Top 10 Metal Musicians Who Were Teens When They Started Their Careers

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For this list - the younger the better.
Signs of starting a metal career:
- founding a metal band
- joining a metal band

Music lessons don't count.

The Top Ten

1 Tobias Sammet - founded Edguy at 14 Tobias Sammet - founded Edguy at 14 Tobias 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.

And at 16 he released a demo tape with 4 songs (Evil Minded, 1993). Obviously, he's also a good leader because 3 teens from the original band are still with the band in 2016 - Tobias Sammet and guitarists Jens Ludwig and Dirk Sauer. Edguy changed only one drummer for 25 years and hired a new bassist only because Sammet wanted to focus on vox and songwriting, and the second band he founded - Avantasia. - Metal_Treasure

Tobias Sammet founded Edguy when I have the same age as him. - Fandomstuck

Fun fact: he didn't want to be a singer, he was originally the keyboardist. He explained "as we had no singer the band told me at our 2nd rehearsal that I now was the singer. Of course, I couldn't do that at all, but to be honest my drive for personal prestige was bigger than the fear to make a fool of myself with my puberty voice".
Wow, and just like that metal music got one of the best singers ever. - Metal_Treasure

Most musicians start their career either at the beginning of 20s or after 18 but founding a band at 14 is pretty shocking.at that age many musicians just start to learn their instruments where Sammet formed a band - zxm

2 Alexi Laiho - founded Children Of Bodom at 14 Alexi Laiho - founded Children Of Bodom at 14

Co-founder: Jaska Raatikainen (14), drummer.
Both musicians had known each other since early childhood and had shared an interest in heavy metal, especially death metal groups, such as Dissection, Entombed, and Obituary. - Metal_Treasure

3 Chuck Schuldiner - founded Death at 16 Chuck Schuldiner - founded Death at 16 Charles Michael "Chuck" Schuldiner 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 as the "Godfather ...read more.

L wanted to be a death metal vocalist at the age of 13.-shihab

He founded Death in 1983 under the name Mantas.
This guy is one of the most influential musicians in metal history. - Metal_Treasure

4 Jaska Raatikainen - co-founded Children of Bodom at 14 Jaska Raatikainen - co-founded Children of Bodom at 14

He began playing drums at only 12 and had his first double bass pedals before he owned a drum kit. Jaska played a vital role in the formation of the band, since he was the one who brought both Alexander Kuoppala and Janne Wirman to their line-up. He is still with the band in 2016. - Metal_Treasure

5 Thomas 'The Omen' Stauch - co-founded Blind Guardian at 14 Thomas 'The Omen' Stauch - co-founded Blind Guardian at 14 Thomas ("The Omen") Stauch, also known as Thomen Stauch, is a German metal drummer best known as the drummer for the metal band Blind Guardian (1984-2005) and one of the founding members. He worked with various bands and is the current drummer for Serious Black.

Hansi Kürsch (17) was the initiator but Thomas Stauch was very brave to say "yes" at 14 because originally Blind Guardian was a speed-to-thrash metal band and playing drums for such a band isn't easy. And at 15 he played very fast drums on their demo tape, at 17 - on the debut album (try the song Majesty). - Metal_Treasure

6 Mario Duplantier - co-founded Gojira at 15 Mario Duplantier - co-founded Gojira at 15 Mario Duplantier is a French musician and artist best known as the drummer of technical death metal band Gojira.

He co-founded Gojira with his brother Joe Duplantier (20). Gojira is a technical death metal metal.
Mario grew up in a family where arts played a significant role. Besides his music skills, he developed his drawing and painting in an environment of freedom and creativity. - Metal_Treasure

7 Criss Oliva - co-founded Savatage at 15 Criss Oliva - co-founded Savatage at 15 Christopher "Criss" Michael Oliva was an American musician who was the lead guitarist and co-founder of the band Savatage.

Co-founder: his brother Jon Oliva (18).
Criss was a great guitarist who died at 30 in a car crash caused by a drunk driver who had seven prior drunk driving (DUI) convictions. R.I.P. Criss. - Metal_Treasure

8 Muhammed Suiçmez - founded Necrophagist at 16 Muhammed Suiçmez - founded Necrophagist at 16 Muhammed Suiçmez was born in Karlsruhe, Germany, to Turkish immigrants. He is the frontman and guitarist of the German technical death metal band Necrophagist.

He began listening to death metal at 12. At the age of 14 Suiçmez wrote the lyrics for Onset of Putrefaction - the debut album that was recorded almost solely by him. He recorded all the vocal tracks and guitars, and programmed the drum tracks with the help of a computer. He playes a 7-string Ibanez LACS Falchion. - Metal_Treasure

9 Samy Elbanna - founded Lost Society at 15 Samy Elbanna - founded Lost Society at 15 Samy Elbanna (born August 9, 1995) is a Finnish thrash metal musician - founder, lead singer, guitarist, primary songwriter and leader of the thrash metal band Lost Society.

