A concise list of my metalhead man-crushes (now featuring ladies.)
While there is little introduction required for some of these bands and their frontmen/women, there are no words that can accurately describe such jaw-dropping talent anyhow. The albums and youtube links listed are meant to display the full capacity of vocalists' talents, not the bands' most quality or popular tracks - click the links below and behold the prowess.
Many tears will be shed on your behalf if your favourite vocalist isn't here. That being said, any suggestions are more than welcome. A star (★) indicates that the vocalist is exceptionally versatile. If you believe that a certain vocalist deserves a (currently unaccredited) star, then post a few YouTube tracks to support your case.
- Consistency with live performances
- Emotional delivery
- Ability to write aurally appealing vocal lines
- Ability to compliment the music
i.e. The style performances are judged solely on technical ability.
Pending considerations - please recommend songs for the vocalists below:
- Clean vocalist for Borknagar's Urd?
- Tobias Netzell of In Mourning
- Daniel "Ragnar" Bryntse of Isole
- Daniel Brennare of Lake of Tears
- Juhani Palomäki of Yearning
- Mr. Doctor of Devil Doll
- Dax Riggs of Acid Bath
- Sabina Classen of Holy Moses
- Cara McCutchen of Mortillery
- Rune Folgerø of Atrox
- Sharon den Adel of Within Temptation
- Nils Kvåle Rue of Pagan's Mind
- Lasse Pyykkö of Acid Witch
- Flemming Rönsdorf of Artillery
- Geoff Tate of Queensrÿche
- Mikko Aspa Deathspell Omega
- Martin van Drunen of Asphyx
- Greg Chandler of Esoteric
- Burton C. Bell of Fear Factory
- Daniel "Mortuus" Rostén of Marduk
- Kentha "Lord K." Philipson of The Project Hate MCMXCIX
- Johannes Persson of Cult Of Luna
- Sebastian "Bach" Philip Bierk of Skid Row
- Tommy Karevik of Seventh Wonder
- Roy "Khan" Sætre Khantatat of Kamelot
- Henrik Båth of Darkwater
- Lance King of Pyramaze
- Jacob Hansen of Anubis Gate
- Rowan London of Virgin Black
- Ray Alder of Fates Warning
- John Arch of Fates Warning
- Anneke Van Giersbergen of The Gathering
- Paul Kuhr of Novembers Doom
- Tomas "Ace" "Quorthon" Forsberg of Bathory
- Rain Irving of While Heaven Wept
- John Patrick Jr. "Midnight" McDonald of Crimson Glory
- Alireza ''Safires'' Motevasel of Mist Within
Written by Erik M. on 08.01.2014 at 21:26 Yeah, I'm wondering the same thing (even though I just posted I do enjoy one PM vocalist). I mean, lots of people hate certain vocal styles, like growls or operatic female vocals, "sludge" vocals etc. Power metal vocalists are often very emotional and over-the-top in their singing which makes it sound totally cheesy and that is something I really dislike. Yes, Roy Khan is also cheesy in that sense, but as I said, I somehow can tolerate it somewhat now.
There's always an exception to the rule. Personally I don't enjoy many power/heavy metal vocalists but I have my own exceptions here and there.
I find it very hard to believe that there isn't a single power metal vocalist you enjoy.
Actually there's indeed one: Roy Khan. And honestly I don't enjoy his very emotional (over-the-top) singing, but his vocals like on this track are definitely great to me:
I don't listen to Kamelot anymore, but I used to be quite a big fan (about 6 years ago). If I had to pick a favourite album of theirs now, it would be Siége Perilous. Simply because it isn't cheesy power metal such as most other PM bands. Okay, that's not true, it's still cheesy but somehow tolerable enough for me, I don't know why.
He is indeed an excellent vocalist.
And my reasoning behind why I found that hard to believe (regarding you not like any power metal vocalists period) is because, for example, although I dislike the genre of black metal (mainly because of the presence of the vocal style), I have no doubt in my mind that, upon giving the genre a thorough listen, I could actually find one that I like. Which is the case, because I do indeed enjoy the sounds of Agalloch - vocals and all.
I meant no disrespect by my comment, I hope it did not come across that way. I simply found it strange that you were able to write off an entire genre of vocalists when within each genre (especially one as broad as power metal), there is often a wide range of different sounding vocalists, despite the style being similar.
Oh well, I miss James LaBrie here, his vocals on Dream Theater's Awake were truly outstanding. Even now he sings really well live, saw them two months ago. And maybe even Chuck Schuldiner, I always enjoyed his vocals. Otherwise the list looks good.
Very good list, though I don't understand why Mikael Akerfeldt and Christian Alvestam don't get a star. Both are insanely good.
And maybe you should check the present and former singers of Tesseract:
And of course there's Between the Buried and Me's Tommy Rogers which is insane