From Hell’s Heart: Top 5 “NEW” metal singers
This list is meant to highlight NEW TALENT. For our purposes, that is defined as a singer who made their professional recording debut in the past 10 years (from 2005-2015). This means the singer was not on any recorded label releases prior to 2005. Keeping that in mind, we focus on some of the younger/newer talent that is out there.
We asked our staff to give us their top 5 selections and some thoughts on them. Check out the results below.
The Top 5
#1. Stu Block
Iced Earth frontman (formerly of Into Eternity) easily takes the #1 spot as he was so highly placed in many of our individual lists. Stu fronted the excellent prog/death metal band Into Eternity for two albums, and was then recruited to the lead vocalist spot for the mighty Iced Earth in 2011.
#2. Tommy Karevik – Kamelot
Swede Tommy Karevik officially became a member of Kamelot in 2012 replacing Roy Khan. Before Kamelot, Tommy was in the lesser known band Seventh Wonder.
#3. Todd La Torre – Queensryche
Although most of us first heard Todd La Torre’s name in 2010 as the vocalist for Crimson Glory, his tenure with the band did not produce a studio release. In 2012 Todd became the new vocalist for Queensryche. With his placement at #3, it’s clear he’s been welcomed by us and metal fans with open arms.
#4. Joakim Brodén – Sabaton
Although Sabaton began in 1999, it wasn’t until 2005 that the first studio album, Primo Victoria, was unleashed. They fit out criteria here because the release prior to this was a demo. Joakim offers something different to power metal with gritty, powerful, yet melodic vocals…and he is an excellent enthusiastic and energetic frontman!
#5. Alissa White-Gluz – Arch Enemy
The only non-clean singer, and only female, to make our list is another Canadian, Alissa White-Gluz. She first gained attention in her Montreal based band The Agonist (where she employed both clean and growing vocals), and also as a guest with Kamelot. In 2014 she joined the melodic death metal band Arch Enemy.