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BloodoftheKings
02-04-2012, 09:10 PM
Drafted this list out of boredom a little while ago and thought I'd make it into a full thing with blurbs and what not. I'll be listing my top 10 FAVORITE vocalist. I emphasize favorite because this list is just about the voices I personally enjoy the most and a good share of the people on this list aren't even good singers. Dio and Bruce Dickinson will not be on this list *applies flameshield*.

BloodoftheKings
02-04-2012, 09:29 PM
10. Tom Araya

http://images.wikia.com/metalandrock/images/d/df/Tom_araya.jpg
Bands: Slayer (1982-present)

You all should already know how great Tom Araya is. In my opinion Tom is the greatest thrash vocalist of all time. He's the guy the singers of all up and coming thrash bands aspire to be. His sinister delivery and high pitched screams are a big part of what made Slayer stand out above the rest. In the 90's his vocal style became more angry and pissed off sounding and he was damn good at that too. At age 50 his voice isn't quite what is was on Reign in Blood (his vocal peak IMO) but he's still brings it live and on record. :rocker:

Example: Angel of Death (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6_zsJ8KPP0) (hands down the greatest scream of all time)

slapguitarer
02-04-2012, 09:33 PM
Yeah, Tom's vocals are the only thing I like about Slayer. But I don't know if I'd put any thrash vocalist in my Top 10 metal vocalists. Hell, even 20. But that's probably because I base things like top vocalists, guitarists, bassists, etc purely on techincal ability.

Epidemic Reign
02-04-2012, 09:58 PM
I've been thinking about doing one of these.

Good start, looking forward to the rest :fist:

BloodoftheKings
02-05-2012, 01:35 AM
9. Stza (Scott Sturgeon)

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/2/26/StzaLeftover_Crack_@_MTC,_Cologne_081806.jpg/220px-StzaLeftover_Crack_@_MTC,_Cologne_081806.jpg
Bands: Choking Victim (1992-1999), Leftover Crack (2000-present), Star Fucking Hipsters (2005-present)

Stza is a bad ass motherfucker. All of his bands play a unique style that is a mix of hardcore punk, ska, and occasionally metal. He can sing both ska and hardcore and trades off the two styles very nicely. Vocally my favorite band of his has gotta be SFH but that is largely due to the female vocals of Nico de Gaillo. If you haven't checked out any of this guy's bands I highly recommend you do so.

Example: Choking Victim - 500 Channels (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIOsw2wK4os)

brutal_descent
02-05-2012, 02:45 AM
I can already tell what #1 will be...

http://www.metalsucks.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/FrankieEmmure1-500x333.jpg

BloodoftheKings
02-05-2012, 10:28 AM
I can already tell what #1 will be...

http://www.metalsucks.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/FrankieEmmure1-500x333.jpg

way to spoil it.

hellawaits77ny
02-05-2012, 10:37 AM
Tom is one of my favorites, as well. He sounds amazing since his surgery.

BloodoftheKings
02-05-2012, 10:45 AM
8. Les Claypool

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/e/e2/LesClaypool.jpg/220px-LesClaypool.jpg
Bands: Primus (1984-present), Colonel Les Claypool’s Fearless Flying Frog Brigade (2000-2004), Oysterhead (2000-2001), Colonel Claypool’s Bucket of Bernie Brains (2002-2004)

More than anyone else I have on this list I cant imagine many others feeling the same way. You cant really call Les Claypool a singer. Most of his vocals consist of quirky narration and maybe he'll sing for the chorus. The only song I can recall where he sings the whole way through is John the Fisherman. For some odd reason I really enjoy his style. I love the little random bits he'll throw in here and there (the "dog will hunt" part in Jerry was a Race Car Driver gets me every time). I also love his really zany vocals he does on songs like Sgt. Baker and Is It Luck? Not technically a good singer but he's definitely unique.

Example: Primus - Sgt. Baker (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YNFayQoTmk)

Sepultura69
02-05-2012, 11:00 AM
Tom is one of my favorites, as well. He sounds amazing since his surgery.

I couldn't agree with you more my friend. Ever since Tom put aside Head banging forever and got that brutal surgery out of the way he sounds 10 thousand times better than he has ever Been in the last decade. Especially for his age! He sounded good in 2009 at mayhem and the years before that but you could till during some of his parts he would get too winded from all the head banging to catch a breather or two. Now that he doesn't headband anymore he sounds damn near perfect on the older songs(Reign in Blood-Show no mercy era albums). You can tell a huge difference in toms Vocals now that he doesn't head bang anymore, HUGE DIFFERENCE. I bet tom is going to sound amazing at mayhem:rocker:


and i Agree 100% with you bloodofkings. Tom is a big BIG part of why I love Slayer so much. What made slayer stand out so much from other bands was Tom Arayas aggression and power and the tone that he brought to the table. Tom just stands out from every other vocalist in metal but that is just my opinion and my opinion only. Songs like "Disciple", "Live Undead", "Jesus Saves" "Postmortem" and "Dittohead" are a couple that always come to mind.

