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Osore
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PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2020 2:07 am 
 

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While he certainly has some great stand out moments in Alcest, I think his vocals in Lantlos are especially spectacular. That moment around the 4 minute mark in Pulse/Surreal when the blast beats come in is just heart-wrenching. And as much as I’ve seen a lot of people here express a distaste for Agape (which I don’t understand at all), his vocals on that album are probably the best I’ve heard from him. His entire performance on Intrauterin is from a different world, and the wretched wails on Bliss at around 6:35 is one of the most emotive parts I’ve heard in music, especially with how it comes in and hits you in the chest after that serene jazzy part. Man, I forgot how much I love this band.

I don’t think people give him enough credit in terms of a vocalist, I think he does that whole despaired DSBM wail type of vocal better than anyone, maybe with exception of the guy from Gris

.neon is adorable - perfect vocals, perfect music, perfect cover art. :) It makes me want to stab a knife into my heart while I listen to it, and vocals contribute significantly to that effect.
Agape - horrible title and below the average music for my taste. I wish they go back to .neon sound on their new album. I have exactly the same snail shall their band member has shared on social media, so hopefully there's something that corresponds on the musical level as well. ;D

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PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2020 5:58 am 
 

Mortuus (Marduk) is one of the most versatile and can use his voice in all sorts of interesting ways to convey different moods.
For good old black metal violence, I've always had a soft spot for Lord Sabathan on those early Enthroned albums. In fact, he sounds remarkably similar to the vocalist of my ex-band.

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Amosofnlm
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PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2020 7:14 am 
 

Fuck yeah, ICS Vortex is brilliant. The Olden Domain is an album I come back to again and again.

Rafn from Hermodr is another one that came to mind. His harsh vocals are good but it's his cleans that I enjoy the most- similar to my own approach. They add so much to the music.

Vindsval of Blut Aus Nord too, though I'm not as in to BAN as I used to be. Like with Rafn it's his clean vocals that really stand out. My Prayer Beyond Ginnungagap and Hubris have two of my favourite vocal performances.

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PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2020 4:22 pm 
 

Many votes for Erik von Watain here ? I think he does a great job without going full-Marduk-toneles on their stuff.

Byron from Bal Sagoth on their first two records, too, though that might be a bit of a love for the sound on those albums as a whole.

Old Man Ted on Panzerfaust, finally - the album that probably did the most to get me into ugly horrible black metal.

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PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2020 4:42 pm 
 

Quorthon.
Ruoja (Ajattara).

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cultofkraken
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PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2020 9:35 pm 
 

Amosofnlm wrote:
Fuck yeah, ICS Vortex is brilliant. The Olden Domain is an album I come back to again and again.

Rafn from Hermodr is another one that came to mind. His harsh vocals are good but it's his cleans that I enjoy the most- similar to my own approach. They add so much to the music.

Vindsval of Blut Aus Nord too, though I'm not as in to BAN as I used to be. Like with Rafn it's his clean vocals that really stand out. My Prayer Beyond Ginnungagap and Hubris have two of my favourite vocal performances.


The Olden Domain is Garm.

Speaking of, Garm is on my list, as is Silenius, Aldrahn, Attila, Arioch, Legion, Henke Forss, Jens Ryden, Pest, Mkm, and lastly but not leastly Onielar.

Honourable mentions go to Wrest, Akhenaten, and Proscriptor.
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PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2020 10:37 pm 
 

Deha
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PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2020 3:05 pm 
 

I have several. We'll start out with:

Shamaatae, Arckanum- In a genre which tends to run incredibly conservative, both in philosophy and in performance, Arckanum stands out as
as exception to the musical aesthetic of black metal. His rough barks in a primeval language, though rarely (if ever if we're being honest)
understood by the listener, invoke a primitive emotion of the like I personally have never elsewhere experienced. While the music itself, being
just as raw and primitive as the vocals, incredibly repetitive and, with all due respect, simple, it still manages to feel fresh, dynamic and
catchy. The catchiness of the music is in no doubt due to the repetitive nature of the music but the vigor owes to Shamaatae's vocal delivery.

Silenius, Abigor - If Shamaatae stands out as being an outlier in a style that tends to keep a very straight line, then Silenius is the epitome of tradition.
While he has experimented with a different delivery in the past few outputs in which he has supplied the vocals, his performances on the early
Abigor and Summoning albums are, in my opinion, the gold-standard of black metal. His high-pitched shrieks mixed with that perfect amount
of echo/reverb which only Silenius seems to achieve never come off as forced, disingenuous, or insincere, which very few metal vocalists can claim.
With that all being said, I will also be the first to admit that not everything Silenius has released has been perfect. Silenius's weak performances
in mid-era Summoning almost ruin those albums for me and thankfully he returns with a vengeance in Oathbound and delivers an especially impressive
performance on Old Mornings Dawn and later on With Doom We Come. His performances on the most recent Abigor albums are, on the other hand,
something completely different, though not necessarily poor. Silenius is and was, vocally speaking, in his heyday the pinnacle of quality and substance
within black metal.

