Top 10 Greatest Death Metal Vocalists
Chuck Schuldiner. He's the greatest singer AND guitarist of all time and that's a fact. No question about it. What he was doing to metal at the time was never seen before back in 1987. Scream Bloody Gore is a very solid album and Leprosy, Death's second album, also known as Best Metal Album Of All Time, was just so much more better in every instance than Scream Bloody Gore. Leprosy is just a masterpiece where literally every song is a hit and there's no skipping. Then Spiritual Healing was meh but Human was amazing and they changed their sound further on Individual Thought Patterns and Symbolic was masterful and The Sound Of Perseverance is clearly one of their best albums. All the way till the end with Control Denied he was always making amazing music. RIP Chuck. You really are an inspiration to me.
Chuck is amazing. I don't really like the death growls like cannibal corpse style kind of vocalist. I like chucks vocals his first three albums was brutal but sounded really good then his vocals involved into a high pitch type and I was amazed when I first heard it. I love chuck and mikael akerfeldt the best. It would be very ausome to hear a full song with chucks soft vocals like he did for a minute on painkiller but that's chuck still a badass caring dude. Man I wish he didn't die like that he only drink and smoke a little grass which isn't bad drugs but got brain cancer. Well at least he's in a better place R.I.P. chuck we love you ( not in a gay way)
Just the best. This guy can do some crazy riffs while singing, and his vocals on his cover of Painkiller are more high pitched than that of rob halford (the guy who originally made it, he's from Judas Priest). All the while, he has a very recognizable voice in death metal, and his growls are bone chillingly low. Plus, he pretty much founded death metal, and few bands are even near as influential as him and the greatest death metal band, Death! It's funny though, because his band's name would name the genre too.
#1. He innovated this extreme growling style
#2. His voice was insane and the craziest of all DM vocalists.
#3. He had the deepest death growl ability.
#4. He was a lead guitarist and a lead vocalist as well. (takes too much talent too play two such major roles alone).
#5. He was the father of Death Metal and the founder of the best Death Metal band ever!
If we were looking at this from a non-biased point of view, we would see that this man is the best death metal vocalist (and one of the best metal vocalists or even vocalists in general) by far. Absolutely NOBODY else has death growls that sounds this good. I don't think that the word "growls" does this man justice. He death ROARS. Not only is he an amazing growler, but he has one of the most beautiful singing voices that I have ever heard, which is even more important. He can go from angel to demon or vice versa in the blink of an eye. And not only is his sound and technicality impressive, but he writes some of the deepest, most poetic lyrics that you are likely to hear in music. A true prodigy of his craft.
While Opeth can be a daunting band for me (Genuinely great, but I find their pacing to be aggravating at times, and that results in many of their songs being tiring and boring for me), one thing I cannot deny is that Mikael Åkerfeldt is a monstrous vocalist of a high caliber. His soft vocals are very polished and soothing, yet his growls are just seething with rage, frustration and chaos. Two contrasting vocal styles which are conveyed by a singer seamlessly. It makes Åkerfeldt a Metal vocalist one should really look up to.
He's awfully talented, his voice is like snow falling symphony when he's singing with Opeth and it just turns into a monstrous growling when he's with Bloodbath!
Never saw such 180degree variations in my entire life anywhere else!
Some of the most beautiful clean singing out there. Also has the most brutal guttural growl that still manages to be clear and understandable. Great combination of clean and harsh.
George Fisher is obviously the greatest of all time. Chuck Schuldiner is overrated, since he does more high-pitched screams. Corpsegrinder is so mighty with his monstrous growling and it is obvious that he has mastered it fluently. Death growling is not easy on the throat, but Corpsegrinder seems willing to growl no matter what. And on top of it all, he is very friendly and cool to be around.
great vocalist! He got insane high pitched screams and strong monstrous growls. He's style is very recognizable. He is perfect vocalist for cannibal corpse and He has also done some great job in his own melodic death metal band paths of possession, it's really great stuff, (maybe best vocal work he's ever done, if you don't know band you should seriously check it out). I would have thought that he's voice would fit to melodic death metal, but it was perfect.
He brings a lot more energy to Cannibal Corpse's music as opposed to Barnes. Barnes is more about sounding brutal, but Corpsegrinder, as previously stated, has a greater presence in the band and brings a lot more energy in both the studio and at live shows. In my opinion, Corpsegrinder is actually one of the greatest metal frontman out there today.
One of the best death growlers in metal and masters of the "monstrous growl". Peter Tagtgren in "Nightmares Made Flesh" by Bloodbath is a close second. Corpse's newest album, A Skeletal Domain, is their best yet, and this guy really tears it up. Top notch death metal vocalist, in my opinion.
Amon Amarth being the first DM band that I ever listened to, Johan was of course the very reason I can do death metal vocals today; he's the very reason DM is my favourite genre of metal. This man manages to perfectly balance power and melody. With his vocals... Well, Amon Amarth just wouldn't be the same band I fell in love with when I was 15. AA isn't my favourite band as it was, but it--and he--is the reason I and many like all the DM we do today. He is without a doubt the most pleasurable DM vocalist to listen, which is why AA is Melodeath.
His growls feel natural and flow very well with Amon Amarth's music. Its also surprisingly intelligible and accessible for a casual Death Metal listener. Johan is certainly a good vocalist, and honestly, Amon Amarth is the best band I'd consider a Death Metal mascot for contemporary time.
Johan Hegg! This name defines everything about death Growl! This beast does everything can be told about growl. His voice is so balanced and so individual... Bah it can't be explained more.
