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 Louis Cachet, (born Kristian Vikernes) more popularly known as Varg Vikernes, is a Norwegian musician, writer, and a convicted murderer and arsonist. He is known as the frontman of the one-man band Burzum (named after a word in the Black Speech, which is a fictional language in J.R.R. Tolkien's The ...read more.

You all don't now anything about him, or the circumstances which made him do the things he did, don't try to say something about him when you don't know him. - Ananya

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

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).

Varg vianesa - count grischgnuk

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2 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 alternative metal/ metalcore ...read more.
3 Dez Fafara

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

4 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

5 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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6 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

7 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

8 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

9 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

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 Contenders

11 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.
12 Sebastian Bach Sebastian Bach Sebastian Philip Bierk, known professionally as Sebastian Bach, is a Canadian heavy metal singer who achieved mainstream success as frontman of Skid Row from 1987-96. Since his departure from Skid Row, he has had many television roles, acted in Broadway plays, and leads a solo career.

Not Johann Sebastian Bach, only Sebastian Bach but still cool.
His genuine name is Sebastian Bierk and he only changed Bierk to Bach.
I agree, if your real name is Sebastian, it just goes with Bach - especially if you're a musician. - Metal_Treasure

Frontman of Skid Row. Born Sebastian Philip Bierk.
He just replaced Bierk with Bach and here you go - instant association with Johann Sebastian Bach. - Metal_Treasure

13 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

14 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

15 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.

16 Zoltan Bathory

Zoltán Báthory - it's exotic and I only regret he doesn't play black metal (I'm not a black metal fan but this name goes with black metal).

The black metal band Báthory was named after Elizabeth Báthory - a Hungarian countess known for being a serial killer. She has been labelled by Guinness World Records as the most prolific female murderer, though the precise number of her victims is debated. - Metal_Treasure

17 Jari Mäenpää Jari Mäenpää Jari Mäenpää (born 23 December 1977) is a Finnish heavy metal multi-instrumentalist and songwriter. He is the founder of metal band Wintersun for which he records all instruments. Before forming Wintersun, Mäenpää was best known for his role in the folk metal band Ensiferum.

This is really cool (ä x3) and he's a great musician. - Metal_Treasure

18 Dave Mustaine Dave Mustaine David Scott "Dave" Mustaine (born September 13, 1961) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, actor and author. Mustaine is best known as a pioneer in Thrash Metal, being the former lead guitarist of Metallica before his dismissal in 1983, leading to finding and becoming the front man of his own ...read more.
19 Rob Zombie Rob Zombie Rob Zombie (born Robert Bartleh Cummings) is an American heavy metal musician, film director, screenwriter and film producer. His career launched in 1985 when he formed the heavy metal band White Zombie. Following their breakup, he began a successful solo career. Zombie began directing in the early ...read more.

Zombie is a badass name. What more do I need to say? His music is killer too. My favorite song is Dragula.

This should be number 1

20 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.

M M; Mangini sounds very melodic, and of course - very Italian. - Metal_Treasure

21 Kobra Paige Kobra Paige Kobra Paige is a Canadian singer and songwriter. She is the founder, lead singer, and songwriter for the hard rock and metal band Kobra and the Lotus. She is also a guest vocalist for Kamelot and Metal All Stars.

Lead vocalist, founder and songwriter of the metal band Kobra And The Lotus.
real name - Brittany Paige
aka Brittany 'Kobra' Paige.
She legally changed her name to Kobra Paige not long ago.
She sounds and looks great. - Metal_Treasure

22 Bobby Jarzombek Bobby Jarzombek Bobby Jarzombek is a heavy metal/progressive metal drummer and best known for his work with Halford, Sebastian Bach and Riot.

Zombie in the jar?
It's a genuine name. He's a very good drummer. - Metal_Treasure

23 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.
24 King Diamond King Diamond Kim Bendix Petersen, better known by his stage name King Diamond, is a Danish heavy metal musician. He is known for his extensive vocal range, usually sung in falsetto. King Diamond was originally known as the vocalist for Mercyful Fate, but has become notorious for his horror themed Concept albums ...read more.
25 Euronymous Euronymous Øystein Aarseth (1968-1993), who went by the pseudonym Euronymous, was a Norwegian guitarist and co-founder of the Norwegian black metal band Mayhem. Euronymous was stabbed to death by band member Varg Vikernes in August 1993. ...read more.

Come on! The dude has the name of a demon. That is pretty cool. - LadyBanshee

Cool name, but he wasn't really a cool dude to be honest.

26 Jeff Hanneman Jeff Hanneman Jeffrey John "Jeff" Hanneman was an American musician, best known as a founding member of the American thrash metal band Slayer.
27 George Fisher George Fisher George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher is an American extreme metal vocalist for the American death metal band Cannibal Corpse and the lesser-known melodic death metal band Paths of Possession.

If you mean Corpsegrinder, then I would say yes! - AngryByrd

28 Janne "JB" Christoffersson Janne
29 Marilyn Manson Marilyn Manson Marilyn Manson is an American rock band from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Formed in 1989 by frontman Marilyn Manson and Daisy Berkowitz, the group was originally named Marilyn Manson & the Spooky Kids with their theatrical performances gathering a local cult following in the early 1990s. ...read more.

