Thumbs up: +41
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.

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:
Akercocke - Jason Mendonca
Amorphis - Tomi Joutsen
Caligula's Horse - Jim Grey
Candlemass - Johan Längqvist
Devin Townsend - Devin Townsend
Dissona - Dave Dubenic
Emperor - Vegard Sverre "Ihsahn" Tveitan
Evergrey - Tom S. Englund
Evile - Matthew "Matt" Drake
Exodus - Steve "Zetro" Souza
Gojira - Joseph "Joe" Duplantier
Grave Digger - Chris Boltendahl
ICS Vortex - Simen "ICS Vortex" Hestnæs
Iron Maiden - Paul Bruce Dickinson
Ice Age - Josh Pincus
King Diamond - Kim "King Diamond" Bendix Petersen
Lamb Of God - Randy" Blythe
Leprous - Einar Solberg
Machine Head - Robert "Robb" Flynn
Masterplan - Jørn Lande
Mayhem - Attila Gábor Csihar #1 and #2
Moonspell - Fernando Ribeiro
My Dying Bride - Aaron Stainthorpe
Nevermore - Warrel Dane
Noekk - Thomas Helm
Opeth - Mikael Åkerfeldt
Overkill - Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth
Pain Of Salvation - Daniel Gildenlöw
Paradise Lost - Nick Holmes
Periphery - Spencer Sotelo
Protest The Hero - Rody "Cheese" Walker
Riverside - Mariusz Duda
Savatage - John Nicholas "Jon" Oliva
Scar Symmetry - Christian Älvestam
Shaolin Death Squad - Androo O'Hearn
Sieges Even - Greg Keller
Space Odyssey - David Fremberg
Symphony X - Russell Allen
Testament - Chuck Billy
Textures - Eric Kalsbeek
Textures - Daniel de Jongh
The Foreshadowing - Marco Benevento
Tool - Maynard James Keenan
Uneven Structure - Matthieu Romarin
Veni Domine - Fredrik Ohlsson
Vintersorg - Andreas "Vintersorg" Hedlund
Warning - Patrick Walker
Wintersun - Jari Mäenpää
Witherscape - Dan Swanö
Wolverine - Stefan Zell

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
Evereve - Tom Sedotschenko (Track unavailable on YouTube - title: "The Downfall")
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
Psycroptic - Jason Peppiatt
Scariot - Øyvind "Maztema" Hægeland
Sleepytime Gorilla Museum - Nils Frykdahl
Sodom - Tom "Angelripper" Such
Stolen Babies - Dominique Lenore Persi
Vektor - David Disanto
Vulture Industries - Bjørnar Erevik Nilsen
Wastefall - Domenik Papaemmanouil
Vangough - Clay Withrow

