My top 7 rock / metal acts

It’s been a couple of days since I posted here … hope you don’t mind!  I’ve been setting up a private blog for the family research and it took a bit longer than expected!  I’ll try not to let it happen again!

Right then, on to my top 7 rock and metal acts.

They’re all at the top of their game and you’ll probably know most of them, even if you’re not into the music.  The only act that is in order is the first one.  It was a no-brainer for me but I daresay you’ll think someone else should be at the top.

Just so that you know: you won’t find any namy-pamby American rock like Aerosmith, G’n’R and their ilk; nor will you find goth, death or any other type of  metal where you can’t understand a damned word they’re “singing“! Urrgh!  Actually, some of the music is not that bad so why do they have to ruin it by using those stupid vocal affects!  Slipknot are a prime example of a band that can do a lot better – listen to the side project band “Stone Sour”. Now that’s more like it should be.  They’re not on my list, but they get an honourable mention.

Other honourable mentions go out to the likes of Megadeth and Anthrax (the later stuff at least!).

Number one ….. drum roll please …..

Iron Maiden

30 years, 80 million album sales, close to 2000 live performances, countless satisfied customers and now 15 studio albums of unerring quality and power: Iron Maiden have more than earned their proudly-held status as undisputed heavy metal champions of the world. (from the official site)

I’ve been lucky enough to meet the band a couple of times and I’ve seen them live 18 times and counting (roll on the O2 in August!).


Disturbed front man David Draiman, guitarist Dan Donegan and drummer Mike Wengren, along with then-bassist Steve “Fuzz” Kmak released their breakout debut The Sickness in 2000 and immediately began infecting heavy metal with hit singles like “Stupify” and “Down with the Sickness.” (from the official site)

This band is an enigma to me.  I love the hard edge to their sound and, yes,  I find Draiman’s vocal style strangely appealing.  These boys are at the top of my list of “must-see” bands.


Metallica. A household name. The 7th biggest selling act in American history.

Who’d have thought it when, on October 28th, 1981, drummer Lars Ulrich made guitar player/singer James Hetfield an offer he couldn’t refuse: “I’ve got a track saved for my band on Brian Slagel’s new Metal Blade label.” (from the official site)

Another band on my list of “must-see”.


Fired from Hawkwind after a drugs bust going into Canada, Lemmy Kilmister returned to London. Determined to start his own band to avoid being fired again, he decided it would be called ‘Bastard,’ but management overuled and ‘Motorhead,’ a song Lemmy had written as a B-side for Hawkwind, was born. With drummer, Lucas Fox and Pink Fairies guitarist, Larry Wallis, and Lemmy on bass and vocals, Motorhead began gigging and recorded their first album, which their record company refused to release at the time, (it later emerged in 1980 as ‘On Parole’). (from the official site)

I last saw them live back in the mid-nineties. On that occasion, about 40 minutes into the set someone through a beer glass (plastic) on stage.  Lemmy warned people not to do it again.  There was only ever one way that was going to turn out! Yep, loads more people thought it’d be funny to do the same during the next song. Unfortunately, one of the glasses ended up crashing into Lemmy’s bass guitar!  Oh, dear.  End result: gig finished after a rather upset Lemmy stormed off, never to be seen again!


More than three decades into a career that shows no signs of slowing down or letting up, AC/DC, like electricity itself, provides the world with an essential source of power and energy. Since forming in 1973, AC/DC’s high voltage rock ‘n’ roll has flowed out into the world via consistently sold-out concert tours and global sales totalling more than 150 million albums and counting. Sony BMG Music Entertainment’s #1 best-selling catalogue act worldwide. (from the official site)

Can’t get enough of the bluesy-rock that these guys have been putting out.   Another band I have yet to see live.


The grand wizard of classic rock. A poet of hope for the downtrodden. The single most important vocal technician in the history of heavy metal. All of these accolades have been garlanded upon the royal roar known as Ronnie James Dio.

Born in New Hampshire, USA, Ronnie first achieved recognition singing with his own band Elf. Deep Purple’s Roger Glover and Ian Paice spotted him in 1972, and Elf then supported the British band on several US tours. Ronnie later sang on Roger’s famed solo project “The Butterfly Ball” in 1974 and then joined Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow. With his pioneering classical metal work in Rainbow, as well as his vocal pyrotechnics on two Black Sabbath monoliths (Heaven and Hell and Mob Rules), Ronnie used word and rhythm to seduce his way into the center ring during metal’s thriving heyday. (from the official site)

A legend that unfortunately is no longer walking this earth. Ronnie James Dio was one of the finest vocalists in the genre and is sadly missed.

Warlock/Doro Pesch

1983 – DORO leaves her band Snakebite to join a Düsseldorf based Heavy Metal Band called Warlock. The band spend much of the year playing live on German club circuit and build a strong fan base. After doing a demo in late 1983 the band are signed by the independent label MAUSOLEUM and begin writing songs for their debut album. In November Warlock enter a Düsseldorf studio to record their debut album ‘Burning the Witches’ (from the official site – translated by Google!).

What can I say about Doro – the top female metal singer out there.  Most foreign singers sing pretty well in English. Not our Doro! She retains more than a hint of her German accent, which makes me like her even more.