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    Posted: 08 May 2015 at 4:38pm
...Or vocalists from any bands in the MMA MR sub-genres. Wink

Post your favourite vocalists here, with samples please. No limit on how many you want to post.

My list in no order, but ladies first:

Female vocalists:

Sharon den Adel (Within Temptation)



Simone Simons (Epica)



Floor Jansen (ReVamp, Nightwish, After Forever)



Her performance on the latest Nightwish isn't her best IMO though.

Jill Janus (Huntress)



Nehl Aëlin (Akphaezya)



Kobra Paige (Kobra and the Lotus)



Nina Osegueda (A Sound of Thunder)



Ann Marie Nacchio (MorningStarlett)



Jennie-Ann Smith (Avatarium)



Male vocalists:

Hansi Kürsch (Blind Guardian, Demons & Wizards)



Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden)



Rob Halford (Judas Priest)



Michael Seifert (Rebellion, Wolfchant)



Nils Patrik Johansson (Wuthering Heights)



Can sound very like the late great Ronnie James Dio at times, but at others nothing like him.

Andi Deris (Helloween)



I know people tend to prefer Kiske, who is great too, but Deris seems to suit my tastes better.

Jo Amore (Nightmare)



Patrick Loisel (Augury)



I don't usually include death metal vocalists in lists like this but I like his clean singing style and his growl is pretty powerful too, so I made an exception.

Franck Garcia (Spheric Universe Experience, Operadyse)



Evan Berry (Wilderun)



I think that's enough for now, though I expect I've forgotten some. Embarrassed


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Hmmm... Toby Driver of Kayo Dot is an amazing vocalist in addition to being an amazing musician in general. Also, Mikael Akerfeldt (duh!). 
Travis Ryan of Cattle Decapitation is one of my favourite death metal vocalists, absolutely amazing. Also, I loved Lord Worm vocals in Cryptopsy, especially in Once was Not (terribly unappreciated album imo). Primordial's vocalist rocks too. Mister Curse of A Forest of Stars is also a unique vocalist and one of my favs.

And Scott Kelly/Steve von Till of Neurosis, obviously!

Jens Kidman? yeah, why not.
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Buddy Lackey/Devon Graves (Psychotic Waltz, Deadsoul Tribe):
 
Warrel Dane (Nevermore, Sanctuary):
 
Peter Steele (Type O Negative, Carnivore):
 
I might add more tomorrow.
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There are so many vocalists that I love but here are a few of my favorites:

Torben Askholm (Prophets of Doom, Anubis Gate)

Joey Belladonna (Anthrax)

Maynard James Keenan (Tool, A Perfect Circle, Puscifer)

Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden)

James Rivera (Helstar)

I'll probably add more later.


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First off, I agree with many of Adam's. Because I have so many favorites, I decided to split mine into two posts. I started with a few male vocalists before I realized it was taking forever, so here's a bunch of my favorite male vocalists for now, and then later on I'll post some female vocalists, which should be at least an equally big post, if not bigger. And obviously, both lists will just be scratching the surface, because I have way more favorites than I could ever possibly list in a reasonable amount of time or space.

Russell Allen (Symphony X)

Burton C. Bell (Fear Factory)

(Mostly because they were my favorite band when I was younger and he was the first vocalist to get me into the whole idea of mixing clean vocals and growls together. I do still occasionally listen to their music, but not as often as I used to.)

Mathias Blad (Falconer)


Christopher Bowes (Alestorm)
(I know some would say that's an odd choice because he technically isn't a very good singer at all, but the thing is when I listen to other pirate themed bands, including even the best works of Running Wild, I can't quite feel it just because the vocals sound like typical metal vocals, where Christopher is the only guy I've heard who can do a pirate impersonation while singing metal without it sounding irritating, so for that alone he stands out in my mind as one of my all time favorites.)

Joakim Bróden (Sabaton)


Attila Dorn (Powerwolf)


Tom S. Englund (Evergrey)


Tony Kakko (Sonata Arctica)


Tommy Karevik (Seventh Wonder, Kamelot)

(I like him with Kamelot as well, but he definitely sounds more distinct with Seventh Wonder.)

Roy Khan (Kamelot) 

(Not his best work, but I prefer to only use official videos.)



