Top 20 Male Singers in Progressive Metal & Around

Top 20 Male Singers in Progressive Metal & Around
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Recently we presented our choice of 10 female vocalists in progressive rock, metal and its similar genres. In this post we will be listing 20 male singers in the progressive metal genre that we think provide best performances in their respective bands.

Leave a comment with your favourite singers below.

Top 20 Male Singers in Progressive Metal & Around


Mikael Åkerfeldt (Opeth)

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Nikola Savić is a prog enthusiast, blogger and author, in addition to being the founder of Prog Sphere, Progify, ProgLyrics and the ongoing Progstravaganza compilation series.


  1. brubys

    May 22, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    Evergrey, Pain of Salvation, Opeth, Anathema <3 <3 <3 <3

    • Daniel Gildenlow for the win

      May 25, 2014 at 2:09 am

      :) The first three names out of 20 made my day

  2. Hélcio Leão Soares

    May 22, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    No way !!! Russel is the best!!

  3. Chris Hopkins

    May 22, 2014 at 11:59 pm

    How in the world is Michael Eriksen of Circus Maximus not at the top of this list? He can sing circles around any of these guys.

    • Eduardo M. Quijano

      May 27, 2014 at 2:16 am

      He’s one of the best. Eriksen should definitely be on this list.

    • aaron

      May 28, 2014 at 11:56 pm

      But can he sword fight!? We fought at medieval times and he is awesome.

    • Tommy

      June 24, 2015 at 8:51 pm

      Exactly that. I was clicking furiously with the hope to find him at least in the top 5.
      His high notes are very well balanced and melodic. I wish i could sing 10% like him :(

  4. Albert

    May 23, 2014 at 3:24 am

    Where the hell is Warrel Dane?

    • Daniel Gildenlow for the win

      May 25, 2014 at 2:09 am

      Good point sir!

  5. dude

    May 23, 2014 at 8:36 am

    Russ Allen is definitely number one in that category – I believe “The” best singer in all metal, the strength, the range, he holds a tune on his own. A true master

  6. dude

    May 23, 2014 at 8:51 am

    Absolutely love this band and this guy. This album (their latest) is a masterpiece – just listen to it over and over.
    Too bad the video you’ve posted is one in which in vocals a masked behind some effects.

    • dude

      May 24, 2014 at 11:37 am


      • Mbv7*

        May 27, 2014 at 9:32 am

        Michele Luppi should be there tooo

  7. dude

    May 23, 2014 at 8:55 am

    So happy to have these guys return after ten years of absence.
    Jim Matheos should never stop putting out new material – he’s awsome. Also nice to see him collaborating with Ray again :) – Pioneers of the genre

  8. Kósa Bíborka

    May 23, 2014 at 10:44 am

    tom englund for president :)

  9. Wesley Kalksma

    May 23, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    Like. Where is Jorn Lande?

    • Trond Arild Engen

      May 24, 2014 at 4:20 pm

      That is exactly what i was thinking too. He is one of the best if not THE best.

  10. Aloys Martens

    May 24, 2014 at 10:25 am

    Edward Reekers

  11. Mathias

    May 25, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    James LaBrie not included? Singer in one of the most famous progressive metal bands of all times (Dream Theater)? Good list but come on, he is a great singer, I believe he should have been included.

  12. Rahma Sghaier

    May 25, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    Kobi Farhi (Orphaned Land)

  13. Zied

    May 25, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    Devin Townsend ??

  14. Amilton Junior

    May 26, 2014 at 2:40 am

    Jesus, Todd la Torre instead of Geoff Tate? WTF!

  15. Andrew

    May 26, 2014 at 3:07 am

    I would have loved to see lance king and Michael Erikson. And that dude from labyrinth.

  16. Kristof

    May 27, 2014 at 9:21 am

    Where is James LaBrie or Geoff Tate?

  17. Poldek

    May 27, 2014 at 10:00 am

    Where is Maynard James Keenan from Tool? He should be on 1st place.

  18. T J R

    May 27, 2014 at 10:11 am

    No matter what he has turned out to be in these days, in his prime Geoff Tate was the best Prog Metal vocalist there ever was and did with his voice what no prog metal singer has ever done. He definitely deserves the number 1 spot here.

  19. Nikola Jović

    June 20, 2014 at 12:09 am

    Brett Rerekura (Teramaze) has a very similar vocal capability and awesome style/sound. Bravo to both I say!!

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