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In progress and subject to change. I narrowed it down to as few as I could and it basically stops with these 12 (with the top 6 being the only ones that would "always" remain, while the bottom 6 could be subjected to change on a regular basis). If I had included any more singers, I'd have to do a top 30 or something to make it fair. These are, more or less, my all-time favorite (male) singers. Each is represented by a time-period (according to studio albums) of their voice that certifies them among my favorites and also one album (because of how they use their vocals in that album, because of the actual sound of their vocals in that album's production, etc) having some of their finest performances in my opinion.

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1. Hansi Kürsch [Blind Guardian, Demons & Wizards] - 1999 - 2012 (Demons & Wizards - "Touched By The Crimson King")
2. Russell Allen [Symphony X, Allen/Lande, Star One] - 2002 - 2013 (Symphony X - "The Odyssey")
3. Matthew Barlow [Ashes Of Ares, ex-Iced Earth, ex-Pyramaze] - 2001 - 2008 (Iced Earth - "The Crucible Of Man")
4. Tommy Karevik [Seventh Wonder, Kamelot] - 2006 - 2013 (Seventh Wonder - "Mercy Falls")
5. Michelle Luppi [Secret Sphere, ex-Vision Divine] - 2003 - 2012 (Secret Sphere - "Portrait Of A Dying Heart")
6. Andi Deris [Helloween, ex-Pink Cream 69] - 2003 - 2013 (Helloween - "Keeper Of The Seven Keys The Legacy")
7. Roy Khan [ex-Kamelot, ex-Conception] - 1999 - 2010 (Kamelot - "Ghost Opera")
8. Bruce Dickinson [Iron Maiden, Solo] - 1997 - 2010 (Iron Maiden - "Dance Of Death")
9. Daniel Heiman [Lost Horizon] - 2001 - 2003 (Lost Horizon - "A Flame To The Ground Beneath")
10. Bernhard Weiss [Axxis] - 2004 - 2012 (Axxis - "Paradise In Flames")
11. Johnny Gioelli [Axel Rudi Pell, Hardline] - 1998 - 2012 (Axel Rudi Pell - "Mystica")
12. Rob Halford [Judas Priest, Solo] - 1990 - 2008 (Judas Priest - "Nostradamus")



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BlackHalo83 - 25.03.2013 at 22:49  
Written by Iamawalker on 25.03.2013 at 11:59

Written by BlackHalo83 on 25.03.2013 at 01:43

Roy Khan is number 1 in my book, cool list man


Thanks! Yeah, I had actually expected beforehand that Roy would get slightly higher on it, but he did get 7th place out of a starting list of about 40 singers so he should be satisfied, lol. I love his voice! His performance on the One Cold Winter's Night is one of my absolute favorites. The sound of his voice, how he used it, the emotion, the longevity of it... In my opinion it's one of the finest live-performances I've ever heard.

I know ! He is a god, I got to check out more of live videos, Tommy saved Kamelot, Silverthorn is a good album, not as good as any Khan albums but its good for a debut of his talent:)
Monolithic - 26.03.2013 at 06:47  
Written by Iamawalker on 25.03.2013 at 21:41

Written by Monolithic on 25.03.2013 at 19:19

Written by Iamawalker on 25.03.2013 at 17:19

Written by Monolithic on 25.03.2013 at 14:08

Great list you've got there.


Thanks man!
By the way, what's your favorite singer(s)?

Well my list is a bit "different".
Rob Halford, Dax Riggs (Acid Bath), James Hetfield, Robert Smith,Ronnie James Dio, , Manne Ikonen (Ghost Brigade), Laurie (Tondesboden), Anneke, Vincent Cavanagh, Jonsi (Sigur Ros), Joseph Ramirez (Junius) and Carl Mccoy (Fields of the Nephilim)


Halford, Dio and Hetfield are the ones I know about here, the rest I've never heard of. *curious*

Really? Cavanagh is best known as the frontman of Anathema. I'm surprised that you're not into them.
Fritillaria - 26.03.2013 at 09:47  
Vincent Cavanagh ?! :O what's specific about his vocals, he's just a vocal.
Jpageforever - 26.03.2013 at 15:05  
Well, they do a lot of what you might call "high-energy" music. Since I've Been Loving You is a slower song, but it has more of a blues vibe than Stairway to Heaven
Iamawalker - 26.03.2013 at 18:49  
Written by Monolithic on 26.03.2013 at 06:47

Really? Cavanagh is best known as the frontman of Anathema. I'm surprised that you're not into them.


