Thumbs up: +46
My other lists:
Tasty Stuff Not Currently Featured On MS

A concise list of my metalhead man-crushes (now featuring ladies.)

While there is little introduction required for some of these bands and their front(wo)men, 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.

Avoided criteria:
- 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.

Here are the tracks I've allocated to the vocalists so far in the order of the list below. If you have suggestion which better showcases any vocalist's talents or if any of the link aren't working, please let me know.
Abstrakt Algebra - Mats Levén
Akercocke - Jason Mendonca #1 and #2
Amorphis - Tomi Joutsen
Anaal Nathrakh - David "V.I.T.R.I.O.L." Hunt
Animals As Leaders - Frans Aalto ★★★★★★★★★★★
Avatarium - Jennie-Ann Smith
Avenged Sevenfold - Matthew "M. Shadows" Sanders #1 and #2
Beyond The Bridge - Herbie Langhans
Caligula's Horse - Jim Grey
Candlemass - Johan Längqvist
Cattle Decapitation - Travis Ryan
Centiment - Dave McPherson #1, #2, and #3
Chrome Division - Pål "Athera" Mathisen
Communic - Oddleif Stensland
Dark Suns - Niko Knappe #1 and #2
Devin Townsend - Devin Townsend
Dissona - Dave Dubenic
Disturbed David Michael Draiman #1 and #2
Dream Theater - Kevin James LaBrie #1 and #2 (vocal range and impressive performances)
Emperor (Ihsahn) - Vegard Sverre "Ihsahn" Tveitan
Empyrios - Silvio Mancini
Estradasphere - Tim Smolens (57:33)
Evereve - Tom Sedotschenko
Evergrey - Tom S. Englund
Evile - Matthew "Matt" Drake
Exodus - Steve "Zetro" Souza
Favna Abisal - Melanocetus Jhonsoni
Feared - Mario Santos-Ramos
Gojira - Joseph "Joe" Duplantier
Gorefest - Jan-Chris de Koeijer #1 and #2
Grave Digger - Chris Boltendahl
Haken - Ross Jennings #1, #2, and #3
Hamferð - Jón Aldará #1 and #2
Heavatar - Stefan Schmidt
Hell - David Bower
Helloween - Andi Deris
HIM - Ville Hermanni Valo
Ice Age - Josh Pincus
ICS Vortex - Simen "ICS Vortex" Hestnæs
In Vain - Sindre Nedland #1 and #2
Iron Maiden - Paul Bruce Dickinson #1 and #2
King Crimson - Adrian Belew
King Diamond - Kim "King Diamond" Bendix Petersen
Lamb Of God - David Randall "Randy" Blythe
Leprous - Einar Solberg
Loch Vostok - Teddy "Dr. Ted Killer Miller" Möller #1 and #2
Machine Head - Robert "Robb" Flynn
Masterplan - Jørn Lande
Mayhem - Attila Gábor Csihar #1 and #2 (~4:10)
Moonspell - Fernando Ribeiro
Nevermore - Warrel Dane
Noekk - Thomas Helm
Omb - Davidavi Dolev Too much vocal variety - you'll just have to listen to the entire album. ★
Opeth (Bloodbath) - Mikael Åkerfeldt #1, #2, and #3
Overkill - Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth
Pagan's Mind - Nils Kvåle Rue
Pain Of Salvation - Daniel Gildenlöw
Paradise Lost - Nick Holmes
Periphery - Spencer Sotelo
Pinkly Smooth - James "The Reverend Tholomew Plague" Sullivan
Primal Fear - Ralf Scheepers
Protest The Hero - Rody "Cheese" Walker
Psycroptic - Matthew "Chalky" Chalk
Rishloo - Andrew Mailloux
Riverside - Mariusz Duda
Savage Circus (Persuader/Dark Empire) - Jens Carlsson
Savatage - John Nicholas "Jon" Oliva
Scar Symmetry - Christian Älvestam
Shaolin Death Squad - Androo O'Hearn
Sieges Even - Greg Keller
Soldis - Del Tremens - tracks 1,4, 7
Space Odyssey - David Fremberg
Stravaganzza - Leo Jiménez
Sword - Rick Hughes
Symphony X - Russell Allen
System Of A Down - Serj Tankian #1 and #2
Tesseract - Daniel Tompkins #1 and #2
Tesseract - Ashe O'Hara
Testament - Chuck Billy
Textures - Daniel de Jongh
Textures - Eric Kalsbeek
The Foreshadowing - Marco Benevento
The Gathering - Anneke Van Giersbergen
The Mars Volta - Cedric Bixler-Zavala
Tool - Maynard James Keenan
Triptykon - Tom Gabriel "Warrior" Fischer #1 and #2
Twelve Foot Ninja - Nik "Kin" Etik
Twilight Of The Gods (Primordial/Dread Sovereign) - Alan "Nemtheanga" Averill
Uneven Structure - Matthieu Romarin
Unhuman - Youri Raymond (track 3)
Veni Domine - Fredrik Ohlsson
Vintersorg - Andreas "Vintersorg" Hedlund
Virgin Black - Rowan London #1, #2, and #3
Vulture Industries - Bjørnar Erevik Nilsen #1 (37:43) and #2 (43:30)
W.A.S.P. - Steven Edward "Blackie Lawless" Duren
Warning - Patrick Walker
Winds (Before The Dawn) - Lars "Eikind" Eric Si
Wintersun - Jari Mäenpää
Witherscape - Dan Swanö
Wolverine - Stefan Zell
Xanthochroid - Matthew Earl #1 (3:05) and #2 (sexy blonde dude)
Xanthochroid - Sam Meador