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

Created by: LeKiwi | 03.05.2013



1. Adagio - Underworld
2003 / David Readman
2. Akercocke - Words That Go Unspoken, Deeds That Go Undone
2005 / Jason Mendonca
3. Arcturus - The Sham Mirrors
2002 / Kristoffer "Garm" Rygg
4. Amorphis - Silent Waters
2007 / Tomi Joutsen
5. Blind Guardian - At The Edge Of Time
2010 / Hansi Kürsch
6. Caligula's Horse - Moments From Ephemeral City
2011 / Jim Grey
7. Candlemass - Epicus Doomicus Metallicus
1986 / Johan Längqvist
8. Candlemass - Nightfall
1987 / Messiah Marcolin
9. Cradle Of Filth - Dusk... And Her Embrace
1996 / Daniel Lloyd "Dani Filth" Davey
10. Demilich - Nespithe
1993 / Antti "C. Void" "Von Stroh" Boman
11. Devin Townsend - Accelerated Evolution
2003 / Devin Townsend
12. Diablo Swing Orchestra - The Butcher's Ballroom
2006 / Annlouice Loegdlund
13. Dio - Holy Diver
1983 / Ronald James "Ronnie Dio" Padavona
14. Disillusion - Back To Times Of Splendor
2004 / Andy "Vurtox" Schmidt
15. Dissona - Dissona
2012 / Dave Dubenic
16. Emperor - Prometheus: The Discipline Of Fire And Demise
2001 / Vegard Sverre "Ihsahn" Tveitan
17. Evereve - Stormbirds
1998 / Tom Sedotschenko
18. Evergrey - Recreation Day
2003 / Tom S. Englund
19. Evile - Skull
2013 / Matthew "Matt" Drake
20. Exodus - Tempo Of The Damned
2004 / Steve "Zetro" Souza
21. Gojira - From Mars To Sirius
2005 / Joseph "Joe" Duplantier
22. Grave Digger - The Grave Digger
2001 / Chris Boltendahl
23. Headspace - I Am Anonymous
2012 / Damian Wilson
24. Ice Age - The Great Divide
1999 / Josh Pincus
25. Iced Earth - The Crucible Of Man (Something Wicked - Part 2)
2008 / Matthew "Matt" Barlow
26. Iced Earth - Dystopia
2011 / Stuart "Stu" Block
27. Iced Earth - The Glorious Burden
2004 / Tim "Ripper" Owens
28. ICS Vortex - Storm Seeker
2011 / Simen "ICS Vortex" Hestnæs
29. Iron Maiden - A Matter Of Life And Death
2006 / Paul Bruce Dickinson
30. Judas Priest - Angel Of Retribution
2005 / Robert John Arthur "Rob" Halford
31. King Diamond - "Them"
1988 / Kim "King Diamond" Bendix Petersen
32. Lamb Of God - Wrath
2009 / David Randall "Randy" Blythe
33. Leprous - Bilateral
2011 / Einar Solberg
34. Machine Head - The Blackening
2007 / Robert "Robb" Flynn
35. Madder Mortem - Eight Ways
2009 / Agnete M. Kirkevaag
36. Masterplan - Masterplan
2003 / Jørn Lande
37. Mayan - Quarterpast
2011 / Henning Basse
38. Mayhem - Ordo Ad Chao
2007 / Attila Gábor Csihar
39. Moonspell - Irreligious
1996 / Fernando Ribeiro
40. My Dying Bride - Songs Of Darkness, Words Of Light
2005 / Aaron Stainthorpe
41. Nevermore - This Godless Endeavor
2005 / Warrel Dane
42. Noekk - The Water Sprite
2005 / Thomas Helm
43. Opeth - Watershed
2008 / Mikael Åkerfeldt
44. Overkill - The Electric Age
2012 / Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth
45. Pain Of Salvation - The Perfect Element, Part I
2000 / Daniel Gildenlöw
46. Pantera - Vulgar Display Of Power
1992 / Philip Hansen "Phil" Anselmo
47. Paradise Lost - Faith Divides Us - Death Unites Us
2009 / Nick Holmes
48. Periphery - Periphery II: This Time It's Personal
2012 / Spencer Sotelo
49. Pharaoh - Bury The Light
2012 / Tim Aymar
50. Protest The Hero - Fortress
2008 / Rody "Cheese" Walker
51. Psycroptic - Ob(Servant)
2008 / Jason Peppiatt
52. Riverside - Out Of Myself
2003 / Mariusz Duda
53. Savatage - Hall Of The Mountain King
1987 / John Nicholas "Jon" Oliva
54. Scar Symmetry - Pitch Black Progress
2006 / Christian Älvestam
55. Scariot - Momentum Shift
2007 / Øyvind "Maztema" Hægeland
56. Shaolin Death Squad - Intelligent Design
2006 / Androo O'Hearn
57. Sieges Even - Sophisticated
1995 / Greg Keller
58. Sleepytime Gorilla Museum - In Glorious Times
2007 / Nils Frykdahl
59. Sodom - Sodom
2006 / Tom "Angelripper" Such
60. Space Odyssey - The Astral Episode
2005 / David Fremberg
61. Stolen Babies - There Be Squabbles Ahead
2006 / Dominique Lenore Persi
62. Symphony X - The Odyssey
2002 / Russell Allen
63. Testament - The Formation Of Damnation
2008 / Chuck Billy
64. Textures - Silhouettes
2008 / Eric Kalsbeek
65. Textures - Dualism
2011 / Daniel de Jongh
66. The Foreshadowing - Days Of Nothing
2007 / Marco Benevento
67. Tool - Lateralus
2001 / Maynard James Keenan
68. Uneven Structure - Februus
2011 / Matthieu Romarin
69. Vangough - Between The Madness
2013 / Clay Withrow
70. Vektor - Outer Isolation
2011 / David Disanto
71. Veni Domine - Spiritual Wasteland
1998 / Fredrik Ohlsson
72. Vintersorg - Orkan
2012 / Andreas "Vintersorg" Hedlund
73. Vulture Industries - The Tower
2013 / Bjørnar Erevik Nilsen
74. Warning - Watching From A Distance
2006 / Patrick Walker
75. Wastefall - Self Exile
2006 / Domenik Papaemmanouil
76. Wintersun - Wintersun
2004 / Jari Mäenpää
77. Witherscape - The Inheritance
2013 / Dan Swanö
78. Wolverine - Communication Lost
2011 / Stefan Zell



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Troy Killjoy - 08.01.2014 at 22:23  
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.
Stunning Cactus - 14.01.2014 at 08:16  
Written by Erik M. on 08.01.2014 at 21:20

Written by Stunning Cactus on 06.01.2014 at 10:48

Oh, come on...

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.
CryVer - 22.01.2014 at 23:00  
I would recommend Tallest Tree (Henrik Båth of Darkwater):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdBqO5iwNzQ
Lit. - 24.01.2014 at 01:20  
Oh, you know who else would look good on here? Sebastian Bach and Blackie Lawless.
Kitharistas87 - 01.02.2014 at 21:04  
You can check my list about the greatest vocalists in rock/metal in the following link:

http://www.metalstorm.net/users/list.php?list_id=3039
Hex_Omega - 04.02.2014 at 10:20  
Not exactly metal but you are gonna love this

Ravenous - 02.04.2014 at 21:27  
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.
Panterica - 14.04.2014 at 17:26  
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:
Daniel Tompkins
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uko4wlNZv_U
Oshe O'Hara
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=get0cXOsSXg

And of course there's Between the Buried and Me's Tommy Rogers which is insane
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRbnY8EK4Ew

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