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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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Chris Cornell
(Lead vocalist of the Rock Bands 'Soundgarden' & 'Audioslave')
Chris Cornell
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Birthdate: July 20, 1964
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States
Died: May 18, 2017

Singer, songwriter, and musician Chris Cornell rose to fame as the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist for the bands Soundgarden and Audioslave. One of the key figures of the 1990s grunge movement, he also had a successful solo career. Unfortunately, he suffered from depression and died of suicide at the peak of his career.

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Ozzy Osbourne
(Lead Vocalist of the Heavy Metal Band 'Black Sabbathe')
Ozzy Osbourne
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Birthdate: December 3, 1948
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Aston, Birmingham, England

The lead vocalist of the hard rock band, Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne is an iconic hard rock star. His successful stint with the band was followed by an equally successful solo career with albums like No More Tears. However, the Godfather of Metal has also attracted media glare owing to his alcohol and drug abuse issues and crazy public behaviour.

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Dave Grohl
(Founder of the Rock Band 'Foo Fighters')
Dave Grohl
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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.

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Steven Tyler
(Lead Singer of the Rock Band 'Aerosmith')
Steven Tyler
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Birthdate: March 26, 1948
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York, United States

Popularly known as the Demon of Screamin, Steven Tyler is the lead singer of the famous rock band Aerosmith. Known for his high-energy performances, Tyler is named in Rolling Stone magazine's list of 100 Greatest Singers. Also a well-known philanthropist, Tyler launched a non-profit organization called Janie's Fund and has helped raise more than $2.4 million for the organization.

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Rob Zombie
(Founding Member of the Heavy Metal band 'White Zombie')
Rob Zombie
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Birthdate: January 12, 1965
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Haverhill, Massachusetts, United States

The founding member of the popular heavy metal band White Zombie, Rob Zombie is an American singer-songwriter, voice actor, and filmmaker. Having incorporated horror and sci-fi themes into his music and lyrics from the beginning of his career, Zombie often entertains his audience visually in his live shows; he is credited with popularizing shock rock theatricality.

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Nikki Sixx
(Co-Founder and Bassist of Heavy Metal Band 'Mötley Crüe')
Nikki Sixx
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Birthdate: December 11, 1958
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: San Jose, California, United States

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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James Hetfield
(Guitarist, Co-Founder and Main Songwriter of Heavy Metal Band 'Metallica')
James Hetfield
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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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Corey Taylor
(Lead Vocalist and Lyricist of the Bands ‘Slipknot’ and ‘Stone Sour’)
Corey Taylor
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Birthdate: December 8, 1973
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Des Moines, Iowa, United States
Corey Taylor is a heavy metal singer and the lead vocalist of Stone Sour and Slipknot. He has also been associated with bands such as Apocalyptica, Anthrax, and Soulfly. He has struggled with alcoholism and drug addiction in the past and has released a tell-all autobiography named Seven Deadly Sins.
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Gene Simmons
(Bassist and Co-lead Singer of Hard Rock Band 'Kiss')
Gene Simmons
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Birthdate: August 25, 1949
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Haifa, Israel

Co-founder of the rock band Kiss, Gene Simmons is also known by his stage persona, The Demon.  With his band, he has over 25 gold-certified albums. A devoted philanthropist, he has donated to charities related to underprivileged children. He created an animated series and owns a magazine and a label.

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Vince Neil
(The Lead Vocalist & Occasional Rhythm Guitarist of Heavy Metal Band 'Mötley Crüe')
Vince Neil
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Birthdate: February 8, 1961
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: 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.

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Axl Rose
(Lead Vocalist and Lyricist of the Hard Rock Band 'Guns N' Roses')
Axl Rose
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Birthdate: February 6, 1962
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Lafayette, Indiana, United States
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer W. Axl Rose, being true to his rebel spirit, fled to Los Angeles on a bus at 17, before he co-founded the legendary hard rock band Guns N' Roses. Working as the lead vocalist/lyricist of the band, he soon became a global sex symbol. 
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Amy Dumas (Lita)
(Four-time WWE Women's Champion and One of the Greatest Female Superstars in WWE)
Amy Dumas (Lita)
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Birthdate: April 14, 1975
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States

 Amy Dumas (Lita) is an animal welfare activist, singer, and retired professional wrestler. Beginning her career as a wrestler, she was a full-time wrestler with WWE for a few years. After her retirement, she embarked on her second career as a singer and founded the punk rock band, The Luchagors. She is a dedicated animal lover as well.

