Top 10 Metal Musicians Who Love Animals

Metal musicians are associated with dark and scary looks, tattoos, growling vocals, roaring guitars and so on.

But behind this public image there's another truth - the truth about their soft side. Some metal musicians have dogs, some others - cats. A third group loves animals that are not dogs or cats. And last but not least, there are metal musicians who love animals in general and are animal rights activists.

Add more musicians if you know - every music fan knows more about the hobbies and personal life of their favorite musicians.

The Top Ten

Alissa White-Gluz Alissa White-Gluz is a Canadian vocalist, best known as the former lead vocalist and one of the founding members of the Canadian metal band, The Agonist, and current lead vocalist for the Swedish melodic death metal group, Arch Enemy.

She's at #1 because she loves animals in general. Alissa growls death metal vocals like a lion but she's an animal rights activist who takes part in international campaigns and received awards for her work. She has been a vegan since 1998. - Metal_Treasure

And what is her position on the rights of HUMAN animals? Since she's won an award from PETA (one of the most radical anti-human covens on the planet), she must agree with Ingrid Newkirk's pronouncement, "A rat is a pig is a dog is a boy," which, of course, states the radical animal-rights position that human life is no more valuable than animal life, and, in fact, LESS so. Since humans are inarguably, biologically, omnivores, what is her position on the human ANIMAL'S right to eat animal protein? Would she deny a grizzly bear's "right" to feast on elk, or a polar bear's "right" to kill and eat seals? You are presenting animal-rights activism (and vegetarianism) as somehow noble, when it is in truth totally conflictive and irrational at its core.

Ronnie James Dio 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 more.

Shepherd is a good choice for favorite animal - zxm

R.I.P. Dio. He had German Shepherd(s). - Metal_Treasure

Travis Ryan Travis Ryan Collins, who goes by the stage name Travis Ryan, is an American musician known for being the vocalist of the Deathgrind band Cattle Decapitation.

He is the singer and lyricist for deathgrind band Cattle Decapitation. You can make very wrong conclusions judging by their gory album covers, name of the metal subgenre and extremely aggressive heavy sound. You would probably misinterpret even their band name.
Their songs protest the mistreatment and consumption of animals, and the abuse of the environment. Travis Ryan is a vegetarian. - Metal_Treasure

Bruce Dickinson Paul Bruce Dickinson, known professionally as Bruce Dickinson, is an English musician, airline pilot, and broadcaster. He is most well known for being the lead singer in heavy metal band Iron Maiden and his solo career.

Bruce owns a cat and a parrot. He also loves dogs and horses.

I guess he loves dogs, well I just think that - zxm

Chuck Schuldiner Charles Michael "Chuck" Schuldiner (1967-2001) was an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist, best known as the founder and vocalist, guitarist and bassist of the American heavy metal band Death. He is considered the most influential figure in Death Metal, with some publications referring to Chuck more.

He really loved kittens - TheStargazer

R.I.P. Chuck. One of the Godfathers of death metal loved animals, especially kittens. - Metal_Treasure

Phil Anselmo Philip Hansen "Phil" Anselmo is an American musician who is best known as the former lead vocalist of the heavy metal band Pantera. He currently is the vocalist of heavy metal bands Down and Superjoint Ritual.

He resides in a rural property and keeps a number of animals, including dogs, cats, chickens and a variety of birds. - Metal_Treasure

Kirk Hammett Kirk 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.

He likes dogs. When he was 11, he had a pet dog... but now get ready to read something disgusting: He witnessed his pet dog being raped by his next door neighbor! Hammett was left traumatized and recalled: "I went to my neighbor's. The guy took down his pants and started having sex with the dog! I didn't know whether to laugh or cry. When he got up, I just took the dog and left." - Metal_Treasure

Geezer Butler Terence Michael Joseph "Geezer" Butler is an English musician and songwriter. Butler is best known as the bassist and primary lyricist of heavy metal band Black Sabbath.

He loves cats and he's also a vegan. - Metal_Treasure

Joe Duplantier Joseph "Joe" Duplantier is a French musician best known as the guitarist and vocalist of metal band Gojira.

Very vocal about his opposition to the whaling industry - TheStargazer

Hansi Kürsch Hansi Kürsch, born Hans Jürgen Kürsch, is the lead singer, lyricist, co-composer and bassist for German power metal band Blind Guardian . Heavily influenced by Freddie Mercury, he creates a huge choir effect by overdubbing his own voice multiple times in complex, overlapping vocal harmonies. He records more.

He's got a dog and loves walking his dog. Lyrics of the song 'Fiddler On The Green' (Demons & Wizards) are based on something sad he saw while walking his dog - he witnessed 2 car accidents that killed 2 kids in one week at the same intersection. Sad story and a sorrowful but beautiful ballad. - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

James Hetfield James 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.

He loves cats also, Metallica has two cats: Tab and Frankie, they are almost always in their studio.

He loves dogs but he's also a hunter and he shouldn't be high on this list. - Metal_Treasure

He's a hunter

Randy Rhoads Randall William "Randy" Rhoads was an American heavy metal guitarist who played with Ozzy Osbourne and Quiet Riot. He was killed in a plane crash.

R.I.P. Randy. - Metal_Treasure

Kerry King Kerry Ray King is an American musician, best known as a guitarist for the American thrash metal band Slayer.

He is an avid snake collector who owns a reptile house and herpetology nursery called Psychotic Exotics. - Metal_Treasure

Mick Thomson Mickael Gordon "Mick" Thomson is an American heavy metal musician. Born in Des Moines, Iowa, he is best known as one of two guitarists in Slipknot, in which he is designated #7.
Bill Steer Bill Steer is a British guitar player, and co-founder of the extreme metal band Carcass. He is considered a pioneer and an essential contributor to grindcore and death metal due to his involvement in Napalm Death and Carcass, two of the most important bands of those genres.

Animal rights activist. He is a vegeterian. - Metal_Treasure

Peter Steele 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.

Hated hunting, loved cats, dedicated songs to cats.

Cat guy who was the frontman of Type O negative.

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