Greatest Thrash Metal Vocalists


The Top Ten

1 James Hetfield (Metallica) James Hetfield (Metallica) 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.

Very strong voice... Definitely one of the best vocalists in world music, not only metal

I think it's this man's vocal style that let Metallica fly away from everybody else. A lot of Metallica's contemporaries just shouted quickly, which to be honest, kind of bugs me. James, on the other hand, actually sings, but it is still gruff and edgy.

Such a unique and addictive voice. His range from growls to more melodic vocals shows what a talent he is. Hetfield is the main catalyst behind the commercial success that Metallica have acheived.

He's pretty great live too, I saw Metallica a bit ago, and he was amazing! - Metalfan2112

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2 Tom Araya (Slayer) Tom Araya (Slayer) Tomás Enrique "Tom" Araya Díaz is a Chilean American musician, best known as the bassist and vocalist of the American thrash metal band Slayer.

Amazing screams from songs like Angel of Death and War Ensemble. He sings with power and energy just awesome thank you Tom for being a great not only thrash but every genre singer!

He is the best thrash metal vocalist! James Hetfield is amazing too but I think Tom Araya deserve the crown.. Hear Disciple, Raining Blood, Angel Of Death.. And you will know what I mean! - nooreldeen

His scream in Angel of Death, Chemical Warfare, War Ensemble and Live Undead was very awesome. He is my favourite vocalist

In my opinion his by far the best EVER,No one can sound like him no matter how hard they try, With Max Cavalera in 2nd and Jamie Hatfield in third,

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3 Dave Mustaine (Megadeth) Dave Mustaine (Megadeth) more.

Voting for mustaine because he is actually my favorite.. But I'm pretty sure hetfield is better at singing... And I see mille, chuck billy and araya above him.. Ohh please hot the heck you do this... Mustaine is better for sure... Even slayer vocalist who is considered one of the best here because of slayer don't forget slayer have the tune and the riffs not the singing to make them a considerable band.. Even if I like araya voice its not that good at all.. 1. James Hetfield 2. Dave Mustaine 3. Joey Belladonna (for me a very skilled signger who is making anthrax one of the top 4) - kostas090807

He was born to be a Thrash Metal guitarist but with Megadeth he did some really appreciable job as a vocalist. - Nord666

My favorite thrash metal vocalist, I think he deserve to be 3nd, James Hetfield belong to the top 10 for his voice for 1982-1992 but the real first and two for me will be Bobby Blitz and Chuck Billy


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4 Chuck Billy (Testament) Chuck Billy (Testament) Charles "Chuck" Billy is an American vocalist, who is best known as the vocalist for the thrash metal band Testament.

James Hetfield - seriously? Question missed by many people I guess. Metallica is (was) an awesome band but saying that hetfield is a great singer?!?!? Megadeth : awesome band - terrible voice.

Chuck as a powerful voice and can reach notes.

It is a close one for me between James and Hetfield and my pick Chuck Billy. Chuck edges out, in my humble opinion, simply because I prefer his voice over James.' His clean singing is very good, he growls are awesome, and everything in between is fantastic.

It's like combining Araya's powerful screaming with Hetfield's beautiful singing. It's such a perfect voice for thrash metal

Simply the best

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5 Joey Belladonna (Anthrax) Joey Belladonna (Anthrax) Joey Belladonna is the American Thrash Metal singer, best known for leading the band Anthrax. He also sings and drums for the cover band Chief Big Way.

As much as I love Megadeth and Metallica, Joey Belladonna is a better singer than both Dave and James.

I think Chuck Billy's voice is simply better suited to the thrash genre, but it can't be denied that he is one of metal's most technically proficient singers. Listen especially to his work on Spreading the Disease. He can sing with excellent vibrato live as well.

This man is one of the most underrated singers ever! The fact that he's not even top 5 in his genre (which is not known to have great singers in the first place) is criminal!

I love dave mustaine and tom araya but joey is the man

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6 Bobby 'Blitz' Ellsworth (Overkill)

Can this dude still sounds like it did in the 80's. Watch a live performance if you don't believe me. Tom Araya's shouts get annoying. The dude can't sing. I like Dave's vocals, but they were never his strong suit. Hetfield can't sings anymore. And it's actually a little annoying on his last album. The only other singer in a league with Blitz in Petrozza, because he can still sing like he did in the 80's, too. Also Chuck Billy.

Bobby Blitz King of thrash metal vocalist.. So Powerful his voice is like a killer perfect for thrash metal... Awesome

Blitz is simply the best thrash (and also one of the best in metal overall) singer. Hetfield, Mustaine, Araya and the others WERE good, but Blitz is still awesome!

The fact that james hetfield is above him is just unfair </3 rip

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7 Miland 'Mille' Petrozza (Kreator)

He just has such an amazing voice. It's incredible and just really fits the music. Also he can do pretty good cleans and screams too. And I love how he can transition from pretty clean into slow and massive screams. He's awesome.

