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Old 10-14-2008, 03:57 AM
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Simple question.. right? With "metal" making its way into the mainstream lets see what you think. Who's got the best range, growls, and pipes in your opinion? Please explain.
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Old 10-14-2008, 04:02 AM
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Randy Blythe of Lamb of God

Devin Townsend of Strapping Young Lad

Joe Duplantier of Gojira

and my personal favorite, Mikael ┼kerfeldt of Opeth
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Old 10-14-2008, 04:14 AM
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Devin Townsend of S.Y.L.

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Lamb Of God? Honkie please.
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Agreed. Can't understand a word.
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Growls???

Are we talking about music here?
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Old 10-14-2008, 05:30 AM
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It's music to my ears.
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Been listening to metal for over 25 years.

Can't answer your question.
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Exactly what I was going to say

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Old 10-14-2008, 08:48 AM
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David Draiman from Disturbed.
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Old 10-14-2008, 11:55 AM
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no has said james hetfield of metallica...

he has the best metal growl in my opinion. you can understand what he is saying.
and his evil laughter in "the thing that should not be" still creeps me out...
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Old 10-14-2008, 12:31 PM
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David Draiman from Disturbed.
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I only know christian metal, and then I would have to say Pilgrim from Crimson Moonlight.

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Old 10-14-2008, 10:11 PM
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I love every metal vocalist in differant ways.

My personal opinion, though, would be tough. I mean, I love Jaymz, the dude from Venom... I just couln't choose.
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Old 10-14-2008, 10:13 PM
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Growls???

Are we talking about music here?
Metal IS music. Growling is like Cannibal Corpse, death metal type vocals.

Oh, and I like Shagrath from Dimmu Borgir, can't understand a word but I like him.
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Old 10-14-2008, 10:25 PM
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Agreed. Can't understand a word.
Not even that. It's just so terrible. Divine Heresy's vocalist (the original one) is better than that!
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Not even that. It's just so terrible. Divine Heresy's vocalist (the original one) is better than that!
I liked Tommy Vexx. Maybe if you give some time, you'll grow into it. I used to laugh at Nergal (ooo I forgot Him!!) from Behemoth, but now I'm a huge Behemoth fan. It takes time to grow into a vocal style like that, but once you do, you'll enjoy it.

The music, either way, growling or not, is normally pretty awesome anyway!
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Old 10-14-2008, 10:47 PM
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I liked Tommy Vexx. Maybe if you give some time, you'll grow into it. I used to laugh at Nergal (ooo I forgot Him!!) from Behemoth, but now I'm a huge Behemoth fan. It takes time to grow into a vocal style like that, but once you do, you'll enjoy it.

The music, either way, growling or not, is normally pretty awesome anyway!
True dat. I used to hate death metal because of the screaming but now I love it
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Old 10-15-2008, 04:41 AM
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Oh, lets not forget Matt Heafy!
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the original singer from scar symmetry, he was soo good when he left they needed 2 singers to replace him
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Old 10-15-2008, 05:12 PM
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My opinion:

Randy from Lamb of God.. ridicolous screaming and growling skills
Anders FridÚn from In Flames.. many may disagree with me, but I love his voice :)
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Old 10-15-2008, 08:15 PM
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It just seems so contradictory to me... a Christian metal band. ...
You are not the first to make this observation. However, there was a big wave of Christian rock and metal bands in the 80s.

Odd, that this thread would take such a turn, since we're talking about "best metal voice" -

One of the most impressive metal singers I have ever heard was Dale Thompson of the Christian rock band Bride. I saw them in the late 80s somewhere in Southern California. The band was pretty good. The singer was phenomenal. Before they drew open the curtain, Dale sang the Star Spangled Banner a cappella. That moment remains fixed in my memory as the single most stunning demonstration of vocal virtuosity that I have ever heard. His voice was high and intensely powerful in the old-school, operatic metal style. He could hold onto a note at full power for longer than anyone I've ever heard.

