Best Metal Vocalist ReplacementsWhen a Metal frontman leaves, its hard to find a good replacement. Vote for the frontman replacements that worked out the best.
The Top Ten
Who knows how far Maiden would have gotten if Bruce never joined - ryanrimmel
Reply to Ryan: "Who knows how far Maiden would have gotten if Bruce never joined".
I know the answer - not far, East London max. Haha, Paul was fired because he didn't want to tour/travel!
And it was when Iron Maiden were cracking the mainstream and were asked to tour the world. Some other reasons were Paul's drug/alcohol problems, combined with violence problems, but refusing to tour was the crucial element. I like his voice though.
Ironically, later Paul left the UK and has been living in Brazil for many years. - Metal_Treasure
To me this is the most significant replacement, with a long-term influence on the band career and metal in general - thanks to that they invented a cool metal subgenre (groove metal). Yes, Phil Anselmo was the driving force of this genre change. Uncle Phil rocks! - Metal_Treasure
Pantera was a really bad Glam band before Phil showed up. He turned them from a really bad band into one of the best ever. - ryanrimmel
This should be number 1, as some singers (such as paul di'anno) were still brilliant. - gemcloben
At least 90% of Cannibal Corpse fans agree that Corpsegrinder is much better than Banres, from vocals to stage presence. - ryanrimmel
@billyv there is no source, just most cc fans I've talked to prefer Corpsegrinder - ryanrimmel
The 2 most legendary frontmen in Metal history. As good as Dio is, he didn't fit the Dark Sabbath theme very well, but he released some killer albums with sabbath. - ryanrimmel
Joey joined Anthrax after their debut album, and turned them into a legendary Big 4 band! - ryanrimmel
Michael Kiske is probably the most talented vocalist in Metal, and when he left Helloween, they unbelievably found a vocalist who is almost as good as he is. They replaced the best power metal vocalist with one of the best power metal vocalists. - ryanrimmel
Kai Hansen decided he couldn't sing and play guitar at the same time, so the band found an even better singer: Michael Kiske - ryanrimmel
Yep, Arch Enemy went from male to female as vocalist. - ryanrimmel
John Greely wasn't a bad singer but Matt Barlow is Oh My God - Iced Earth discovered one of the top 10 metal singers of all time (Matt was a policeman before that). Matt's voice is probably the most powerful/loud clean voice in metal - he can compete with opera singers. And his voice is easily recognizable - very unique tone full of emotion, and overall - amazing. - Metal_Treasure
They released the most legendary Doom Metal album (epicus doomicus metallicus) and then the frontman leaves. Messiah was the perfect replacement - ryanrimmel
Lämgquist left Candlemass after their legendary debut album, 'Epicus Doomicus Metallicus', and he proved himself to be a perfect replacement and one of the best Doom Metal frontmen ever - ryanrimmel
The clearest, sweetest, strongest voice with an octave range unrivalled by any other rock singer I have heard. The opera training paid off. James LaBrie played a huge role in bringing Dream Theater to the level of popularity and success it enjoys today.
Dominici wasn't bad. When Dream and Day Unite is a decent album. But he wasn't right for the band overall. But check out his solo work! THAT is better than Labrie's. - IronSabbathPriest
That sounds impressive - I have to check out this guy's solo albums. - Metal_Treasure
Dream Theater fired Dominici cause he wasn't talented, and LaBrie auditioned, won, and now he's a legend - ryanrimmel