In metal, stage flair is pulled from every corner and then piled high on stage, or in this case brushed, rolled, picked and gelled to such great heights. Most metal musicians are so busy perfecting their metal madness through instruments, they don't have time to be bothered with such trivial matters, usually seizing simplicity with naked heads or long hair. But some performers find hair a useful tool for the rocking atmosphere above and beyond the same shit different day look. Pull your hair back from your eyes and proceed below to the ten wildest heads of hair in metal.
There is long hair, and then there is REALLY long hair. Alexander Krull's hair is so long it could sweep a fully armed Viking army on its feet in one fell swoop. When grunting and headbanging on stage, Krull's hair even makes Zeus ferocious with envy. It's almost as if the Beatles predicted the future when they wrote the line, "He got hair down to his knees." If Krull's hair caught on fire on stage, it could be seen from outer space.
Danny Cecati's hair is so long, it will probably be the death of him, tripping over it down a flight of stairs and mummifying himself as he tumbles down. But for now, his hair gives him strength of a thousand men. If he shaved his head, he probably wouldn't be able to sing one Dio-packed operatic note. Cecati and his band Eyefear come from a land down under, where the hair grows and then plunders. You better run, you better take cover.8. Josh Silver of Type O Negative
The hair of Josh Silver has its own veins with Type O Negative blood running through it. Silver's hair is more impressive than Howard Stern's, and it even outshines the late great Peter Steele's long locks and all his 6'6" Jack and the Beanstalk squashing giantness. Though never attempted, Silver could probably play the keyboard with his hair like a guitarist playing with teeth.7. Claudio Sanchez of Coheed and Cambria
If you go to a Coheed and Cambria show, you'll find dozens of Claudio look-a-likes rocking the same look. If Claudio was Buzz Osborne's son, he would have made him proud. Actually, it wouldn't be a surprise if Claudio was Buzz's illegitimate son, or Reggie Watts' half brother. Like his music, Sanchez's hair reaches to other worlds and has orbited around moons in multiple galaxies.6. Greg Tribbett of Mudvayne
In the early days of Mudvayne, Tribbett's hair used to poke more eyes out than The Three Stooges. For shits and giggles, anyone in their right mind would have posed as a coat rack with a head of hair like that. As the band's sound mellowed over the years, so has his hair, sporting the standard shaggy unwashed metal hair look, but his beard has grown to Dimebag Darrell and Zakk Wylde proportions.5. Max Cavalera of Soulfly
Max Cavalera has dreads that sometimes have the thickness of roots! Bloody roots! Back to the primitive like a caveman from the Ice Age, Cavalera busts out percussion rich Brazilian tribal metal along with instruments that look like they were crafted in the Amazon rainforest. With dreads like Cavalera's, it's surprising dreads haven't caught on more in metal because whipping them around on stage is much more action-packed than just long hair.4. Wayne Static of Static-X
Wayne Static has hair that follows in the footsteps of Kid from Kid 'n Play and the bride of Frankenstein's scared shitless skyscraping skunk hair: His hair formation is a twenty minute process, but his name implies he has a tendency for sticking his fingers in electrical sockets, only retracting his fingers when he passes out. That means he is passed out on the floor for nineteen minutes before coming to.3. Brian Fair of Shadows Fall
Brian Fair's dreads are so long it looks like a bunch of anacondas bit into his head, fused to his skull and then shriveled up due to the lack of nutrients. Medusa would be jealous. Hell, a giant squid would be jealous. Fair has invested a lifetimes worth of patience since the age of sixteen just so he can windmill fashion headbang on stage. If he wanted to, he could whip the whole crowd at once.2. Chris Barnes of Six Feet Under
With hair grown six feet underground for a hundred years, Chris Barnes' resurrection still has his hair rotting on the outside ever since crawling out from his casket. On stage, Barnes hunches over with long cascading dreads that resemble a decrepit Swamp Thing while screeching and growling foul-smelling vocals. Sixteen years and two pounds worth of dirt, shards of glass, wood chips, rotting flesh and all things disgusting are keeping his dreads fettered.1. Buzz Osborne of the Melvins
A forefather of fuzz, Buzz is a Melvin with hair sprouting every which way, grown with a fertilizer of acid, shrooms and weed, reaching for sunlight from within dark and dingy grotto dive bars. If you searched long enough you could probably find a few guitar picks and maybe even a joint from 1991 in there. With age, Buzz's hair has become wonderfully wilder, like a graying rat scurrying around with dementia looking for a hair pick.