No working links or properly ascribed stars below this point. Please suggest song(s) for the vocalist(s) below if you have any insight into their best work.

Adagio - David Readman
Arcturus - Kristoffer "Garm" Rygg
Blind Guardian - Hansi Kürsch
Candlemass - Messiah Marcolin
Cradle Of Filth - Daniel Lloyd "Dani Filth" Davey
Demilich - Antti "C. Void" "Von Stroh" Boman
Diablo Swing Orchestra - Annlouice Loegdlund
Dio - Ronald James "Ronnie Dio" Padavona
Disillusion - Andy "Vurtox" Schmidt of Disillusion
Headspace - Damian Wilson
Iced Earth - Matthew "Matt" Barlow
Iced Earth - Stuart "Stu" Block
Iced Earth - Tim "Ripper" Owens
Judas Priest - Robert John Arthur "Rob" Halford
Madder Mortem - Agnete M. Kirkevaag
Pantera - Philip Hansen "Phil" Anselmo
Pharaoh - Tim Aymar
Retarded Noise Squad - Unknown vocalist
Scariot - Øyvind "Maztema" Hægeland
Sleepytime Gorilla Museum - Nils Frykdahl
Sodom - Tom "Angelripper" Such
Spires - Paul Sadler
Stolen Babies - Dominique Lenore Persi
The Wandering Midget - Samuel "Qraken" Wormius
Tomahawk (Mr. Bungle, Faith No More, Fantômas) - Michael Allan "Mike" Patton
Vangough - Clay Withrow
Vektor - David Disanto
Wastefall - Domenik Papaemmanouil

Pending considerations - please recommend songs for the vocalists below:
- Acid Witch - Lasse Pyykkö
- Anubis Gate - Jacob Hansen
- Artillery - Flemming Rönsdorf
- Atrox - Rune Folgerø
- Bathory - Tomas "Ace" "Quorthon" Forsberg
- Crimson Glory - John Patrick Jr. "Midnight" McDonald
- Darkwater -Henrik Båth
- Devil Doll - Mr. Doctor
- Fates Warning - Ray Alder
- Fates Warning John Arch
- Holy Moses - Sabina Classen
- Kamelot - Roy "Khan" Sætre Khantatat
- Lake of Tears - Daniel Brennare
- Marduk - Daniel "Mortuus" Rostén
- Mist Within - Alireza ''Safires'' Motevasel
- Mortillery - Cara McCutchen
- Novembers Doom - Paul Kuhr
- Queensrÿche - Geoff Tate
- Seventh Wonder - Tommy Karevik
- Skid Row - Sebastian "Bach" Philip Bierk
- While Heaven Wept - Rain Irving
- Within Temptation - Sharon den Adel
- Yearning - Juhani Palomäki