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Bruce Dickinson
(Lead Singer of the Heavy Metal Band 'Iron Maiden')
Bruce Dickinson
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Birthdate: August 7, 1958
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Worksop, Nottinghamshire, England

Bruce Dickinson is an English singer-songwriter best known for his association with the heavy metal band, Iron Maiden. An important member and lead singer of the band since 1981, Dickinson is famous for his energetic stage presence and wide-ranging operatic vocal style. Also an aircraft enthusiast, Dickinson is credited with creating Cardiff Aviation, a pilot training and aircraft maintenance company.

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Sammy Hagar
(Singer-Songwriter,)
Sammy Hagar
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Birthdate: October 13, 1947
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Salinas, California, United States
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Serj Tankian
(Singer-songwriter)
Serj Tankian
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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.

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Sebastian Bach
(Heavy Metal Vocalist and Frontman of the Rock Band ‘Skid Row’)
Sebastian Bach
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Birthdate: April 3, 1968
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Freeport, The Bahamas

Sebastian Bach is a singer-songwriter best known for his association with American heavy metal band, Skid Row, where he served as frontman from 1987 to 1996. Known for his high-pitched singing style, Sebastian Bach underwent singing-related hernia surgery in 2017; it was later said that the surgery was required as he literally screamed his guts out.

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Chad Kroeger
(Musician)
Chad Kroeger
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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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Robert Trujillo
(Bassist for American heavy metal band Metallica)
Robert Trujillo
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Birthdate: October 23, 1964
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, United States
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Paul Stanley
(Co-Founder, Frontman, Rhythm Guitarist and Co-Lead Vocalist of the Rock Band 'Kiss')
Paul Stanley
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Birthdate: January 20, 1952
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York City, United States

Singer, songwriter, and painter, Paul Stanley is best known for being a co-founder of the rock band Kiss. A rhythm guitarist and co-lead vocalist of the band, he also wrote or co-wrote many of their hit songs. He has been ranked 18th on Hit Parader’s list of the Top 100 Metal Vocalists of All Time.

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Buckethead
(Guitarist Who Plays With a Bucket on His Head and Has Recorded 325 Studio Album)
Buckethead
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Birthdate: May 13, 1969
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Pomona, California, United States
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Wolfgang Van Halen
(Bassist of the Rock Band ‘Van Halen’ and Son of Eddie Van Halen)
Wolfgang Van Halen
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Birthdate: March 16, 1991
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, United States

The son of famous guitarist Eddie Van Halen, Wolfgang Van Halen is a musician and bassist. He is currently the youngest member of the popular rock band Van Halen, which was founded by his father. Over the years, Wolfgang Van Halen has contributed immensely to the success of his band.

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Zakk Wylde
(Musician)
Zakk Wylde
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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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That Poppy
(First and Currently Only Female Artist to Be Nominated in a Metal Category)
That Poppy
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Birthdate: January 1, 1995
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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Ace Frehley
(Co-founder and Former Lead Guitarist of the American Rock Band ‘Kiss’)
Ace Frehley
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Birthdate: April 27, 1951
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bronx, New York, United States

Ace Frehley is an American songwriter and musician. He is credited with co-founding the rock band Kiss, for which he served as the original lead guitarist. Renowned for his aggressive guitar-playing style, Frehley was named in Guitar World magazine's Greatest Metal Guitarist of All Time list. He is also popular for playing guitars that emit smoke to create special effects.

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Euronymous
(Guitarist)
Euronymous
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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.
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Vinnie Paul
(Former Musician best known for being the drummer and co-founder of the heavy metal band Pantera)
Vinnie Paul
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Birthdate: March 11, 1964
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Abilene, Texas, United States
Died: June 22, 2018
 27 
Rob Halford
(Singer)
Rob Halford
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Birthdate: August 25, 1951
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: The Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield, England
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Andy Biersack
(Lead Vocalist of the Rock Band ‘Black Veil Brides’)
Andy Biersack
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Birthdate: December 26, 1990
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

Andy Biersack is an American pianist and singer-songwriter. He is credited with founding a rock band named Black Veil Brides where he also serves as the lead vocalist. In 2011, Biersack was mentioned in Revolver magazine's 100 Greatest Living Rock Stars list. In 2012, he was ranked fourth in Kerrang magazine's 50 Greatest Rock Stars in the World Today list.

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Suzuka Nakamoto
(Metal Singer Best Known as a Member of the Kawaii Metal Band 'Babymetal')
Suzuka Nakamoto
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Birthdate: December 20, 1997
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hiroshima, Japan

Japanese kawaii metal sensation Suzuka Nakamoto is best known for being part of the band Babymetal. Also known as Su-metal, she entered the world of showbiz with Jewel Drop commercials and later won a kids’ audition. She has also been part of the idol girl group Sakura Gakuin.

