Wednesday Question: Greatest Modern Frontman

Greatest as in post 2000.

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Wednesday Question: Greatest Modern Frontman

For this week's traditional Wednesday Question, we'd like you to think of all the amazing modern frontmen and answer this little thing right here:

Who is the greatest modern frontman?


  • Special rule: the debut album of the artist/band in question must be released in 2000 or later.
  • Post only one suggestion per comment after checking that your favorite wasn't already nominated (Ctrl+F and all).
  • Multiple nominations of one frontman create heavy confusion, since on one hand it's unfair to the given musician to take into consideration only the most upvoted nomination, but seeing that multiple nominations allow one user to give two or more votes to the same artist, it's also unfair to other nominees not to discard it.
  • Vote up the ideas you support and vote down the ones you dislike.

We'll sum up your votes by Friday and bring you another traditional UG top list. Show us what you got now!

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    Troy Sanders-Mastodon, granted now they all share the duties but my affinity for Mastodon started with him doing the vocals.
    Please dont delete me UG, everyone seems to have forgotten Brent Fucking Smith of Shinedown.... And i was too late.
    And nevermind i found him buried in the comments, this should have been a control F kinda moment and i made an ass out of myself. I apologize to the UG community as a whole.
    Devin Townsend of Devin Townsend Project, started in 2009.
    As much as his name gets thrown around here, I have to agree.   His energy, ability to sing/play so well, and even comedic timing are just plain captivating.  
    Joe Duplantier
    THIS! He plays guitar, writes the songs, screams like a lion and has insane stage presence! Seeing Gojira tonight in Pittsburgh and couldn't be more excited. 
    I won't be here when they come and im pissed because i missed them at ROTR a few years ago too. 
    Any song you can recommend where he's not growling in the mic? I don't think growling is much of a vocal artist.  If i can hear his lyrics or his actual voice I'll give him a chance. Just need to hear it
    There's plenty of skill and art in that.  Just try it...upload yourself doing it...and we will all have a good laugh.
    Myles Kennedy
    Doesn't count - his debut album is with a group called Cosmic Dust and it's called "Journey" (from 1991)
    However, the debut album of the band in question would be One Day Remains by Alter Bridge which was released in 2004. He didn't specify which band, and Myles Kennedy as frontman for Alter Bridge debuted in 2004, so is valid. Even as frontman of SMK&C, their debut album wa released in 2012 so is still also valid I say this because I was going to nominate Myles too haha!
    He was the frontman of The Mayfield Four, and the first full album they put out was in 1998
    That would mean Axl Rose is only disqualified on a technicality, since Chinese Democracy was the first album from a different band that just happened to have the same name.
    That's... incorrect? GnR are still the same band, different lineup. Alter Bridge is a whole brand new band which debuted in 2004. It says the artist/band, Myles would also be considered if he released his solo project now considering it'd be a whole different thing again. The band has to be considered as an entity.
    Different band. Same name. Same frontman, too, which is the important part. I was just being a dick
    Myles Kennedy should qualify. Even though he's old, he didn't do anything anyone had heard of until he joined Alter Bridge. I don't agree that he would be a new frontman if he started a new band or went solo now, though.
    He wasn't a frontman in Cosmic Dust, it's an instrumental jazz album on which he plays (some rather amazing) guitar.
    M. Shadows - whether you like his singing style or not he is near perfect live if not better than studio
    Great frontman, but dude. His screaming is not good live. Like man did you hear him do inholy confessions live?
    I'm not a fan of the band but I remember seeing this video, the dude sounds pretty good to me
    Indeed that's what he does well, but as soon as he has to do multiple lines of screaming he just starts to kinda rap/sing it? :/
    I've seen them live 4 or 5 times (maybe only played unholy confessions 2 times of those shows) and I'm consistently impressed with how good he sounds live. I've never found his screaming live really left anything to be desired.
    I believe he has said before that he was trying to get away from screaming mostly because it was begining to damage his voice. So when he does scream live he is probably a bit out of practice