Created by: LeKiwi | 03.05.2013



1. Abstrakt Algebra - Abstrakt Algebra
1995 / Mats Levén
2. Adagio - Underworld
2003 / David Readman
3. Akercocke - Words That Go Unspoken, Deeds That Go Undone
2005 / Jason Mendonca
4. Amorphis - Silent Waters
2007 / Tomi Joutsen
5. Anaal Nathrakh - Vanitas
2012 / David "V.I.T.R.I.O.L." Hunt
6. Animals As Leaders - Weightless
2011 / Frans Aalto
7. Arcturus - The Sham Mirrors
2002 / Kristoffer "Garm" Rygg
8. Avatarium - Avatarium
2013 / Jennie-Ann Smith
9. Avenged Sevenfold - City Of Evil
2005 / Matthew "M. Shadows" Sanders
10. Beyond The Bridge - The Old Man And The Spirit
2012 / Herbie Langhans
11. Blind Guardian - At The Edge Of Time
2010 / Hansi Kürsch
12. Caligula's Horse - Moments From Ephemeral City
2011 / Jim Grey
13. Candlemass - Epicus Doomicus Metallicus
1986 / Johan Längqvist
14. Candlemass - Nightfall
1987 / Messiah Marcolin
15. Cattle Decapitation - Monolith Of Inhumanity
2012 / Travis Ryan
16. Centiment - Streets Of Rage
2014 / Dave McPherson
17. Chrome Division - 3rd Round Knockout
2011 / Pål "Athera" Mathisen
18. Communic - Waves Of Visual Decay
2006 / Oddleif Stensland
19. Cradle Of Filth - Dusk... And Her Embrace
1996 / Daniel Lloyd "Dani Filth" Davey
20. Dark Suns - Grave Human Genuine
2008 / Niko Knappe
21. Demilich - Nespithe
1993 / Antti "C. Void" "Von Stroh" Boman
22. Devin Townsend - Accelerated Evolution
2003 / Devin Townsend
23. Diablo Swing Orchestra - The Butcher's Ballroom
2006 / Annlouice Loegdlund
24. Dio - Holy Diver
1983 / Ronald James "Ronnie Dio" Padavona
25. Disillusion - Back To Times Of Splendor
2004 / Andy "Vurtox" Schmidt
26. Dissona - Dissona
2012 / Dave Dubenic
27. Disturbed - Asylum
2010 / David Michael Draiman
28. Dream Theater - Awake
1994 / Kevin James LaBrie
29. Emperor - Prometheus: The Discipline Of Fire And Demise
2001 / Vegard Sverre "Ihsahn" Tveitan
30. Empyrios - Zion
2013 / Silvio Mancini
31. Estradasphere - Quadropus
2003 / Tim Smolens
32. Evereve - Stormbirds
1998 / Tom Sedotschenko
33. Evergrey - Recreation Day
2003 / Tom S. Englund
34. Evile - Skull
2013 / Matthew "Matt" Drake
35. Exodus - Tempo Of The Damned
2004 / Steve "Zetro" Souza
36. Favna Abisal - Rerum Imaginaria
2012 / Melanocetus Jhonsoni
37. Feared - Vinter
2013 / Mario Santos-Ramos
38. Gojira - From Mars To Sirius
2005 / Joseph "Joe" Duplantier
39. Gorefest - Rise To Ruin
2007 / Jan-Chris de Koeijer
40. Grave Digger - The Grave Digger
2001 / Chris Boltendahl
41. Haken - The Mountain
2013 / Ross Jennings
42. Hamferð - Evst
2013 / Jón Aldará
43. Headspace - I Am Anonymous
2012 / Damian Wilson
44. Heavatar - Opus I - All My Kingdoms / Stefan Schmidt
45. Hell - Human Remains
2011 / David Bower
46. Helloween - Straight Out Of Hell
2013 / Andi Deris
47. HIM - Venus Doom
2007 / Ville Hermanni Valo
48. Ice Age - The Great Divide
1999 / Josh Pincus
49. Iced Earth - Dystopia
2011 / Stuart "Stu" Block
50. Iced Earth - The Crucible Of Man (Something Wicked - Part 2)
2008 / Matthew "Matt" Barlow
51. Iced Earth - The Glorious Burden
2004 / Tim "Ripper" Owens
52. ICS Vortex - Storm Seeker
2011 / Simen "ICS Vortex" Hestnæs
53. In Vain - Ænigma
2013 / Sindre Nedland
54. Iron Maiden - A Matter Of Life And Death
2006 / Paul Bruce Dickinson
55. Judas Priest - Angel Of Retribution
2005 / Robert John Arthur "Rob" Halford
56. King Crimson - EleKtrik: Live In Japan
2003 / Adrian Belew
57. King Diamond - "Them"
1988 / Kim "King Diamond" Bendix Petersen
58. Lamb Of God - Wrath
2009 / David Randall "Randy" Blythe
59. Leprous - Bilateral
2011 / Einar Solberg
60. Loch Vostok - V: The Doctrine Decoded
2012 / Teddy "Dr. Ted Killer Miller" Möller
61. Machine Head - The Blackening
2007 / Robert "Robb" Flynn
62. Madder Mortem - Eight Ways
2009 / Agnete M. Kirkevaag
63. Masterplan - Masterplan
2003 / Jørn Lande
64. Mayan - Quarterpast
2011 / Henning Basse
65. Mayhem - Ordo Ad Chao
2007 / Attila Gábor Csihar
66. Moonspell - Irreligious
1996 / Fernando Ribeiro
