B eards and Metal. They go together like Turner & Hooch. The ferocity of the music seemingly directly proportional to the hirsuteness of the protagonist. And long may it continue. Long chin beard.
Here are just a few of the most famous heavy metal beard wearers of today.
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7. Zakk Wylde – Black Label Society.
Featured track Black Mass Reverends
Replacing Jake E Lee as Ozzy’s guitarist in 1987 Zakk Whylde was the epitome of the leather clad poodle hair heavy metal shredder. Thankfully it seems he has since spent all his waking hours chopping down trees and has ended up as an extra in Sons of Anarchy
6. Mark Morton & John Campbell – Lamb of God.
The twin beard attack of Virginia’s Lamb of God. Almost too much beard for one band to handle. The guitarist and bassist are seemingly in a competition to out lumberjack each other. We salute you.
Various types of beard
5. James Hetfield – Metallica.
Featured tracks Master of Puppets, Ride the Lightning
James Hetfield has sported a great variety of facial hair styles over his long and successful career. From the full mutton chop/mustache combo of the early 90’s to the truly excellent bandito mustache, to the full on chin beard that, according to his band mates, led to him being stopped and questioned at Luton Airport. Rock and Roll.
4. Scott Ian – Anthrax.
Featured tracks Indians, Medusa
The Anthrax guitarist is well known for his hairy mug. You can imagine if he failed to keep up an intense shaving regime his eyebrows would join up with is mustache in a matter of days – teen wolf style. A long time wearer of a pharaoh-like chin beard it’s good to see Ian is going grey with grace and dignity.
Featured tracks Iron Tusk, High Road
The four members of Mastodon run the full gamut of facial hair. From the lonely sideburns of Brann Dailor, to the wonderful 70’s porn star Bill Kelliher to the full bear face of Brent Hinds to the Mighty Confucius-esque beard of Troy Sanders. The four parts truly make up a mighty whole.
2. Kerry King – Slayer.
Featured tracks South of Heaven, Raining Blood
The Slayer guitarist has perhaps the most intricatey maintained beard in this list. Like a cross between a black rider and a dwarf, King’s beard looks like he’s ready to appear at a country fair … (maybe keep that to yourself.)
1. Johan Hegg – Amon Amarth.
Featured tracks The Pursuit of Vikings, Father of the Wolf
Amon Amarth in concert – Arrive a boy, leave a man. Arrive a woman, leave a man.
Short hair and beard styles 2016
If you arrive to see Amon Amarth play live with no beard, you will leave with a full beard (even the women. Especially the women). The amount of testosterone exuded from front man Johan Hegg’s pores is truly astounding. I expect he could shave each night and still appear fully bearded the following morning. He is the epitome of Viking Metal. He caries a drinking horn around with him, and if he doesn’t already he really should use this on his beard.
The Beard Emporium Beard Metal Playlist
What do you think? Who else should be on this list?