    Deftones opened up for Avenged when i saw them. And Chinos vocals where so much better than Shadows. i couldnt get into them. left early
    Corey Taylor - the guy may be loud and outspoken but he puts on a hell of a show
    And yes the Slipknot self titled was released in 1999 but he is also in Stone Sour and their debut was 2002 so he counts.
    I'm confused - so you're saying that although his first album was earlier than 2000 because he had an album that he was on that came out later he counts?
    Well the rule says the album of the artist/band had to be 2000 or later. I was actually nominating him with regards to Stone Sour but then realized people might think he didn't count because of Slipknot. If we take it that he is here for Stone Sour which as a band released the debut in 2002 then he is valid. Should have made that more clear with the initial comment.
    I upvoted your suggestion, forgetting that Slipknot's first album came out in 1999, but I have a feeling UG will not allow for this technicality. Stone Sour may have released their first album in 2002, but Corey Taylor as an artist put out music pre-2000.
    Ya we'll see how they treat this one - if it generates enough upvotes I'd imagine it would stand as legitimate since that would be an excuse to put Corey Taylor into another article/news piece
    I see what you did there and Taylor is amazing but it's borderline but I'd likely give Taylor the benefit due to the borderline nature..... However if you do it simply by bands rather than the front man's career as a whole you run into the problem of where to draw the line..... For example I could nominate Scott weiland.... Due he was in stp who made their debut in 92 but then there is velvet revolver who came out in I think it was 03
    Stu Mackenzie (King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard)
    Clicked play for the King Gizzard, stayed for the Lizard Wizard.  But seriously, this band is insane, especially their microtonal album
    Einar Solberg of leprous is fantastic. Very commanding personality, great vocals, and all that behind keyboards
    I know their debut was in '99 but surely Matt Bellamy counts as modern? He has to be one of the best out there
    Claudio Sanchez.  Everything about him is, at least, very unique.
    ive only seen them in concert once a few years ago but damn was it fantastic. Claudio was running all over the stage as he played his parts of the solo to welcome home and i went bananas. Dude is a beast
    I too have seen him live. Boring as fuck. Must have been sick or something. Didn't even sound good singing.
    Matt Heafy from Trivium. He's one of my favorite musicians and a great frontman!
    Easily. The guy got his first album at 17, and was one of the helmsman for that RoadRunner project at 19. Not to mention all the genious music he made.
    Badass UltraMan
    I love Trivium and Matt is so down to Earth but as a frontman he has been utterly lifeless the few times I've seen the band. Almost looks like he doesn't even want to be there
    Oh that's odd. But hey every musician has bad shows and days. I think you've just been unfortunate to see those "bad" shows ;D
    I saw them last January on the Silence in the Snow tour and I thought that he put on an incredible show. Corey was even better (I got some great pictures from that one).
    Greg Puciato (The Dillinger Escape Plan) I know that TDEP released their debut in 1999, but technically Greg's first album with the band was "Miss Machine" (2004). And yes, of course he's an amazing frontman!
    That is true - this singer didn't start with them until afterward... I wonder if they'll count it? He is solid though - great frontman. 
    I saw Dillinger live earlier this year and I couldn't believe how consistent Greg Puciato's vocals were live. He's seriously one talented motherfucker.
    Randy Blythe
    Doesn't count - Burn The Priest came out in 1999.
    Seriously - Burn the Priest *is* LOG - they don't count haha wonder if I was downvoted by a fan who didn't know that? Randy is great but he doesn't count. Just sayin'
    They edited the article.  It didn't say that came AFTER 2000 initially.  It hinted that any active post 2000 band at first.  I made some suggestions pre 2000 as well.
    He IS the best frontman from the last 20years, but for this poll, I dont think he counts... Burn The Priest came out in 1999... But if we count only LOG, then YES, he IS the best modern frontman!!!
    Andrew Stockdale (Wolfmother) You may dislike him, but you can't deny that he's an amazing frontman
