Top Ten Progressive Metal Vocalists


The Top Ten

1 James LaBrie (Dream Theater) James LaBrie (Dream Theater) 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.

Super underrated. Tone, power and range at his current age is unbelievable. Not many can sing two hour shows of progressive music like he can. Not to mention his lyrical memory is impressive.

I can understand why some people don't like him, but I've always been quite accustomed to his tone. While I prefer John Arch and Midnight, he's still great. - Caleb9000

Very good singer but not great. And not the best on this list. - Metal_Treasure

Meh, decent singer but not the best

2 Mikael Akerfeldt (Opeth) Mikael Akerfeldt (Opeth) Lars Mikael Åkerfeldt is a Swedish musician, prominently known as the lead vocalist, guitarist, and primary songwriter of progressive death metal band Opeth, as well as being the former vocalist of death metal supergroup Bloodbath for three albums up until 2012. more.
3 John Arch (Fates Warning)

Best. - Caleb9000

4 Geoff Tate (Queensryche) Geoff Tate (Queensryche) Geoff Tate is a German-born American singer and musician who rose to fame in the 1980s with the progressive metal band Queensrÿche.

In his prime his vocals technique was almost with no weak spots and his vocal technique is the best on this list so technically he's the best progressive metal singer. I am not his fan, not even a Queensryche fan but I give credits where deserved. - Metal_Treasure

He may have lost his voice now (and turned into a complete douche), but when he was in his prime, he blew pretty much everyone else on this list out of the water. I would put him at #3. - Caleb9000

He can sing the highs and the lows. In my opinion, he's #1. He deserves to be at least top 5.

Should be at the top of the list.

5 Daniel Gildenlow (Pain of Salvation) Daniel Gildenlow (Pain of Salvation) Daniel Gildenlöw is a Swedish musician and songwriter. He is best known as a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist for the progressive metal band Pain of Salvation.

He should be at the top of this list! Distinctive, emotional, powerful vocals. And he can do raps also.

Has such a great tone and can sing any style. Pain of Salvation is so underrated!

6 Russell Allen (Symphony X) Russell Allen (Symphony X)

He's already on the list.

7 Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree) Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree) Steven John Wilson is an English musician and record producer, most associated with the progressive rock genre. He is best known for his band Porcupine Tree.

Not really a metal vocalist though.

Great but not metal so... - Metal_Treasure

8 Troy Sanders (Mastodon) Troy Sanders (Mastodon) Troy Jayson Sanders is an American musician, singer, and songwriter best known as a member of the Atlanta, Georgia metal band Mastodon, in which he plays bass and shares lead vocal duties with guitarist Brent Hinds and drummer Brann Dailor.
9 Daniel Heiman - Lost Horizon, Heed Daniel Heiman - Lost Horizon, Heed

Try this: Lost Horizon - Highlander.
Insanely good vox. - Metal_Treasure

Prog/power. - Caleb9000

10 Jonas Renkse (Katatonia) Jonas Renkse (Katatonia) Jonas Petter Renkse (born 19 May 1975, Sweden) is a founding member, songwriter, lead vocalist (1991–1994, 1997-) and ex-drummer (1991–1994, 1996–1998) of the band Katatonia; founding member, songwriter, bassist, backing vocalist, ex-guitarist (2004) of the band Bloodbath.

I know I may be a minority, but I prefer his vocals on Dance of December Souls over all else. - Caleb9000

His voice is incredible. - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

11 Midnight (Crimson Glory)

His range was STRATOSPHERIC and wicked to the core. No one had as much pain in their voice as he did. Rest In Peace John Patrick. I put Midnight at #2, just behind John Arch. - Caleb9000

12 Maynard James Keenan (Tool) Maynard James Keenan (Tool) Maynard James Keenan, often referred to by his initials MJK, is an American musician, record producer, winemaker, and actor, best known as the vocalist for Grammy Award-winning progressive metal band Tool.

Why is he not in the top 3? - ryanrimmel

Why is he so low

13 Chuck Schuldiner (Death) Chuck Schuldiner (Death) Charles Michael "Chuck" Schuldiner (1967-2001) was an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist, best known as the founder and vocalist, guitarist and bassist of the American heavy metal band Death. He is considered the most influential figure in Death Metal, with some publications referring to Chuck more.
14 Les Claypool (Primus) Les Claypool (Primus) Leslie Edward "Les" Claypool is an American musician, singer, songwriter, composer, author and actor best known as the bassist and lead vocalist of the band Primus.

Is primus even progressive? I don't think they are at all - ryanrimmel

Primus is not a prog metal band. They're a more of a funk/experimental rock band. - zxm

Primus is progressive. - IronSabbathPriest

15 Tim Charles (Ne Obliviscaris)

He provides the clean vocals and his voice is literally angelic (another vocalist, Xenoyr, provides grows/harsh vox) - Metal_Treasure

16 Ray Alder (Fates Warning)

Best voice ever

17 John Haughm (Agalloch)
18 Jens Kidman (Meshuggah)
19 Einar Solberg (Leprous)
20 Joe Duplantier (Gojira) Joe Duplantier (Gojira) Joseph "Joe" Duplantier is a French musician best known as the guitarist and vocalist of metal band Gojira.
21 Devin Townsend (Strapping Young Lad) Devin Townsend (Strapping Young Lad) 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.
22 Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon) Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon) Arjen Anthony Lucassen (born 3 April 1960, Netherlands) is a Dutch progressive rock/metal songwriter, singer, multi-instrumentalist musician and record producer, best known for his long-running progressive opera project Ayreon.
23 Tommy Giles Rogers, Jr. (Between the Buried and Me)
24 Dan Swanö (Edge of Sanity) Dan Swanö (Edge of Sanity) Dan-Erland Swanö is a Swedish musician who is currently the vocalist, guitarist, ex-bassist and ex-drummer for the band Nightingale, lately vocalist, keyboardist and drummer for the band Witherscape, as well as the Owner of Unisound but he achieved fame as the vocalist and songwriter of progressive more.
25 Kjetil Nordhus (Green Carnation)
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1. James LaBrie (Dream Theater)
2. Maynard James Keenan (Tool)
3. Russell Allen (Symphony X)
1. Mikael Akerfeldt (Opeth)
2. Maynard James Keenan (Tool)
3. James LaBrie (Dream Theater)
1. Geoff Tate (Queensryche)
2. John Arch (Fates Warning)
3. Mikael Akerfeldt (Opeth)

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