ONLY metal musicians who released albums or singles in 2016, or did something really remarkable in 2016 - a great live show or something else but they did it in 2016!
The Top Ten
1James HetfieldJames 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.
2Steffen KummererSteffen Kummerer (born June 1, 1985) is a German guitarist, multi-instrumentalist and producer. He is the leader, main songwriter, vocalist, and guitarist for the (technical) death metal band Obscura as well as the black metal band Thulcandra.
On the album Akróasis he played guitars, provided the vocals and wrote 5 out of 9 songs. This guy is 30 years old and he's awesome. I made a list about his/their 2016 album with song samples for those who are not familiar with this album - "Best Songs On Obscura’s Akróasis". - Metal_Treasure
3John PetrucciJohn Peter Petrucci is an American guitarist, composer and producer. He is best known as a founding member of the progressive metal band Dream Theater. Compared to his level of skill, John Petrucci is relatively unknown in the modern music industry.
I have tried their new album. And I loved his works. - zxm
4Dave MustaineDavid 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.
5Tomas HaakeTomas Haake is a Swedish drummer and main songwriter of the experimental metal band Meshuggah. He is known for his polyrhythms and technical ability. In 2012, he was named the 5th best Modern Metal drummer by MetalSucks.net. He was named the number one drummer in the "Metal" category, in the July 2008 ...read more.
6Fredrik ThordendalFredrik Thordendal (born February 11, 1970) is a Swedish musician, best known as the lead guitarist and backing vocalist for the Swedish extreme metal band Meshuggah. He's considered the originator of the djent technique. Thordendal was rated No. 35 by Guitar World in the top 100 greatest heavy metal ...read more.
7Joe Duplantier Joseph "Joe" Duplantier is a French musician best known as the guitarist and vocalist of metal band Gojira.
8Kiko LoureiroPedro Henrique "Kiko" Loureiro is a Brazilian Heavy metal guitarist, best known as a member of the bands Angra and Megadeth.
9Abbath Doom OccultaOlve Eikemo, better known by his stage name Abbath Doom Occulta, is a Norwegian musician who best known as the former frontman of black metal band Immortal and the current frontman of the band Abbath.
10Mike ManginiMike 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.
11Scott IanScott Ian is an American musician, best known as the rhythm guitarist, backing and additional lead vocalist, and the only remaining original founding member of the thrash metal band Anthrax. He also writes the lyrics on all their albums.
12Robert TrujilloRoberto Agustin Trujillo, better known as Robert Trujillo, is an American musician known for his role as the current bassist of heavy metal band Metallica.
13Kirk HammettKirk Lee Hammett is the lead guitarist and songwriter for the heavy metal band Metallica and has been a member of the band since 1983. Before joining Metallica he formed and named the band Exodus.
@MetalTreasure: How could you forget Kirk after his amazing killer riffs in Spit Out The Bone and Moth Into Flame! - HallowedBeThyName
@HallowedBeThyName - I didn't forget him. I had in mind to add more people to this list but it's X-mas and I was interrupted by other things going on around me. Thanks for adding him. And thanks to everyone who added other musicians and who will add more in the future. Merry Metal X-mas metalheads! - Metal_Treasure
14Francesco PaoliFrancesco Paoli is the drummer for the Italian technical death metal band Fleshgod Apocalypse, formed in 2007.
16Lars UlrichLars Ulrich is a Danish drummer and one of the founding members of the American thrash metal band Metallica.
17Alex SkolnickAlexander Nathan Skolnick is an American metal and jazz guitarist who is the lead guitarist of the Bay Area thrash metal band Testament, and heads the jazz band Alex Skolnick Trio.
18Gene HoglanEugene "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.
Testament's Brotherhood of the Snake - Metal_Treasure
19Chuck BillyCharles "Chuck" Billy is an American vocalist, who is best known as the vocalist for the thrash metal band Testament.
20Simone SimonsSimone Johanna Maria Simons is a Dutch singer-songwriter. She is the lead vocalist of Dutch symphonic metal band Epica.
21David EllefsonDavid Warren "Dave" Ellefson is an American bassist and co-founding member of the American thrash metal band Megadeth from 1983-2002 and again from 2010-present.
22Tobias SammetTobias Sammet is a German metal musician, best known as the vocalist and primary songwriter of the power metal band Edguy, as well as the founder, main singer and bassist of the metal opera Avantasia.
23Mario DuplantierMario Duplantier is a French musician and artist best known as the drummer of technical death metal band Gojira.
24Heidi ParviainenHeidi Parviainen is a Finnish lyric soprano, and best known as the former lead singer of Finnish metal band Amberian Dawn.
Songwriting and vocals for her new Dark Sarah concept Album the Puzzle - germshep24
25Tarja TurunenTarja 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.
Vocals and songwriting for her new album the shadow Self - germshep24
26IhsahnIhsahn is a Norwegian composer, multi-instrumentalist, and vocalist. He is best known for his work with Norwegian black metal band Emperor.
27FenrizGylve Fenris Nagell, better known as Fenriz, is a Norwegian musician who is best known as being one half of the metal duo Darkthrone.
Gorguts guitarist and vocalist (technical death metal). - Metal_Treasure
30Devin TownsendDevin 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.
Vocals, music and lyrics for Theocracy album Ghost Ship. - Metal_Treasure
32Floor JansenFloor Jansen is a Dutch singer-songwriter and vocal coach. She is currently vocalist of Nightwish and leader of Revamp.