Most Unique Metal Singers

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The Top Ten

1 Ozzy Osbourne Ozzy Osbourne John Michael "Ozzy" Osbourne was born on December 3, 1948. He is also known as ''The Prince of Darkness''. Ozzy is an English singer, songwriter, and television personality. He rose to prominence in the early 1970s as the lead vocalist of the band Black Sabbath. Osbourne was fired from Black Sabbath ...read more.

I expected to see really unique metal singers but unique in a good way - singers with extraordinary skills and abilities. I am disappointed to see again the same most popular singers I see on every list - some of them are actually bad singers and it's really unhealthy to perceive bad singing as unique singing. - Metal_Treasure

Oh, please gimme a break! This is just bad singing, nothing unique.
You give the word 'unique' a bad name. - Metal_Treasure

I might have to disagree there. He may not be very talented, but I can't think of another vocalist who sounds like him. Which makes him unique. - IronSabbathPriest

The first. therefore very unique. - gemcloben

@IronSabbathPriest - well, nobody sounds like Ozzy because nobody wants to sound bad :)
Several singers sound like Bruce D. (most notably T. Sammet and M. Kiske) and many more try to sound like Bruce, but this doesn't make Bruce a less unique singer than Ozzy. - Metal_Treasure

2 Jarkko Ahola Jarkko Ahola Jarkko Kalevi Ahola is a Finnish performing artist, composer and singer, best known as a metal singer. He is the vocalist, bass player and one of the three songwriters of the metal band Teräsbetoni. He also started a solo career as Ahola, a metal band.

One of the best vocalists in the world today and not nearly as famous as he should be. Three and a half octave vocal range and amazing high notes! He can sing not just metal but almost anything, including opera. Check out his DIO cover on youtube, especially his Holy Diver.

He is the best singer in the world today

He's amazing! One of the best voices I have heard ever!

Try one of Ahola's live performances in Viiala, last stop of his X-Mas charity tour - copy and paste into the YouTube window:

Ave Maria -- J. Ahola -- 8.12.2013

Oh My God, what a voice! He's a metal singer but his Ave Maria (live! ) reveals his capacity to be an opera singer, too - the second half is more impressive (after 2:45), especially towards the end. - Metal_Treasure

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3 Dave Mustaine Dave Mustaine ...read more.

His voice voice was one of the things that almost turned me off Deth, but then you get used to it, and then it's one of the best things about the band. So much attitude in it.

The reason I love megadeth - gemcloben

4 James Hetfield James Hetfield James Alan Hetfield was born on August 3, 1963. He is an American musician, singer and songwriter known for being the co-founder, lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist and main songwriter for the American heavy metal band Metallica.

He's a very good vocalist. He plays guitar greatly. I think if Kirk Hammett wasn't there, he could still play lead guitar. One of the best metal singers with instrument in hands - zxm

Lead singer/songwriter of Metallica. genius. - gemcloben

5 Rob Halford Rob Halford Robert John Arthur "Rob" Halford is an English singer and songwriter, who is best known as the lead vocalist for the Grammy Award-winning heavy metal band Judas Priest and famed for his powerful wide ranging operatic voice.

His screams were never heard before. - gemcloben

6 Bruce Dickinson Bruce Dickinson Paul Bruce Dickinson, known professionally as Bruce Dickinson, is an English musician, airline pilot, and broadcaster. He is most well known for being the lead singer in heavy metal band Iron Maiden and his solo career.

My fave singer ever - gemcloben

Why is he on here. He has the generic 80s rock voice - Souleater318

7 Hansi Kürsch Hansi Kürsch Hansi Kürsch, born Hans Jürgen Kürsch, is the lead singer, lyricist, co-composer and bassist for German power metal band Blind Guardian . Heavily influenced by Freddie Mercury, he creates a huge choir effect by overdubbing his own voice multiple times in complex, overlapping vocal harmonies. He records ...read more. V 1 Comment
8 Michael Kiske Michael Kiske Michael Kiske is a singer best known as the former lead vocalist for the German power metal band Helloween.

The most unique thing about him is that since the mid 80s nobody has been able to top his technical skills, even to this day. He's still the best metal singer. How unique is that? Geoff Tate was close to him but Tate lost a lot of his voice relatively fast, while Kiske didn't. Even now Kiske sounds awesome, only minor changes. - Metal_Treasure

9 Ronnie James Dio Ronnie James Dio Ronnie James Dio (born Ronald James Padavona; July 10, 1942 – May 16, 2010) was an American heavy metal singer, songwriter and musician. He fronted and/or founded numerous groups including Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio and Heaven & Hell. He is credited with popularizing the "metal horns" hand gesture ...read more. V 1 Comment
10 Matt Barlow Matt Barlow Matthew 'Matt' Barlow is an American heavy metal singer and police officer. He was the lead singer for Iced Earth in the 1990s and 2000s. He is currently the lead singer for Ashes of Ares. After the September 11 terrorist attacks Matt Barlow decided to become a police officer and contribute to the "real ...read more.

