Kas kujutate ette mind death growlimas?

Posted: 16. juuni 2009 in Music

Vaatasin täna jälle kord Arch Enemy dvd “Tyrants of The Rising Sun”, mis oli lindistatud Jaapanis. Ja ma ikka mõtlesin, et tahaks hakata tõsisemalt growlingu õppimisega tegelema. Senimaani pole aega olnud – kool, kõik muud asjad jne. Aga nüüd on. Ja ma tahaks seda tõesti osata.

Wikipedia abiga seletan seda natuke:

A death growl, also known as death metal vocals, guttural vocals, death grunts, unclean vocals, among other names, is a vocalization style usually employed by vocalists of the death metal music genre, but also used in a variety of other heavy metal subgenres.

Growls can be obtained with various voice effects, but the effects are usually used to enhance rather than create, if they are used at all. Voice teachers teach different techniques, but long-term use eventually wears the voice out, so any technique is actually for “less harm”, not for harmless vocalization.

Most “correct” growls use either a variation of vocal fry or false vocal cords.  Death growls are often referred to as an overtone style of singing, and while tonally very different, the majority of “good” growling techniques apply the same principles that are witnessed in “clean” vocals. These principles include timing and cues, holding a note (or gurgle) for a certain amount of time without it fraying, and being able to sing rhythmically underneath the growl while alternating between different pitches if necessary. The changes in pitch are more prevalent in the less guttural styles. Some notable examples of vocalists who use alternating pitches in their vocalization are Mikael Akerfeldt of Opeth, Mille Petrozza of Kreator, Chuck Billy of Testament.

The use of growling, “monstrous” vocals for ominous effect in rock music can be traced at least as far back as “I Put A Spell On You” by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins in 1956. Though humorous in intent, the 1966 novelty song “Boris The spider” by The Who features deep, guttural, gurgling growls somewhat similar to those performed by modern death metal vocalists.

In 1969 and the early 1970s, the song “21st Century Schizoid Man” by King Crimson is notable for its heavily distorted vocals sung by Greg Lake.  The songs “Iron Man”  by Black Sabbath and “One Of These Days” by Pink Floyd both contain brief passages of ominously growled, low-pitched vocals (in both cases studio-manipulated) against a heavy background of rock riffs. Other examples are Roger Waterse’s screams in some Pink Floyd songs, such as Careful With That Axe, Eugine and the beginning of Another Brick In The Wall (part 2).

Origins in heavy metal

The advent of the growl as it is used today coincided roughly with the gradual emergence of death metal, and it is thus difficult to pinpoint a specific individual as the inventor of the technique. Different vocalists likely developed the style over time. The band Death (and its precursor Mantas) with its two vocalists — initially Kam Lee and subsequently Chuck Schuldiner — have been cited as the first (although Schuldiner would eventually switch to a more high-pitched screeching). Possessed are also considered by some to be one of the earliest bands to employ growls, as are Necrophagia and Master. Around the same time, bands such as Hellhammer, with Tom G. Warrior on vocals, and seminal act Massacre also employed a variation of the growl. The vocalists from the British grindcore band Napalm Death — consecutively Nic Bullen, Lee Dorrian and Mark “Barney” Greenway — further developed the style in the late 1980s, adding more aggression and deeper guttural elements to it, while also speeding up delivery of the lyrics. Another singer who gradually deepened his voice into the growling used today on brutal death metal and grindcore was Chris Barnes, original singer of Cannibal Corpse. On the band’s video biography, he says that he wanted to sing as high as Rob Halford, but his voice was too low pitched for that. So he started trying to blend it with the other instruments, coming up with a dark and really low guttural voice that became his signature.

Viimastel aastatel on lisandunud ka naislauljaid, kes suudavad death growl’i lauluda. Parim näide muidugi Angela Gossow kui Arch Enemy esilaulja. Aga samas on meil ka siin Eestis naislauljaid, kes seda teha suudavad – näiteks Human Ground’i laulja Pille Rand.

Igatahes tundub see huvitav. Pean rohkem internetis uuringuid tegema ja võib-olla mõnda õpetusvideot Youtoube’ist vaatama. Põhiline on see, et häälepaeltele liiga ei tee. 😉

Ah jaa, see raamat, mida eelmises posituses lugesin on väga väga huvitav. 🙂

Ja kes tahab mind kleidis ja kõrgete kontsadega näha, see tulgu 18.06 TÜ Ajaloomuuseumisse kell 10.30 😉

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