From Hell’s Heart: Top 5 “NEW” metal singers

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Iced Earth
Iced Earth, Underworld, 20-12-12

1. Stu Block – Iced Earth
Canadian Stu Block first blew my mind in 2006 with the monster album from Into Eternity “The Scattering of Ashes“. Although it was sad to see him leave Into Eternity, he has since solidified his place in Iced Earth and to me has proven himself to be the best “new” frontman to come along in the past 10 years. I’ve seen Stu live with Into Eternity about 3-4 times and with once with Iced Earth. With Into Eternity he was able to showcase that he can do death/black metal style vocals and sing melodically a la Halford. In Iced Earth he has yet to show his full range of abilities and uses more of his middle range and no growls. Hopefully he can get to do even more vocal gymnastics with them in the future!

2. Joakim Brodén – Sabaton
Joakim does not have the range as the other singers in my top 5, but he has something else…POWER and an undeniable charisma. His gruff voice really sets the band apart from other power metal bands.

3. Tommy Karevik – Kamelot
Another unique voice in the prog/power realm was Roy Khan.  When he up and quit the band, and the music industry, many wondered how such a unique voice would be replaced. Kamelot didn’t rock the boat, and found Tommy who fit right in and now with two albums under his belt is hopefully here to stay.

4. Alessandro Conti – Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody
Here’s another guy who stepped into huge boots, and filled them well. Those boots were of course those left by Fabio Lione. Alessandro has such range, and sounds even more operatic than Fabio. For operatic metal vocals, it doesn’t get any better.

5. Todd La Torre – Queensryche
The running theme here is that 4 of the 5 are replacements. Same goes with Todd who also had a lot of people hoping for a return to METAL and to Operation Mindcrime music/vocals…it’s not as good as that, but what is? Regardless, the dude is awesome and deserves his spot in the top 5.


Aaron Yurkiewicz

1. Dorthia Cottrell (Windhand)
2. Jayson Keyser (Origin)
3. Michelle Nocon (Death Penalty)
4. Brett Campbell (Pallbearer)
5. Michael Bastholm Dahl (Artillery)




1. Joakim Broden – Sabaton
Sabaton’s leader is not the most technically gifted, nor the most versatile vocalist on this list. What he IS however, is the most charismatic and entertaining vocalist of this generation, and a hell of a front-man to boot.

2. Stu Block – Iced Earth/Into Eternity
I’m incredibly proud to have a Canadian on this list, as I’ve been a fan of Stu’s work since he first took over vocals for Into Eternity. His vocals are amazing and having seen him perform 4 times, I can safely say he has no problem doing it live as well.

3. Marc Hudson – Dragonforce
Going from obscurity to fronting arguably the biggest power metal band on the planet would undoubtedly be a daunting task, but Marc Hudson has easily stepped in and filled the huge shoes of ZP Theart.

4. Tommy Karevik – Kamelot
Another relative unknown, Karevik took over for one of the most beloved power metal vocalists ever in Roy Khan. The fact that he did with ease and style is simply astounding; but I guess having an awesome album like Silverthorn to sing on helped.

5. Nikola Mijic – Eden’s Curse
My final entry is new to me, but after playing the hell out of the 2015 live album from Eden’s Curse, Mr. Mijic has become an instant favorite. He’s a genuine talent.


Marko Syrjala


1. TODD LA TORRE (Queensryche)
Rightly self Todd La Torre is the winner on this list because you can’t find much bigger shows to fill than Geoff Tate’s. Todd wasn’t too experienced Singer before this giant step. He sang in many local band and briefly in Grimson Glory before joining Queensryche related Rising West in 2012 which then eventually led him to join Queensryche later on the same year. With Torre the band has finally returned back to its metal roots where it truly belongs.

It was hard to even imagine somebody else but Angela Gossow to front the mighty Arch Enemy but I was happily wrong. Alissa is more versatile than her predecessor and with her the band has already reached another level in their continuous success.

3. STU BLOCK (Iced Earth)
Stu continues the strong saga of great lead vocalists in Iced Earth. He may not be as personal Singer as Matt Barlow or he might not reach as high notes as The Ripper but he’s a perfect combination of them both and much more by his own.

4. TOMMY KAREVIK (Kamelot)
Tommi Karevik was virtually unknown singer before joining the Kamelot. The Swedish fireman has proved everyone that he’s more than capable Singer to replace the bands long time vocalist Roy Khan who quit totally in music business.


Helias Papadopoulos

Iced Earth
Iced Earth, Underworld, 20-12-12

1. Stu Block – Iced Earth, ex-Into Eternity
What a great range of vocals we got here? Probably the best choice for stepping in for Matt Barlow.

2. Olof Wikstrand – Enforcer
This is the vocals old school and pure heavy metal missed for so long and modern metal can’t find anywhere.

3. Kenny Hickey – Seventh Void
This is another great musical side of Kenny Hickey beyond the guitaristic one with Type O Negative.