    Sorry, EpiExplorer, though I also personally love Devin, even his solo album was released in 1998 - not counting SYL, etc
    Keith Buckley of Every Time I Die / The Damned Things. Fucking crazy on stage with ETID, has tons of charisma, is an impressive screamer and an excellent clean singer (listen to his performance in The Damned Things), and also writes cool lyrics. The whole package is here!
    I know this sounds like a frivolous compliment but he may very well be the "coolest" person in modern rock music
    Justin Hawkins of The Darkness
    Part of being a great frontman is not spending 250,000 dollars on cocaine in one year and killing the band
    Disappointed at how far down I had to scroll for this. Saw them live not long ago, easily the best frontman I've ever personally witnessed. Dude rivals Freddie for charisma and stage presence. 
    Ben from Billy Talent (I'm not even gonna attempt to spell his last name)
    Sebastien Grainger (Death From Above 1979) Just amazing example of powerful frontman-drummer!..
    Is Tosin Abasi considered a frontman? I know Animals As Leaders have no vocals, but you could argue he's the focal point of their music.
    Frank Carter - of Gallows, Pure Love and Frank Carter & the Rattlesnakes
    Also came to reply to this. This is one of my first comments after being a user of this site for at least 5 years, and the first time i ever felt the need to do so. Frank Carter is nothing but absolutely incredible to watch, regardless of which band he is in. 100% deserving of this title.
    Kevin Parker (Tame Impala)
    (ignore my username) but seriously, THIS one needs some upvotes, the guy is the frontman of the band that actually is only himself. Leading a band that plays every instrument you recorded is not that easy. 
    Brent Smith from Shinedown. His voice is incredible and his energy and control of the crowd is perfect!
    Badass UltraMan
    I hadn't heard of Shinedown until I saw them supporting Iron Maiden last week and what a show it was! Brent has huge stage presence despite spending a lot of the show just stood on his little box :p 
    Lzzy Hale of halestorm
    Their bro metal is terrible, but she is crazy talented. Too bad she'll probably never release anything worth listening to twice if she stays in that band, though.
    I don't think it's the band, they're all very good at what they do too. It's a songwriting thing and she has a major part in that - Dear Daughter for example is all Lzzy, all cringe.
    Post 2000....  The fact that we must now call "modern" musicians who have been performing for almost 20 years says a lot about the state of rock music
    Agreed/ very very agreed. It's likely because most bands starting now don't even have the publicity of groups from the early 2000s. There are probably a lot better front men out there that are more recent but we don't know who the fuck they are.
    In 30 years I want to know what this will all look like... Will we still be talking about bands we're talking about now? I mean, probably we will, but will there be a lot of new groups that we know about?
    Michael Starr of Steel Panther.  Although he is a walking imitation of DLR/Vince Neil/Bret Michaels... he sings/performs better than all of the above, and he is in his 50s!! Michael Starr in his 50s sounds more like DLR than Diamond Dave ever did (live).
    Myles Kennedy, hands down. The man took over the most successful rock band of the late 90s (Creed), took them in a new direction (post grunge garbage to alternative rock/metal) and did it with total class and perfection. Tremonti is surely a credit to this as well, but Myles Kennedy is the literal difference between Creed and Alter Bridge, which is really saying something huge. He was sought after for the Zeppelin reunion, and obviously Slashes solo project. No lead singer has a more impressive resume since 2000 then Kennedy, and Im not talking top 40 singles or grammy awards, Im talking actual respect in the rock community.
    Josh Homme
    Joakim Broden of Sabaton
    Badass UltraMan
    Absolutely! I went to see Sabaton live in January a couple of months after discovering them and Joakim's energy / crowd interaction was untouchable. By far the best live act I've seen thanks largely to how much he puts in to the performance and how well he controls the crowd. He also looks like he is having a whale of a time up there and is obviously feeding off the audience. His cheeky grin rarely left his face when I saw them. For those unfamiliar with Sabaton / Joakim:
    Howard Jones - Killswitch Engage (2002)/Devil You Know. I've seen them with and without him and honestly I think he's a better front man then Jesse. He sounds the exact same live as on the album and always gets the crowd into it