Top 10 Metal Vocalists of 2016
Eligible are ONLY metal vocalists who did something remarkable in 2016 - released albums or singles, delivered a great live performance, and so on.
All types of metal vocalists are allowed: clean vocals, growls, rough vocals, screaming vocals, etc.
The Top Ten
1 Ralf Scheepers
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.
While Primal Fear 2016 album was very good but not mindblowing, his vocals were still awesome. And he was 50 when recorded this album. - Metal_Treasure
2 Tobias Sammet
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.
His vocals were great in 2016 but I put him at #2 only because he shared vocals with many other singers on Avantasia album. - Metal_Treasure
3 Chuck Billy
Charles "Chuck" Billy is an American vocalist, who is best known as the vocalist for the thrash metal band Testament.
Hands down. He still has it - power and aggression in his voice. - Metal_Treasure
4 Johan Hegg
His deep growls never disappoint. - Metal_Treasure
5 Devin Townsend
Devin Garret Townsend is a Canadian musician, songwriter and record producer. He was the founder, songwriter, vocalist, and guitarist in extreme metal band Strapping Young Lad from 1994 to 2007 and has an extensive career as a solo artist.
Devin is known for his nearly 5 octave vocal range with his clean operatic voice. I think he didn't use his entire range on this album but still. He can growl, too, but he didn't growl on this album. - Metal_Treasure
6 Joe Duplantier
Joseph "Joe" Duplantier is a French musician best known as the guitarist and vocalist of metal band Gojira.
7 Steffen Kummerer
Steffen Kummerer (born June 1, 1985) is a German guitarist, multi-instrumentalist and producer. He is the leader, main songwriter, vocalist, and guitarist for the (technical) death metal band Obscura as well as the black metal band Thulcandra.
8 Simone Simons
Simone Johanna Maria Simons is a Dutch singer-songwriter. She is the lead vocalist of Dutch symphonic metal band Epica.
Das ist the best
9 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.
Not perfect but I was pretty happy with his vocals - very good for a thrash singer at 50+. - Metal_Treasure
10 James LaBrie
Kevin James LaBrie is a Canadian vocalist and songwriter, who is best known as the lead singer of the American progressive metal band Dream Theater.
12 Joey Belladonna
Joey Belladonna is the American Thrash Metal singer, best known for leading the band Anthrax. He also sings and drums for the cover band Chief Big Way.
13 Matt Smith
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