Top Ten Modern Metal VocalistsPrelude Since this is the list for Modern Metal Vocalists, I've excluded some honorable names like Bruce Dickinson, Robert Plant, Rob Halford, Tim "Ripper" Owens, James Hetfield, Dave Mustaine, etc.
The Top Ten
Not overrated at all. He made a big way came from Metalcore to revive old school heavy metal comeback to the glorious along with David Draiman on modern day. You must thanks to him because metal can still compete with pop music on the bilboard.
A7X made a right choice come to heavy metal, because is way more versatile style than in their metalcore day.
Prefer Corey as a vocalist but A7X as a band.
Overrated in my opinion. He isn't bad, but there are better vocalists. - Userguy44
Matt Shadows IS the best metal vocalist. He can sing soft songs like dear god and warmness on the soul as well as typical metal songs like we come out at night and unholy confessions. A7X foREVer...30 Comments
His voice can be really powerful and then suddenly really melodic. I love him!
Learn to accept facts and stop voting based on looks and popularity. M Shadows is superb. He is talented and really cool. David Draiman is the best. Draiman comes behind only Sully Erna and James Hetfield M Shadows is slightly overrated. Draiman is far more creative and skilled. His voice is powerful and really melodious to listen to. He has a greater vocal range.
Not even worth a debate. David is a classically trained vocalist who put Melodic, true heavy metal back on the map. Nobody in the 90's and nobody since has come close to the classic metal sounds. Listen to the entire Believe album and the debate ends. That was truly a classic sounding Heavy Metal album. Probably the beat since Iron Maidens Peace of Mind.
Not only is he the best modern metal vocalist, but also the best modern vocalist in total and one of the best vocalists of all time. In that category I would place him only behind Freddie Mercury, Axl Rose and Eddie Vedder.20 Comments
I'm the biggest fan of his guttural growls. - Vip3r
He has the voice of an angel. Just do yourself a favor and look up the song Burden by Opeth
Mikael has the best metal, hell some of the best vocals of any genre. His voice can go from being soothing and melodic to brutal as hell. He deserves #1
A7x is not pure metal. They really shouldn't be in the top ten, much less first. Mikael Akerfeldt is probably one of the greatest vocalist who shall ever live. He deserves number one
To be fair, Opeth isn't pure metal either. They have several straight forward prog rock songs.4 Comments
Should be 1
Corey Taylor below M. Shadows and David Draiman? What are y'all smoking? Corey puts them to shame, listen to Slipknot and his covers of Rainbow In the Dark and Creeping Death. He slaughters both Shadows and Draiman.
Are you kidding me right now?
Corey Taylor is the without a doubt, the best Modern Metal Vocalist.
M Shadows is not purely metal for god's sake!
You listen to a song like Before I Forget and then Listen to Snuff.
Only someone like him can sing those two songs.
Roy khan. Oh my god. Just reading his name and I feel like having his voice whispering in my ear. It is not just his great ability to turn a heart-breaking song into an epic masterpiece in metal history, but also his capacity to communicate his feelings to every spectator even if you have the volume down. His expressivity in music videos or concerts, all helped by his opera classes he took after joining the great symphonic/progressive metal bands Conception, and later on Kamelot. Thank you for all your awesome songs March of Mephisto, The Fourth Legacy, Karma, Ghost Opera, Forever... Those are more than songs.
I believe Roy Khan should be at the top. Shadows (#1) doesn't have vocal range, and Roy has all the vocal range. Shadows yells all his songs and his screams hurt my ears with annoying, Roy didn't even need to scream to appeal to the scene masses that heard his music with Kamelot. He is pure soul and emotion, and it's a disgrace that talent is overlooked because of edgy teenagers voting that don't understand what vocal range means.
Roy Khan should be at the top of this list. His ability to throw his whole being into a song and bring it to life is amazing. The man has a great range and is a truly captivating performer. Also one of the few I guys I have seen that sounds better live than on the Kamelot albums.
Love his voice1 Comment
I am slightly biased towards vocalists who use growling or screaming for vocals all the time, but I will say that Randy Blythe is very good at these type of vocals. There are many vocalists who growl for vocals and you can't understand a word they're saying. With Blythe, you can understand nearly every single word that is growled.
Is this even a list of heavy metal vocalists. M shadows for #1. Wow.
Should at Top 10 - Lsa_Ralte_Lelhchhun
Very underrated. just listen to the night flight orchestra and soilwork stuff
Vocalist for Disarmonia Mundi, Coldseed and Soilwork most prominently. - Prelude
He's great. I love Soilwork and Disarmonia Mundi, but he is no where near the best
Singer of Symphony X. I can't believe he isn't already on this list. This dude is incredible. One hell of a vocal range.
