Top 10 Metro Phoenix Metal Vocalists

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Justin Chard of Ella Kaye

Don't let the fact that the band is named after a gold-digging character from the The Great Gatsby fool you. This metalcore/death metal band is heavy to the core, with slow grinding breakdowns that provoke instant moshing and endless headbanging. Frontman Chard offers up the kind of grueling vocals that the melodic metal fans might not find easy to comprehend; however, his delivery is gritty, raw and measured out in doses that actually allow the listener to process the lyrical message.

Todd Christopher of City In The Sea.

Todd Christopher and Jeffrey Christian split vocal duties for Sumerian Records-signed City In The Sea, and while they are both talented, I have to give Todd Christopher the overhand in this piece since he takes care of the heavier parts. I've seen this band perform in front of thousands of people (2013's Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Fest), as well as just 12, and in both settings, his impressive heavy roars cut cleanly through the crowd and gained the attention of anyone nearby. Plus, considering he's barely legal to drink, his vocals will only get stronger as his art progresses.

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Lauren Wise has worked as a rock/heavy metal journalist for 15 years. She contributes to Noisey and LA Weekly, edits books, and drinks whiskey.
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