Yes, I've never heard their music. Would be cool if you'd recommend a song to me, I'll check it out.
Iamawalker - 26.03.2013 at 18:54  
Written by Guest on 25.03.2013 at 12:05

haha yeah got you but still I didn't change my opinion add him or



It seems this "fight" will not end until I buy a Skid Row album, listen to it, and place this good 'ol Bach on the number one spot, haha!

Btw, what's your favorite album with him?
Iamawalker - 26.03.2013 at 19:01  
Written by Jpageforever on 26.03.2013 at 15:05

Well, they do a lot of what you might call "high-energy" music. Since I've Been Loving You is a slower song, but it has more of a blues vibe than Stairway to Heaven


That was a really nice song! Not my usual thing, but damn, there was something special about this. The laidbackness of it all and dude's got a sick voice, in a good way.
Iamawalker - 26.03.2013 at 19:06  
Written by BlackHalo83 on 25.03.2013 at 22:49

I know ! He is a god, I got to check out more of live videos, Tommy saved Kamelot, Silverthorn is a good album, not as good as any Khan albums but its good for a debut of his talent:)


Yeah, I agree! (But I personally feel Silverthorn is a masterpiece and completely on the same level as the Khan-fronted albums) It will be exciting to see where they'll go now and what Karevik's contribution may do to their sound even more.

EDIT: By the way, what do you think about Seventh Wonder?
BlackHalo83 - 26.03.2013 at 21:52  
Written by Iamawalker on 26.03.2013 at 19:06

Written by BlackHalo83 on 25.03.2013 at 22:49

I know ! He is a god, I got to check out more of live videos, Tommy saved Kamelot, Silverthorn is a good album, not as good as any Khan albums but its good for a debut of his talent:)


Yeah, I agree! (But I personally feel Silverthorn is a masterpiece and completely on the same level as the Khan-fronted albums) It will be exciting to see where they'll go now and what Karevik's contribution may do to their sound even more.

EDIT: By the way, what do you think about Seventh Wonder?

Cool band, I mean they are good but I feel that I haven't see the best of them yet.
Fritillaria - 26.03.2013 at 22:39  
Written by Iamawalker on 26.03.2013 at 18:54

Written by Guest on 25.03.2013 at 12:05

haha yeah got you but still I didn't change my opinion add him or



It seems this "fight" will not end until I buy a Skid Row album, listen to it, and place this good 'ol Bach on the number one spot, haha!

Btw, what's your favorite album with him?



well I think Slave To The Grind was their best .
Iamawalker - 26.03.2013 at 22:53  
Written by BlackHalo83 on 26.03.2013 at 21:52

Cool band, I mean they are good but I feel that I haven't see the best of them yet.


What do you mean, like "the best is yet to come, because they can do better"? Or you haven't heard much of their music and need to listen more?
Monolithic - 26.03.2013 at 23:06  
Written by Iamawalker on 26.03.2013 at 18:49

Written by Monolithic on 26.03.2013 at 06:47

Really? Cavanagh is best known as the frontman of Anathema. I'm surprised that you're not into them.


Yes, I've never heard their music. Would be cool if you'd recommend a song to me, I'll check it out.

Well, I suggest you start from "A Dying Wish" and go forward.
Iamawalker - 26.03.2013 at 23:08  
Written by Monolithic on 26.03.2013 at 23:06

Written by Iamawalker on 26.03.2013 at 18:49

Written by Monolithic on 26.03.2013 at 06:47

Really? Cavanagh is best known as the frontman of Anathema. I'm surprised that you're not into them.


Yes, I've never heard their music. Would be cool if you'd recommend a song to me, I'll check it out.

Well, I suggest you start from "A Dying Wish" and go forward.


Hmm, "A Dying Wish"... Aaaaalrighty then, thanks!
BlackHalo83 - 27.03.2013 at 01:15  
Written by Iamawalker on 26.03.2013 at 22:53

Written by BlackHalo83 on 26.03.2013 at 21:52

Cool band, I mean they are good but I feel that I haven't see the best of them yet.


What do you mean, like "the best is yet to come, because they can do better"? Or you haven't heard much of their music and need to listen more?

Both
Azarath - 27.03.2013 at 21:18  
Quote:

Dickinson - 1997 - 2010 ("Dance Of Death")
Halford - 1990 - 2008 ("Nostradamus")

Not a fan of the stuff they did in the 70's and 80's? You know, the actually classic material.


