Top Ten Questions About Heavy Metal Musicians to Ask TopTenners

Questions, Questions, Questions. Here is a list about the Heavy Metal musicians that you can answer, or even add to. We've talked about the best songs, bands, and albums, but what about the musicians? Here is the list for you if you wanted to see something like that.

The Top Ten

1 Who is the most talented Metal Musician?

I guess James Hetfield is pretty talented since he can play Guitar better than Kirk Hammett, and Drums better than Lars Ulrich, but I guess the most talented Metal Musician goes to Jon Oliva since he can play pretty much every instrument imaginable, and is one of the best metal singers out there. - DarkenedBrutality

Either James Hetfield or Jon Oliva (cause he can play many other instruments) - zxm

Cliff Burton, Neil Peart, or Dave Lombardo - NikBrusk

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2 Which Metal Musician is the best at Songwriting?

I'm going to say Steve Harris for this one, since Iron Maiden is my favorite band, and he has written most of their songs all by himself. - DarkenedBrutality

In my opinion, the best songwriters are Lars Ulrich, James Hetfield, Kerry King, Jeff Hanneman, Corey Taylor, and Korn. - NikBrusk

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3 Who is the best Metal Singer?

Rob Halford, Hansi Kursch, and Jon Oliva are all great, but I guess this one goes to Ronnie James Dio because not only he wrote great lyrics, but his voice is better than that of Freddie Mercury's. I'm sorry, but it really is. He even helped make bands such as Rainbow and Black Sabbath even better than they were, and formed one of the best metal bands out there, Dio. - DarkenedBrutality

Technically speaking, the singers with almost no weak spots in their vocal technique are Michael Kiske and Geoff Tate. Also immensely talented (and my favorite) singers are: Dio, Hansi, Bruce D., Rob Halford, Jon Oliva, Tobias Sammet, Ian Gillan, Matt Barlow, Russell Allen, Ralf Scheepers. - Metal_Treasure

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4 Who is the best Metal Guitarist?

Ritchie Blackmore is probably my favorite since he has helped written great songs by Deep Purple and Rainbow, and played a lot of great solos. Just listen to Stargazer, and you will see how great he was at both songwriting, and guitar playing. - DarkenedBrutality

My favorite is Adrian Smith and Dave Murray's twin guitar works.And second its Synyster Gate's and Zacky Vengeance's guitar works - zxm

5 Who is the best Metal Drummer?

Bill Ward is probably my favorite, since his drumming seems to be different than that of many other drummers, and he is pretty talented, and his drumming is not basic at all. When he left Black Sabbath, the band was no longer itself anymore. - DarkenedBrutality

Dave Lombardo, Neil Peart, and Joey Jordison in my opinion - NikBrusk

I think Mike Portnoy has got good drum skills - zxm

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6 Ozzy Osbourne or Ronnie James Dio?

Ozzy Osbourne may be a pretty good singer, but Ronnie James Dio makes him look like a talentless child unable to make a single sound. - DarkenedBrutality

Is this even a question? Ozzy is a awful singer and Ronnie is amazing. - Lucretia

Without a doubt - Dio. You don't even need to be a vocal expert to answer this question. Also, great personality this guy. R.I.P. Dio. - Metal_Treasure

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7 Who is the best Metal Bassist?

Steve Harris is my pick, because not only he wrote many great Iron Maiden songs by himself, but he had some pretty good basslines like in Innocent Exile. - DarkenedBrutality

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8 Who is the most Overrated Metal Musician?

Ozzy - he's got some singing ability but it's cringe worthy seeing him in the top 10 and even top 5 of every list about best metal singers. He didn't even invent the metal singing style (Ian Gillan did). Oh, and Ozzy didn't invent metal - what was the metal song he composed circa 1970 so that he invented this genre? And he sold out several times. Calling him Godfather of metal is also cringe worthy. - Metal_Treasure

Ozzy Osbourne is pretty overrated, but Kirk Hammett is far more overrated since he's from a more popular band not nearly as good as Black Sabbath, and he isn't even a good guitar player. Ozzy Osbourne is famous because he, along with the rest of Black Sabbath, started heavy metal and made it as good as it is today. Kirk Hammett is only famous because of the band he was in. - DarkenedBrutality

9 Who is the most Underrated Metal Musician?

I'm going to say Ritchie Blackmore because he, along with Ronnie James Dio helped make heavy metal as good as it is today, and Chuck Schuldiner is also pretty underrated since he helped laid the foundations of Death Metal. - DarkenedBrutality

Also Jon Oliva, Jeff Waters, Tobias Sammet, Randy Black, Jorn Lande. - Metal_Treasure

Ian Gillan and Ritchie Blackmore.
Ritchie Blackmore - basically he invented the template for metal songs: he merged rock music with classical (with one guitar! )
Ian Gillan - invented the metal singing style for clean vocals: operatic style, legendary screams, powerful voice, 4 octave vocal range (Freddie had the same range). - Metal_Treasure

10 James Hetfield or Dave Mustaine?

As much as I like Dave Mustaine, as he is a pretty good guitarist, I'm going to say James Hetfield was better because he is more talented, and was part of the band that fired Dave Mustaine. Not only that, but James Hetfield can play Drums, while Dave Mustaine couldn't. - DarkenedBrutality

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The Contenders

11 Steve Harris or Cliff Burton?

I think you all know who I was going to pick on this one. - DarkenedBrutality

12 Bruce Dickinson or Rob Halford?

Bruce. But like always, Robert has more skills. But I like Bruce's voice more. - zxm

Bruce Dickinson but they are both great! - Lucretia

13 Which metal band has the best pair of 2-3 Guitarists?

This is a close one between Iron Maiden and Judas Priest. I guess Iron Maiden has the better guitarists, but Judas Priest's K.K. Downing and Glenn Tipton have made really good solos in Painkiller, Electric Eye, and Freewheel Burning. - DarkenedBrutality

I like both Iron Maiden and Judas Priest, and can't choose.
A newer band with very good twin lead guitars is Primal Fear. Try these songs for fast melodic solos on twin guitars: Strike, Riding The Eagle, And There Was Silence. - Metal_Treasure

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14 Who is the best Metal Lyricist?

It really depends on whether you want to listen to songs about politics and society, or more poetic songs about rainbows and stuff. I guess this would go to either Dave Mustaine (Politics and Society) or Ronnie James Dio (Poetry and Rainbow). - DarkenedBrutality

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