4. Tommy Karevik – Kamelot
Tommy Karevik steps into Khan’s place, wielding his own arsenal of power metal anthems and vocal diamonds continuing the legend of Kamelot.

5. Rob Traynor-Black Water Rising
BWR is the greatest soundtrack for drinking shots in a rock bar together with friends. This is something very special. Rob Traynor knows the way to tribute great bands like Alice in Chains and Black Sabbath giving a modern lay on the heavy and old-school stuff. (not very sure if BWR is a pure metal black, but it’s heavy enough to my ears!)


Erich Heintzelman

Iced Earth
Iced Earth, Underworld, 20-12-12

1. Stu Block – Iced Earth
Stu debuted with Eternity back in 2006, though he was in smaller, mostly unknown bands prior to that. The current voice of Iced Earth, Block blew me away on DYSTOPIA and continued to astound fans on PLAGUES OF BABYLON with his versatility, passionate delivery and unmistakable power. Gifted, amazing, brilliant. You could pick any of a number of superlatives. I prefer godly.

2. Todd La Torre – Queensryche
Much like Stu Block, Torre had to fill enormous shoes and succeeded. Not so long ago, it would have been impossible to consider Queensryche without Geoff Tate. That is no longer the case.

3. Nikola Mijic – Eden’s Curse
His vocals perfectly fit the band’s style and he is a big part of why SYMPHONY OF SIN was a strong album and return for the band.

4. Tommy Karevik – Kamelot
Once again, the stranger steps in and does a kick-ass job. Even though they are from Florida, I have never much followed Kamelot. However, I have enjoyed listening to SILVERTHORN and a lot of the reasons why have to do with this guy.

5. Charlotte Wessels – Delain
Wessel’s work with Delain is to my mind the best of both worlds when it comes to female-fronted metal. Her natural range is comfortable, her timbre pleasant, and her vocals always sound relaxed and confident. That is not to say she cannot hit the upper registers because she can, but her style is a welcome diversion from the operatic approach of so many singers in this subgenre.


Top 5 new metal singers 2005-2015
This was a tricky category, not just because of the parameters dictated, but because I find the overall sound of a band is a major influence on my perception and love of the singer; and the category specified ‘singers’ not ‘frontperson’. My list was based on singers whose quality of voice could stand out a cappella. For this reason a lot of obvious choices were excluded from my list; for example, while Joakim Bróden’s singing is full of character and energy complementing the Sabaton package, I don’t think I’d have as high opinion of him as a singer if he was singing a song written where the voice is the dominant instrument.


1. Dianne van Giersbergen – Xandria
The metal family mourned when Tarju Turunen was given marching orders from Nightwish and metal lost one of the best female voices with the music quality to back her up. Many singers and bands have tried to replicate that power and very few have come close let alone matched the quality until now.

2. Tommy ReinXeed – ReinXeed
The one-man band Tommy ReinXeed bravely undertook lead vocals for this ReinXeed band/project and his voice has developed and refined since the first release in 2008.

3. Tommy Karevik – Kamelot
Smooth, charismatic and a quality live performer.

4. Daísa Munhoz – Vandroya
Powerful and melodic which covers a good range in Vandroya’s debut album. My favourite new female talent of the non-operatic style.

5. Viljami Holopainen – Arion
Looking forward to hearing this voice mature.


Anders Sandvall


1. Dregen
The notorious guitarist finally released his first solo album 2013 and man did it rock! With some kick ass vocals he deserves to be number one on my list.

2. Alissa White-Gluz – Arch Enemy
It wasn’t easy to fill the shoes of the amazing Angela Gossow when she left Arch Enemy. But the band found the perfect growler in Alissa. She’s now one of the best female growlers in the world. Arch Enemy better stick with her!

3. Daisa Munhoz  – Vandroya, Soulspell
From Brazil comes this female monster-singer who fronts his own band Vandroya and she’s also part of the metal opera Soulspell. Vandroya released their debut 2013 and we’re talking straight up heavy metal music.

4. Britta Görtz – Cripper 
From Hannover Germany comes Cripper one of the hardest thrash metal acts Europe’s even seen. Görtz growls almost as great as Angela Gossow and sure earns to be a part of this list.

5. Joel O’Keeffe – Airbourne
The entertainer from Australia fits perfect in on the list after having delivering some stunning albums with his band Airbourne. Their music screams party and beer and have a lot in common with AC/DC.



Giles Lavery, vocalist of Australia’s Dragonsclaw
Giles Lavery, vocalist of Australia’s Dragonsclaw

There were some guys like the Tony Kakko, Jens Carlsonn (Persuader), Patrick Johannson, Seeb (Orden Ogan) and a handful of other who were just a bit too old for our criteria of 2005 or later…

1. Giles Lavery (Dragonsclaw)
2. MaryAnnCotton (solo)
3. Pellek (Damnation Angels)
4. Szymon Kostro (Pathfinder)
5. Kobra Paige (Kobra And The Lotus)