Mike Patton can do it all, from rapping to singing to screaming to random vocal utterances. I got into him via Faith No More, and have been a fan of every other band he's been in (Mr. Bungle, Fantomas, Tomahawk., Peeping Tom, Lovage, etc.). His album Adult Themes for Voice is a collection of songs composed entirely by his voice with occasional vocal manipulations, and it both blows my mind & creeps me out. His most recent release is Mondo Cane, a collection of covers of 50s & 60s Italian pop songs. Oh yeah, and if you saw I Am Legend, he did the creature vocal effects.
I've dug Maynard's voice since the first time I heard Tool's "Sober", though I didn't realize that wasn't the first time I'd heard his voice. Before that, I'd unknowingly heard him sing the falsetto "not by the hair of my chinny-chin-chin" in Green Jello's "3 Little Pigs". Anyway, after Aenima gained Tool a huge fanbase they started taking themselves way too seriously, and I haven't been as into them as I once was. Luckily, Maynard joined A Perfect Circle where he poured a lot more passion into his vocals (at least to my ears).
Nick Cave could sing the phone book & I'd enjoy it. From The Birthday Party to the Bad Seeds to Grinderman, his vocals have improved over time. That's a good thing because it means I'll be able to enjoy him for many more years to come.
One of the most distinctive voices in rock n roll. I didn't really pay much attention to him until he went on tour with NIN in 1995, when I bought his 1. Outside album. Then after I saw him I started buying up as much of his discography as I could.
When Greg took over vocal duties for DEP, it enabled the band to expand their musical palette. He can scream with the best of them, but he also sings well which allowed the band to branch out from the mathcore tag they'd originally been saddled with.
I'll let a song explain this further: Farewell, Mona Lisa (I see the highest rated comment breaks the song down for you, if you need it)
Gibby can sing as well as he howls & screams, and it seems like he doesn't get as much credit as he should due to the fact that the Surfers' music is too out there for most people. My introduction to them was Independent Worm Saloon, an album where most of the songs sound like they come from different bands instead of all being created by one.
Another one that's not a great singer in a technical sense, but so what? Sometimes being able to sing isn't everything. Got into this band by seeing them play live, & Yow's stage presence & antics scared me. That doesn't happen often.
I was at the show this was filmed at...in the pit, as a matter of fact (though you can't see me in this): Puss
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My favorite male vocalists, in order (more or less) of how talented or distinctive I think their voices are.