He released a demo at 16. Lost Society debut album came out in 2013 when all members were still teens (17, 18, 19, 19). It's a very fast thrash album with songs like: Kill (Those Who Oppose Me), Trash All over You, Lead Through the Head, N.W.L. - Metal_Treasure

10 Mathias Nygård - founded Turisas at 15 Mathias Nygård - founded Turisas at 15 Mathias D.G. Nygård (born Aug 26, 1982) is a Finnish metal musician - founder, lead singer and keyboardist for the folk metal band Turisas.

The Contenders

11 Jon Schaffer - founded The Rose at 16, Iced Earth at 17 Jon Schaffer - founded The Rose at 16, Iced Earth at 17 Jon Ryan Schaffer is an American heavy metal musician. He is best known as the guitarist and last remaining original member of the Florida-based heavy metal band Iced Earth, which he formed in 1985 under the name "Purgatory".

The Rose was a short-lived band. Then Jon founded Iced Earth under the name Purgatory. He went to a Lutheran school for 5 years where he developed a lot of anger and rebellion, due to the abusive nature of the pastors. A pastor shoved a bar of soap down Jon's throat when the pastor couldn't answer Jon's questions about evolution VS creationism. According to Jon, this had an effect on him forming a band, so that he could "prove these people wrong". - Metal_Treasure

12 Lars Ulrich - founded Metallica at 17 Lars Ulrich - founded Metallica at 17 Lars Ulrich is a Danish drummer and one of the founding members of the American thrash metal band Metallica.

Co-founder: James Hetfield, 18. Before Metallica Hetfield was in a few bands - one being Leather Charm and another, Obsession.
Metallica was founded in October 1981 when James Hetfield answered a classified advertisement by drummer Lars Ulrich in the Los Angeles newspaper The Recycler.
Metallica debut album came out when both were 20. - Metal_Treasure

13 André Olbrich - co-founded Blind Guardian at 16 André Olbrich - co-founded Blind Guardian at 16 André Olbrich is a German guitarist, composer and backing vocalist, most known as the co-founder and lead guitarist of power metal band Blind Guardian, in which he serves as one of the main composers with other co-founder Hansi Kürsch.
14 Kerry King - founded Slayer at 17 Kerry King - founded Slayer at 17 Kerry Ray King is an American musician, best known as a guitarist for the American thrash metal band Slayer.

Co-founder: Jeff Hanneman, 17.

In 1981 K. King was auditioning for a rock band called "Ledger" and he remembered: "As I was leaving, I saw Jeff just kinda standing around playing guitar, and he was playing stuff that I was into, like definitely Leppard's 'Wasted' and AC/DC and Priest ". After the try-out session, the two guitarists started talking and playing Iron Maiden and Judas Priest songs.

Slayer was born when King asked "Why don't we start our own band? ", to which Hanneman replied " yeah! " - Metal_Treasure

15 Hansi Kürsch - founded Blind Guardian at 17 Hansi Kürsch - founded Blind Guardian at 17 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 ...read more.

Co-founders: Thomen Stauch (14), André Olbrich (16).
Hansi and André are still with the band in 2016. Thomen was their drummer for 20 years, until 2005. He played drums at 15 on their speed metal demo tape, at 17 - on the debut album.
Blind Guardian were formed in 1984 as Lucifer's Heritage but changed the name in 1987. - Metal_Treasure

16 Kirk Hammett - founded Exodus at 17 Kirk Hammett - founded Exodus at 17 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.
17 Fernando Ribeiro - co-founded Moonspell at 15 Fernando Ribeiro - co-founded Moonspell at 15 Fernando Ribeiro has been the lead vocalist for the Portuguese metal band Moonspell since 1992. He sings gothic metal, black metal, doom metal, melodic death metal.

Moonspell was formed under the name Morbid God but in 1992 they changed the name. - Metal_Treasure

18 Jeff Waters - founded Annihilator at 18 Jeff Waters - founded Annihilator at 18 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.

Annihilator are the highest-selling metal band from Canada, although most of their sales have been generated outside of the band's home country.
Jeff Waters is a multi-talented musician: guitarist, bassist, songwriter, vocalist, engineer, producer, mixer and mastering engineer. - Metal_Treasure

19 Steve Harris - founded Iron Maiden at 19 Steve Harris - founded Iron Maiden at 19 Stephen Percy "Steve" Harris is an English musician and songwriter, known as the bassist, occasional keyboardist, backing vocalist, primary songwriter and founder of the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden.

Steve Harris is a more influential musician than some guys I put higher but he was 19 and there's a big difference between 19 and 14, for example. - Metal_Treasure

20 Steffen Kummerer - founded Obscura at 17 Steffen Kummerer - founded Obscura at 17 Steffen 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.

Maybe he was still 16 but I didn't find info about the month of the year he founded the band - whether is was before or after June 1, 2002 (he was born June 1, 1985). - Metal_Treasure

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