Top Ten Vocalists of Christian Metal
Well today, I decided to do something somewhat new. This will go on for all musicians, but I thought it best to start with Vocalists of Christian metal. Now, of course, this is simply my opinion, so comment if you thought it sucks or who you'd replace. Alright let's go! Also, I'll add links to each of the Vocalist's Wikipedia pages of they have them.
10. Jimmy Ryan (Haste the Day, Trenches)
Jimmy Ryan has been in music since 1997. He was in a secular band called Upheaval before becoming a Christian and joining Haste the Day. Ryan was on That They May Know You (2002), Burning Bridges (2004) and When Everything Falls (2005) before leaving. A year after quitting the band, Ryan formed Trenches with many of his friends. Trenches released their debut album in 2008 titled, The Tide Will Swallow Us Whole. Trenches started working on a new album but then disbanded in 2010. Trenches reformed in 2012 and has been continually working on a new album titled Reckoner. In 2014, Haste the Day reformed (they had disbanded in 2011) with Ryan and Stephen Keech both on Vocals as well as Guitarists Dave Krysl, Scotty Whelan, and Brennan Chaulk, Bassist Mike Murphy and Drummer Guiseppe Capolupo and recorded the album Coward. Ryan has been very influential in the Christian Metalcore scene.
9. Ryan Clark (Training for Utopia, Focal Point, Demon Hunter)
Ryan Clark has been a musician in the Christian metal and hardcore world since 1995. In 1995, Clark formed Focal Point with his neighborhood friends and recorded a 7", Neglected and a studio album, Suffering of the Masses in the same year. Clark played Guitar in the band and performed vocals in his brothers band, Training for Utopia. In 1997, Focal Point disbanded and Clark went full time with TFU. The band released two and a half albums and then disbanded in 2000. After TFU disbanded, Ryan and his brother, Don, formed Demon Hunter. Over time, Don left the band, and Ryan has become the only original member remaining. Demon Hunter has, as of today, recorded and released seven full length albums. Clark has been named one of the "The Holy Alliance" by Revolver Magazine, along with Cory Brandan Putman (Norma Jean, ex-Eso-Charis), Spencer Chamberlain (Underøath, Sleepwave), and Tim Lambesis (As I Lay Dying).
8. Cory Brandan Putman (Norma Jean, Eso-Charis, Living Sacrifice)
Cory Brandan Putman formed his first Christian metal band in 1995. Putman started Eso-Charis with his brother Matt and their best friend, Arthur Green. The band was originally named Elliot but changed the name to Eso-Charis. The band released two EPs and a full length before the band disbanded. At that time, Cory was filling in on Guitar for Rocky Gray in Living Sacrifice, a band both Green and Matt had joined. Though Putman was supposed to take over vocals for the band, as Vocalist/Guitarist Bruce Fitzhugh was quitting, but the band disbanded rather than Fitzhugh quitting. Putman, in 2004, joined Norma Jean after Josh Scogin quit the band. Putman still remains and has recorded six studio albums with the band. Putman was also named in the "Holy Alliance".
7. Mattie Montgomery (For Today, Besieged)
Mattie Montgomery has, to my knowledge, been in the Christian metal scene since 2007. Montgomery joined the band Besieged and recorded the band's only album titled Atlantis. Montgomery then joined For Today and has been on every album the band recorded, except the band's debut EP. Montgomery is also a part time Pastor, which he says he may do more than playing in the band. Montgomery has been a highly influential vocalist for Christian music in general.
6. Jake Luhrs (August Burns Red)
Jake Luhrs has been in Christian metal since 2007. Luhrs took over Vocals for August Burns Red when Josh McManness and Jordan Tuscan (Bass) left the band. Luhrs and Bassist Dustin Davidson joined the band after the band's release, Thrill Seeker. Luhrs has released six albums with the band and was in the band when they were nominated for a Grammy. Luhrs also is a part of a business called Heart Support and a branch he formed called Restore.
