Top Ten Progressive Metal Vocalists

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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.
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 vocals 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.

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 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.
7 Russell Allen (Symphony X) Russell Allen (Symphony X) V 1 Comment
8 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.

Not really a metal vocalist though.

Great but not metal so... - Metal_Treasure

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 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

The Contenders

11 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

12 Chuck Schuldiner (Death) Chuck Schuldiner (Death) Charles Michael "Chuck" Schuldiner 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 as the "Godfather ...read more.
13 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

14 Ray Alder (Fates Warning)

Best voice ever

15 John Haughm (Agalloch)
16 Jens Kidman (Meshuggah)
17 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. V 1 Comment
18 Joe Duplantier (Gojira) Joe Duplantier (Gojira) Joseph Duplantier is a French musician best known as the guitarist and vocalist of metal band Gojira.
19 Einar Solberg (Leprous)
20 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.
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1. Geoff Tate (Queensryche)
2. John Arch (Fates Warning)
3. Mikael Akerfeldt (Opeth)
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1. James LaBrie (Dream Theater)
2. Maynard James Keenan (Tool)
3. Russell Allen (Symphony X)
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1. Mikael Akerfeldt (Opeth)
2. Maynard James Keenan (Tool)
3. James LaBrie (Dream Theater)
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