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Utopia Banished: wonderful, melodic AND pathetic...
I've just been listening to a fantastic album that I dislike. A musical wonder that draws me in, but makes me loath to enjoy it:

Utopia Banished: melodic death metal
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Melodic it is indeed; whilst high energy, it is almost classical. But... it's metal. Now don't get me wrong: I do like some metal. I just don't get what's so fantastic about the screaming/yelling vocals that can be heard from roughly half the metal bands out there. I don't see what it adds to the music. There is something in that tuneless "hear my strain my larynx" sound that makes me want to say "you talentless, pathetic little creature; if you can sing properly, why don't you do so and let us enjoy some real music?"

Of course, these artists aren't talentless or pathetic: this vocal style is simply the done thing. A style that no doubt appeals greatly to your more dedicated metal audience. It's just that I don't get it. Marco from Nightwish sings in a way that sounds like yelling, but is clearly still musical and rather intelligible. A high-energy sound that is a good release, but not... dumb. But then, I initially didn't realise Nightwish was a metal band: they sounded to good/mainstream for that.

Okay, that's enough of my silly little rant about metal vocals. Now I think I shall go and buy this album; it really is good... particularly the last track. ;-)

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Have you heard any Godspeed You! Black Emperor ? Theyre sort of classical/metal/etheral indie, and with very little singing - and no growly deathmetal crud ;) I think you'd like em!

No, I haven't. I'll have to go searching. "Very little singing" sounds like a good way to get rid of the crud, but I do tire a bit from listening to the instrumentation alone. Vocals are good... when they are good. ;-)

I did buy the Utopia Banished album, but decided to only pay $US5 for it, so it's no big loss if I don't listen to it much. (But already I'm enjoying it more than the one I spent $US7 on recently... so now I'm feeling the last purchase was a dud!)

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