Mikko Aspa, Clandestine Blaze - Mikko Aspa is black metal minus the frills and theatrics. While black metal has traditionally incorporated a good deal of nature and the medieval into not only the music but the visual aesthetics as well, Mikko Aspa has always tended to roam from the beaten path. Almost appearing as more of an industrial metal or noise project visually speaking, with ample use of bleak urban imagery mixed with photos which might have just as well been snapped during the filming of a snuff film or used on the cover of some depraved fetish porno vhs, one recognizes Aspa's style immediately. While obviously none of this has anything to do with Aspa's vocals, his vocals are almost as foreign to the genre as the visual aesthetics he presents. Loud, raw, deep and mean are the only way I can really
describe them. No where to be found are the high-pitched wails or cries which permeate the genre, rather with Aspa one gets gutteral barks which immediately come off as unique. The utter hate which black metal is suppose to adhere to, though seems to be lost in the theatrics, is on full display in Aspa's work. As far as black metal vocalists go, there are only perhaps a handful who can deliver such genuine disdain for society and the world as a whole. Where many pretend, Aspa carries
a very bright and very legitimate flame ever on.
Yeah and Deathspell Omega is pretty good too I guess.

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blackmantram
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PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2020 3:14 pm 
 

I guess I should pay more attention to DSO and Clandestine Blaze vocals then? Because last I remember there wasn't anything special in them, I mean, I like both bands a lot but I don't remember anything particularly standout in the vocals other than getting the job done.

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Amosofnlm
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PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2020 3:21 pm 
 

cultofkraken wrote:
The Olden Domain is Garm.


So it is. Dunno why I had it in my head that it was ICS Vortex. Garm's class in that case.

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Avocat
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PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2020 3:23 pm 
 

I'm surprised IX from Urfaust hasn't been mentioned yet. His harsh and clean vocals are truly unique. Nobody else sounds like him.

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ColdWindRider
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PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2020 5:54 pm 
 

Attila on DMDS. BM opus magnum. No less, no more.
Nocturno Culto, Sakis Tolis, Quorthon, Varg Vikernes, Jon Nodtveidt.

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Scytha
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PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2020 2:33 pm 
 

Mortuus/Arioch of Marduk/Funeral Mist is the unrivalled king. He is so versatile and insanely intense. Delightfully disgusting.

Hoest of Taake. I absolutely love his weird vocals and odd noises.

Abbath. Some people consider him to be a caricature, but I think he's a very solid vocalist. Convincing and grim without being too jarring.

I suppose I just don't like monotonic high-pitched screaming.

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EvergreenSherbert
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 27, 2021 1:06 pm 
 

*bump*

I mostly listen to atmospheric black metal, so I'm probably not gonna be listing any classics. First of all, Dave Hunt from Anaal Nathrakh is straight up not a human being, his vocals are sick. Most of you have probably heard of him.

I also really like the guy from Auðn, I believe his name is Hjálmar Gylfason? If you haven't tried them, I'd highly recommend.


Lastly, John Haughm from Agalloch. More for his singing than for his harsh vocals, but those are good too.

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Raped Christ
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 27, 2021 1:38 pm 
 

Vorphalack, Nocturno Culto, Hat & Pest, Mika Luttinen.

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Runko
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 27, 2021 2:18 pm 
 

Gaahl's work in God Seed and his latter day Gorgoroth records is pretty much top notch for me.

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HideYourHole
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 27, 2021 2:43 pm 
 

Scytha wrote:
Mortuus/Arioch of Marduk/Funeral Mist is the unrivalled king. He is so versatile and insanely intense. Delightfully disgusting.

Hoest of Taake. I absolutely love his weird vocals and odd noises.

Abbath. Some people consider him to be a caricature, but I think he's a very solid vocalist. Convincing and grim without being too jarring.

I suppose I just don't like monotonic high-pitched screaming.

I think Mortuus is to black metal what Travis Ryan is to death. You can say what you want about their bands or whether or not you actually like them but like you said, in terms of versatility in their respective genres they are pretty high up there if not at the top. Glad to see him mentioned so often here as he's probably my favorite as well - love every album he has been involved in thus far (save Viktoria but at no fault of his).

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 27, 2021 4:41 pm 
 

Most of what comes to mind is basically cheating, since we're talking about the harsh vocals. Technically I could list stuff like the chants in Batushka, Nera's cleans in Darzamat, ICS Vortex's and Garm's cleans in Borknagar, but that's not really the spirit of the question. Most black metal harsh vocals are just kind of there for me, and they don't really stand out, but I'm a far more casual listener of the subgenre than a lot of people here. I'm tempted to pick a black metal project from musicians I like that normally do other genres, something like Diabolical Masquerade or Ajattara, but I feel like I'm mostly projecting my admiration for their other work onto it. Or it would be something that's more towards death than black metal, like Nergal's in Behemoth, Bo Sommers' in Panzerchrist, Par Johansson's in Torchbearer, or Martin's in Sulphur Aeon.