This man easily tops the top 10 on this list. His highs are absolutely incredible. As are his lows and the overall quality of his voice.
What is M. Shadows doing in the 1st spot?!? There are much better vocalists and M. Shadows is so overrated because he sounds like a pop-rock singer and that what makes him overrated.. But there are better vocalists like Liaho, Draiman, Randy Blythe, Chuck Schiulnder, Mikael Akerfeldt, Corey Taylor, Benjamin Burnely, Till Landerman, Bruce Dicknson, James Hetfield, Joe Dupluinter... But I'm not saying he is a bad vocalist.. He is so overrated but still good vocalist - nooreldeen
Absolutely one of the best. Soaring cleans and dark growls. The only thing I don't like is his lack of range with growls - can be very monotonous, but a great smooth growl tone.
His ability to do both clean vocals as well as insane growls makes him by far the best metal vocalist ever.
His clean range and his ability to growl is astounding, along with that his vocals are so diversified within each song. I recommend the album Holographic Universe by SS
Vocalist for Solution.45, Miseration and ex-Scar Symmetry most prominently. - Prelude
The best vocalist I have heard in my life. Comparable to Freddie Mercury. It's all about the classical training!
He's a pretty unique singer. - Userguy44
He may not be the best to the world, but yes he is my role model and to me the best vocalist that lived, just unique!
People don't like him because he is different. But I love his style of singing. He gives everything authenticity. And he doesn't hide his accent. He is amazing6 Comments
Since when POETS OF THE FALL becomes a metal band? Do you people think Carnival of rusts, Cradled in love, Running out of time, Daze, Late goodbye are heavy metal stuffs! by the way I am also a fan of POETS OF THE FALL.. They are an alternative rock band ( I think this term is more justified)...
He has a truly magical Voice. May be the most unique singing voice I heard yet. It's a real shame that they're not more famous.
Poets of the Fall isn't metal at all. But I love Marko! He's one of the naturally gifted singers around. Having seen him perform life is indeed my best experience!
Vocalist for Poets Of The Fall. - Prelude6 Comments
Howard is so overlooked, what a shame. His voice is so soothing and soulful and he screams with ease. He should be in the top 5 without a doubt. I can't describe his voice you just need to listen for yourself. My personal favourite metal vocalist.
Why are there even other people on this list?
Vocalist for Killswitch Engage. - Prelude
Howard's range is ridiculous, his useage of melody is so incredibly diverse and unique, there's a reason they're the world most known metalcore band. Don't forget about Jesse though!
Seriously? Matt Heafy must be on top 5 he was a very good vocalist and frontmen, really down to the earth person. I think he is the best frontman in musical industry
I can't believe Heafy's not even top ten. Has anyone even seen these bands live? Not to mention his versatility and range.
Trivium is a notable member of NWOAHM... Their styles are unique... Heafy is not a trained vocal artist although his way of singing is exactly feets with heavy metal style... So I think Matt Heafy should placed just after Draiman.
His screamas are incredible and his singing has improved a lot. That makes him an azome singer. In every album he chages a lot, and that's very cool.
He should be first
Good, but not a metal singer. - Userguy44
Not as crazy for Linkin Park's new stuff like I was for the old classics like Meteora and Hybrid Theory. But Chester is still an excellent singer whether it be with the bands more recent melodic electric pop music, or with their old electric, hard rock/metal music that made me such a big fan of them. Hybrid Theory was the first CD I ever owned as a child, and I still give it a listen every now and then.
Listening to Linkin Park's first 2 albums (hybrid theory, meteora) is what you need to to crossover from rock to metal!9 Comments
Hard Rock/Alternative singer not Metal. - Soulstealer
Go listen to Words darker than their wings... the high note is amazing
This guy has sung a wide variety of songs- jazz, blues, alternative rock, hard rock, metal, pop... You name it!
And he has owned the genre every single time.
ALTER BRIDGE is a metal band?
I would consider it alternative metal based solely off of the guitar riffs. - benhos3 Comments
One of the few modern metal vocalists that sounds just as good in person (eg; live) as he does on record. His talent is too often overlooked.
One of the most unique vocalists. - Userguy44
A truly amazing vocalist, hands down. Whether you agree or not, one has to truly appreciate this lead singer for being able to convey a wide range of emotions in such a powerful way. One example would be in Ohne Dich and Wo Bist Du in which if you sit down to truly listen to the song, hear him convey something heart rendering that you feel as if you lost someone dearly. Or from the signature fierceness and aggression his voice can be combined softness but still ever powerful just like in the song Mutter. Even more so Till's voice can convey the message of the lyrics and truly bring together the rest of the bands magnificent playing to make the listeners laugh, cry or be furious. One of my favorite vocalist from one of my favorite bands.
