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February 2010

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Quote from Beautiful Creature's guitarist Alex Grossi.

"I'm sick and tired of the "cookie monster" singers that are around. You know?"

I'm quite a fan of Beautiful Creatures, and I was really impressed with their first album when it came out a few years ago. I've been wondering what had happened to them, and I just came across an article on them, with an interview with their (new) guitarist. One of the comments he made is quoted above, and I think it's one of the best quotes I've heard in a *long* time.

I *love* rock and metal, but I've never understood the point of having a lead singer who can't freakin' sing. Why? Why limit yourself like that? The singer's voice should be treated like an instrument, and used like one in the song. Having a singer who can't sing, and does nothing but growl. . . it's like playing guitar with one string and only one hand. Sure, you can make some sound come out, but I'd barely call it music, and I definitely don't wanna listen to it.

Personal suggestion for any new bands out there: Unless you're Pantera[1] (and you're not), your lead singer should be singing, not growling. Remember that, and you'll suck less.

[1] Pantera are one of the few bands out there that can actually pull off a growling "singing" and not sound like absolute crap.


Well, you could probably put together a pretty convincing metal riff with only the bottom two strings of the guitar... :)

Knowing that arguing musical taste is pointless, I still feel I have to stand up in defense of one small corner of my music collection. It's just that in the heavier end of metal, the vocals become subordinate to the riff. The vocals are there to give the song some kind of direction, but this sort of metal's not really supposed to be melodic (or if it is, that's the lead guitar's job).

(there are always singers who both growl and sing, like Burton from Fear Factory.)