A friend of mine at the time made me a tape (yes a cassette tape) of one their early albums; that was all I ever heard of them. The Wikipedia article on them says they're still around but have been all over the place with their sound; I don't have a clue what they're doing today or how Dale sounds.

Regardless, obscure as he may be, I'd throw his name in the hat as one of the best metal voices ever.
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Old 10-15-2008, 08:26 PM
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Serj Tankian
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I don't really like bands like In Flames or something.

Serj Tankian has the best ... half-metal voice, because he connects shredding guitars, crushing drums with a calm voice and melodies played with closed eyes. Great!
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"Speed" Strid of Soilwork.
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Hello, fellows.

Rob Halford - Judas Priest.
Ian Astbury - The Cult. (not metal).
Phil Anselmo - Pantera.

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Old 10-15-2008, 10:24 PM
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Bruce Dickinson & Dio
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Old 10-15-2008, 10:31 PM
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Jens Kidman from Meshuggah, why? I think you already know.
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Old 10-15-2008, 11:23 PM
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Oldschool:
Ozzy
Dio
Geoff Tate (Queensryche)

Newer:
Serj (System of a Down)
David Draiman (Disturbed)
Sully (Godsmack)

Honorable Mention:
Axl Rose (If you consider G&R metal)


But really, "best [whatever]" questions are impossible to answer.
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Devin Townsend (SYL)
Dallas (Nile)
Randy Blythe (Lamb of God) (I know you can't understand him, but that's not what I'm interested in, he sounds so good with the music)

My real favorite:
Cam Pipes (3 Inches of Blood) Falsetto was going out of style, but since I can sing this style I love it, and I really like everything about their music. Killer stuff.


On another note:
Christian black metal has and is still being done. Search "Unblack Metal" on wikipedia.

Since when is Christian Metal a contradiction? Not that I am a christian but I see no issue there.
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Mr. Maynard James Keenan from some band called Tool.. :-)
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i also cant understand what they are saying most of the time.
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Jens Kidman from Meshuggah, why? I think you already know.
And is metal coming back into the mainstream?... no good metal is.
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Old 10-16-2008, 07:43 AM
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My real favorite:
Cam Pipes (3 Inches of Blood) ...
Aye, seconded. Great band, awesome metal voice. Definitely a throw-back in style, but he pulls it off. I don't know how he can sing like that without blowing vital organs out of his mouth. The back-up singer has a helluva scream, too. This band grabbed me the very first time I heard them.

I love a good growler as much as the next guy, but I kinda think it's been overdone at this point. There's too many out there. I welcome the return of the soaring screecher that can carry a melody.
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Mr. Maynard James Keenan from some band called Tool.. :-)
Oddly enough, I don't think of Maynard's voice as "metal" at all.
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Oddly enough, I don't think of Maynard's voice as "metal" at all.
Yeah, I don't consider TOOL to be metal either.
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Aye, seconded. Great band, awesome metal voice. Definitely a throw-back in style, but he pulls it off. I don't know how he can sing like that without blowing vital organs out of his mouth. The back-up singer has a helluva scream, too. This band grabbed me the very first time I heard them.

I love a good growler as much as the next guy, but I kinda think it's been overdone at this point. There's too many out there. I welcome the return of the soaring screecher that can carry a melody.
The whole falsetto style is acquired I guess, I've been able to do it my whole life and I have a pretty low speaking voice (As does Cam). The screamer actually blew his voice out and has been MIA for the past 2 years, expected to return early in 2009. I've seen them live twice and both times one of the guitarists was doing all of the screaming parts; it was definitely still astounding to see them live.
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look at the lyrics,ora, and phsyical apperance of a band like cannibal corpse...then look at a christian metal band. polar opposites.
Technically Cannibal Corpse has nothing to do with religion and are "unnafiliated". You're looking for bands more like Dimmu Borgir, Gorgoroth, and Akercocke.
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Yeah, I don't consider TOOL to be metal either.
Well, they consider themselves as Progressive Metal.
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Old 10-16-2008, 06:33 PM
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Well, they consider themselves as Progressive Metal.
As do I.

They're not solely metal
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