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.

 1 Dave Grohl

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: January 14, 1969
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

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
Nationality: Greek, American
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 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.

 4 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.

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 5 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.

 6 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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 7 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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 8 Suzuka Nakamoto

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

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

 10 Jake Cannavale

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: May 1, 1995
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
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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

 12 Vinnie Paul

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

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

 14 Tommy Shaw

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

 15 Yngwie Malmsteen

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

 16 Shawnee Smith

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

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

 18 Lzzy Hale

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

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

 20 Paul Gray

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

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

 22 Dave Lombardo

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

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

 24 B-Real

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

 25 Steve Jones

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

 26 Scott Ian

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

 27 Jeff Hanneman

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

 28 Marky Ramone

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

 29 Mike McCready

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

 30 DJ Ashba

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

 31 Shawn Crahan

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

 32 Rob Patterson

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

 33 Massimiliano Antonio Cavalera

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

 34 Eric Singer

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

 35 Tom Araya

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

 36 Ron McGovney

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

 37 William DuVall

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

 38 Neil Buchanan

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

 39 Paul Di'Anno

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

 40 Stone Gossard

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

 41 Kerry King

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

 42 John Corabi

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

 43 Richard Zven Kruspe

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Birthdate: June 24, 1967
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: German

 44 Matt Cameron

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

 45 Tommy Thayer

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

 46 Chi Cheng

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Famous As: musician
Birthdate: July 15, 1970
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: April 13, 2013

 47 Karla DeVito

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 29, 1953
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 48 Ivan Moody

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 7, 1980
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 49 Sully Erna

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

 50 Jerry Only

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: April 21, 1959
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
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