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awhiteguy
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 24, 2020 6:33 am 
 

Somewhat inspired by that Wintersun drama thread and seeing Jari no longer playing guitar during live shows: I'm looking for any bands with a talented vocalist that also plays lead guitar. Preferably something fast, melodic, and with some degree of technical skill. I actually can't think of a power metal band where the vocalist is also the main guitar guy.

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Morn Of Solace
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 24, 2020 6:41 am 
 

I'll be a bit a captain obvious, but those two spring to mind:

Tyr! their riffs have odd timing, but they are nothing flashy. The solos however get really complex at times.
Heri has great clean vocals and some really impressive shred solos that can be heard in songs like Lord of Lies, By The Sword in my Hand...
they also have crazy instrumentals like Rage of The Skullgaffer and Valkyries flight, which show their chops really well.

some songs are also true feats of guitar / vocal coordination: i don't know how he manages to sing Torsteins kvæði while playing


On the extreme metal side there is Ihsahn, who is really talented in both clean and harsh vocals and guitar: His solo works like Arktis fully display his prowess.


I've omitted "harsh vocals only" bands, but if you are interested in those let me know

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 24, 2020 7:51 am 
 

bodom, megadeth, manilla road, slough feg, angel witch...
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Morn Of Solace
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 24, 2020 7:58 am 
 

aloof wrote:
bodom, megadeth, manilla road, slough feg, angel witch...


I wouldn't call Lahio and Mustaine proficient vocalists, it's more a "it just works" scenario :lol:

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aloof
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 24, 2020 8:12 am 
 

well, the OP mentioned Jari who sort of falls in the same category for me... :D

*also, it's LaIHo :p
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OzzyApu
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 24, 2020 6:54 pm 
 

A bunch of those German power metal bands have lead guys doing guitar leadwork. Kai Hansen goes back and forth between leads / rhythm in Gamma Ray, Rolf Kasparek rules the roost when it comes to his guitarwork, and Piet Sielck from Iron Savior is a big handler on his leads. Those guys are known for that.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 24, 2020 9:18 pm 
 

also Stryper and Pain of Salvation... and (although personally his vocals completely ruin the band for me) Evergrey.
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awhiteguy
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 25, 2020 1:15 am 
 

Cool, thanks guys, I'll check those out. I think putting Jari in the same camp as Laiho is unfair, as the former managed to maintain his range while Laiho's attempts at growling got a whole lot worse post-Follow the Reaper.

Morn Of Solace wrote:
I've omitted "harsh vocals only" bands, but if you are interested in those let me know


Sure, harsh vocals are welcome if the bands are still on the melodic side. Looks like I need to get back into Tyr. I was a huge fan of their 2nd and 3rd albums but haven't checked out their newer releases.

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last_eulogy
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 26, 2020 3:07 pm 
 

Saw Karl Sanders live with Nile. He did some extremely talented guitar playing and also did the vocals. Ancient Egyptian Death Metal is not for everyone.
Every band that night had problems with any instruments on the one side of the stage. His bassist walked offstage to figure it out, during the song. He came to a group of us and said has anyone seen my bassist? Funniest moment of a live show ever.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2020 3:50 pm 
 

George Call in Aska. Though he is only singing in Cloven Hoof.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2v7RNNPbBLg
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Lane
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 29, 2020 8:20 am 
 

Evergrey's Tom Englund. Although he does rhythm guitar stuff too, when other guy handles lead.

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lordcatfish
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 29, 2020 10:26 am 
 

Been a while since I heard the early abums, but I seem to remember Timo Tolkki doing a decent job on vocals for Stratovarius.

My knowledge of his material is admittedly limited, but could Devin Townsend fit the bill? I see a lot people speaking highly of him.

And not really in the melodic branch, but Zakk Wylde for Black Label Society is / was a competent enough singer (in my eyes at least) and is obviously a technically gifted guitar player.
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Morn Of Solace
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 29, 2020 2:56 pm 
 

Devin fits! He rarely shows off but he has some serious chops

On the Melodic Death side: Ettore Rigotti from Disarmonia Mundi is another one, he is a talented multi-instrumentalist and also does clean vocals on their later albums.
However their best album, Fragments of D Generation, has Speed from Soilwork on vocals

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gomorro
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 16, 2020 12:57 pm 
 

I recently found Pladin, Power-Thrash from USA. Taylor Washington, the frontman, is a really skillfull guitar player and display awesome vocals, cleans and harsh. The band is quite enjoyable, catchy riffs, guitar harmonies and vocal melodies. They even got a well worked Nevermore tribute EP.




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PostPosted: Fri Sep 25, 2020 6:24 pm 
 

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