1 Ritchie Blackmore - Deep Purple, Rainbow
Richard Hugh "Ritchie" Blackmore is an English guitarist and songwriter, best known for his work in the hard rock/metal bands Deep Purple and Rainbow. He was ranked number 16 on Guitar World's "100 Greatest Metal Guitarists of All Time" in 2004, and number 50 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the ...read more.
Metal pioneer. Riff master. Solo master.
Astrology articles say these people are born pioneers and in this case it's absolutely true. - Metal_Treasure
2 Mike Mangini - Dream Theater, Annihilator
Mike 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.
Great drummer. He was the 1st person in history to break 1,200 notes when he played 1,203 single notes at the 2005 Winter NAMM Session. - Metal_Treasure
3 Alexi Laiho - Children of Bodom
Alexi "Wildchild" Laiho is a Finnish guitarist, composer, and vocalist. He is best known as the lead guitarist, lead vocalist and founding member of the melodic death metal band Children of Bodom, and is also the guitarist for Sinergy, The Local Band and Kylähullut.
4 Mikael Åkerfeldt - Opeth
Lars Mikael Åkerfeldt is a Swedish musician, prominently known as the lead vocalist, guitarist, and primary songwriter of progressive death metal band Opeth, as well as being the former vocalist of death metal supergroup Bloodbath for three albums up until 2012. ...read more.
Incredible multi-talented musician. - Metal_Treasure
5 Udo Dirkschneider - Accept
Udo"Hassan"Dirkschneider is a German heavy metal singer who rose to fame with German heavy metal band Accept.
6 D. D. Verni - Overkill
Founding member, bassist and songwriter of the thrash metal band Overkill. - Metal_Treasure
7 Tom Hunting - Exodus
8 Criss Oliva - Savatage
Christopher "Criss" Michael Oliva was an American musician who was the lead guitarist and co-founder of the band Savatage.
Greatest underrated lead guitarist ever
Amazing guitarist and co-founder of the band Savatage. R.I.P. Criss. - Metal_Treasure
9 Steve Souza - Exodus
10 Maynard James Keenan - Tool
Maynard James Keenan, often referred to by his initials MJK, is an American musician, record producer, winemaker, and actor, best known as the vocalist for Grammy Award-winning progressive metal band Tool.
11 Bill Kelliher - Mastodon
Bill Kelliher is a musician from Atlanta, Georgia, best known as rhythm guitarist of heavy metal band Mastodon. V 1 Comment
12 Arjen Lucassen - Ayreon
Arjen Anthony Lucassen (born 3 April 1960, Netherlands) is a Dutch progressive rock/metal songwriter, singer, multi-instrumentalist musician and record producer, best known for his long-running progressive opera project Ayreon.
He's a pure genius (songwriter, singer, multi-instrumentalist and record producer).
Ayreon is a long-term project (progressive metal/rock opera) that produced masterpieces.
My favorite song by Ayreon is Age of Shadows. - Metal_Treasure
13 Michael Poulsen - Volbeat
Michael Schøn Poulsen is a Danish vocalist and guitarist. He is currently the singer and main songwriter of the band Volbeat.
A singer who sounds like James Hetfield. - Metal_Treasure
14 Anders Fridén - In Flames
Anders Fridén is the vocalist/lyricist of the Swedish metal band In Flames. Fridén was also the vocalist of Passenger, a side project.
15 Leslie 'Les' Binks - Judas Priest
Drummer who wrote the music to Beyond The Realms of Death. - Metal_Treasure
16 Sebastian Bach - Skid Row
Sebastian Philip Bierk, known professionally as Sebastian Bach, is a Canadian heavy metal singer who achieved mainstream success as frontman of Skid Row from 1987-96. Since his departure from Skid Row, he has had many television roles, acted in Broadway plays, and leads a solo career.
He sings some borderline metal-to-glam metal and don't like the glam part but without a doubt - this guy can sing. - Metal_Treasure