Some Zeppelin recommendations (in a similar vein and scope as "Stairway"): Achilles Last Stand, No Quarter, Kashmir.
Iamawalker - 27.03.2013 at 23:22  
Written by Azarath on 27.03.2013 at 21:18

Not a fan of the stuff they did in the 70's and 80's? You know, the actually classic material.


Some Zeppelin recommendations (in a similar vein and scope as "Stairway"): Achilles Last Stand, No Quarter, Kashmir.


Oh, yes! Especially Maiden. I'm a big fan of their 80's albums with Dickinson. And he sure did sound awesome back in those days, I just happen to prefer his vocals and how he sounds on the newer stuff. More mature, deeper, fuller, he combines the cleans and the rasps much better than in the early 90's and his range too is basically intact, it's just wider than before and ultimately in my ears he sounds more powerful (especially when comparing his perorfmances live in the 80's and those of this decade). I just happen to enjoy his voice even more from the last 10 years, than the 80's.

Priest is a band I need to dig deeper into, as I'm only completely familiar with "Nostradamus", "Angel Of Retribution" and "Painkiller". Maybe Halford was a bit more technical on "Painkiller" (amazing performances there) but the breath and emotion found in the "Nostradamus" album is almost unrivalled in my opinion. Again, he has pretty much undergone the same transformation like Bruce and Dio. The range is basically the same, but it's more mature, deeper and more emotional perhaps than before in my opinion.

And this is not to say I feel these vocalists are singing A LOT better these days, this is not what I mean, it's just that if I had to pick an era or an album, then... yeah.
What priest album would you recommend I go for next?

And btw, thanks for the Zeppelin tips, I'll check them out!
Apothecary - 29.03.2013 at 17:20  
Nice list that, thus far, has some of the most essential vocalists in metal when it comes to the sheer excellency of their vocals. However, not to sound like I'm giving a lecture, but I think this list definitely needs Warrel Dane (Sanctuary, Nevermore) and Messiah Marcolin (Candlemass, Memento Mori) on it... they're two of my favorites, at least. In addition, is this list going to exclude or include extreme metal vocalists? I ask that because when people often think of the best vocalists in metal, they often think power metal, traditional heavy metal: you know, wailing clean, operatic vocalists. But the growls and shrieks of styles such as death and black metal take much talent to develop as well, and in some cases can be taken even further by being blended with clean vocals (see Ihsahn and Mikael Akerfeldt). Just curious.
Iamawalker - 30.03.2013 at 02:29  
Written by Apothecary on 29.03.2013 at 17:20

Nice list that, thus far, has some of the most essential vocalists in metal when it comes to the sheer excellency of their vocals. However, not to sound like I'm giving a lecture, but I think this list definitely needs Warrel Dane (Sanctuary, Nevermore) and Messiah Marcolin (Candlemass, Memento Mori) on it... they're two of my favorites, at least. In addition, is this list going to exclude or include extreme metal vocalists? I ask that because when people often think of the best vocalists in metal, they often think power metal, traditional heavy metal: you know, wailing clean, operatic vocalists. But the growls and shrieks of styles such as death and black metal take much talent to develop as well, and in some cases can be taken even further by being blended with clean vocals (see Ihsahn and Mikael Akerfeldt). Just curious.


Thanks man. I'm afraid I'm not aware of Warrel Dane's or Messiah Marcolin's vocals nor their bands and projects (what albums by them would you recommend?). I'm only familiar with them by names.

No worries. It doesn't sound like that at all, I appreciate any input!

Yeah, I left out female voices alltogether for different reasons. So far I've gotten into only a few of them so I didn't really get, what should I say, the complete "feeling" for those types of voices yet (not sure if that's the word I'm looking for...). Also, I've never been nearly as big a fan of female vocals as I am of the male variety, for some reason. Wasn't sure If I actually enjoyed them that much either, for any of them to "make" the list. When I listen to more music and artists I'm sure this can and probably will change eventually, at least slightly.

Yes, I'm sure the brutal vocals are very demanding/skillfull and sometimes I love them too (mostly when they're used as effects and contrasts like "beauty and the beast" and/or especially if it's the main vocal - that you can actually hear what they're singing/growling). They're just not my cup of tea most of the time and I don't enjoy them nearly as much for anyone of those to make the list. I think the Wintersun album, Time I, is incredible and so far that guy's growls are my favorites precisely because I can actually hear pretty much every word out of his mouth and he makes it all sound natural for him in a very impressive way. This is the part of Metal where I'm a "long way from home", as I'm just beginning to get a little taste for the more brutal stuff.

