Top 10 Metal Musicians Who Were Teens When They Started Their CareersMetal_Treasure 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
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
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
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
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
Jeff Becerra provided growled vocals for the pioneers of death metal. Born in June 1968, he joined the band in 1983-1984. He sang on the 1984 demo. - Metal_Treasure
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
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
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
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
Wow. I did not know this. - MattAffterburner
Woahh okay. I didn't know this. That's younger than I am now. - ParasN2000
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
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
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
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
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
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
But joined Metallica in 1983... - Metal_Treasure
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
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
Moonspell was formed under the name Morbid God but in 1992 they changed the name. - Metal_Treasure
Not metal and really at the age of 14?! - Userguy44
Not metal - ElSherlock
She is NOT metal (I didn't add her). - Metal_Treasure
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List StatsCreated 28 Aug 2016
Updated 11 May 2019
3 years, 85 days old
2. Jaska Raatikainen - co-founded Children of Bodom at 14
3. Tobias Sammet - founded Edguy at 14