German thrash is always at it's own best level and Kreator with Petrozza is just awesome ... has an unique baritone vocal with strong German English accent in his vocal, I just want to say this guy should be in TOP 4. - JavaneseThrasher

No way Dave Mustaine could be higher than Mile. - GREYBOYY

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8 Paul Baloff (Exodus)

HE IS THE GOD OF THRASH METAL! Seriously, when I mention thrash metal (which I do a lot) I always have to mention this dude.R.I.P.

Legendary. He couldn't stay in tune, but he didn't need to. His chaotic performance on Bonded By Blood is a perfect fit for thrash metal. Shame Exodus didn't keep him.

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9 Steve Souza (Exodus, Testament)

Steve Souza was in Pleasures of the flesh, Fabulous disaster, impact is imminent, Force of habit, Tempo of the damned and Blood in blood out.


Listen to Exodus' early albums with him and you'll realize how talented he is! - Nord666

My favourite singer, I also sing his songs I have found that I have a similar voice as Zetro

ZETRO kicks ass plain and simple.

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10 Max Cavalera (Sepultura) Max Cavalera (Sepultura) Massimiliano Antonio "Max" Cavalera is a Brazillian singer, guitarist, and songwriter who currently plays in heavy metal bands Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy, and Killer Be Killed.

His voice is very strong and his screams actually have some raw tone to them. Roots does a very good job of showcasing these vocals.

I appreciate thrash metal without the high-pitched screams. The screams get old after a while.

Rots...blooody rots!

The Contenders

11 Phil Anselmo (Pantera) Phil Anselmo (Pantera) Philip Hansen "Phil" Anselmo is an American musician who is best known as the former lead vocalist of the heavy metal band Pantera. He currently is the vocalist of heavy metal bands Down and Superjoint Ritual.

This guy was incredible in PanterA, his lyrics were amazing, watch any live PanterA concert. The audience's reaction is the best indicator to how good someone is and the energy from any PanterA concert is incredible. The energy from their concerts are incredible I've only seen one that compares which is Megadeth in Buenos Aires and they love him. He's not the cleanest vocalist but this is a heavy metal list ain't it?

This shows once again how overrated the big four are. When it comes to vocalists Phil is incredible and outstanding talent. Not comparable to Araya or even Hetfield.

James is great, Chuck is great, Tom is great, Dave is great, PHIL IS GOD!

As great of a Vocalist he is he isn't Thrash Metal he's a Groove Metal Vocalist - christangrant

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12 Jamshed Chowdhury (Powersurge)

Powersurge. A group of few talented musicians those who are holding the flag of thrash metal for Bangladesh and leading from the front. He is one of the best in our generation globally for sure. There won't be any doubt for those who have listened them even for once.

Talented, friendly! Passionate about Metal Music! One of the best Vocal of our generation!

He is undoubtedly one of the best thrash vocalists of this generation. Speaking globally. Those who don't know him, he s the vocalist of a pioneering thrash metal band from Bangladesh: Powersurge. Look them up on Google and YouTube. I promise you will not be disappointed, wherever you come from. You might not understand the lyrics, but music has no language:-). Arif Sadab Khan

The best thrash metal vocals in the history of metal. Look at the range he has and how he hits all the notes with firm accuracy and precision. Piercing aggression blended with pounding energy of thunder has placed his roar thousand times louder than the strongest atom bomb. An astounding mixture of thrash, scream and growl at times has given thrash metal another spectrum of thrash.
Hail Jamshed Chowdhury. Fist in the air m/ - Noise

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13 Mark Oseguda (Death Angel)

Mark is the best hands down, he can sing like Dio and he has the best high screams in all thrash metal, you guys seriously need to listen to the first album : The Ultra Violence and the last album : The dream calls for blood.

He sounds like Joey Belladonna for normal top-range vocals but he can also do some pretty convincing aggressive vocals.

Sadly not the most popular one, hence only #12 right now, but certainly one of the most talented singers in thrash.


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14 John Connelly (Nuclear Assault)
15 Tom Angelripper (Sodom) Tom Angelripper (Sodom) Thomas Such, better known by his stage name Tom Angelripper, is the founding member and main songwriter of German thrash metal band Sodom.

His voice is amazing, it's not growling but still at least as heavy, his screaming is amazing. Sodom is the most underrated thrash band ever.

One of the best vocalist of the whole thrash metal bands he can spawn you a war inside you! AGENT ORANGE!

His voice is still just as good, if not better than what it was in the 80's!

He does sound like an Angel Ripper.

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16 Stace McLaren (Razor)

Those banshee screams are brutal

17 Don Doty (Dark Angel)
18 Robb Flynn (Machine Head) Robb Flynn (Machine Head)
19 Matt Drake (Evile)
20 Aftabuzzaman Tridib (Mechanix) Aftabuzzaman Tridib (Mechanix)

I've never even heard of this band. I'll have to check it out.

This guy is something elce, ,powerful and melodic vocal with headbanging, ,great screamer

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Top Remixes (23)

1. Tom Araya (Slayer)
2. Miland 'Mille' Petrozza (Kreator)
3. Dave Mustaine (Megadeth)
1. James Hetfield (Metallica)
2. Phil Anselmo (Pantera)
3. Tom Araya (Slayer)
1. James Hetfield (Metallica)
2. Tom Araya (Slayer)
3. Miland 'Mille' Petrozza (Kreator)

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