Top 10 Metal Vocal Performances of the 21st Century

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Very often the best vocal performances are not on the most popular songs of the singers. And even more often, the best vocal performances are not on the most popular metal songs.

Heavy metal has always had great singers but some newer vocal performances are underrated, or just unnoticed, compared to the songs of the 70s, 80s and 90s.

The Top Ten

1 My Last Sunrise - Demons & Wizards

Hansi Kürsch nailed it from start to finish - every second of it. Every transition, single note and emotion. A song with a progressive structure that doesn't even have a chorus. - Metal_Treasure

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2 Ghost of Perdition - Opeth

A song with both clean vox and death growls. Great job Mikael Åkerfeldt! - Metal_Treasure

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3 Sacrifice - Edguy

Tobias Sammet, 2006 (especially 5:05-6:05). - Metal_Treasure

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4 The Man (That I Don't Know) - Primal Fear

Ralf Scheepers, 2007 (esp. 4:00-4:45, awesome sustain). - Metal_Treasure

5 Dracula - Iced Earth

Matt Barlow, 2001. He's got one of the most powerful and emotional voices in metal. And a recognizable timbre. - Metal_Treasure

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6 The Devil's Hall of Fame - Beyond Twilight

Jørn Lande, 2001. - Metal_Treasure

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7 Ghost Love Score - Nightwish

Tarja Turunen, 2004. - Metal_Treasure

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8 Morphine Child - Savatage

Jon Oliva, 2001. - Metal_Treasure

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9 And Then There Was Silence - Blind Guardian UListen to Sample
10 Ghost Opera - Kamelot UListen to Sample

The Contenders

11 Tides of Blood - Into Eternity

Stu Block - a very versatile singer, several styles on one song from both clean and death vocals. Just play the song sample. Stu Block currently sings for Iced Earth. - Metal_Treasure

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12 Teräksen Taakka - Teräsbetoni
13 Highlander - Lost Horizon

Daniel Heiman, 2003. - Metal_Treasure

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14 Wishmaster - Nightwish

Tarja Turunen, 2000 - Metal_Treasure

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15 Fiddler on the Green - Demons & Wizards

One of the greatest songs ever made. Hansi nails it completely.

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16 Path of Glory - Demons and Wizards UListen to Sample
17 Begging for Forgiveness - Helker

2013. Vox: Diego Valdez, Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens, Ralf Scheepers.
Three powerhouse singers:
Diego Valdez - lead singer for Helker
Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens, Ralf Scheepers - guest singers. - Metal_Treasure

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18 Reign In Madness - Symphony X

Russell Allen, 2011. - Metal_Treasure

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19 Age of False Innocence - Blind Guardian

Hansi Kürsch, 2002. Some of his most beautiful notes ever are on this song, esp. at 1:25 on the word "walls". Sadly, this is his least known song. - Metal_Treasure

20 Timeless Winter - Into Eternity

Stu Block, 2006 (clean vox and death vox). - Metal_Treasure

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21 Tears of a Mandrake - Edguy

Tobias Sammet, 2001. - Metal_Treasure

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22 Shadowland - Beyond Twilight

Jørn Lande, 2001. - Metal_Treasure

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23 Wheel of Time - Blind Guardian

Hansi Kürsch, 2010 (7:00-7:05 - this guy never cease to surprise me with something new to his vocal style: he sounds like a soprano and soprano is a high female opera voice). - Metal_Treasure

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24 Mirror of Souls - Theocracy

Matt Smith, 2008. - Metal_Treasure

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25 Wrong Side - Strapping Young Lad

Devin Townsend, 2006. Growls and awesome operatic vocals. - Metal_Treasure

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26 Ten Thousand Strong - Iced Earth

Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens (the intro scream is long and awesome). - Metal_Treasure

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27 Nailed to the Wheel - Edguy

Tobias Sammet, 2001. - Metal_Treasure

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28 Ghost of Freedom - Iced Earth

Matt Barlow, 2001. - Metal_Treasure

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29 Diabolus - Primal Fear UListen to Sample
30 Oh My F****** God - Strapping Young Lad UListen to Sample
31 Metalliolut - Teräsbetoni UListen to Sample
32 I Am - Theocracy UListen to Sample
33 Center of the Universe - Kamelot UListen to Sample
34 Save Me - Avenged Sevenfold UListen to Sample
35 The Pharaoh - Edguy UListen to Sample
36 Damien - Iced Earth UListen to Sample
37 Missä Miehet Ratsastaa - Teräsbetoni
38 Don't Bring Me Down - Northern Kings

Jarkko Ahola nailed it. - Metal_Treasure

39 Queen of the Dead - JØRN Lande & Trond Holter UListen to Sample
40 Golden Dawn - Edguy

From 5:30 to the end Tobias Sammet is truly incredible. A song of 2001. - Metal_Treasure

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