Heavy metal has been around for more than 50 years, starting with the Unholy Trinity, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, and Deep Purple. What started out as hard rock intensified with harsher vocals, ridiculous guitars solos, and thrashing drums, bands from the late 60s have influenced some of the greatest metal musicians of our time.
Technically speaking, heavy metal is a subgenre of rock, but some would agree that metal has evolved into a very distinctive class of its own. It has branched out to different styles and techniques such as death metal, metalcore, thrash metal, melodic death metal, and the list goes on. Forthwith, and in no particular order, here are the best metal screamers (and growlers) of our time.
Born John Michael Osbourne in England (1948), Ozzy was the frontman for Black Sabbath, a rock band formed in Birmingham in 1968. As one of the pioneers of heavy metal, Black Sabbath was one of the most popular metal bands in history.
Robert Plant was born (1948), England. He was the lead vocalist for Led Zeppelin that formed in London in 1968. Led Zeppelin achieved astounding success, sharing the same groundbreaking strides in heavy metal like Black Sabbath.
Born in England (1945), Ian Gillian is the frontman for the rock band Deep Purple formed in London in 1968. Ian Gillian fronted many other bands throughout the years, including a not-so-successful attempt at standing as frontman for Black Sabbath.
Born Mitchell Adam Lucker in California (1984), Mitch was the lead vocalist of the deathcore band, Suicide Silence formed in 2002. To the utter devastation of his fans, he passed away in a motorcycle accident (2012), not long after his 28th birthday. Eddie Hermida joined the band in 2013 as the new lead vocalist.
Mike Hranica was born in Ohio (1988). He is the frontman for The Devil Wears Prada, a metalcore band formed in 2005, Ohio. The band started as a Christian metal band, but it appears that they have moved away from the religious connection over the years.
Born in Iowa (1973) as Corey Todd Taylor, he is best known for being the lead vocalist for the heavy metal band Slipknot, formed in 1995. Before Tylor joined Slipknot in 1997, he fronted his rock/metal band Stone Sour.
James Alan Hetfield was born in California (1963). Hetfield is the frontman for the heavy metal band Metallica, which was formed in 1981. The band went down as one of the most commercially successful of all time.
Born Philip Hansen Anselmo in Louisiana (1968). Hensen was the lead vocalist for metal bands Pantera (formed in 1981), Down (formed in 1991), and (Superjoint formed in 2003). He joined Pantera in 1987, and along with the Abbot brothers and Rex Brown, they were the most successful line-up until the band dismembered in 2003.
Paul Bruce Dickinson was born in England (1958). In 1981, joined the heavy metal band Iron Maiden that formed back in 1975. While best known for being the lead vocalist for the band through many of their successful albums, Bruce has more going on behind the stage.
Born in New York (1967), Chuck Schuldiner was the lead vocalist for the extreme metal band Death that formed in Florida, 1984. His band is what set the rise of death metal into motion. However, after Chuck lost his battle with cancer in 2001, the band dismembered.
Robert John Arthur Halford was born in England (1951); he is best known as the frontman for the heavy metal band Judas Priest formed in 1969, Birmingham. His fans like to refer to Rob as the Metal God.
Ronnie James Dio
Born Ronald James Padavona in New Hampshire (1942) and passed away from cancer in 2010. Ronnie James was involved in numerous rock and metal bands during his career, but to most, he was known as the frontman for the heavy metal band Dio formed in 1982.
Phil Bozeman was born in Tennessee (1985). He is the lead vocalist for the deathcore band Whitechapel, formed in 2006. Whitechapel fans believe that Phil Bozeman is one of the pioneers of the deathcore style.
Born in Wales (1980), Matthew Tuck is best known for fronting the metalcore band, Bullet for my Valentine, formed in 1998 under the initial band name of Jeff Killed John. Tuck was involved in another metalcore band named AxeWound, but not as the lead vocalist.
Oliver Sykes was born in England (1986) and is the frontman for the metal band, Bring Me The Horizon, formed in 2004. Sykes also featured in Lotus Eaters’ new single “Obliterate” (which was released earlier in 2021).
Born in Sweden (1973), Johann Hegg is the lead vocalist for the melodic death metal band Amon Amarth formed in 1992. There was a thing going around that Amon Amarth is a Viking metal band, but Hegg stated in an interview that they only wrote about Vikings and had no idea what Viking metal is supposed to be.
Born Matthew Charles Sanders in California (1981) and known professionally as M. Shadows, he is the frontman for the metal band Avenged Sevenfold, formed in 1999. Sadly, it appears that their second last album, Hail to The King (2013), was not their best work. Their fans’ disspointment was clearly reflected in the less than stellar sales of their last album, The Stage (2016).
Louis Marullo, aka Eric Adams, was born in New York (1952) is the lead vocalist for the heavy metal band Manowar formed in 1980. After their The Final Battle Tour, fans were under the impression that it was the “big farewell” from Manowar; however, the band has reassured fans that they are not quite done yet.
Born Chester Charles Bennington in Arizona (1976), he was the lead vocalist of Linkin Park (and Dead By Sunrise). Bennington took his own life in 2017, leaving his band members and millions of fans shattered.
Brian Hugh Warner was born in Ohio (1969) and is professionally known as Marilyn Manson. His career as a metal artist took off in 1989, and he has collaborated with artists such as Corey Taylor, Till Lindemann, and Elton John.
Born in Germany (1963), Lindemann is the frontman for the Neue Deutsche Härte metal band Rammstein, formed in 1994. The best way to experience their music is by watching or attending live shows, as their insane performances are a big part of the package.
Jonathan Howsmon Davis was born in California (1971) and is best known as the lead vocalist for the heavy metal band, Korn formed in 1993. Before his major success in Korn, he was the lead vocalist for Sexart.