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Metal Vocalists With A Soft Side

Metal Vocalists With A Soft Side

In the world of Metal, you cannot deny the gushing flow of talent. Along with demonic gutturals and hellish shrieks, the music also comes along with soaring and beautiful sombres of fills. We have seen many metal vocalists who raised new levels by developing the growl/shriek style of vocals, but only a handful of them moved on to explore their entire vocal spectrum. Let us look at metal vocalists who can sing you to sleep as well as scare you to death.

Mikael Akerfeldt (Opeth / Bloodbath)

Opeth/Bloodbath frontman, Mikael Akerfeldt, possesses one of the most bipolar voices in the world of Metal. In his some melodic moments, Mikael's voice gives a very warm feel. His solid approach can be seen in albums like 'Damnation' and 'Heritage'. But come to the other side, Mikael has one of the most demonic voices in all of metal, which he brandished in Bloodbath. With this wide versatility of scales, Mikael very well falls under the description of a Fallen Angel.

Maynard James Keenan (Tool / A Perfect Circle / Puscifer)

James is one of the most captivating personalities on stage, whether it is with Tool, A Perfect Circle or Puscifer. Treading in the direction where no man has ever wandered before, Maynard James Keenan brings a sense of enlightenment to his vocal approach. His lyrics are paradoxical, yet entwined with beauty. You can listen to Tool's 'Ticks and Leeches'. You will definitely chill with panic after listening to Jame's tone of voice.

Ihsahn (Emperor / Solo)


One of the most respected Black Metal vocalist, Ihsahn's brash and harsh vocals washed 20 years of Emperor's album journey. But soon after the band's fallout, Ihsahn embarked on a solo journey with a more melodic side. In contrast, everybody welcomed the change with open arms.

Corey Taylor (Slipknot / Stone Sour)

Corey Taylor's angst injected and misanthropic lyrics connected with the young audience worldwide, thus helping Slipknot achieve double platinum status. But coming to his softer side, Stone Sour is one of the most respected Alternate Rock projects in the world. All you need to do is listen to Slipknot's 'Disasterpiece' and Stone Sour's 'Bother', and start thinking, 'Is that the same vocalist in both bands?'


Jonas Renkse (Katatonia)

Jonas Renkse possesses a truly unique voice tone. During his time with Katatonia, he expertise in down-tempo approach. Although, he normally sticks to clean style of vocals, he contributed to most of Katatonia's early works with his deep guttural.