1 Cliff Burton - Metallica
Clifford Lee "Cliff" Burton (February 10th 1962 - September 27th 1986) was an American musician, best known as the second bass guitarist for the American thrash metal band Metallica, recording three studio albums. He died in 1986 after getting crushed by a tour bus in Copenhagen whilst promoting Metallica's ...read more.
Maybe the greatest metal bassist. - Metal_Treasure
2 Jeff Hanneman - Slayer
Jeffrey John "Jeff" Hanneman was an American musician, best known as a founding member of the American thrash metal band Slayer.
Machine Head's Robb Flynn asked Jeff several questions after a show (Machine Head did 8 tours and over 120 shows with Slayer):
Me: "Who wrote Angel Of Death? "
Jeff: "I did"
Me: "Lyrics too? "
Me: "Reign In Blood? "
Me: "Dead Skin Mask? "
Me: "South Of Heaven? "
Me: "Black Magic? "
Jeff: "You know it"
Me: "Hell Awaits? "
Jeff: "Yep" - Metal_Treasure
3 Dave Lombardo - Slayer
David "Dave" Lombardo is a Cuban American drummer, best known as a co-founding member of the American thrash metal band Slayer.
Probably the most iconic metal drummer.
Half of Slayer is here, the other half - under Gemini. - Metal_Treasure
4 Jeff Waters - Annihilator
Jeff Waters (born February 13, 1966) is a Canadian metal musician and founder of the metal band Annihilator. He's best known as the guitarist for Annihilator, appreciated for his fast riffs and solos. Waters is also the primary songwriter in the band. Very often he has taken on the role of lead singer, ...read more.
One of the best guitar players - speed and accuracy. Actually he is multi-talented. - Metal_Treasure
5 Michael Kiske - Helloween
Michael Kiske is a singer best known as the former lead vocalist for the German power metal band Helloween.
One of the best metal singers ever. - Metal_Treasure
6 Fredrik Thordendal - Meshuggah
Fredrik 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.
Original like Aquarius!
Lead guitarist, the originator of the djent technique.
Along with Meshuggah's rhythm guitarist Mårten Hagström, Thordendal was rated No. 35 by Guitar World in the top 100 greatest heavy metal guitarists of all-time. - Metal_Treasure
7 Ralf Scheepers - Primal Fear, Gamma Ray
Ralf Scheepers is the vocalist for German heavy metal band Primal Fear. He has a relatively high-pitched tenor-esque singing voice and sometimes uses a shriek reminiscent of Judas Priest's Rob Halford, although it is his baritone lows which give him a near four-octave range in the modal register. V 1 Comment
8 John Myung - Dream Theater
John Ro Myung is an American bassist and a founding member of the progressive metal group Dream Theater.
9 Janick Gers - Iron Maiden
Janick Robert Gers is an English musician, best known for being one of the three current guitarists in Iron Maiden, along with Dave Murray and Adrian Smith, as well as his earlier work with Gillan and White Spirit.
10 Bob Daisley - Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne
Robert John "Bob" Daisley is an Australian musician, songwriter and author. Daisley is also known for contributing bass and lyrics for Ozzy Osbourne throughout the 1980s and 1990s.
Bassist, backing vocalist, lyricist, songwriter. A very underrated guy - he wrote most of the lyrics and music for Ozzy's solo career (songs like "Mr. Crowley", etc). - Metal_Treasure
11 Mike Patton - Faith No More, Mr. Bungle
Michael Allan "Mike" Patton is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, film composer, producer, and actor, best known as the lead singer of the alternative metal band Faith No More.
The guy with a vocal range of over 6 octaves.
This is probably the widest range registered in music history. - Metal_Treasure
12 Willie Adler - Lamb of God
William M. Adler is the rhythm guitarist in the heavy metal band Lamb of God. He is the younger brother of his bandmate, drummer Chris Adler.
13 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.
14 Eddie Van Halen - Van Halen
I'm not a Van Halen fan but I'm certainly a fan of this guy. His solo to Eruption is legendary.
However, I am not sure he's exactly a metal musician. - Metal_Treasure
15 Clémentine Delauney - Serenity, Visions of Atlantis, Melted Space
Clémentine Delauney is a French symphonic metal singer. She is a classically trained soprano, known as the singer for Austrian symphonic metal band Serenity, currently Visions of Atlantis, and French metal opera band Melted Space.
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17 Dave Padden - Annihilator
David James Padden, is a Canadian musician, best known as the former vocalist and rhythm guitarist for Canadian thrash metal band Annihilator from 2003 to 2014.
18 Matt Heafy - Trivium
Matthew "Matt" Kiichi Heafy is a Japanese-American musician, best known as the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist of the Orlando based Heavy Metal/Metalcore band Trivium.
19 Quorthon - Bathory
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.