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Phil Anselmo
(Musician)
Phil Anselmo
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Birthdate: June 30, 1968
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
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Marilyn Manson
(Lead Singer of the 'Marilyn Manson' Band)
Marilyn Manson
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Birthdate: January 5, 1969
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Canton, Ohio, United States

Singer Marilyn Manson, whose name is a juxtaposition of the names of actress, Marilyn Monroe, and serial murderer, Charles Manson, is considered a controversial figure because of the anti-Christian messages in his songs. He leans towards the social Darwinist theory. Mechanical Animals is his most successful album to date. He has also dabbled in acting and has done some movies.

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The Rev
(Musician, Drummer)
The Rev
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Birthdate: February 9, 1981
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Huntington Beach, California, United States
Died: December 28, 2009
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Tobias Forge
(Musician)
Tobias Forge
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Birthdate: March 3, 1981
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Linköping, Sweden
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Lzzy Hale
(Best Known as the Lead Singer and Rhythm Guitarist of Hard Rock Band 'Halestorm')
Lzzy Hale
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Birthdate: October 10, 1983
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Red Lion, Pennsylvania, United States

Lzzy Hale is a singer, musician, and songwriter best known as the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of the hard rock band Halestorm. She is also the co-founder of the band. She began writing and performing music as a teenager and began her career collaborating with her brother, Arejay. She has also collaborated with many other artists.    

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Jani Lane
(Singer-songwriter)
Jani Lane
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Birthdate: February 1, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Akron, Ohio, USA
Died: August 10, 2011
 36 
Glenn Danzig
(Singer-Songwriter)
Glenn Danzig
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Birthdate: June 23, 1955
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lodi, New Jersey, United States
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M. Shadows
(Singer-songwriter)
M. Shadows
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Birthdate: July 31, 1981
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Fountain Valley, California, United States
 38 
B-Real
(Rapper)
B-Real
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Birthdate: June 2, 1970
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: South Gate, United States
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Devin Townsend
(Founder, Singer-Songwriter and Guitarist for the Extreme Metal Band 'Strapping Young Lad')
Devin Townsend
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Birthdate: May 5, 1972
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New Westminster, Canada

Devin Townsend is a Canadian singer-songwriter, musician, and record producer. He is the founder of the extreme metal band Strapping Young Lad. For several years, he was its primary songwriter, vocalist, and guitarist. He also has an extensive career as a solo artist and has more than 25 albums to his name. He suffers from depression and bipolar disorder. 

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Steve Jones
(Guitarist)
Steve Jones
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Birthdate: September 3, 1955
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Shepherd's Bush, London, England
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Perry Farrell
(Frontman of the Alternative Rock Band 'Jane’s Addiction' & Creator of the Music Festival 'Lollapalooza')
Perry Farrell
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Birthdate: March 29, 1959
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Queens, New York, United States

Perry Farrell is a singer, songwriter, and musician. He is best known as the lead singer of the alternative rock band Jane's Addiction. In 1991, he created the touring festival Lollapalooza, which has since evolved into an annual destination festival. Besides music, he is an environmentalist and has worked with Global Cool in the past. 

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King Diamond
(Lead Vocalist and Lyricist for Both 'Mercyful Fate' and 'King Diamond')
King Diamond
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Birthdate: June 14, 1956
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hvidovre, Denmark
Kim Petersen AKA King Diamond is as popular for his creepy Gothic face-painted look as he is for his heavy metal tracks. The Danish singer, who performs as part of the bands Mercyful Fate and King Diamond, claims he has had paranormal experiences and also follows Satanism and the occult.
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Shawn Crahan
(Musician)
Shawn Crahan
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Birthdate: September 24, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Des Moines, Iowa, United States
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Steve Clark
(Musician)
Steve Clark
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Birthdate: April 23, 1960
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hillsborough, Sheffield, England
Died: January 8, 1991
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Tommy Shaw
(Musician)
Tommy Shaw
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Birthdate: September 11, 1953
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Montgomery, Alabama, USA
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Brian Posehn
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Birthdate: July 6, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sacramento, California, USA
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Paul Gray
(bassist, musician, singer)
Paul Gray
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Birthdate: April 8, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Los Angeles
Died: May 24, 2010
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Dave Lombardo
(Drummer, Musician)
Dave Lombardo
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Birthdate: February 16, 1965
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba
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Jeff Hanneman
(Musician, best known as a founding member and rhythm/lead guitarist of the American thrash metal band Slayer)
Jeff Hanneman
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Birthdate: January 31, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Oakland, California, United States
Died: May 2, 2013
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Eric Singer
(Drummer)
Eric Singer
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Birthdate: May 12, 1958
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, USA