His name comes from the actress Marilyn Monroe and Charles Manson, the serial killer. I love him. He's a very nice and very intelligent guy in real life. I saw him in concert with my closest guy friend one time and it was awesome!

Not a metal artist.

30 Glenn Danzig Glenn Danzig Glenn Danzig is an American singer, songwriter, and musician from Lodi, New Jersey. He is the founder of the bands Misfits, Samhain and Danzig. He owns the Evilive record label as well as Verotik, an adult-oriented comic book publishing company.
31 Bruce Springsteen Bruce Springsteen Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen (born September 23, 1949) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and humanitarian. He is known for his work with the E Street Band. Nicknamed "The Boss", Springsteen is widely known for his brand of poetic lyrics, Americana, working class and sometimes political ...read more.

This is a joke right?

32 Trent Reznor Trent Reznor Michael Trent Reznor, known professionally as Trent Reznor, is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, and film score composer. He is known for his intense music videos.

His last name sounds like razor. - AngryByrd

Not a metal artist.

His real name is Michael.

33 Adam Gontier Adam Gontier Adam Wade Gontier is a Canadian musician and songwriter. He is the lead singer, rhythm guitarist and main songwriter for Saint Asonia, but is best known as the former lead singer, rhythm guitarist and main songwriter of the Canadian rock band Three Days Grace.

Not really a metal artist, but cool name! - AngryByrd

Yes, he's not metal but if you love French-Canadian names (like Gontier), you'd better vote for Denis "Piggy" D'Amour - he's 100% metal, his real name is great (Denis D'Amour) and this English "Piggy" is so out of place.
He was a guitarist of the great band Voivod. R.I.P.
Flo Mounier is also a cool name from this category. - Metal_Treasure

34 Layne Staley Layne Staley Layne Thomas Staley was an American musician who served as the lead singer and co-songwriter of the rock band Alice in Chains, which he founded with guitarist Jerry Cantrell in Seattle, Washington in 1987. Alice in Chains rose to international fame as part of the grunge movement of the early 1990s. ...read more.

Not a metal artist.

35 Tarkan Gözübüyük

Bassist of the Turkish metal band Mezarkabul. - Metal_Treasure

36 Ryan Clark
37 Mr. Lordi
38 Tarja Turunen Tarja Turunen Tarja Soile Susanna Turunen-Cabuli (born August 17, 1977), generally known as Tarja Turunen or simply Tarja, is a Finnish singer-songwriter. She is a soprano and has a vocal range of three octaves. ...read more.
39 Lars Ulrich Lars Ulrich Lars Ulrich is a Danish drummer and one of the founding members of the American thrash metal band Metallica.
40 Al Jourgensen Al Jourgensen Alain David Jourgensen (born Alejandro Ramírez Casas) is a Cuban-American musician, best known as the founder and frontman of industrial metal band Ministry (a pioneering band in the industrial metal genre).
41 Jon Oliva Jon Oliva John Nicholas Oliva, known as Jon Oliva, is an American composer, multi-instrumentalist and singer. Co-founder of the metal band Savatage and the rock opera Trans-Siberian Orchestra. He's got a real 4 octave range, able to morph the sound of his voice to any style, from John Lennon and Freddie Mercury, ...read more.
42 Muhammed Suiçmez Muhammed Suiçmez Muhammed Suiçmez was born in Karlsruhe, Germany, to Turkish immigrants. He is the frontman and guitarist of the German technical death metal band Necrophagist.
43 Steve "Lips" Kudlow Steve Steven Barry "Lips" Kudlow (aka Steve "Lips" Kudlow) is a Canadian musician, who is the lead vocalist and guitarist of the metal band Anvil, which he co-founded with drummer Robb Reiner in 1978, having played together since 1973.

Lead vocalist and guitarist of the metal band Anvil - Metal_Treasure

44 Joey DeMaio Joey DeMaio Joey DeMaio is an American bass player and main songwriter for the heavy metal band Manowar which he founded in 1980. He is also the founder and CEO of Magic Circle Music.
45 Flo Mounier Flo Mounier Flo Mounier is the drummer of technical death metal band Cryptopsy. He has toured Canada, Europe, Japan, Australia and the United States as a headlining act over the last 24 years, and combined record sales have reached over 300,000 copies to date.

It's his genuine name (French-Canadian).
One of the sickest death metal drummers (Cryptopsy). - Metal_Treasure

46 Roy Sætre Khantatat

Known as Roy Khan - Metal_Treasure

47 Mårten Hagström Mårten Hagström Mårten Hagström, (born 27 April 1971) is the rhythm guitarist for the Swedish experimental metal band Meshuggah. Hagström, along with his bandmate Fredrik Thordendal, was rated #35 by Guitar World as the top 100 greatest heavy metal guitarist of all-time.
48 Amy Lee Amy Lee Amy Lynn Hartzler, known professionally as Amy Lee, is an American singer-songwriter, classically trained pianist and composer. She is also the lead singer to the Arkansas band Evanescence.

Not a metal artist.

49 Wayne Static Wayne Static Wayne Richard Wells, known professionally as Wayne Static, was an American musician, best known as the lead vocalist, guitarist, keyboardist and music sequencer for metal band Static-X.
50 James Hetfield James Hetfield 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.
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