So I suppose my answer is Abbath's in Immortal, because they were the first black metal band I spent more extensive time with, and they sound cold and frosty, just like their music, always great to put on in the winter when it's snowing.

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largadeer
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 28, 2021 4:43 pm 
 

Kind of surprised that no one has mentioned Alexandros from Macabre Omen.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 28, 2021 5:11 pm 
 

I know tastes are subjective but I can't honestly understand some of the choices here. Vikernes is an awful vocalist that only got worst over time. Same with Ihsahn, his vocals are probably the worst part about emperor. Jon from Agalloch can't even scream, he only whispers in an almost inaudible way and Abbath sounds like Kermit the frog. Wrest is goofy and only some of his albums are listenable, on True Traitor he's really annoying.

Huge Emperor and Agalloch fan by the way and they fit the music and everything but they aren't good at all.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 28, 2021 6:23 pm 
 

Gravetemplar wrote:
Abbath sounds like Kermit the frog.


I mean, your typical black metal vocalist sounds like a goblin getting impaled, to anyone who isn't deep into extreme metal it all sounds goofy as fuck.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 28, 2021 7:13 pm 
 

LithoJazzoSphere wrote:
Gravetemplar wrote:
Abbath sounds like Kermit the frog.


I mean, your typical black metal vocalist sounds like a goblin getting impaled, to anyone who isn't deep into extreme metal it all sounds goofy as fuck.

I agree black metal tends to be goofy but Abbath (and Dagon) are the goofiest of them all.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 31, 2021 2:10 am 
 

Jon Nödtveidt
Gaahl
Erik Danielsson
Quorthon
Varg ''Self-defence'' Vikernes
Demonaz Doom Occulta
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 31, 2021 2:31 am 
 

Dave Hunt, Attila, Rainer Landfermann

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They all sound the same to me.
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Black Winds and James Read are my kinda shit, and Impurath from Black Witchery.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 31, 2021 7:45 pm 
 

Pest on Under the Sign of Hell is my personal gold-standard in terms of unbelievably demonic black metal vocals -- sounds like a literal demon who's just clawed its way out of the pits of hell. Can't argue with Hat on Pentagram, either. I never liked Gaahl much in Gorgoroth, though. He somehow sounded a lot better on the Trelldom albums.

Looks like most the greats have been mentioned. A couple who I don't think have been, though: Nattefrost, especially on CF's best album, Defending the Throne of Evil. Dolk from Kampfar also has a really powerful and somehow distinctive black metal snarl. Not as big on their more recent stuff, but their first couple albums, especially the debut, are underrated classics.

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markhebb
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 01, 2021 5:51 am 
 

I love Nocturno Culto’s vocals on Under A Funeral Moon- gives the album that blistering cold ‘otherworldly’ feel.

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Dani Filth is iconic in my book. Regardless of how bad some of the mid-era COF albums were, he has always sounded great. That shriek is legendary.

The Naglfar records with Jens Ryden are so good because of Jens' vocals. Haven't cared much for the band since he left.

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My personal favorite is Gaahl - his voice is one of the first times I can remember be stricken in a meaningful way in black metal.

However, Gorgoroth has had great luck with vocalists and I'd also include Pest as a noteworthy vocalist.

A few others:
Ihsahn (Emperor)
Satyr (Satyricon)
Sin Nanna (Striborg)
Grutle (Enslaved)
Nathan (WITTR)

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 01, 2021 4:21 pm 
 

For me the best is Satyr, on the early stuff and later on as well.

Also Abbath from Immortal. Dani Filth is an acquired taste but he is a master of spitting out densely packed lyrical parts. Mortuus from Marduk is great.

Honestly though, most black metal vocalists blend together...like most death metal vocalists I guess. Some stand out, some are poor, and the vast majority are functional for the style.

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I have a few obvious choices, and a few others that I don't think have been mentioned as of yet:

Abbath - Sorry naysayers, this guy has one of the most distinctive voices in black metal. Call him Popeye until your tongues fall out, every Immortal album with him on it, along with I and both of his subsequent solo albums are bolstered by his frostbitten growls.

Hat - I know many are stoked on Gaahl (he's decent, but I think he was Gorgoroth's weakest vocalist) and Pest has a few champions, but I honestly find the original's shrieking imp approach to be amazing, both Pentagram and Antichrist are certified classics of the sub-genre.

