Top Ten Best Metal Lyricists

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21 Fernando Ribeiro - Moonspell Fernando Ribeiro - Moonspell Fernando Ribeiro has been the lead vocalist for the Portuguese metal band Moonspell since 1992. He sings gothic metal, black metal, doom metal, melodic death metal.

This guy is not just a good lyricist - he's a poet (published three poetry books).
"It's when life's so precious that every moment hurts" (a line from the song WhiteOmega, 2012). - Metal_Treasure

22 Phil Anselmo Phil Anselmo 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.

Stone the crow cemetary gates drag the waters

23 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.
24 Gene Hoglan - Dark Angel Gene Hoglan - Dark Angel Eugene "Gene" Victor Hoglan II is an American drummer. He is acclaimed for his creativity in drum arrangements, including use of odd devices for percussion effects and his trademark lengthy double-kick drum rhythms.

Try lyrics of "Black Prophecies" to see what I'm talking about. Epic! And don't forget to give a listen to this song - thrash at its best. - Metal_Treasure

25 Robb Flynn - Machine Head Robb Flynn - Machine Head
26 M. Shadows - Avenged Sevenfold M. Shadows - Avenged Sevenfold Matthew Charles Sanders, better known by his stage name M. Shadows, is an American musician, best known as the lead vocalist, songwriter and founding member of the American heavy metal band Avenged Sevenfold. V 2 Comments
27 Mike Portony - Dream Theater
28 Jari Mäenpää - Wintersun Jari Mäenpää - Wintersun 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.

One of the best in his sub-genre listen to "Starchild" and also check his previous work in Ensiferum its what made him. When I first heard Victory song I came in my pants.

One of the best lyricist I have ever heard look up "starchild" by Wintersun and "Victory song" by Ensiferum. and yes its in English

29 Geezer Butler Geezer Butler Terence Michael Joseph "Geezer" Butler is an English musician and songwriter. Butler is best known as the bassist and primary lyricist of heavy metal band Black Sabbath.

Wrote pretty much every song before dio entered the band.

Main lyricist in Black Sabbath, do I need to say anymore?

His lyrics will live on forever

Black Sabbath I mean yeah

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30 Howard Jones - Killswitch Engage Howard Jones - Killswitch Engage Howard Jones (Born July 20th, 1970) is an American Heavy Metal vocalist. He currently fronts the band Light the Torch (Formerly Devil You Know), but is best known for his tenure in the band Killswitch Engage from 2002 to 2012 and was a vocalist for the now defunct Blood Had Been Shed.
31 Tony Kakko - Sonata Arctica Tony Kakko - Sonata Arctica Toni Kristian "Tony" Kakko is a Finnish musician, composer and vocalist. He is mainly known as the vocalist, primary songwriter, and creative force in the band Sonata Arctica since 1996.
32 Serj Tankian - System of a Down Serj Tankian - System of a Down Serj Tankian is a Lebanese-born Armenian-American singer-songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, poet, and political activist.
33 Mikael Stanne Mikael Stanne

From dark romanticism to psychological introspection, Stanne understands how best to use words to convey whatever message he desires. An impressive feat considering the swede writes his lyrics in and speaks perfect English.

34 Mille Petrozza - Kreator Mille Petrozza - Kreator Miland "Mille" Petrozza is a German metal guitarist and singer of Italian descent, who has been the lead vocalist and guitarist for the German thrash metal band Kreator since 1984.

Lol best lyricist ever just listen to violent revolution enemy of god or the full phantom antichrist album.

35 Bruce Dickinson - Iron Maiden Bruce Dickinson - Iron Maiden 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.

"Mist is in the trees, stone sweats with a dew
The morning sunrise, red before the blue"

His story telling is spectacular. His lyrics have an amazing fluidity than can really paint beautiful vivid images in your mind. Empire of the Clouds, Coming Home, Man of Sorrows, Tears of the Dragon, Navigate the Seas of the Son, and Out of the Shadows are among his best writing. His singing also compliments his lyrics so much.

36 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.
37 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.
38 Ihsahn - Emperor Ihsahn - Emperor
39 John Gallagher - Dying Fetus John Gallagher - Dying Fetus
40 Mark Hunter - Chimaira
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