:rocker:

GarageMetal468
02-05-2012, 11:26 AM
I can already tell what #1 will be...



Wrong.

http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_ljbat9rspd1qbbcazo1_500.gif

dcmetal108
02-05-2012, 07:15 PM
Wrong.

http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_ljbat9rspd1qbbcazo1_500.gif

br00tal

BloodoftheKings
02-05-2012, 08:25 PM
7. King Diamond (Kim Bendix Petersen)

http://s11.allstarpics.net/images/orig/k/7/k7jevrdyvtokj7vo.jpg
Bands: Mercyful Fate (1981-1999), Black Rose (1979-1981), Brats (1981), King Diamond (1985-present)

What can ya' say about the King that hasn't already been said? He has the highest fucking voice in all of metal and maybe even all of music. I'm totally stoked about the king's return, and recent videos show he's still got it. His ability to hit high notes at that kind of age is only matched by the next entry on this list.

Example: King Diamond - Welcome Home (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJH0eBtnbcs&ob=av2e)

slapguitarer
02-05-2012, 08:44 PM
King Diamond! :party: :rocker: :bowdown:

Also one of my favorites.

Epidemic Reign
02-05-2012, 10:19 PM
Hail to the King, baby.

His ability to hit high notes at that kind of age is only matched by the next entry on this list.

rh?

BloodoftheKings
02-05-2012, 10:26 PM
6. Rob Halford

http://assets.rollingstone.com/assets/images/story/rob-halfords-longtime-manager-suing-him-for-breach-of-contract-20111102/1000x306/main.jpg
Bands: Judas Priest (1973-1991,2003-present), Halford (1992-present), Fight (1993-1995), 2wo (1996-1998)

Same situation as my last post. What the fuck can I say? One of the most iconic voices in the history of heavy metal. The Fucking METAL GOD. Halford's vocals were amazing on all the 70's and 80's Priest albums but my favorite performance from him is on Painkiller. I'd say that Halford on that album is probably the greatest vocal performance in the history of heavy metal. He sounds like he's singing like his life depends on it. The ending scream of the title track leaves me with my jaw on the floor every time I listen to it.

Example: Judas Priest - Painkiller (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXHnTKcjTL0)

elturtleboy
02-05-2012, 10:40 PM
Stza <3

metallicbrian666
02-06-2012, 04:56 AM
I don't know if I'd put any thrash vocalist in my Top 10 metal vocalists. Hell, even 20. But that's probably because I base things like top vocalists, guitarists, bassists, etc purely on techincal ability.
Douche

Cool list!

ravenheart
02-06-2012, 06:23 AM
Yeah, Tom's vocals are the only thing I like about Slayer. But I don't know if I'd put any thrash vocalist in my Top 10 metal vocalists. Hell, even 20. But that's probably because I base things like top vocalists, guitarists, bassists, etc purely on techincal ability.

Bobby Elsworth would make my list. He'd be the only one though.

IrritatedTrout
02-06-2012, 08:08 AM
Araya, Halford, and Claypool are good picks.

BloodoftheKings
02-06-2012, 10:17 AM
5. Milo Aukerman

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3632/3347349615_c7e4697c94.jpg
Bands: Descendents (1978-present)

Milo is a pretty close second for my favorite punk vocalist. In a time where hardcore punk frontmen were all tough guys and anarchist, Milo was just a nerd. He wasn't angry at the government or the police, he was angry about getting bullied and being put in the friendzone. Only their first EP and full length were really hardcore, then they went on to become one of the first ever pop punk bands. For many people (myself included) Milo is one of the most relatable frontmen in punk. He's very believable when he sings, he always sounds like he really means it. He also had a phd in biochemistry. Just thought i'd put that out there.

Example: Coolidge/Everything Sucks live at Pinkpop '97 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9PwJ5YE54CI)

Sanitarium78
02-06-2012, 12:01 PM
7. King Diamond (Kim Bendix Petersen)

http://s11.allstarpics.net/images/orig/k/7/k7jevrdyvtokj7vo.jpg
Bands: Mercyful Fate (1981-1999), Black Rose (1971-1989), Brats (1981), King Diamond (1985-present)

What can ya' say about the King that hasn't already been said? He has the highest fucking voice in all of metal and maybe even all of music. I'm totally stoked about the king's return, and recent videos show he's still got it. His ability to hit high notes at that kind of age is only matched by the next entry on this list.

