Top Ten Metal Artists With the Coolest Names

AngryByrd
Guitarists, vocalists, bassists, and drummers in metal bands are known for having cool names. Here are some of them.

The Top Ten

1 Varg Vikernes Varg Vikernes

I really don't like black metal. It really offends me with how anti-Christian it is. But dang! Varg Vikernes? Than name sounds like a Viking! See the similarity? Vikernes? Viking? - AngryByrd

Ironically, he was NOT a cool dude. He killed people, and when he was found guilty, he SMILED. How psychopathic can you get? - Pony

Agree. I don't like black metal either. Some bands of that genre are just too damn creepy (and by bands I mean the satanic ones).

Oh my! You can't guess how much I love this guy

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2 Ronnie James Dio Ronnie James Dio Ronnie James Dio (born Ronald James Padavona; July 10, 1942 – May 16, 2010) was an American heavy metal singer, songwriter and musician. He fronted and/or founded numerous groups including Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio and Heaven & Hell. He is credited with popularizing the "metal horns" hand gesture ...read more.

Seriously? His last name is the Italian word for God! How is this not cool? - AngryByrd

Born: Ronnie James Padavona (Dio is a stage name). Yes, Dio means God and he was a metal God.

Unfortunately the list title doesn't make difference between genuine names, nicknames and stage names. I would put first the coolest genuine names, then nicknames (you earn them), and last - stage names (because you choose them).
Ozzy is also a stage name. - Metal_Treasure

3 Dez Fafara

I Dez's real name is Bradley Fafara, but Dez Fafara is such a badass name! - AngryByrd

4 The Rev The Rev James Owen Sullivan (February 9th, 1981 - December 28th 2009), better known by his stage name "The Rev" (Short for "The Reverend Tholomew Plague") was an American musician, singer and songwriter, best known as the former drummer, backing vocalist and co-founder of the American heavy metal band Avenged ...read more.
5 Ritchie Blackmore Ritchie Blackmore Richard Hugh "Ritchie" Blackmore is an English guitarist and songwriter, best known for his work in the hard rock/metal bands Deep Purple and Rainbow. He was ranked number 16 on Guitar World's "100 Greatest Metal Guitarists of All Time" in 2004, and number 50 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the ...read more.

The coolest and the best genuine name for a metal musician - BLACKmore, more black ...
Black became one of the metal symbols thanks to him because he was a metal pioneer and worn almost exclusively black.
He also earned the nickname The Man In Black.
He's an extremely talented musician (Deep Purple, Rainbow). - Metal_Treasure

6 Hansi Kürsch Hansi Kürsch 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.

Remember, bands like Mötley Crüe and Motörhead did spell their names like that just because they wanted to have cool names. - Metal_Treasure

Of course his name sounds very German. Very cool name for a metal singer - I like especially this natural 'ü'.
Hey, bands like Mötley Crüe, Motörhead and Queensrÿche deliberately (mis)spelled their names just because they wanted to have cool names.
Hansi Kürsch is also a great singer and a cool guy. - Metal_Treasure

7 Shavo Odadjian Shavo Odadjian Shavo Odajian is an Armenian-American bassist, musician, and composer for the Armenian-American band System of a Down.

Just the fact that this is a really Armenian name that belongs to the bassist in System Of A Down makes this name cool. And Shavo isn't even his real name! Even Shavarsh Odadjian sounds cool! - AngryByrd

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8 Mark Slaughter Mark Slaughter

It's his genuine name! One of the top 3 names for a metal artist.
Singer and founder of the band Slaughter, named after him. - Metal_Treasure

9 Dimebag Darrell Dimebag Darrell Darrell Lance Abbott, also known as Diamond Darrell and Dimebag Darrell, was an American guitarist and songwriter best known as a founding member of two bands, Pantera and Damageplan, alongside his brother, Vinnie Paul. Abbott died in 2004 after he was shot by a mentally unstable fan.

Darrell Lance Abbott, also known as Dimebag Darrell and Diamond Darrell. - Metal_Treasure

10 Denis D'Amour

He was a French-Canadian guitarist (Voivod). R.I.P.
Amour = love
Denis D'Amour sounds awesome (D D, Love).
And the inserted English nickname Piggy makes the whole name funny. - Metal_Treasure

He was a French-Canadian guitarist (Voivod). R.I.P.
Amour = love
Denis D'Amour sounds awesome (D D, Love).
And the inserted English nickname Piggy makes the whole name funny cuze it so out of place. - Metal_Treasure

The Newcomers

? Bruce Dickinson Bruce Dickinson Paul Bruce Dickinson, known professionally as Bruce Dickinson, is an English musician, airline pilot, and broadcaster. He is most well known for being the lead singer in heavy metal band Iron Maiden and his solo career.

The Contenders

11 Nicko McBrain Nicko McBrain Michael Henry "Nicko" McBrain is an English musician, best known as the drummer of the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden, which he joined in 1982.

Nicko? Only Iron Maiden could have a name like that!

Michael McBrain sounds like a cool name kinda - Lucretia

12 Maynard James Keenan Maynard James Keenan Maynard James Keenan, often referred to by his initials MJK, is an American musician, record producer, winemaker, and actor, best known as the vocalist for Grammy Award-winning progressive metal band Tool.

This name is cool because it's really out of place. - AngryByrd

13 Ozzy Osbourne Ozzy Osbourne John Michael "Ozzy" Osbourne was born on December 3, 1948. He is also known as ''The Prince of Darkness''. Ozzy is an English singer, songwriter, and television personality. He rose to prominence in the early 1970s as the lead vocalist of the band Black Sabbath. Osbourne was fired from Black Sabbath ...read more.

His real name is John Michael Osbourne, but he's better known as Ozzy, which is really cool. He's awesome. One of my favorite rock/metal musicians in the world.

His real name is John Osbourne.

To be honest its not that cool - Lucretia

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15 Tim 'Ripper' Owens Tim 'Ripper' Owens Timothy S. "Ripper" Owens is an American heavy metal singer who first gained attention as the lead singer of Judas Priest, and then Iced Earth. He took the nickname "Ripper" from the Judas Priest song "The Ripper" during his time in the tribute band "British Steel". He currently performs with Beyond ...read more.

Ripper. So cool - Lucretia

16 Dave Mustaine Dave Mustaine ...read more. V 1 Comment
17 Trey Azagthoth
18 Mike Mangini Mike Mangini Mike Mangini is an American drummer. Since 2010, he has been a member of progressive metal band Dream Theater, following the departure of founding drummer Mike Portnoy. V 1 Comment
19 Devin Townsend Devin Townsend Devin Garret Townsend is a Canadian musician, songwriter and record producer. He was the founder, songwriter, vocalist, and guitarist in extreme metal band Strapping Young Lad from 1994 to 2007 and has an extensive career as a solo artist.
20 Tom Araya Tom Araya Tomás Enrique "Tom" Araya Díaz is a Chilean American musician, best known as the bassist and vocalist of the American thrash metal band Slayer.
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