1 Kai Hansen - Gamma Ray, Helloween
Kai Michael Hansen is a heavy metal guitarist and vocalist. Hansen is the founder, lead guitarist, and vocalist of power metal band Gamma Ray. He is also the co-founder and former member of German metal band Helloween.
He's just legendary and survived despite all those unpleasant changes in both bands.
His solos are crazy fast yet technical and melodic.
He has been the most influential figure in the German metal scene, in my opinion.
I consider him as one of the most underrated metal musicians. - Metal_Treasure
2 Lars Ulrich - Metallica
Lars Ulrich is a Danish drummer and one of the founding members of the American thrash metal band Metallica.
3 Cozy Powell - Rainbow, Black Sabbath
Colin Trevor "Cozy" Powell was an English rock drummer, who made his name with many major rock bands and artists like The Jeff Beck Group, Rainbow, Robert Plant, Whitesnake and Black Sabbath.
Cozy played 400 drums in under one minute, live on television (BBC) and set a world record for the most drums played per minute. - Metal_Treasure
Amazing drummer but very underrated. In fact, metal greats began with him. R.I.P. Cozy!
His drum intro to 'Stargazer' by Rainbow is epic. Also the entire song 'A Light in the Black' is with crazy fast drums for 1976. - Metal_Treasure
4 Geoff Tate - Queensryche
Geoff Tate is a German-born American singer and musician who rose to fame in the 1980s with the progressive metal band Queensrÿche.
5 Charlie Benante - Anthrax
I'm not a big Anthrax fan but he's a very good drummer. - Metal_Treasure
6 Zakk Wylde - Black Label Society
Zakk Wylde is an American musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and occasional actor who is best known as the former guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne, and founder of the heavy metal band Black Label Society.
7 Peter Steele - Type O Negative
Petrus Thomas Ratajczyk, better known by his stage name Peter Steele, was the lead singer, bassist and composer for the gothic metal band Type O Negative.
Probably the lowest voice in metal. R.I.P. Peter Steele. - Metal_Treasure
8 Simone Simons - Epica
Simone Johanna Maria Simons is a Dutch singer-songwriter. She is the lead vocalist of Dutch symphonic metal band Epica.
The metal songbird. - Metal_Treasure
9 Richie Faulkner - Judas Priest
Richard Ian Faulkner, is an English guitarist (born 1 January 1980). In 2011 he was appointed as the successor of K.K. Downing in heavy metal band Judas Priest.
10 Marco Hietala - Nightwish
Marko Tapani "Marco" Hietala is a Finnish heavy metal vocalist, bass guitarist and songwriter (Nightwish, Tarot).
His beard speaks Capricorn. - Metal_Treasure
11 Marilyn Manson - Marilyn Manson
He isn't a metal musician - don't waste your vote. - Metal_Treasure
12 Jason Bittner - Shadows Fall, Flotsam and Jetsam
A great drummer with numerous awards. - Metal_Treasure
13 Lemmy Kilmister - Motorhead
Ian Fraser Kilmister, known as Lemmy, was an English musician, singer and songwriter who founded and fronted the rock band Motörhead. He was a bassist and a singer known for his raspy voice. He died in 2015 from cancer and other health problems.
14 Daniel Heiman - Lost Horizon, Heed
Daniel Heiman (born June 11, 1974) is a Swedish power metal singer. He is most famous for his time in Lost Horizon. After leaving Lost Horizon, he recorded an album with the band Crystal Eyes, and later founded the band Heed.
15 Till Lindemann - Rammstein
Not really metal though. - Metal_Treasure
16 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.