Example: King Diamond - Welcome Home (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJH0eBtnbcs&ob=av2e)

In all my years of listening to him it still blows my mind what he does with his voice. Not just the high notes but all his voices. I'm not sure if he's had any training or the vocals just come natural but what he does with his voice is phenomenal.

Indestructible
02-06-2012, 12:57 PM
7. King Diamond (Kim Bendix Petersen)

http://s11.allstarpics.net/images/orig/k/7/k7jevrdyvtokj7vo.jpg
Bands: Mercyful Fate (1981-1999), Black Rose (1971-1989), Brats (1981), King Diamond (1985-present)
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Black Rose was around that long? I thought they were only around a few years in the 70's

BloodoftheKings
02-06-2012, 01:49 PM
Black Rose was around that long? I thought they were only around a few years in the 70's

I don't know where I got the info from, just fixed it.

BloodoftheKings
02-06-2012, 02:12 PM
4. Devin Townsend

http://img.getglue.com/recording_artists/devin_townsend/normal.jpg
Bands: Devin Townsend band/project/whatever (1998-present), Strapping Young Lad (1994-2007), Punky Bruster (1996), Steve Vai (1993)

I strongly believe Devin Townsend is the greatest all around musician alive. There's nothing this man cant do. Vocally he's just as amazing as is he at guitar and songwriting. He can scream, he can growl, and he can sing like a fucking bird. Devy would be a great vocalist if he was only capable of one of these styles but the fact that he has mastered all these different style is godly. His booming screams he does in SYL and some of his solo works make for very brutal and chaotic songs, his soaring singing vocals are always epic, and his soft vocals you hear on albums like Ki and Ghost are beautiful and soothing. Devin often uses vocal effects in his music but live he still sounds just as good as he does on record. This man is truly one of the greatest musicians the world has ever seen.

Example: Devin Townsend - By Your Command (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CggKmuiY198)

BloodoftheKings
02-06-2012, 10:28 PM
3. Jello Biafra (Eric Reed Boucher)

http://s11.lucyphotos.com/images/orig/n/i/ni0syq7ufr2zfu2y.jpg
Bands: Dead Kennedys (1978-1986), Lard (1988-2000), Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine (2008-present), and numerous collaborations throughout the 90's and 2000's.

Jello is my favorite punk vocalist and my favorite lyricist in music. Whenever you hear Jello's voice you know it's him. That, his lyrics, and the personality he brings into his music is what makes him one of punk's top frontmen. Jello is a smart dude too. His lyrics are far beyond the typical "fuck the system" kinda stuff. Trust Your Mechanic is one of the truest songs ever written IMO. Apparently there's some bullshit Dead Kennedys lineup doing tours lately but i'm not even gonna bother checking that out. With all due respects to East Bay Ray, Jello is the Dead Kennedys.

Example: Dead Kennedys - We’ve Got a Bigger Problem Now (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PfH263OAG0A)

Epidemic Reign
02-06-2012, 10:38 PM
I've never been a huge fan of DK or very many punk bands in general, but I've always loved Jello's vocals regardless. He truly has a tremendously iconic voice. Good choice!

slapguitarer
02-07-2012, 03:35 PM
Jello is definitely a cool singer!

BloodoftheKings
02-07-2012, 04:46 PM
2. Dave Brockie (aka Oderus Urungus)

http://www.mediamikes.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/brockie-oderus.jpg
Bands: Gwar (1984-present), DBX (2001-present), X-Cops (1995-1996), Death Piggy (1982-1994)

You probably all expected this since it's no secret i'm a huge Gwar fanboy. I don't know what it is about this voice I like so much. If asked why I like his vocals so much I wouldn't really have an answer for that. I think the vocals are what really make or break the band for most people. In the 80's with Death Piggy and the first Gwar album Dave's vox were pretty much conventional punk vocals but on Scumdog's of the Universe he developed the Oderus voice. The Oderus voice went through various changes over the years. It was always more punk-ish on the 90's albums, then his vocals became more metal oriented in the 2000's. Throughout all eras of Gwar there has always been a clear punk influence in his vocal style. Maybe it's just me but I often notice influence from Jello Biafra and H.R. in his singing. In DBX he uses essentially the same kinda vocals except he's not in character as a space monster. Dave really sticks out to me as one of the most unique voices in metal and I cant get enough of him.

Example: Gwar - Rock N’ Roll Never Felt So Good (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NAlYgAQy6Ys)

jd091
02-07-2012, 06:15 PM
5. Milo Aukerman

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3632/3347349615_c7e4697c94.jpg
Bands: Descendents (1978-present)

Milo is a pretty close second for my favorite punk vocalist. In a time where hardcore punk frontmen were all tough guys and anarchist, Milo was just a nerd. He wasn't angry at the government or the police, he was angry about getting bullied and being put in the friendzone. Only their first EP and full length were really hardcore, then they went on to become one of the first ever pop punk bands. For many people (myself included) Milo is one of the most relatable frontmen in punk. He's very believable when he sings, he always sounds like he really means it. He also had a phd in biochemistry. Just thought i'd put that out there.

