Best metal bands that have still had a successful career even when losing their first lead singer
1 Deep Purple
Deep Purple are an English rock band formed in Hertford in 1968. They are considered to be among the pioneers of heavy metal and modern hard rock, although their musical approach changed over the years. Originally formed as a progressive rock band, the band shifted to a heavier sound in 1970. Deep Purple, ...read more.
Rod Evans (1968-1969)
Ian Gillian (1969-1973,1984-1989, 1992-present)
David Coverdale (1973-1976)
Joe Lynn Turner (1989-1992) - germshep24
Helloween is a German power metal band founded in 1984 in Hamburg, Northern Germany. The band is a pioneering force in the power metal genre, and their second and third studio albums, Keeper of the Seven Keys: Part I and Part II, are considered masterpieces of the genre. V 1 Comment
3 Iron Maiden
Iron Maiden are an English heavy metal band formed in Leyton, East London, in 1975 by bassist and primary songwriter Steve Harris. The most critically acclaimed period for the band was from 1983-1989. With vocalist Bruce Dickinson, bassist Steve Harris, lead guitarist Dave Murray, rhythm guitarist Adrian ...read more.
Paul Di'Anno (1978-1981)
Bruce Dickinson (1981-1994, (1999-present)
Blaze Bayley (1994-1999) - germshep24
4 Black Sabbath
Black Sabbath were a Heavy Metal band formed in Birmingham, England in 1968 by guitarist and songwriter Tony Iommi, Singer Ozzy Osbourne, Bassist and Main Lyricist Geezer Butler and Drummer Bill Ward. The band got into mainstream after improving after their debut album got negative feedback. In 1978, ...read more.
Ozzy Osbourne (1970-1980)
Ronnie James Dio (1980-1995) - germshep24
Oh yeah he did lend his vocals to the Born Again album, I totally missed that thanks - germshep24
Nightwish is a symphonic metal band from Kitee, Finland. The band was formed in 1996 by lead songwriter and keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen, guitarist Emppu Vuorinen, and lead singer Tarja Turunen. It's currently formed by Tuomas, Emppu, lead vocalist Floor Jansen, bassist and vocalist Marco Hietala, ...read more.
This is an unpopular opinion, but my favourite Nightwish album is Dark Passion Play. Because Anette's vocals aren't over the top operatic like Tara, which was one of the things to turn me off Nightwish before. I like them a bit more now though. - IronSabbathPriest
I prefer Tarja Turunen more, but Floor Jansen is also very talented. - zxm
As do I, but I love how the band can mold their music style to their new vocalist - germshep24
Tarja Turunen (1996-2005)
Anette Olzon (2007-2012)
Floor Jansen (2013-present) - germshep24
6 Iced Earth
Iced Earth is an American heavy metal band from Tampa, Florida. It was formed in 1985 under the name Purgatory by guitarist and main songwriter Jon Schaffer and original drummer Greg Seymour. V 1 Comment
Anthrax is an American thrash metal band from New York City, formed in 1981 by guitarist Scott Ian and bassist Dan Lilker. V 1 Comment
Kamelot is an American power metal band from Tampa, Florida, formed by Thomas Youngblood and Richard Warner in 1991. The Norwegian vocalist Roy Khan joined for the album Siége Perilous, and shared songwriting credit with Youngblood until his departure in April 2011. On June 22, 2012, Youngblood announced ...read more.
9 Arch Enemy
Arch Enemy is a Swedish melodic death metal band, originally a supergroup, from Halmstad, formed in 1996. Its members were in bands such as Carcass, Armageddon, Carnage, Mercyful Fate, Spiritual Beggars, and Eucharist. V 1 Comment
10 Napalm Death
Napalm Death are a British grindcore/death metal band formed in Meriden, West Midlands, England, in 1981. While none of its original members remain in the group, the lineup of vocalist Mark "Barney" Greenway, bassist Shane Embury, guitarist Mitch Harris and drummer Danny Herrera has remained consistent ...read more.
Lee Dorrian (1987-1989)
Mark Greenway (1989-present) outside of his year hiatus - germshep24
Xandria is a German symphonic metal band, founded by Marco Heubaum in 1997. The band's music combines elements of symphonic metal with light electronic elements.
12 Alice In Chains
Alice in Chains is an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1987 by guitarist and songwriter Jerry Cantrell and original lead vocalist Layne Staley.
I guess they could be Metal in some songs, but they're more Grunge though. On the contrary their still doing well with William Duvall. - cjWriter1997
That's why I didn't add them to the list, since their part of the grunge movement, not really metal - germshep24
DragonForce are a British power metal band based in London, England. Formed in 1999, the group are known for their long and fast guitar solos, fantasy-themed lyrics, and electronic sounds in their music to add to their retro video game-influenced sound.
Rainbow are a British rock band led by guitarist Ritchie Blackmore from 1975 to 1984 and 1993 to 1997. They were originally established with Ronnie James Dio as the lead singer and lyricist. Rainbow were ranked No. 90 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock. The band has sold over 28 million albums ...read more.
All singers were great in their own right:
Dio, Graham Bonnet, Joe Lynn Turner, Doogie White - Metal_Treasure