Top Ten Masked Men Of Music

By Brent Chittenden

There are a number musicians out there who wear masks. It’s not a bad idea, especially if you make it big. It allows for a certain amount of personal freedom then someone with a recognisable face has. Now man on this list have been seen without their masks but there are a few who haven’t. and they get extra points.

10) Wes Borland

The guitarist for Limp Bizkit’s stage appearance has evolved from simple make up to various make-up and mask configurations, it’s hard to know what part is really Wes’s face.

9) The Knife

Electronic duo The Knife have let a large amount of time pass between shows but are usually hidden behind traditional Venetian plague doctor masks.

8) Pussy Riot

Due  to the political nature of the band, the masks were originally meant to protect their identities. Unfortunately it didn’t work out too well in those regards.

7) Deadmau5

Electronic artist Deadmau5 has many variants of his mouse head design. Simple and straight forward design that has become his signature.

6) MF Doom

Initially inspired by Doctor Doom (arch nemesis of the Fantastic Four), MF’s current mask is more akin to something out of Gladiator.

5) Buckethead

A great guitarist who once played for Guns N Roses he combines the simplicity of a stark white mask… with a KFC bucket hat.

4) Ghost BC

The entire band is dressed as masked dark monks with the exception of the skull masked pope.

3) Slipknot

When Slipknot first hit, everyone was expecting a crappy gimmick band. And while the masks were kind of a gimmick, no one could deny the brutality of their debut. Since then their masks and sound have been refined but still deadly.

2) Daft Punk

Daft Punk has not only been rocking masks for a long time, they are barely seen with out them.  They could easily franchise themselves out, stay at home and make a lot of money. So far, that doesn’t appear to be the case.

1) Gwar

It is impossible to make a list of masked musicians without including Gwar. The sheer amount of work that must go into the outfits is astounding.


So readers, who did I miss?

Brent Chittenden

Brent Chittenden is a freelance writer with a gift for the geek. Currently a writer with A Journal Of Musical Things and a podcaster with True North Nerds, he's also written for Comic Book Daily, Explore Music and a dozen other places. Currently, he is the co-host of the True North Nerds podcast. You can find out more at

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6 thoughts on “Top Ten Masked Men Of Music

  • You missed "This is Serious Mum (TiSM)" from Australia

  • Hey,

    You missed The Residents, The Locust, The Aquabats, etc.


  • Jeff Plewman, a.k.a Nash the Slash.

  • What about Destroid? Or Bloody Beetroots?

  • …these's this band from Detroit called KISS

  • You missed "Nash the Slash" who has been with a Canadian band called "FM" and has released at least one solo album. He used to appear on stage wrapped up like an ancient mummy, with the exception of the dark sunglasses of course. He played an "electric violin"…


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