Greatest Metal Singers Who Have Received No Vocal Training

The Top Ten

1 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.

He learned vibrato and glisses all on his own, which is incredible. - MattAffterburner

A metal god didn’t need any vocal training of course. It all came out of his heart. - Userguy44

2 Ian Gillan Ian Gillan is an English singer and songwriter. He originally found success as the lead singer and lyricist for Deep Purple, and the original singer on the rock opera concept album Jesus Christ Superstar by Andrew Lloyd Webber, where Gillan had the leading role (Jesus Christ).

His vocal talent is just out of this world. - Userguy44

His range is just nuts. - MattAffterburner

3 Ozzy Osbourne John Michael "Ozzy" Osbourne was born on December 3, 1948. He is also known as ''The Prince of Darkness''. Ozzy is an English singer, songwriter, and television personality. He rose to prominence in the early 1970s as the lead vocalist of the band Black Sabbath. Osbourne was fired from Black Sabbath more.

I had to put him here just because of how iconic his voice is, and he could sing without any training. - MattAffterburner

Yeah...but it painfully shows he had no training...and no significant singing talent to make up for it... - Metal_Treasure

Correct, but at least he delivered some classic vocal performances on some Sabbath songs. - MattAffterburner

4 M. Shadows Matthew Charles Sanders, better known by his stage name M. Shadows, is an American musician, best known as the lead vocalist, songwriter and founding member of the American metalcore/alternative metal band Avenged Sevenfold.

Until recently, he had no vocal training, yet a great range. - MattAffterburner

5 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.

His vocals on the Black Album would make you think he had some training, but he had none, and had great tone just the same. - MattAffterburner

6 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 more.

Great falsetto. - MattAffterburner

7 Matt Heafy Matthew "Matt" Kiichi Heafy is a Japanese-American musician, best known as the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist of the Orlando based Heavy Metal/Metalcore band Trivium.

His raspy vocals on Shogun and Ascendancy were perfect for the band. The only singer who could be with that band. - MattAffterburner

8 Brann Dailor Brann Timothy Dailor is an American drummer/singer best known as a member of the Atlanta, Georgia metal band Mastodon, in which he is the drummer, backing vocalist, lead vocalist and primary lyricist.

He is the best singer in Mastodon, easily the best tone and range. - MattAffterburner

Best vocalist from Mastodon.

9 Michael Kiske Michael Kiske is a singer best known as the former lead vocalist for the German power metal band Helloween.

Listen to Halloween. Power metal singers usually have some training, but I don't believe he had any. He was only 17 when Helloween picked him up. - MattAffterburner

10 Layne Staley Layne Thomas Staley was an American musician who served as the lead singer and co-songwriter of the rock band Alice in Chains, which he founded with guitarist Jerry Cantrell in Seattle, Washington in 1987. Alice in Chains rose to international fame as part of the grunge movement of the early 1990s. more.

Easily the best grunge singer. Just listen to Rooster. - MattAffterburner

Umm...NO. He trained a lot with the legendary Maesto David Kyle from Seattle - the vocal coach who also trained Geoff Tate of Queensrÿche, Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart, Chris Cornell, Don Dokken, and many more. - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

11 Geddy Lee Geddy Lee Weinrib, known professionally as Geddy Lee, is a Canadian musician, singer and songwriter best known as the lead vocalist, bassist, and keyboardist for the Canadian rock group Rush.

That’s not suprising. - Userguy44

12 Glenn Hughes Glenn Hughes is an English rock bassist and vocalist, best known as a member of Deep Purple and the rock pioneers Trapeze, and his solo career. Hughes was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Deep Purple. He is acclaimed for his wide vocal range.

Great range. Best singer of Deep Purple besides Gillan - MattAffterburner

13 Brent Hinds Brent Hinds is an American guitarist/singer best known as a member of the Atlanta, Georgia metal band Mastodon, in which he shares guitar duties with Bill Kelliher and vocal duties with Troy Sanders and Brann Dailor.
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