This isn't my top 5 favourite singers, by any means, but it's a shout to some singers that I consider to be pretty underrated.
1. John Garcia (Kyuss, Hermano, Unida, Slo Burn...)
...he's produced three very good albums with Hermano - and done a bunch of other stuff too. His long-awaited solo album Garcia vs Garcia is finally threatening to be released this year and I'm pretty excited. He's instantly recognisable and sounded every bit as good live as he does on record. Legend.
2. Richard Patrick (Filter, Army of Anyone)
Army of Anyone album). Secondly, he does the gentle-quiet to balls-to-the-wall-loud transition better than almost anyone - Hey Man Nice Shot is a decent example. And thirdly, when does loud, he does it very very well (check out Under or more recently Drug Boy and No Love) for some great examples of this.
3. Dave Mustaine (Megadeth)
some other legendary thrash metal band, they needed a singer. But seriously, can anyone actually imagine Megadeth with anyone other than Megadave on vocals? And not just from the point of view that he kinda is Megadeth, either. He may not be the most talented singer on the planet, but in terms of the way his voice fits with the style of music, there aren't many in the same league. Could anyone else deliver Peace Sells with the same sneering sarcasm... could anyone else sound quite so borderline-mental on Sweating Bullets... could anyone else display the same rasping anger on This Day We Fight!? No, is the answer.
4. Neil Fallon (Clutch, The Company Band)
Clutch is, of course, the greatest band in the world. All four members are uniquely talented - incredible musicians and songwriters but never showy about it. But that's a topic for another post. Neil's voice is one of the most instantly recognisable facets of this great band (that and his fantastically cryptic lyrics, but again, that's for another post). His distinctively powerful, deep, gravelly sound is just insanely addictive. Whether's he's crooning about pirate ships on Big News I, or bellowing madness-in-the-style-of-nursery-rhymes on Texan Book of the Dead, he's just one of those singers that is very hard to stop listening to (even though after 6 years of thrashing this band, I still frequently don't have a clue what some of his lyrics are about).
5. Lajon Witherspoon (Sevendust)
And just to finish, a few more underrated singers also worthy of a mention:
Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails)
Dave Wyndorf (Monster Magnet)
Peter Steele (Type O Negative) - RIP
Jerry Cantrell (Alice in Chains, solo)