Top Ten Metal Singers Who Should Be In Other Bands

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The Top Ten

1 Bruce Dickinson - Judas Prest Bruce Dickinson - Judas Prest 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.
2 Tom Araya - Kreator Tom Araya - Kreator Tomás Enrique "Tom" Araya Díaz is a Chilean American musician, best known as the bassist and vocalist of the American thrash metal band Slayer.
3 Rob Halford - Iron Maiden Rob Halford - Iron Maiden Robert John Arthur "Rob" Halford is an English singer and songwriter, who is best known as the lead vocalist for the Grammy Award-winning heavy metal band Judas Priest and famed for his powerful wide ranging operatic voice.
4 James Hetfield - Megadeth James Hetfield - Megadeth 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.

I would be happy with that. - Metal_Treasure

5 Paul Di'Anno - Megadeth Paul Di'Anno - Megadeth Paul Andrews better known as Paul Di'Anno, is an English singer best known as the first vocalist to record with heavy metal band Iron Maiden, from 1978 to 1981.

The Symphony of Destruction cover is great. - IronSabbathPriest

Proof:
Paul Di'Anno & Jeriko - Symphony Of Destruction (Tribute To Megadeth)

The best possible singer for Megadeth? - Metal_Treasure

6 Hansi Kürsch - Dio Hansi Kürsch - Dio 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.

Proof:
Blind Guardian - Don't Talk To Strangers (Dio cover).
I think Dio would be proud.

There's an equally good cover of this song by Jorn and I hesitated a lot but I decided that in general Hansi would sound better than Jorn in Dio's band.
First,
Hansi's voice is closer to Dio's voice naturally. In fact, Hansi's voice is the closest possible to Dio's voice: almost same range and as a bonus - placed in absolutely same register.
Second,
Hansi and Dio have vulnerability in their voices which moves a lot and they used it when needed. This vulnerability is not present very much in Jorn's voice.
Example: the way Hansi sings the line "Drive you insane'; the beginning of the song and many times later. - Metal_Treasure

7 Ralf Scheepers - Judas Priest Ralf Scheepers - Judas Priest Ralf Scheepers is the vocalist for German heavy metal band Primal Fear. He has a relatively high-pitched tenor-esque singing voice and sometimes uses a shriek reminiscent of Judas Priest's Rob Halford, although it is his baritone lows which give him a near four-octave range in the modal register.

Proof - check out these Judas Priest covers:
Scheepers - Before The Dawn (solo album, 2011)
Primal Fear - Metal Gods. - Metal_Treasure

8 Randy Blythe - Pantera Randy Blythe - Pantera David Randall "Randy" Blythe is the vocalist and lyricist of American heavy metal band Lamb of God and side-project band Halo of Locusts.
9 Ronnie James Dio - Iron Maiden Ronnie James Dio - Iron Maiden 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.
10 Tobias Sammet - Iron Maiden Tobias Sammet - Iron Maiden 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.

Tobi's voice and singing style always remind me of Bruce Dickinson.
Check out: Edguy - Nailed To The Wheel, Sacrifice.

Tobias Sammet adores Bruce Dickinson and Iron Maiden in general.
In 2014 Tobi even wrote a song (I love the lyrics):

"Vienna has got Mozart
Chopin they had in Paris (kind of)
The Catholics got the Pope
England's got the Beatles
And even more so:
England's got Steve Harris

England's got Steve Harris
And if that wasn't enough for you
England's got Bruce Dickinson
And on top of it - the other ones
In Iron Maiden too, yes it's true" (Edguy - England, 2014, bonus track). - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

11 Jorn - Deep Purple

Proof :
Jorn - Perfect Strangers (Deep Purple cover) - Gillan song
Jorn - Burn (Deep Purple cover) - Coverdale song

He can sing both Gillan and Coverdale songs - so he'd be the universal Deep Purple singer. - Metal_Treasure

12 Ozzy Osbourne - Dio

I'm not sure Ozzy can sing Dio songs. Dio had a wider vocal range and many other things. - Metal_Treasure

13 Hansi Kürsch - Cream Hansi Kürsch - Cream 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.

Proof:
Demons & Wizards - White Room (Cream cover).
Better than the original.

The title of the list is 'Metal singers in other bands', which means that the singer must be a metal singer but the band can be from any genre and Hansi Kürsch in Cream is eligible. - Metal_Treasure

14 Phil Anselmo - Lamb of God Phil Anselmo - Lamb of God 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.
15 Eric Adams - Black Sabbath Eric Adams - Black Sabbath Eric Adams has been the singer of the American heavy metal band Manowar since its inception in 1980. Previously, he sang for a group called LOOKS, a band which also included future Manowar bassist and childhood friend, Joey DeMaio.

Proof:
Manowar - Heaven And Hell (Black Sabbath cover), Tribute to Dio - Metal_Treasure

16 Hansi Kürsch - Led Zeppelin Hansi Kürsch - Led Zeppelin 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.

Proof:
Demons & Wizards - Immigrant Song (Led Zep cover)

The best cover of this song. - Metal_Treasure

Proof:
Demons & Wizards - Immigrant Song (Led Zep cover)
The best cover of this song. - Metal_Treasure

Proof:
Demons & Wizards - Immigrant Song (Led Zep cover).

Probably the best cover of this song.
Hansi Kürsch is one of the singers who is able to sing Led Zep songs. I'm sure he can also handle the epic Led Zep stuff because Blind Guardian is even more epic and more complex. - Metal_Treasure

17 Ian Gillan - Led Zeppelin Ian Gillan - Led Zeppelin 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).

Yes, this would be cool. And it's possible - Gillan is able to handle the Led Zeppelin stuff. - Metal_Treasure

18 Michael Kiske - Gamma Ray Michael Kiske - Gamma Ray Michael Kiske is a singer best known as the former lead vocalist for the German power metal band Helloween.

I wanna see Michael Kiske and Kai Hansen together again.
Kiske's voice would be perfect for the Gamma Ray stuff.
It may happen - they sang together (live) last year, or 2 years ago.
Besides, Kai Hansen joined Unisonic in 2011, where Michael Kiske is a lead singer. - Metal_Treasure

19 Robert Plant - Guns N Roses

Neither Robert Plant or Guns N' Roses are metal. - IronSabbathPriest

Robert Plant isn't a metal singer.
The title of the list is 'Metal singers in other bands', which means that the singer must be a metal singer but the band can be from any genre. - Metal_Treasure

20 Geoff Tate - Dream Theater Geoff Tate - Dream Theater Geoff Tate is a German-born American singer and musician who rose to fame in the 1980s with the progressive metal band Queensrÿche.

A perfect singer in a perfect band. - Metal_Treasure

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