With his Thor alike low and deep growls really suits their viking realated lyrics and melodic riff; just listening AA songs makes me feel like I'm in the clash of the gods! HAIL AMON AMARTH!
I have a lot of respect for this man, he never fails to ace his work both as a bassist and as a vocalist.
For me his voice makes the perfect death growl, many of the others either sound screechy like chuck schuldiner or like the cookie monster like george fisher
I remember when I first heard Desire. I was already a fan of Morbid Angel, Entombed, Carcass, Suffocation etc. But when I heard Deicide and Benson's Vocals, I was blown away. He has this naturally demonic and aggressive voice that comes across fast and fluent. Early Deicide was at another level of speed, percussive brutality and heaviness.
Mikael Åkerfeldt's voice is brutal but what he lacks is speed and intensity like Glen Benton. To be a great death metal vocalist one has to be able to sing with such speed and intensity.
He sings as if the devil himself is speaking from within him. Utmost brutality, speed and intensity combined.
He not only has a brutal voice but he can sing brutal and fast as well. He has the complete package.
I find Tardy's vocals to be humorous at times. Heck, the animated music videos convey that even more :P.
I personally like Tardy's vocals. Its not too gravelly, but its deep and seething enough to give it a notable identity enough.
The most unique and original sounding death metal vocalist ever! No one sounds like him!
Reminds me of Chuck Schuldiner during the Human era. Love this guy!
His voices ages like a good wine. Getting better every year!
Barney Greenway's vocals sound like a 20-foot monster ripping through the roof of a building... Powerful, deep, brutal, and massive. A great vocalist among the many great vocalists in death metal/grindcore/deathcore.
#1 why? Benediction - Subcunsious Terror, Napalm Death - Harmony Corruption, the vocals are so intense, dark and brutal The BEST!
Technically it's grindcore, but what the hell.
The most brutal, agressive and powerful harsh voice I've ever heard!
His vocals in C.C and six feet under are incredible, he just gets more unique and better every album, No one grinds in a melody and sounds like a zombie out of a creek that's been drinking hydrologic acid as it's roaring at you.
Chris Barnes was excellent on the first 4 Cannibal Corpse albums. But his work on Six Feet Under is mostly pretty abysmal.
Just watch Cannibal Corpse eats Moscow alive. He has the most badass style.
He is the best death metal vocalist
He was great at cannibal corpse
I like he's albums tomb of the mutilated, the bleeding, eaten back to life and butchered at birth
He DESERVES number 1
Lord Worm's voice is complete madness. If you are a brutal death metal fan, he is your perfect choice!
Can't get gored more by anyone else!
His growls are as powerful as corpsegrinder's and brutal as chris barnes' ones! And his scream in open face surgery is insane!
Lord worm is king of screams when it comes to death metal. even though you can't understand a word listening to none so vile or blasphemy made flesh, the first time after a while he grows on U. lord worm is ten times better then matt mcgatchy. matt defietly needs to learn from lord worm on how to be better. but overall lord worm needs to be in top 10.
His growls is brutal but still natural. I like when he squeal from growl and than show the most brutal powerful vocal in death metal music. I like that he does exhales. That's interesting because he does music where is inhales more often. With John Gallagher he is the best vocalist ever.
Just so much rage and power in his vocals. He changes it up from album to album too so great variety
When I think brutal death metal vocals, I think Frank Mullen.
A unique, crazy, but already classic voice. Jeff is getting older but his voice just doesn't change!
Jeff is classic. One of the best death metal vocalist of all time!
Songs like edge of darkness says why he should be number one.
His voice rip flesh from the bones.
Brutal and relentless with a no holds barred punk attitude. The man got great pipes! Underrated underground Death Metal vocalist imho.
Listen at salvation in vain... Killer
He has the best voice on earth!
He's just nice
Best death metal vocalist of today... brutal!
One of my top 3. Joe Rules!
He is the best
The best one in my opinion. His growls and screams are superb, sometimes even soft and gentle although still brutal, which makes him unique in the metal scene. On top of that his clean vocals are simply beautiful and so atmospheric. Whenever you see him perform live you know how much passion he puts into music!
He has a very notable rasp and scowl in his growling vocals, which gives Mikael a nice identity of its own in the Death Metal community. His baritone clean voice is also excellent.
The Man of dark tranquillity! His growls are soft and evil, dark and gloom. Mikael is much better than many others written up here.
Mikael has a truly unique and recognizable growl. He writes superb, artistic lyrics. And his clean vocals are excellent too.
You have any doubt about his talent? Listen to Seven Churches then!
And, he was an influential figure, as well.
Way more extreme than your run-of-the-mill thrash vocalist!
His vocals were mixed with thrash but were ok.
He is the vocalist from Asphyx / and he is ex vocalist of Pestilence and Hail of Bullets.
The best Death Metal vocalist. Absolutely brutal.
Should be number one
His voice and his style are the real way of how a death metal vocalist should sound
He has a perfect deep brutal voice, not a screechy one, so you can feel the power of one of the best death metal bands, as bolt thrower, and you can hear the lyrics too.
If you listen how deep this guy whispers "speear... heaad" or the intensity of the growl at the beggining of "Eternal War" and if you still have doubts on who's the best (and one of the most unique) DM voice ever, search for medical help... Quickly!
Karl willetts and johan hegg are the best death metal vocalists
Best growl in the history of metal, and he does it perfectly live.
He is very good.
This man's voice is amazing.
He should be much higher than #66.