Ihsahn - Probably the most obvious choice, his work with Emperor and particularly their first 2 albums are grand masterworks, and his more eclectic solo material is pretty interesting.

Daemon - I've always been a sucker for symphonic black metal acts, but Limbonic Art is on another level, they've never had a bad album, and the vocals are a key part of what makes the atmosphere so dark and cosmic.

Piąty - I'm not a fan of the lyrical content of his work with Sunwheel, but aesthetically speaking Industry Of Death was an astounding work and the vocals perfectly reflected the vile and decrepit character of the surrounding instrumental assault, and Kataxu's Hunger Of Elements is another spectacular display of raucous shrieks playing against a dense symphonic blackened backdrop amazingly.

Anders Strokirk - He's not the most prolific vocal contributor to Necrophobic, but man did he hit it out of the park on The Nocturnal Silence, and his work on the two most recent albums is also quite powerful.

Draakh Kimera - Mörk Gryning is basically the Rodney Dangerfield of the style, they just never get any respect, but man does Draakh bring down the orcish cries on Tusen år har gått...
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I like Abbath's vocals too. They're unique, and they give character to Immortal's music in my opinion.

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Ace_Rimmer wrote:

Honestly though, most black metal vocalists blend together...like most death metal vocalists I guess. Some stand out, some are poor, and the vast majority are functional for the style.


This, very much this.
Exceptions and singularity are always welcome though.
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Floodland wrote:
They all sound the same to me.

Ace_Rimmer wrote:
Honestly though, most black metal vocalists blend together...like most death metal vocalists I guess. Some stand out, some are poor, and the vast majority are functional for the style.

Floodland wrote:
This, very much this.
Exceptions and singularity are always welcome though.

No way. Try harder.

Who sounds like Niklas Kvarforth (from Shining), Famine (from Peste Noire), Alexander Nordgaren (from Fleurety), Grutle Kjellson (from Enslaved), Attila Csihar (from Mayhem) or the Summoning duo (Silenius and Protector), for example? There you go.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 02, 2021 11:35 am 
 

Sanguine Mapsama aka Samuel Meadows Spoor from Averse Sefira has always been one of my favorites. He has such excellent control over his voice and has flawless execution for the style. He strikes this balance of sounding very pointed, but also unhinged, particularly on Tetragrammatical Astygmata.

Nocturno Culto is also classic. So many bands have had success emulating his style in black metal and I think the genre owes a lot to him.
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The0ne wrote:
Floodland wrote:
They all sound the same to me.

Ace_Rimmer wrote:
Honestly though, most black metal vocalists blend together...like most death metal vocalists I guess. Some stand out, some are poor, and the vast majority are functional for the style.

Floodland wrote:
This, very much this.
Exceptions and singularity are always welcome though.

No way. Try harder.

Who sounds like Niklas Kvarforth (from Shining), Famine (from Peste Noire), Alexander Nordgaren (from Fleurety), Grutle Kjellson (from Enslaved), Attila Csihar (from Mayhem) or the Summoning duo (Silenius and Protector), for example? There you go.


So you named a few that stand out for you, that's cool. The vast majority of extreme vocalists kind of blend together for me. If I hear Dickenson, Halford, Tate, etc. I can immediately pick them out. I have a much harder time with black metal guys outside of Abbath, and a few others. Some people have a better ear for this kind of vocal.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 02, 2021 2:45 pm 
 

Ace_Rimmer wrote:
Dickenson, Halford, Tate


you named 3 of the biggest names in heavy metal. I guarantee you there are a billion undifferentiated copycats out there. I'm not sure why you're acting like black metal vocals are uniquely indistinguishable from one another in this way.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 02, 2021 10:46 pm 
 

SladeCraven wrote:
Sanguine Mapsama aka Samuel Meadows Spoor from Averse Sefira has always been one of my favorites. He has such excellent control over his voice and has flawless execution for the style. He strikes this balance of sounding very pointed, but also unhinged, particularly on Tetragrammatical Astygmata.

Nocturno Culto is also classic. So many bands have had success emulating his style in black metal and I think the genre owes a lot to him.


Always loved Averse Sefira, it's a real shame that they broke up.

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Ace_Rimmer wrote:
So you named a few that stand out for you, that's cool.

No, we are doing it. Read the thread.

Ace_Rimmer wrote:
The vast majority of extreme vocalists kind of blend together for me.

Anyway, you're right. You talked about "most" and "the vast majority". My comment was more directed to Floodland.

wraithlike wrote:
Ace_Rimmer wrote:
Dickenson, Halford, Tate

you named 3 of the biggest names in heavy metal. I guarantee you there are a billion undifferentiated copycats out there. I'm not sure why you're acting like black metal vocals are uniquely indistinguishable from one another in this way.

My exact thought.

Ace_Rimmer wrote:
Some people have a better ear for this kind of vocal.

And that's why I said they have to try harder.
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