Top 10 Metal Vocal Performances of the 21st Century

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

2 Ghost of Perdition - Opeth

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

3 Sacrifice - Edguy

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

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

6 The Devil's Hall of Fame - Beyond Twilight

Jørn Lande, 2001. - Metal_Treasure

7 Ghost Love Score - Nightwish

Tarja Turunen, 2004. - Metal_Treasure

8 Morphine Child - Savatage

Jon Oliva, 2001. - Metal_Treasure

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

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

12 Teräksen Taakka - Teräsbetoni
13 Highlander - Lost Horizon

Daniel Heiman, 2003. - Metal_Treasure

14 Wishmaster - Nightwish

Tarja Turunen, 2000 - Metal_Treasure

15 Fiddler on the Green - Demons & Wizards

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

16 Path of Glory - Demons and Wizards
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

18 Reign In Madness - Symphony X

Russell Allen, 2011. - Metal_Treasure

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

21 Tears of a Mandrake - Edguy

Tobias Sammet, 2001. - Metal_Treasure

22 Shadowland - Beyond Twilight

Jørn Lande, 2001. - Metal_Treasure

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

24 Mirror of Souls - Theocracy

Matt Smith, 2008. - Metal_Treasure

25 Wrong Side - Strapping Young Lad

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

26 Ten Thousand Strong - Iced Earth

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

27 Nailed to the Wheel - Edguy

Tobias Sammet, 2001. - Metal_Treasure

28 Ghost of Freedom - Iced Earth

Matt Barlow, 2001. - Metal_Treasure

29 Diabolus - Primal Fear
30 Oh My F****** God - Strapping Young Lad
31 Metalliolut - Teräsbetoni
32 I Am - Theocracy
33 Center of the Universe - Kamelot
34 Save Me - Avenged Sevenfold
35 The Pharaoh - Edguy
36 Damien - Iced Earth
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
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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