The musical genre known as metal has been entertaining the head banging masses for over four decades now, and as with every other style of music, metal has certain stand-out musicians and vocalists every decade such as Bruce Dickinson from the heavy metal band Iron Maiden or the recently deceased Rainbow and late Black Sabbath front man Ronnie James Dio.
This short list will name four modern metal vocalists and compare them to one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse, based on their sound, stage presence, and lyrical content.
Johnny Davy: War
Jeffery “Nothing” Hatrix: Pestilence
"I stood in the sand from the mouth of the sea,
And I watched a serpent rise from its depths.
Upon his horns rested ten crowns as the discord of trumpets grew unnerving"
The first horseman is without a question Johnny Davy from the death metal band Job for a Cowboy. Johnny's aggressive vocals and earth rattling lows compliment the bands musical performances and lyrics to no end. When live, Johnny and the rest of the bands members have the stage presence of gods, standing with their arms raised to the crowd, staring over them as if they were about to make a gripping, gut-retching speech.
Job for a Cowboy's lyrical content varies slightly from album to album but topics such as politics, conflict and on the concept album Genesis, the band retells the biblical tale of the rise and fall of the anti-Christ.
Jeffery "Nothing" Hatrix: Pestilence
"It's all I ever wanted to believe.
That peace could grow inside of you.
In spite of me, humanity
I hope you're out there somewhere,"
Jeffery Hatrix otherwise known as Jeffery Nothing is the lead vocalist of the Cleveland-based band Mushroom Head. Just based on appearance alone, Jeffery could undoubtedly fill the reins of Famine and when his dashing good looks are coupled with his haunting stage presence the analogy becomes apparent.
Mushroom Head's lyrics cover topics such as the flaws of the human condition, religion, and politics.
Trevor Strnad: Death
"Darkness deeper than a blind man's sleep; soon to paint the world,
Insatiable its hunger, it drinks the sea without a belch. Stretching to the other side, where it's sure to meet itself"
Though his lyrics are dark, Trevor Strnad of The Black Dahlia Murder is a man of great humor and isn't afraid to enjoy midnight strolls into Wal-Mart with his band mates to invade the toy section. While Trevor is one of the nicest individuals one could meet he isn't to be underestimated when it comes to his level of intensity during live shows. Trevor is usually all over the stage, instigating and taunting the crowd to become as involved in the music as possible. Trevor's combination of brutal lows, gut wrenching howls, and occasionally crude humor making him the perfect incarnation for death.
Travis Ryan: Famine
"What is this hell?
What have you done?
Of all the things we've learned from ripping off this earth,
The quantities were met and indirectly led to death.
In the factories,
Teeming with ripe disease.
And on your bended knees you took it like a man"
With lyrics that protest the mistreatment and consumption of animals, as well as the abuse of the environment and the genocide we perform upon one another on a regular basis Cattle Decapitation vocalist Travis Ryan doesn't hold anything back when describing how we will be effected by the way we've used and wasted our natural resources. In many ways one could say Travis and his mates have somewhat of a hatred for their own species, while Travis sees it as getting a point across through the alteration of circumstance.