67. Nevermore - This Godless Endeavor
2005 / Warrel Dane
68. Noekk - The Water Sprite
2005 / Thomas Helm
69. Omb - SwineSong
2013 / Davidavi Dolev
70. Opeth - Watershed
2008 / Mikael Åkerfeldt
71. Overkill - The Electric Age
2012 / Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth
72. Pagan's Mind - Heavenly Ecstasy
2011 / Nils Kvåle Rue
73. Pain Of Salvation - The Perfect Element, Part I
2000 / Daniel Gildenlöw
74. Pantera - Vulgar Display Of Power
1992 / Philip Hansen "Phil" Anselmo
75. Paradise Lost - Faith Divides Us - Death Unites Us
2009 / Nick Holmes
76. Periphery - Periphery II: This Time It's Personal
2012 / Spencer Sotelo
77. Pharaoh - Bury The Light
2012 / Tim Aymar
78. Pinkly Smooth - Unfortunate Snort
2002 / James "The Reverend Tholomew Plague" Sullivan
79. Primal Fear - Delivering The Black
2014 / Ralf Scheepers
80. Protest The Hero - Fortress
2008 / Rody "Cheese" Walker
81. Psycroptic - The Scepter Of The Ancients
2003 / Matthew "Chalky" Chalk
82. Retarded Noise Squad - Bananas
2011 / Unknown vocalist
83. Rishloo - Feathergun
2009 / Andrew Mailloux
84. Riverside - Out Of Myself
2003 / Mariusz Duda
85. Savage Circus - Of Doom And Death
2009 / Jens Carlsson
86. Savatage - Hall Of The Mountain King
1987 / John Nicholas "Jon" Oliva
87. Scar Symmetry - Pitch Black Progress
2006 / Christian Älvestam
88. Scariot - Momentum Shift
2007 / Øyvind "Maztema" Hægeland
89. Shaolin Death Squad - Intelligent Design
2006 / Androo O'Hearn
90. Sieges Even - Sophisticated
1995 / Greg Keller
91. Sleepytime Gorilla Museum - In Glorious Times
2007 / Nils Frykdahl
92. Sodom - Sodom
2006 / Tom "Angelripper" Such
93. Soldis - Age D
2013 / Del Tremens
94. Space Odyssey - The Astral Episode
2005 / David Fremberg
95. Spires - Spiral Of Ascension
2010 / Paul Sadler
96. Stolen Babies - There Be Squabbles Ahead
2006 / Dominique Lenore Persi
97. Stravaganzza - Raíces
2010 / Leo Jiménez
98. Sword - Sweet Dreams
1988 / Rick Hughes
99. Symphony X - The Odyssey
2002 / Russell Allen
100. System Of A Down - Toxicity
2001 / Serj Tankian
101. Tesseract - Altered State
2013 / Ashe O'Hara
102. Tesseract - Concealing Fate
2010 / Daniel Tompkins
103. Testament - The Formation Of Damnation
2008 / Chuck Billy
104. Textures - Dualism
2011 / Daniel de Jongh
105. Textures - Silhouettes
2008 / Eric Kalsbeek
106. The Foreshadowing - Days Of Nothing
2007 / Marco Benevento
107. The Gathering - Mandylion
1995 / Anneke Van Giersbergen
108. The Mars Volta - De-Loused In The Comatorium
2003 / Cedric Bixler-Zavala
109. The Wandering Midget - From The Meadows Of Opium Dreams
2012 / Samuel "Qraken" Wormius
110. Tomahawk - Oddfellows
2013 / Michael Allan "Mike" Patton
111. Tool - Lateralus
2001 / Maynard James Keenan
112. Triptykon - Eparistera Daimones
2010 / Tom Gabriel "Warrior" Fischer
113. Twelve Foot Ninja - Silent Machine
2012 / Nik "Kin" Etik
114. Twilight Of The Gods - Fire On The Mountain
2013 / Alan "Nemtheanga" Averill
115. Uneven Structure - Februus
2011 / Matthieu Romarin
116. Unhuman - Unhuman
2013 / Youri Raymond
117. Vangough - Between The Madness
2013 / Clay Withrow
118. Vektor - Outer Isolation
2011 / David Disanto
119. Veni Domine - Spiritual Wasteland
1998 / Fredrik Ohlsson
120. Vintersorg - Orkan
2012 / Andreas "Vintersorg" Hedlund
121. Virgin Black - Elegant...And Dying
2003 / Rowan London
122. Vulture Industries - The Tower
2013 / Bjørnar Erevik Nilsen
123. W.A.S.P. - The Crimson Idol
1992 / Steven Edward "Blackie Lawless" Duren
124. Warning - Watching From A Distance
2006 / Patrick Walker
125. Wastefall - Self Exile
2006 / Domenik Papaemmanouil
126. Winds - The Imaginary Direction Of Time
2004 / Lars "Eikind" Eric Si
127. Wintersun - Wintersun
2004 / Jari Mäenpää
128. Witherscape - The Inheritance
2013 / Dan Swanö
129. Wolverine - Communication Lost
2011 / Stefan Zell
130. Xanthochroid - Blessed He With Boils
2012 / Matthew Earl
131. Xanthochroid - Blessed He With Boils
2012 / Sam Meador



