Top 10 Metal Musicians With a Good Reputation

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The Top Ten

1 Ronnie James Dio - Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio Ronnie James Dio - Rainbow, Black Sabbath, 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 ...read more.
2 Hansi Kürsch - Blind Guardian, Demons & Wizards Hansi Kürsch - Blind Guardian, Demons & Wizards 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.

He's a good guy but don't play with him ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ (D&D). Rumor has it the chapter ‘Epic Levels’ of the instructional book ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ was based on his achievements, haha.
Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) is a fantasy role-playing game. Hansi even wrote songs about this game. - Metal_Treasure

I think me and him would get on quite well. I'm into literature, music, history, etc. - IronSabbathPriest

@IronSabbathPriest - yeah, especially if you like J. R. R. Tolkien, Robert Jordan and Stephen King. Hansi reads a lot, that's for sure. There was even a joke about him: "Every day Hansi passes 10 hours singing, 10 hours reading, 10 hours writing and 10 hours just being better than you. Oh, your day doesn't have 40 hours? Too bad." - Metal_Treasure

3 Mike Mangini - Dream Theater, Annihilator 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.

One of the most intelligent metal musicians. Judging by all interviews with him I've seen, he's a very friendly, very nice guy. - Metal_Treasure

4 Cliff Burton Cliff Burton Clifford Lee "Cliff" Burton (February 10th 1962 - September 27th 1986) was an American musician, best known as the second bass guitarist for the American thrash metal band Metallica, recording three studio albums. He died in 1986 after getting crushed by a tour bus in Copenhagen whilst promoting Metallica's ...read more.
5 Bruce Dickinson - Iron Maiden Bruce Dickinson - Iron Maiden 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.
6 Steve Harris - Iron Maiden Steve Harris - Iron Maiden 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.
7 Matt Barlow - Iced Earth, Ashes of Ares Matt Barlow - Iced Earth, Ashes of Ares Matthew 'Matt' Barlow is an American heavy metal singer and police officer. He was the lead singer for Iced Earth in the 1990s and 2000s. He is currently the lead singer for Ashes of Ares. After the September 11 terrorist attacks Matt Barlow decided to become a police officer and contribute to the "real ...read more.

Our very own cop. He left Iced Earth after the 9/11 attacks to work as a policeman again and contribute to the "real world". Iced Earth are the most patriotic metal band ever considering also Jon Schaffer's personality. - Metal_Treasure

8 King Diamond King Diamond Kim Bendix Petersen, better known by his stage name King Diamond, is a Danish heavy metal musician. He is known for his extensive vocal range, usually sung in falsetto. King Diamond was originally known as the vocalist for Mercyful Fate, but has become notorious for his horror themed Concept albums ...read more.

Very nice guy. In 1984 Metallica met him for the first time and Kirk Hammett said in an interview:
"It was a trip meeting Mercyful Fate because their music makes you think the guys are a bunch of evil, satanic, human-sacrificing devil worshippers. But in reality, they're all a bunch of goofy Danish guys. King Diamond had a bit of an aura about him, but you couldn't find a sweeter, more funny guy than him." - Metal_Treasure

9 Alissa White-Gluz - Arch Enemy, the Agonist Alissa White-Gluz - Arch Enemy, the Agonist 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 an animal rights activist and has been a vegan since 1998. Alissa received a Libby award from PETA for her work in an international campaign advocating against the hunting of Canadian seals. - Metal_Treasure

10 Devin Townsend Devin Townsend Devin Garret Townsend is a Canadian musician, songwriter and record producer. He was the founder, songwriter, vocalist, and guitarist in extreme metal band Strapping Young Lad from 1994 to 2007 and has an extensive career as a solo artist.

One of the nicest metal guys - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

11 Russell Allen - Symphony X Russell Allen - Symphony X
12 Dimebag Darrell Dimebag Darrell Darrell Lance Abbott, also known as Diamond Darrell and Dimebag Darrell, was an American guitarist and songwriter best known as a founding member of two bands, Pantera and Damageplan, alongside his brother, Vinnie Paul. Abbott died in 2004 after he was shot by a mentally unstable fan.

I don't know anybody that says he is a bad person or guitarist becasue he was neither as he was a very nice person and probally the best guitarist of all time - christangrant

13 John Petrucci - Dream Theater John Petrucci - Dream Theater John Peter Petrucci is an American guitarist, composer and producer. He is best known as a founding member of the progressive metal band Dream Theater.
14 Chuck Schuldiner Chuck Schuldiner 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.

I've never heard anybody say he was a bad person - jack2244

According to what I hear, not sure if it's true but I've heard he did.. - jack2244

15 Tobias Sammet - Edguy, Avantasia Tobias Sammet - Edguy, Avantasia 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.
16 Simone Simons - Epica Simone Simons - Epica Simone Johanna Maria Simons is a Dutch singer-songwriter. She is the lead vocalist of Dutch symphonic metal band Epica.
17 Nergal Nergal Adam Nergal Darski[ (born Adam Michał Darski; 10 June 1977 in Gdynia), is a Polish musician and television personality, best known for being the frontman for the black/death metal band Behemoth . ...read more.

Very intelligent, very nice - Metal_Treasure

18 Robert Trujillo Robert Trujillo Roberto Agustin Trujillo, better known as Robert Trujillo, is an American musician known for his role as the current bassist of heavy metal band Metallica.

All Metallica bassists were pretty nice guys - Metal_Treasure

19 Tom Hunting Tom Hunting
20 Michel Langevin
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