Top 10 Metal Musician Stage Names and Nicknames

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The Top Ten

1 Ronnie James Dio - Ronald James Padavona Ronnie James Dio - Ronald James Padavona 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.

Dio means God in Italian. - Metal_Treasure

@Metal_Treasure your right Dio is a god Ronnie James Dio is the God of Metal :). - christangrant

2 Dimebag Darrell - Darrell Lance Abbott Dimebag Darrell - Darrell Lance Abbott 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.

Aka Diamond Darrell, or most often - just Dimebag. - Metal_Treasure

The Greatest guitarist that has ever lived - christangrant

3 Ozzy Osbourne - John Michael Osbourne Ozzy Osbourne - John Michael 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.
4 King Diamond - Kim Bendix Petersen King Diamond - Kim Bendix Petersen 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.

Pretty good stage name. And he's really good. His falsetto... - Metal_Treasure

5 Bobby 'Blitz' Ellsworth - Robert Ellsworth Bobby 'Blitz' Ellsworth - Robert Ellsworth Robert Ellsworth, mainly known as Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth, is the lead vocalist of New Jersey thrash metal band Overkill.
6 Quorthon - Tomas Börje Forsberg Quorthon - Tomas Börje Forsberg Tomas Börje Forsberg, known by the stage name Quorthon (1966-2004), was a Swedish musician. He was the founder, songwriter, vocalist and guitarist of the band Bathory, which pioneered the black metal genre and is credited with creating the Viking metal style. A multi-instrumentalist, Quorthon wrote ...read more.

Such a cool and badass name...Suits him - Ananya

7 Tim 'Ripper' Owens - Timothy S. Owens Tim 'Ripper' Owens - Timothy S. 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.

Nicknamed after the Judas Priest song "The Ripper" - if I correctly remember, the song is about a serial killer known as "The Ripper". - Metal_Treasure

8 Alexi 'Wildchild' Laiho - Markku Uula Aleksi Laiho Alexi 'Wildchild' Laiho - Markku Uula Aleksi Laiho

'Wildchild' describes him very well - who else would form a death metal band at 14? - Metal_Treasure

9 Lord Worm - Dan Greening Lord Worm - Dan Greening Dan Greening, aka Lord Worm, is the original vocalist for Cryptopsy, a Canadian technical death metal band. He is also an English teacher.

The ex-Cryptopsy vocalist used to dig up and ingest worms on stage. - Metal_Treasure

10 Thomas 'The Omen' Stauch - Thomas Stauch Thomas 'The Omen' Stauch - Thomas Stauch Thomas ("The Omen") Stauch, also known as Thomen Stauch, is a German metal drummer best known as the drummer for the metal band Blind Guardian (1984-2005) and one of the founding members. He worked with various bands and is the current drummer for Serious Black.

The Omen...Such a badass nickname! - Ananya

Also known as Thomas 'Thomen' Stauch and Thomen Stauch.
I like his nickname. He became a founding member of Blind Guardian at 14. - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

11 Euronymous - Øystein Aarseth Euronymous - Øystein Aarseth Øystein Aarseth, 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.

Such a cool name...Great musician but I hate him as a human. - Ananya

He named himself after Eurynomos, a demon from the Satanic bible. - Lucretia

12 Dead - Per Yngve Ohlin Dead - Per Yngve Ohlin Per Yngve Ohlin, better known by his stage name Dead, was a Swedish black/death metal vocalist and lyricist best known for his work with Norwegian black metal band Mayhem.

@say10 lol...He gave that name to him HIMSELF, But I'm not gonna give any reason for that. - Ananya

It makes sense because he is dead already! - say10

Aka Per 'Dead' Ohlin - Metal_Treasure

13 Nergal - Adam Michaeł Darski Nergal - Adam Michaeł Darski Adam Nergal Darski[ (born Adam Michał Darski; 10 June 1977 in Gdynia), is a Polish musician and television personality, best known for being the frontman for the black/death metal band Behemoth . ...read more.

Aka Adam Nergal Darski - Metal_Treasure

Edit - his middle name is Michał and not Michaeł. Sorry. - Metal_Treasure

14 Tom G. Warrior - Thomas Gabriel Fischer Tom G. Warrior - Thomas Gabriel Fischer Thomas Gabriel Fischer, earlier known by his stage name of Tom G. Warrior, is a Swiss metal musician (Celtic Frost).
15 Abbath Doom Occulta - Olve Eikemo Abbath Doom Occulta - Olve Eikemo
16 Varg Vikernes - Kristian Vikernes Varg Vikernes - Kristian Vikernes

Yep, his real first name is Kristian. - Metal_Treasure

17 Gaahl - Kristian Eivind Espedal Gaahl - Kristian Eivind Espedal

Another black metal musician whose real first name is Kristian. - Metal_Treasure

18 Infernus - Roger Tiegs Infernus - Roger Tiegs Roger Tiegs (born on 18 June 1972), better known by his stage name, Infernus, is a Norwegian black metal musician and Satanist.He is the sole founding member and chief ideologist of the Norwegian black metal band Gorgoroth, which was formed in 1992, as well as the founder and head of Forces of Satan ...read more.

Suits him!
( He is looking kinda scary here but he is actually very handsome lol ) - Ananya

19 Attila Dorn - Karsten Brill Attila Dorn - Karsten Brill
20 Cronos - Conrad Thomas Lant Cronos - Conrad Thomas Lant

The guy from Venom. - Metal_Treasure

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