Best! His voice is worth millions and could bring world peace. He should rethink his career and start singing professional again!

Unique timbre and one of the most powerful voices - it's like an ocean tide.
Iced Earth: Dracula, Melancholy, Damien, Dante's inferno. - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

11 Devin Townsend Devin Townsend 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.
12 Corey Taylor Corey Taylor Corey Todd Taylor was born in December 8, 1973. He is an American musician, author, and actor best known as the lead singer and lyricist of the Nu-metal band Slipknot and hard rock/alternative metal band Stone Sour.

There's absolutely nothing unique. - Metal_Treasure

He is quite recent. - gemcloben

13 Mike Patton Mike Patton Michael Allan "Mike" Patton is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, film composer, producer, and actor, best known as the lead singer of the alternative metal band Faith No More.

Mike Patton is one of my favorite people in the music industry. He has performed such a huge variety of music, from avant garde metal to free jazz. He has such a fantastic singing voice, like in bands like Faith No More and Mr. Bungle. But at the same time, he's a great screamer, like in Fant 'mas or the amazing work he's done with legendary jazz musician John Zorn. It's like every single thing he touches turns to musical brilliance. - Mard

Unique range - probably the widest range in music history:
Vocal/melodic range - 6 octaves, 1/2 note (Eb1 to E7).

He sings: Avant-garde metal, Experimental metal, Alternative metal, Death metal (early). - Metal_Treasure

14 Glenn Danzig Glenn Danzig

Unique and rare type of voice - baritenor (baritone's voice, tenor's range). Sounds awesome. A very dark combination of Jim Morrison, Ozzy and Elvis.

Songs: How The Gods Kill, Am I Demon, Mother.

Should be higher with that hypnotizing voice. - Metal_Treasure

15 Phil Anselmo Phil Anselmo Philip Hansen "Phil" Anselmo is an American musician who is best known as the former lead vocalist of the heavy metal band Pantera. He currently is the vocalist of heavy metal bands Down and Superjoint Ritual.

Should be in the top 10. - gemcloben

16 Fernando Ribeiro (Moonspell) Fernando Ribeiro (Moonspell) Fernando Ribeiro has been the lead vocalist for the Portuguese metal band Moonspell since 1992. He sings gothic metal, black metal, doom metal, melodic death metal.

Unique voice. He can do both clean vocals and growls, and very often he switches between them within one song (ex.-'Everything Invaded'). Sometimes he sings on the borderline - as if he's gonna start growling but he doesn't. This technique sounds really cool and interesting (ex.- 'Sacrificial').
His clean voice is very low, kinda bassy (Opium, White omega, Mr Crowly - Ozzy cover). - Metal_Treasure

17 Axl Rose Axl Rose William Bruce Rose Jr., better known as 'Axl Rose', is an American singer born on February 6, 1962, in Lafayette, Indiana. He Is the founder and lead singer of the hard rock band Guns N' Roses. He is a celebrated but controversial figure in the world of rock.

He's not a metal songer. - Metal_Treasure

18 King Diamond King Diamond Kim Bendix Petersen, better known by his stage name King Diamond, is a Danish heavy metal musician. He is known for his extensive vocal range, usually sung in falsetto. King Diamond was originally known as the vocalist for Mercyful Fate, but has become notorious for his horror themed Concept albums ...read more.
19 Tim 'Ripper' Owens Tim 'Ripper' Owens Timothy S. "Ripper" Owens is an American heavy metal singer who first gained attention as the lead singer of Judas Priest, and then Iced Earth. He took the nickname "Ripper" from the Judas Priest song "The Ripper" during his time in the tribute band "British Steel". He currently performs with Beyond ...read more.
20 Ian Gillan (Deep Purple; Black Sabbath) Ian Gillan (Deep Purple; Black Sabbath) Ian Gillan is an English singer and songwriter. He originally found success as the lead singer and lyricist for Deep Purple, and the original singer on the rock opera concept album Jesus Christ Superstar by Andrew Lloyd Webber, where Gillan had the leading role (Jesus Christ).

Unique and versatile singer - cool tone and psychotic screams. The first metal screamer.
Try "Disturbing the priest" (Black Sabbath), "Child In Time" (Deep Purple). - Metal_Treasure

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