I've been asking this question to alot of people lately. Do any of you guys know in metal, a solo artist that isn't "just a singer" or virtuoso guitarist. Examples of these would be Joe Lynn Turner and Yngwie. I'm trying to find the Springsteens of metal. The Bruce rocks his Esquire and sings and writes. Yet when you hear the name Springsteen you don't think of super solos, you think of the man, and songs. That's what I'm looking for, a name, a face, and songs, not a drummer gone solo, not a singer gone solo, and not a Chris Impellitetitititiererei type of guy. The closest I can come to an answer for this is Devin Townsend. I've had some people say that the reason there's so few solo singer songwriters in metal is because "you have to have a band" for metal to "you have to be a virtuoso if you want to go 'solo' " I really can't think of other people that fit this description, in metal.