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Ilham - 21.07.2014 at 23:22  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 21.07.2014 at 22:56
Have you heard Triumphator? I always found that the best of Mortuus' projects.

To be honest I don't think I did more than give Wings Of Antichrist a couple listens, and that was a long time ago when I fell in love with his gagging vocals. I have no idea what he's been up to with Triumphator. Any new album in particular I should listen to?
Mr. Doctor - 21.07.2014 at 23:25  
No. Last time I checked there's nothing new with him except continuing with Marduk. Both Funeral Mist and Triumphator (which is good but not FM-good to me) appear to be on-hold.
His vocals on the last couple of Marduk album are still as good as ever though.
Ilham - 21.07.2014 at 23:30  
From what I remember, Triumphator didn't strike me as much as Funeral Mist did at the time. And I listen to only Mortuus-era Marduk, that's how much I love the guy. You really are a little bit of a hipster Joe .
Mr. Doctor - 21.07.2014 at 23:32  
Written by Ilham on 21.07.2014 at 23:30
And I listen to only Mortuus-era Marduk, that's how much I love the guy.


Mortuus-era Marduk is the best Marduk. Some cool tunes can be found in some older albums though (I'm quite a fan of "Those of the Unlight") but those old tracks all sound better in the live versions with Mortuus performing.
!J.O.O.E.! - 21.07.2014 at 23:51  
Written by Ilham on 21.07.2014 at 23:30

From what I remember, Triumphator didn't strike me as much as Funeral Mist did at the time. And I listen to only Mortuus-era Marduk, that's how much I love the guy. You really are a little bit of a hipster Joe .

I've never even denied it =P They only have the one album any way if you wanted to revisit.
Ilham - 21.07.2014 at 23:56  
Totally with you on the old Marduk done live with Mortuus.

Talking about bm vocalists, I don't see Kvohst in there either. This is a mistake. Here's a peak.

Ilham - 21.07.2014 at 23:59  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 21.07.2014 at 23:51
I've never even denied it =P They only have the one album any way if you wanted to revisit.

Yeah, Wings Of Antichrist that I already know of, I just checked. I stayed up to do date with Funeral Mist even when I went full popfag. So I'm a little disappointed, no new Mortuus material to listen to. I thought you were going to break some good news to me.
Hex_Omega - 01.08.2014 at 13:20  
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Ice Age - Josh Pincus

Ice Age is now on MS as Soulfractured
LordHypnos - 30.08.2014 at 02:04  
No Daniel Heiman (ex-Lost Horizon/Heed)?



His vocal range is beyond inhuman.
Hex_Omega - 11.10.2014 at 11:00  
Ted Bullet from Thunderhead


Kadri Ratt from Echosilence


Tom Gattis from Ballistic


Harry "The Tyrant" Conklin from Titan Force/Satan's Host


Liisa Lagoun(Elizaveta Kudereva) from Southwake

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