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5 Replacement Rock & Metal Vocalists Who Deserve More Credit

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Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens (again!) – Iced Earth



Albums: The Glorious Burden (2004), Framing Armageddon: Something Wicked Part 1 (2007)

‘The Ripper’, again? Yep, the man blessed with a vocal ability to shame 99% of his peers was given the sh*tty end of the stick more than once!

Tim Owens stint with Power Metal purveyors Iced Earth also deserves a complete re-evaluation and, similar to his time in Priest, his vocals are pitched to perfection.  

Taking over from Matt Barlow, who quit in 2001, ‘The Ripper’ hit the ground running on 2004’s The Glorious Burden albuman American history lesson set to music and a stunning example of Tim Owen’s range and power; give “The Reckoning” a spin, Owens delivers some absolutely stunning vocals.

2007’s Framing Armageddon: Something Wicked Part 1 followed and it was equally as accomplished but ‘The Ripper’ found himself ousted in favour of a returning Matt Barlow for the following years, Framing Armageddon: Something Wicked Part 2.

A strange situation that served no real purpose as Barlow departed for a second time soon after.

‘The Ripper”s voice was perfect for Iced Earth and they were mad to let him go. Without question, ‘The Ripper’ is graced with some of the finest pipes in Heavy Metal history and much of his greatest work falls under the Iced Earth banner.

About Chris Jennings (1952 Articles)
I love metal. Always have. Always will. As editor of Worship Metal - a site dedicated to being as positive about metal and its myriad of sub-genres as possible - my aim is to 'worship' metal through honest reviews, current news and a wide variety of features; offering the same exposure to underground bands as we do to mainstream/well known acts. Our mantra; the bands are partners and we exist to serve the bands \m/

4 Comments on 5 Replacement Rock & Metal Vocalists Who Deserve More Credit

  1. Daniel Lopes // January 28, 2015 at 2:34 am // Reply

    I agree a hundred per cent! It is too easy to say something against a someone´s work, but it is too hard to do something better than it!

    • Chris Jennings // January 28, 2015 at 10:28 am // Reply

      Thanks Daniel, they all deserve credit just for having the balls to take on the difficult task of replacing a frontman in the first place! \m/

  2. Is there really anyone out there that thought Gary Cherone was a good fit?

  3. Chris Jennings // January 29, 2015 at 10:13 am // Reply

    Not a good fit per se but give the man a break….he still stepped up \m/

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