Metal music isn’t just a story of bands, songs, and raving fans – it’s a story of larger-than-life personalities that capture the world’s fascination. For good or for bad, these figures have become household names even amongst those who have never listened to their music.
1. Ozzy Osbourne
Without a doubt, Ozzy Osbourne is one of the most influential personalities in all of metal history. The lead singer of Black Sabbath is affectionately known as the ‘Prince of Darkness’, and famously bit the head of a bat on stage at one point. Many cite him as the man who invented heavy metal as it is known in the public consciousness, and this more than makes up for his wacky personal life.
2. James Hetfield
As the lead singer, songwriter and guitarist for the iconic band Metallica, there’s no doubting the influence of James Hetfield. He vocal ability and commanding stage presence make him a true one-of-a-kind performer.
3. Dave Mustaine
Dave Mustaine is the famous founder of ‘thrash metal’ and was the founder of the aforementioned Metallica before being kicked out and forming his own band Megadeath. At the centre of the most well-known band drama in the industry, Dave is undoubtedly an iconic figure who has an outstanding technical guitar ability.