Best vocals, growling and actually singing2 Comments
He's the best vocalist for modern metal bands, synchronizing the Guitar and Vocal makes us Jealous, He SCREAMS, GROWLS, and SINGS from the heart. He Got the appeal of making the audiences enjoy his performance and rock his show. I'm sure even though you didn't listen to their songs and you hear their song Tears Don't Fall, Forever and Always, Scream and Fire, and, Heart bursts into Fire. You'll just fall into the influence of ROCK. :D
Matt Tuck is an underrated yet talented singer. Not only is Bullet For My Valentine a great band that should be in the same likes as Avenged Sevenfold, Slipknot, etc. But Matt should be on the same level as Shadows, Taylor, Draiman and other greats.
Matt Tuck is the best singer, better than Chester Bennington and M. Shadows. Those who hate this guy are jealous.
This guy should be way higher5 Comments
Devin should be top 5, no question! He literally has insane range and can belt with aplomb. Look up Deadhead at Royal Albert Hall and be amazed at this dude’s chops. A true master.
Definitely the one! His voice just gives me chills, and his looks are just a big plus :) can't say enough about this guy! I have most of his albums!
HIM are one of my favourite bands and Valo is the best
Trent Reznor's vocals are incredible, they sound like nothing I have ever listened to and he is PERFECT live! He always manages to project so much emotion through his vocal work, just listen to "Hurt". He is my main influence vocally, wish he was higher on the list!
He's good, but he's not a metal vocalist.
This guy is an idol for so many metal artists. Korn is one of the beginners of NWOAHM.
Although Breaking Benjamin is a Post grunge influenced hard rock band (with partial scream effects like The diary of Jane or I will not bow), Ben has got a unique vocal quality.
Awesome changes between soft and hard voices
Just a great voice. - Skeptical_Silence
He’s not a metal vocalist either. - 3DG201 Comment
As the guitarist for Korn he surprised every one when he broke away and started his own band "Love and Death" and sang for it.
A stunning vocalist and songwriter, I'd say what sets him apart is the dedication to his craft, his obvious desire to push the scope of what he can do and to try new and different approaches. You get the same sense from every member of Tool and I think it's what makes them so great and such a radical departure from pretty much every other band out there. They aren't setting out to raise a roof or move a room of bodies or whatever, you really feel that they each just love music in general and their respective instruments and it's all like one big experiment in pushing their own learning and ability with it as far as it will go.
Currently ranked 37? Are you kidding me? He has a four octave range, and the ability to go from clean easy tone, to one of the most primal and emotional screams you could imagine. He deserves way more respect than 37.
An absolute lyrical genius. He has an amazing voice which pairs well with Justin Chancellor's bass playing. If you haven't listened to Tool yet, listen to them. You won't regret it. I recommend Schism, The Pot, Vicarious, and Aenema.
Can't believe Ivan is at #23, coming from an A7x fan. Ivan should be at least in the top 10!
The hell? Ivan only at #21? He should at least be in the top 10. Coming from an A7x fan.
Vocalist for Five Finger Death Punch. What else can I say?
Should be top 5 he's a great singer2 Comments
The most progressive, intensely amazing sounding modern heavy metal artist!
Why is Phil Bozeman doing in 60th... He is far way better than 'Benjamin" Rammstein Vocalist...Dani Filth... Should be top 10 - Lsa_Ralte_Lelhchhun
His voice is very matured and shows the inner rock soul
Andy has a wonderful voice
How old is this? He's been both Andy Biersack (real name) and Andy Black (for his recent solo project) for ages now. Get with the programme!
But he IS brilliant, without a doubt.
How is Bruce dickinson not in 1St?!?!? He influence different genres, m shadows doesn't deserve to be first no offense I'm a a7x fan also but he shouldn't be there
Not modern. If this was for all metal vocalists, Bruce would be at the top. - Skeptical_Silence
We simply have no right to judge this living legend!
Ronnie is my inspiration and I would do anything for him (: not only does his music speak to me on every single possible level but he has such a dark past and he keeps going with his head held high he's my hero and I support him forever! Team Ronnie
Ronnie Radke is a horrible vocalist and about as metal as Zayn Malik
Why? How? 46? - Marvel_1William
He has the most powerful voice I have ever heard, ALL HAIL JARI.. /
One of the greatest vocalists, Should be between the top ten.
Alexi laiho above jari? Are you kidding me? Jari maenpaa has the best voice ever, no one can beat him in harsh vocals he's just amazing!
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