Nubis Lucifer is the essence of growling
Best vocalist seven churches frontman
Way more extreme than your run-of-the-mill thrash vocalist!
You have any doubt about his talent? Listen to Seven Churches then!
And, he was an influential figure, as well. - Nord666
His vocals were mixed with thrash but were ok. - GREYBOYY
This man's voice is amazing. - AdamDestructorJr.
Really? His singing is just so awesome and not to mention his lightning fast guitar skills
Seriously, he's just awesome.
UNDERRATED in guitar and in vocal
Alexi laiho should be number 1.
Just listen to the beginning of "Crimson II", this guy blows everyone else on this list out of the water.
Amazing death metal vocalist should be much higher on the list!
Great vocalist he should be top 5
Listen to Crimson I & II, Twilight and The Masque by Edge of Insanity or his solo album Moontower and you will understand.
His voice and his style are the real way of how a death metal vocalist should sound
The best Death Metal vocalist. Absolutely brutal.
Should be number one
He is the vocalist from Asphyx / and he is ex vocalist of Pestilence and Hail of Bullets.
He is one of the best. Listen to art of dying or Flying whales
One of my top 3. Joe Rules!
Best growl in the history of metal, and he does it perfectly live.
Brilliant, rich and heavy
He is very good.
The best growlest growl ever in nova days.
He should be much higher than #66. - Metal_Treasure
He has a perfect deep brutal voice, not a screechy one, so you can feel the power of one of the best death metal bands, as bolt thrower, and you can hear the lyrics too.
Karl willetts and johan hegg are the best death metal vocalists
The perfect voice for the perfect band m/
He has such a unique and brutal voice! top 10 at least...
Dallas and Karl are a great growling duo
The best! Von Unaussprechlichen Kulten, nothing more!
Surprised to see him this high, but he deserves to be at least in the top 5. He sings amazingly both cleanly and uncleanly and he still sounds better than almost everyone who focuses on only one of those styles.
Hero in a Dream, Winter Madness, Battle Song, Death and the Healing, Sword Chant, Token of Time, Tale of Revenge and Guardians of Fate are some of his best. - wizardlarry
both clean and screaming plus the guitaring(listen to beyond the dark sun by wintersun, you will realise)
This guy is awesome. He knows how to do high screams and low growls. Just Listen to What a Horrible Night To Have a Curse or Necropolis and you'll see - MetalFoREVer1228
Number 1 in my opinion.
He is the best
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He is the best Groove Metal singer, shouldn't be in this list. - GREYBOYY
I think he is the best extreme metal vocalist in this list.. Great screams great growls
I don't think Lamb of God is death metal. - Metalhead1997
He is the one who make me bang my head.
The only member of the group I liked... He left the band and I stopped buying their records. - Nord666
Max is Best There is. Best There was... AND Best there ever will be.
I loved His work At Sepultura and I still love his Job on Cavalera Conspiracy
More groove metal. - Metalhead1997
Best death metal vocalist of today... brutal!
The album debut of Hypocrisy is awesome, his vocals make me feel like a man in flames and it's so fantastic
Listen to EATEN! True Death Metal voice!
He looks like a cross between Christopher Walken and Johnny Depp. He's still awesome though!
You should hear his vocals in PAIN.
Black Metal, not Death Metal, but still good
He may look like a Black Metal musician,but actually,he does Death Metal...
It’s classed now as blackened-death metal.
Great vocalist in both death and clean singing. She should be higher than Oliver Sykes who is not even death metal. She should at least be in the top 20.
Wow Alissa should be like number 10 she is just amazing!
He destroys the arenas just with the vibration of his throat, and we are not even speaking about his stage performance. Delete all of his music files from your PC and go watch him live. Mithun MK will gnar, roar and growl the soul out of your flesh. alive and live.
Monstrous range and spectacular to watch live. Realpolitik by Silent Images is one of the most insane vocal performances I've heard
Prolly the best growler to come from south east Asia!
Easily the Dani Filth of Death Metal! Caught Deus Ex Machina in Adelaide a few years ago. Great frontman too
Amazing balance between clear vocals &deep growls
Sometimes a little questionable live performance, but this dude has some amazing vocals. Especially on the Clayman album, but even on the new albums his vocal performance is awesome! Love his screams and growls, and his clean vocals are quite nice as well :D
Best death metal vocalist ever
He should be in either the regular heavy metal vocalists or extreme metal vocalists. Meshuggah isn't even close to death metal!
Powerful and great live performance.
Should be in the top 10 to be honest
Corpse grinder, Corpse Grinder, CORPSE GRINDER! - GREYBOYY
Simply the best. Without him there was no scene at all.
How could he be 50? Ridiculous, should be top 5.
Legend of death metal