Obviously this list is my subjective opinion and it's just a matter of taste. I did not think about which singers were "the best", only which ones that I personally enjoy the most (Although in the end I do think at least most of these singers are among the best... but that's only an opinion again! ). I would be curious about your list if you were to make one/have made one. Besides that you agree to a certain extent(?) with my choices, it seems that your tastes are far more reaching than mine, so that would be interesting to see.

(Sorry for the long post )

EDIT: I read your post and clumsy me thought it said "female metal vocalists".
Apothecary - 30.03.2013 at 02:49  
Written by Iamawalker on 30.03.2013 at 02:29

I'm afraid I'm not aware of Warrel Dane's or Messiah Marcolin's vocals nor their bands and projects (what albums by them would you recommend?)

Definitely check out Nevermore's Dreaming Neon Black and Candlemass's Nightfall. Fantastic vocal delivery from Warrel and Messiah, respectively.
If you like stuff on this list along the lines of Helloween and Symphony X-type vocals, then I'm pretty sure you'll dig them too.
Akula - 30.03.2013 at 19:47  
Written by Iamawalker on 19.03.2013 at 02:03

Written by Akula on 18.03.2013 at 21:36

No Dio and Gillan?. That list is worthless.


I love Ronnie James Dio and I think of him at the level of pretty much everyone I included. But I tried to narrow it down as far as I could and that means I had to exclude more singers than I included, one of them being Dio. There were others as well; Michael Kiske, Timo Kotipelto, Fabio Lione, Andre Matos, Tom Englund, Jørn Lande, Lance King, Johnny Lindqvist, etc, etc... They're all fantastic singers, no doubt. I recognize Gillan but I'm not familiar with his voice or his work. I'll look him up, thanks for the tip.


You will not regreat . Look for the early works in DP and solo.
Azarath - 31.03.2013 at 23:56  
Written by Iamawalker on 27.03.2013 at 23:22

Oh, yes! Especially Maiden. I'm a big fan of their 80's albums with Dickinson. And he sure did sound awesome back in those days, I just happen to prefer his vocals and how he sounds on the newer stuff.

Priest is a band I need to dig deeper into, as I'm only completely familiar with "Nostradamus", "Angel Of Retribution" and "Painkiller". [...] What priest album would you recommend I go for next?

OK then, interesting. I prefer 80's Maiden. I think Dicksinson does a great job on Brave New World, but there are a couple of songs on The Final Frontier where his voice sounds really strained ("Mother of Mercy", the chorus of "The Talisman"). He really shines on some of the softer, acoustic moments like the intros to "The Legacy" and "The Talisman" (where he is in full storytelling mode). I can agree that he has matured there.

I haven't really listened to their new stuff that much, but my favourite Priest albums are the 'S' trilogy from the 70's - Sad Wings of Destiny, Sin After Sin, Stained Class. To me that's Priest's peak, so I would recommend those 3.
Iamawalker - 06.04.2013 at 21:50  
Written by Azarath on 31.03.2013 at 23:56

OK then, interesting. I prefer 80's Maiden. I think Dicksinson does a great job on Brave New World, but there are a couple of songs on The Final Frontier where his voice sounds really strained ("Mother of Mercy", the chorus of "The Talisman"). He really shines on some of the softer, acoustic moments like the intros to "The Legacy" and "The Talisman" (where he is in full storytelling mode). I can agree that he has matured there.

I haven't really listened to their new stuff that much, but my favourite Priest albums are the 'S' trilogy from the 70's - Sad Wings of Destiny, Sin After Sin, Stained Class. To me that's Priest's peak, so I would recommend those 3.


Sometimes I really like when singers are straining, it may add even more to the emotional aspect of it. The chorus for The Talisman is one such instance where I feel it works beneficially. Then on the other hand, I agree that Mother Of Mercy is overbearing the "strain" at times (which to my ears sound a bit puzzling as it doesn't seem like one of the most demanding songs from a vocal-point-of-view on the album, but who knows).

Thanks man, I still have a lot to dig through when it comes to Priest. Their 70's stuff really looks to be the material that people cherish the most, so I think I'll snag one of those.

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