Example: Coolidge/Everything Sucks live at Pinkpop '97 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9PwJ5YE54CI)

Fuck yeah! :party:

jd091
02-07-2012, 06:16 PM
I can already tell what #1 will be...

http://www.metalsucks.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/FrankieEmmure1-500x333.jpg
Amazing!
Wrong.

http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_ljbat9rspd1qbbcazo1_500.gif

EVEN MORE AMAZING!

Crionics
02-07-2012, 06:37 PM
Will be seeing Dave Brockie for the second time this year in March, ujelly? ;)

BloodoftheKings
02-07-2012, 06:41 PM
HERE IT IS! #1 MOTHERFUCKERS

1. Frankie Palmeri

http://i.imgur.com/OwtkC.jpg
Bands: Emmure (2003-present)

Well you can thank Lincoln for spoiling it on the first page but is it really a surprise anyway? There's no denying that Emmure is the most technical and brutal thrash metal band ever, and Frankie is probably the main reason this band is so great. The way he trades off his brutal screams with his more gentle spoken vocals show us the true nature of Frankie's character, and really complements the bands complex, diverse, and often beautiful songs. Another one of Frankie's many talents is his rapping. He has an ill flow and can easily put down KRS One in a rap battle. The fact that Frankie has revolutionized hip hop, metal, hardcore, and probably many other genres we don't know about yet, proves that he is probably the single most important musician of our generation.

Example: Solar Flare Homicide (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xn2A_dXoIAA)

jd091
02-07-2012, 06:43 PM
HIS NAME IS THANOS

GET IT RIGHT, GODDAMMIT :mad:

jd091
02-07-2012, 06:46 PM
Seriously, though, what an attractive man.

http://30.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lqruqkVbWq1qff6ioo1_500.gif

http://26.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lkr3dxYiKi1qcyeoao1_500.gif

Epidemic Reign
02-07-2012, 06:59 PM
*inb4aprilfools*

dcmetal108
02-07-2012, 07:51 PM
Seriously, though, what an attractive man.

http://30.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lqruqkVbWq1qff6ioo1_500.gif

http://26.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lkr3dxYiKi1qcyeoao1_500.gif

That second pic is kinda cool. :eyes:

jd091
02-07-2012, 08:09 PM
That second pic is kinda cool. :eyes:

I non-ironically love that video.

hellawaits77ny
02-07-2012, 09:14 PM
What a dumbass. Well, I suppose it's cool that they don't take themselves too seriously. At least, I HOPE they don't.

BloodoftheKings
02-09-2012, 09:57 PM
Alright enough trollanz, HERE'S #1 FO REAL REALZ, NOT FO PLAY PLAY

1. Mike Patton

http://www.radiometal.com/images/posts/2010/03/patton.jpg
Bands: Faith No More (1989-present), Mr. Bungle (1984-2000), Fantomas (1998-present), Tomahawk (2000-present), Peeping Tom (2000-present), The Dillinger Escape Plan (2002)

Mike Patton is the greatest vocalist of all time. This is not my opinion, this is a fact. Not only is he a great singer, he also functions as a human sound effects machine. In a some of his projects (most notably Fantomas) he just makes noises, with no lyrics at all, and it's still awesome. He's also the greatest screamer ever. Screaming isn't even his main talent and he's infinitely better than any metalcore vocalist. He's also a fairly decent rapper. You can credit/blame him for kickstarting the nu metal movement with the rapping he did on a few FNM tracks in the early 90's. Mike Patton has reached the status where he can do whatever the fuck he wants and his fans will love it regardless. The last few FNM records, and the 3 Mr.Bungle albums have all been variety shows and he continues to show an incredible amount of variety in his music in all of his other projects. You can also thank this motherfucker for the voicing the zombies in the Left 4 Dead games and those tentacle things in the Darkness games. One example song can't possibly do Mr. Patton justice so I had to add more.

Examples: Mr. Bungle - Squeeze Me Macaroni (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQ7p623CBvI)
Mr. Bungle - Air Conditioned Nightmare (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLJmrEkTpeI&feature=related)
Faith No More - Evidence (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPuSJeVOw7I)
Faith No More - Cuckoo For Caca (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCyMilBrC34)
Fantômas - Rosemary's Baby (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrSqZzkCgAU)

slapguitarer
02-10-2012, 08:22 AM
Solid choice for #1!