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 Dave Grohl

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Famous As: Musician & Singer
Birthdate: January 14, 1969
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Warren, Ohio, United States

Regarded as one of the most popular and influential rock musicians of the 1990s and 2000s, Dave Grohl is best known for his association with the famous rock band Nirvana, for which he was the drummer. Also a singer-songwriter, Dave Grohl was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014.

 2 Tommy Lee

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: October 3, 1962
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Athens, Greece
Best known as the drummer and founding member of the bands Mötley Crüe and Methods of Mayhem, Tommy Lee Bass has been riddled with major controversies and has even spent time in jail for spousal abuse. Brash and bold, he has also been named to VH1's 100 Sexiest Artists list.
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 3 Nikki Sixx

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Famous As: Musician, Songwriter
Birthdate: December 11, 1958
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: San Jose, California, U.S

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.

 4 Lemmy

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 24, 1945
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, England
Died: December 28, 2015
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 5 Vince Neil

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: February 8, 1961
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States

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.

 6 James Hetfield

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Famous As: Musician, Songwriter
Birthdate: August 3, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Downey, California, United States

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.

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 7 Mick Mars

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: May 4, 1951
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Terre Haute, Indiana, United States
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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 8 Chad Kroeger

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: November 15, 1974
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hanna, Alberta, Canada
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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 9 Serj Tankian

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: August 21, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Beirut, Lebanon

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.

 10 Zakk Wylde

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: January 14, 1967
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bayonne

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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 11 Vinnie Paul

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Famous As: Drummer, Musician, Composer
Birthdate: March 11, 1964
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Abilene

 12 Rob Halford

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 25, 1951
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: The Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield, England

 13 Suzuka Nakamoto

Suzuka Nakamoto
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: December 20, 1997
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hiroshima, Hiroshima, Japan

 14 Andy Biersack

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Famous As: Singer/Pianist
Birthdate: December 26, 1990
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio

 15 Euronymous

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Famous As: Guitarist
Birthdate: March 22, 1968
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Egersund
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.

 16 Yngwie Malmsteen

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Famous As: Guitarist
Birthdate: June 30, 1963
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden
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 17 Shawnee Smith

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 3, 1969
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Orangeburg, South Carolina, United States

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. 

 18 Jake Cannavale

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: May 1, 1995
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States
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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 19 Paul Gray

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Famous As: bassist, musician, singer
Birthdate: April 8, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Los Angeles
Died: May 24, 2010

 20 B-Real

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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: June 2, 1970
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: South Gate, United States
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 21 Lzzy Hale

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: October 10, 1983
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Red Lion, Pennsylvania, USA

 22 Jeff Hanneman

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Famous As: Guitarist, Musician, Songwriter
Birthdate: January 31, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Oakland
Died: May 2, 2013

 23 Jani Lane

Jani Lane
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: February 1, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Akron, Ohio, USA
Died: August 10, 2011

 24 Shawn Crahan

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: September 24, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Des Moines, Iowa, United States
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 25 Dave Lombardo

Dave Lombardo
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Famous As: Drummer, Musician
Birthdate: February 16, 1965
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Havana

 26 Tom Araya

Tom Araya
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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter
Birthdate: June 6, 1961
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Viña del Mar

 27 Tommy Shaw

Tommy Shaw
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: September 11, 1953
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Montgomery, Alabama, USA

 28 Brian Posehn

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 6, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sacramento, California, USA

 29 Eric Singer

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Famous As: Drummer
Birthdate: May 12, 1958
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, USA

 30 Steve Jones

Steve Jones
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Famous As: Guitarist
Birthdate: September 3, 1955
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Shepherd's Bush, London, England

 31 Kerry King

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Famous As: Guitarist, Composer, Musician
Birthdate: June 3, 1964
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Los Angeles

 32 Mike McCready

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: April 5, 1966
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Pensacola, Florida, USA

 33 Tommy Thayer

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: November 7, 1960
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Portland, Oregon, USA

 34 Marky Ramone

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: July 15, 1952
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA

 35 Chuck Schuldiner

Chuck Schuldiner
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: May 13, 1967
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Long Island, New York, United States
Died: December 13, 2001

 36 John Corabi

John Corabi
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 26, 1959
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

 37 Rob Patterson

Rob Patterson
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Famous As: Disc jockey, Guitarist
Birthdate: November 9, 1970
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Natick

 38 DJ Ashba

DJ Ashba
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: November 10, 1972
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Monticello, Indiana, United States

 39 Benjamin Burnley

Benjamin Burnley
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: March 10, 1978
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USA

 40 Jason Everman

Jason Everman
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: October 16, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ouzinkie, Alaska, United States

 41 Matt Cameron

Matt Cameron
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: November 28, 1962
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: San Diego, California, USA

 42 Vinnie Vincent

Vinnie Vincent
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Famous As: Guitarist
Birthdate: August 6, 1952
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States

 43 Ron McGovney

Ron McGovney
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Famous As: Bassist, Musician, Guitarist, Teacher
Birthdate: November 2, 1962
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Los Angeles

 44 Mick Thomson

Mick Thomson
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Famous As: Musician, Guitarist
Birthdate: November 3, 1973
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Des Moines

 45 Scott Ian

Scott Ian
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: December 31, 1963
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Queens, New York, United States

 46 Stone Gossard

Stone Gossard
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: July 20, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, USA

 47 Massimiliano Antonio Cavalera

Massimiliano Antonio Cavalera
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Birthdate: August 4, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Belo Horizonte

 48 Sully Erna

Sully Erna
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Famous As: Vocalist
Birthdate: February 7, 1968
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Lawrence, Massachusetts, USA

 49 Neil Buchanan

Neil Buchanan
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Famous As: Television presenter
Birthdate: October 11, 1961
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Aintree, Liverpool, England, UK

 50 William DuVall

William DuVall
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: September 6, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Washington, District of Columbia, USA
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