5. Jason Wisdom (Becoming the Archetype, Solamors, Death Therapy)
Jason Wisdom has been in Christian metal bands since 1999. Wisdom joined the band Becoming the Archetype as the Vocalist in 99, when the band was called Nonexistent Failure. From 1999-2002, the band was known as Nonexistent Failure before changing the name to The Remant. From 2002-2004 the band was known as this before being told by Demon Hunter to change their name. Wisdom came up with the name, Becoming the Archetype. Wisdom became the band's bassist in 2002. Wisdom released one album with The Remant and four albums with BTA before quitting the band in 2011. In 2012, former BTA guitarist Alex Kenis contacted Wisdom and Kenis' former band mate, Drummer Trav Turner to form Solamors. In 2013, the band released their album titled Depravity's Demise. In 2015, Wisdom started his own solo project called Death Therapy. He has released a Demo and is currently touring and working on a new EP.
4. Jimmy P. Brown (Deliverance)
Jimmy Brown started music in 1985 as Deliverance. Deliverance has recorded several albums, of which, Brown has been on all of them. Brown also has a project called Jupiter VI. Brown started one of the first heavy Christian bands of the 80's along with Tourniquet, Vengeance Rising, Believer, the Crucified and Living Sacrifice.
3. Dan Weydant (Zao, Seasons in the Field)
Dan Weydant started to play music in 1996 with Seasons in the Field. He played Bass and backing vocals in the band. SITF recorded only a split album with the band's friends Pensive. The band broke up in 1998. Weydant and Guitarist Russ Cogdell joined the band Zao along with Pensive Guitarist Brett Detar and recorded the album Where Blood and Fire Bring Rest. Over time, many of the band's members have phased out except for Weydant and Guitarist Scott Mellinger. Weydant has been on nine full-length albums and two EPs. Though Zao started as Christian band and Weydant was a Christian, neither are Christian anymore.
2. John LeCompt (Mindrage, Kill System, Evanescence)
John LeCompt started in the Christian metal scene in 1997. LeCompt formed Mindrage in 97 with Bassist Nick Williams and Drummer Chad Wilson, who had also help form Society's Finest. Mindrage released a demo in 1997, an album in 1999, Sown in Weakness, Raised in Power and a split EP with Nailed Promise in 2001. In 2002, the band broke up. After Mindrage disbanded LeCompt started Kill System with his friend Rocky Gray on Guitar (Living Sacrifice, Soul Embraced), Chad Moore on Bass (Soul Embraced, The Burning) and Lance Garvin on Drums (Living Sacrifice, Soul Embraced). The band released an Self titled album in 2003 and then disbanded. Both Gray and LeCompt joined Evanescence and released two albums with them before both leaving. Both Gray and LeCompt have played in many Metal and Rock bands together and still do.
1. Bruce Fitzhugh (Living Sacrifice)
Bruce Fitzhugh has been in Christian metal since 1989. Fitzhugh joined Living Sacrifice with Vocalist/Bassist DJ Johnson and Drummer Lance Garvin and later Guitarist Jason Truby. The band remained this way until 1995 when Johnson left the band. Fitzhugh then took over vocals and Truby's brother, Chris, took over Bass. Fitzhugh recorded on the Not Yielding to Ungodly demo in 89, Living Sacrifice (1991), Nonexistent (1992), Metamorphosis (1993), Inhabit (1994), Reborn (1998), The Hammering Process (2000), Conceived in Fire (2002), Death Machine (2008), The Infinite Order (2010), and Ghost Thief (2013). Fitzhugh was one of the first Christian death metal vocalists.
Alright that is my list. I know there are many other Vocalists like Sonny Sandoval (P.O.D.), Andrew Schwab (Project 86), Steve Rowe (Mortification), Seth Kimbrough (Mortal Treason), and Peter Espevoll (Extol), but these are my favorites. Anyways all of these guys are still doing it! Go check them out and their bands!
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