Heavy Metal Musicians

A genre of rock music, heavy metal music grew mainly in the United States and the United Kingdom in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The heavy metal music is characterised by vigorous beats, loudness, and massive sound. Its performance usually encompasses aggression and machismo. Here is a list of some of the greatest heavy metal musicians of all time.

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 1 Vince Neil

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: February 8, 1961
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

Vince Neil, lead vocalist of the heavy metal band Mötley Crüe, had a successful solo career too, with albums such as Tattoos & Tequila. He owns several businesses, including a tattoo parlor and a vineyard. He was imprisoned for vehicular manslaughter in the death of Hanoi Rocks drummer Razzle.

 2 Nikki Sixx

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Famous As: Musician, Songwriter
Birthdate: December 11, 1958
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

Nikki Sixx, the co-founder, songwriter, and bassist of the heavy metal band Mötley Crüe, has also worked with side bands such as Sixx:A.M. Sixx owns a clothing line, has been part of radio shows such as Sixx Sense, and has written a bestselling memoir. He is also a talented photographer.

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 3 Lemmy

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 24, 1945
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British
Died: December 28, 2015

 4 Mick Mars

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: May 4, 1951
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Mick Mars gained fame as the guitarist for the heavy metal band Mötley Crüe and came to be known for his aggressive style of playing the instrument. He has also written songs for bands such as Crashdïet. He has suffered from ankylosing spondylitis since his teenage years. 
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 5 James Hetfield

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Famous As: Musician, Songwriter
Birthdate: August 3, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

James Hetfield is an American songwriter and musician. He is credited with co-founding one of the most popular heavy metal bands of all time, Metallica. James Hetfield is often regarded as one of the greatest guitarists and vocalists ever. Since the 1980s, Hetfield has played a key role in the success of ESP Guitars, as one of its major endorsers.

 6 Chad Kroeger

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: November 15, 1974
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Canadian
Chad Kroeger gained fame as the lead singer and guitarist of the rock band Nickelback, delivering hit singles such as How You Remind Me and topping the Canadian charts. He later co-founded the band The Suits XL and also collaborated with major artists such as Santana and Avril Lavigne.
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 7 Serj Tankian

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: August 21, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Lebanese, American

Serj Tankian is an Armenian-American record producer, singer, and songwriter. Tankian is credited with co-founding the popular band System of a Down. Renowned for his wide vocal range and unusual delivery, Serj Tankian is widely considered one of the best heavy metal vocalists of all time. Also a political activist, Tankian co-founded Axis of Justice, a non-profit organization.

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 8 Zakk Wylde

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: January 14, 1967
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

Guitarist, singer, and songwriter Zakk Wylde is best known for his stint as the lead guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne. He is also the founder, lead singer, and lead guitarist of the heavy metal band Black Label Society. He started playing guitar as a child and was already performing in bands in his teens. He also sells custom guitars and amplifiers.

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 9 Vinnie Paul

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Famous As: Drummer, Musician, Composer
Birthdate: March 11, 1964
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 10 Rob Halford

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 25, 1951
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British
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 11 Euronymous

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Famous As: Guitarist
Birthdate: March 22, 1968
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Norwegian
Died: August 10, 1993
Øystein Aarseth, better known as Euronymous, was a pioneer in the Norwegian black-metal circuit. He co-founded the band Mayhem and was its guitarist. He also launched the metal record label Deathlike Silence Productions and the black-metal record shop Helvete. A self-proclaimed Satanist, he was murdered by his bandmate Varg Vikernes.

 12 Suzuka Nakamoto

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: December 20, 1997
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Japanese

 13 Andy Biersack

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Famous As: Singer/Pianist
Birthdate: December 26, 1990
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 14 Yngwie Malmsteen

Yngwie Malmsteen
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Famous As: Guitarist
Birthdate: June 30, 1963
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Swedish

 15 Shawnee Smith

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 3, 1969
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

Actress and singer, Shawnee Smith, is best known for her role of Amanda Young in the Saw horror franchise. She began acting as a child and joined the Screen Actors Guild when she was just nine. Making her feature film debut as a young teenager, she went on to establish herself as a popular character actress in the ensuing years. 

 16 Jake Cannavale

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: May 1, 1995
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Jake Cannavale, son of actor Bobby Cannavale and screenwriter Jenny Lumet, and grandson of director Sidney Lumet, is best known for his portrayal of Diego Melendez in the Broadway comedy Fish in the Dark. He has also been seen in the series The Mandalorian and Nurse Jackie.
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 17 Paul Gray

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Famous As: bassist, musician, singer
Birthdate: April 8, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: May 24, 2010

 18 B-Real

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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: June 2, 1970
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
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 19 Lzzy Hale

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: October 10, 1983
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 20 Jeff Hanneman

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Famous As: Guitarist, Musician, Songwriter
Birthdate: January 31, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: May 2, 2013
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 21 Jani Lane

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: February 1, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: August 10, 2011

 22 Shawn Crahan

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: September 24, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 23 Dave Lombardo

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Famous As: Drummer, Musician
Birthdate: February 16, 1965
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Cuban, American

 24 Tom Araya

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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter
Birthdate: June 6, 1961
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Chilean, American
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 25 Tommy Shaw

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: September 11, 1953
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 26 Brian Posehn

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 6, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 27 Eric Singer

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Famous As: Drummer
Birthdate: May 12, 1958
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 28 Steve Jones

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Famous As: Guitarist
Birthdate: September 3, 1955
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British

 29 Kerry King

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Famous As: Guitarist, Composer, Musician
Birthdate: June 3, 1964
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 30 Mike McCready

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: April 5, 1966
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 31 Tommy Thayer

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: November 7, 1960
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 32 Marky Ramone

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: July 15, 1952
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 33 John Corabi

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 26, 1959
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 34 Chuck Schuldiner

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: May 13, 1967
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: December 13, 2001

 35 Rob Patterson

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Famous As: Disc jockey, Guitarist
Birthdate: November 9, 1970
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 36 DJ Ashba

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: November 10, 1972
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 37 Benjamin Burnley

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: March 10, 1978
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 38 Jason Everman

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: October 16, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 39 Matt Cameron

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: November 28, 1962
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 40 Vinnie Vincent

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Famous As: Guitarist
Birthdate: August 6, 1952
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 41 Alexi Laiho

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Famous As: Guitarist, Singer, Composer
Birthdate: April 8, 1979
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Finnish

 42 Ron McGovney

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Famous As: Bassist, Musician, Guitarist, Teacher
Birthdate: November 2, 1962
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 43 Mick Thomson

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Famous As: Musician, Guitarist
Birthdate: November 3, 1973
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 44 Scott Ian

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: December 31, 1963
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 45 Stone Gossard

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: July 20, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 46 Massimiliano Antonio Cavalera

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Birthdate: August 4, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Brazilian

 47 Sully Erna

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Famous As: Vocalist
Birthdate: February 7, 1968
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 48 Neil Buchanan

Neil Buchanan
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Famous As: Television presenter
Birthdate: October 11, 1961
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British

 49 William DuVall

William DuVall
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: September 6, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 50 Paul Di'Anno

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 17, 1958
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British
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