Timo Kotipelto (Stratovarius, Cain's Offering)


Tobias Sammet (Edguy, Avantasia)


Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear, ex-Gamma Ray)

Niilo Sevänen (Insomnium)

(Probably my favorite death metal vocalist right now.)

Michael Kiske (ex-Helloween, Unisonic)

(Had to break my own protocol here, just because his work with Helloween will never be matched, even though he still sounds great today.)

Mikael Holst (Timeless Miracle)

(Another exception, because they don't have official videos, and this is one of my all time favorite power metal songs, from my all time favorite power metal album.)


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Already seen a few mentioned that I didn't list (to stop it from being too long in most cases):

Mathias Blad (some of the most pure sounding male vocals in metal)
Tommy Karevik
Roy Khan
Mikael Åkerfeldt
Michael Kiske
Russell Allen

Originally posted by DippoMagoo DippoMagoo wrote:

Christopher Bowes (Alestorm)
(I know some would say that's an odd choice because he technically isn't a very good singer at all, but the thing is when I listen to other pirate themed bands, including even the best works of Running Wild, I can't quite feel it just because the vocals sound like typical metal vocals, where Christopher is the only guy I've heard who can do a pirate impersonation while singing metal without it sounding irritating, so for that alone he stands out in my mind as one of my all time favorites.)

I was also tempted to include him as at least an honorary mention for the same reasons. 

Here's one I didn't list but should have done:

Matt Barlow (ex-Iced Earth, ex-Pyramaze, Ashes of Ares)




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Michael Kiske is one of my favourites

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9URP2H_Yr4
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Russell Allen - Symphony X




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King Diamond (King Diamond, Mercyful Fate):
 
Steve Reynolds (Demolition Hammer):
(my favorite snarling type death/thrash vocalist)
 
Kyle Thomas (Exhorder):
 
1985-1989 James Hetfield (Metallica):
 
Tom Araya (Slayer):
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Originally posted by Nightfly Nightfly wrote:

Russell Allen - Symphony X



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^ Cheers Thumbs Up I tried embeding it which didn't seem to work.
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Royal Thunder with the stunning voice of Mlny Parsonz.



Vicious Rumors featuring sadly deceased Carl Albert.




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Here's some more:

Ronnie James Dio (Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio)


Al Jourgensen (Ministry)

Chuck Schuldiner (Death)


Angela Gossow (Arch Enemy)


Phil Anselmo (Pantera)


Denis Belanger (Voivod)




Edited by Unitron - 12 Oct 2015 at 8:15pm
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^I second Phil and Denis too. Phil used to be a great singer, who could do both the melodic and the more gruff styles with conviction. Sadly he lost the clean/melodic voice years ago.
 
Snake isn´t as such a skilled vocalist, but somehow his punked delivery just Works perfect within the odd Voivod universe.
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^Yeah, Phil's vocals are really amazing, especially on the Cowboys From Hell album. Snake's vocals do fit perfectly with Voivod's punk-infused thrash style.

More favorites:
Layne Staley (Alice in Chains)


Chris Cornell (Soundgarden)


Kobra Paige (Kobra and the Lotus)


Rob Halford (Judas Priest)



Edited by Unitron - 09 May 2015 at 1:16pm
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Masha "Scream" Arkhipova (Аркона):



Kelly Sundown Carpenter (Darkology, ex-Beyond Twilight)



And lets just add a couple of MR relevant singers:

Neal Morse (ex-Spock's Beard, Transatlantic)



Rosalie Cunningham (Purson)


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I just have to complain about something, sorry, but why does every mention of a vocalist has a youtube video with it, the page won't even load right for me (selfish of me to complain, I know, but stlll).

my list of vocalists coming soon.

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^I have to agree with you there, it does take a while to load. LOL

Now that I've posted some of my favorite metal vocalists, here are some of my favorite hard rock vocalists

Frank Bornemann (Eloy)


Bon Scott (AC/DC)


Geddy Lee (Rush)


Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin)

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^ Plant is probably my joint favourite singer of all time and while were talking hard/heavy rock here's my other favourite....

Glenn Hughes with Black Country Communion.


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^ Damn, how could I forget about Robert Plant?! Maybe because it's not exactly metal. But yeah, I love him.
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