Wednesday Question: Best Metal Frontman

Who are the best metal frontmen and women ever? Post your nomination here for a chance to appear in out top 10 list this week.

Wednesday Question: Best Metal Frontman
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Guitarists, bassists and drummers certainly know how to make a big heavy sound - but if you want to really engage with a crowd and connect with them on another level, you need a great vocalist.

Music has served us with many great frontmen (and women) over the years, but some have excelled and made a name for themselves that will stand the test of time. The question is, who?

This week's Wednesday Question is:

Who is the best metal frontman of all time?

We're sticking to metal so there's room to zoom in on other genres in the future, but there's still plenty to choose from. You might opt for showmen like Bruce Dickenson, or a mumbling icon like Ozzy Osbourne. Maybe you prefer the soaring melodies of Maynard James Keenan, or the roar of Angela Gossow.

Whatever your favorite is, post one nomination per comment and upvote others that you agree with. We'll post the results in a top 10 metal frontmen list this Friday.

Good luck!

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    TryTheKetchup
    Ronnie James Dio
    shimrra676
    Dio slayed dragons and fought hordes of demons. Now flying on his rainbow steed through the darkness - ONLY ONE CAN CLAIM THRONE OF METAL GOD!
    floggingmurphy
    Since DIO has already been named I'll say Bruce Dickenson.
    Maiden95
    Bruce Dickinson without question! Best metal singer AND best metal frontman!
    Scarface88
    It has to be Brucie! Certainly the best singer - the one that countless others try to copy - and an unbelievable stage presence!
    curly-d23
    Bruce Dickinson in my opinion ...and while he may not compare to most 'classic' metal singers, I think that Chino Moreno deserves to take a place in this list.
    curly-d23
    I've just realised...how come no one has given Serj Tankian or Amy Lee an honorable mention
    JBTheLefty
    Jack Black
    Agent 00Awesome
    Its gotta be Bruce Dickinson. Amazing and entertaining stage presence filled with running around, dressing up, crowd interaction, ect.
    TryTheKetchup
    Ozzy
    Jazz1992
    Bruce Dickinson. Also, UG fails at spelling his last name.
    PRSteve
    Bruce is amazing indeed! My vote goes to him, as well. By the way, if I was in any administration, I would make misspelling Bruce's name punishable by life imprisonment!
    daken_1
    LEMMY
    Scarto
    DAVE GROHL and James Hetfield
    rip3149
    The kid that sang "Zombie Skin" on America's Got Talent LMAO
    kiba56
    dave grohls not metal. James is but not dave grohl. Hes rock
    CageTheGates
    Matt Heafy, great front man, amazing guitar player, great song writer, and he has a good mind which is why he is more mature than most of his peers.
    Fendergod666
    Man, I don't see Mike Patton anywhere and it's bugging me. Sure Ozzy is great, but no where as good as 90% of the vocalists out there now.
    Driver194
    also Rody Walker from Protest the Hero. That guy has range and the band is severely underrated. seriously, singing "Hell bent on Heaven" like opera after that screaming is one of my favorite things ever.
    hamsteroceros
    He's a tremendously cocky s*** onstage, too. Can't say he's the best vocalist ever (although great range, yes) but he's a pretty great frontman. As you said, TREMENDOUSLY underrated band, although I'm sure a few more people will check out the next album with Adler drumming on it and all.
    TJWhonley
    Geddy Lee
    thrill606
    Zombie anyone? I don't think he should win but maybe he could be on the list.
    K33nbl4d3
    Whatever people say about his singing, he's an incredible frontman.
    TheRealMelvin
    Joey Belladonna !!! At least in the top ten come on ! His high notes are crazy and he still reaches them like the bad ass he is !
    Dalnor73
    Really? No way. Clapping his hands, pacing back and forth, dumping water on himself so no one notices when he loses control of his bladder and screaming "lets go CRAZY!" is so metal.