August 29, 2007

The Zen Of Nodes...

by Chris Randall

Yoiks. An instructional DVD (volume 2, natch...) for "teaching the art of screaming to metal singers." I guess it's for sale on the Alfred site but I couldn't be bothered to hunt the actual product page down. Suffice to say that I think an instructional DVD to get metal singers to stop singing metal would be a better thing, but that's just me.




Aug.29.2007 @ 1:41 PM
I'm actually pretty interested to see that, I'd like to retrain my screaming voice to be less destructive to my throat.

Aug.29.2007 @ 2:07 PM
On first glance at the graphic, before I looked at the text, I thought it was going to be a new version of audionerdz' Delay Lama.

Instruction on how to scream and not destroy your body makes good sense, not sure how there's more than one volume's worth of material there, though.

I'd also like to motion that the phrase "the Zen of..." be banned from the publisher's lexicon forever.


Aug.29.2007 @ 4:28 PM
Adam Schabtach
Steve: sorry that I used the heading "The Tao of Flanging" in the Liquid manual. It's almost as overused as "the Zen of..." but at least it's a better word choice for the material therein.



Aug.29.2007 @ 6:58 PM
Ugh. Add bands that start with "Un-", "get the 411 on...", and "EXTREME!" to that list.

"Alfred is pleased to distribute the second release in this best-selling vocal series, The Zen of Screaming 2.

Moving a step beyond the basics of good vocal production learned in The Zen of Screaming, viewers now tackle the finer points of extreme vocals. Vocal instructor Melissa Cross guides students through the three different kinds of screams with the help of her clients, including the lead singers of Underoath, Unearth, Thursday, Arch Enemy, Sick of It All, All That Remains, A Life Once Lost, God Forbid and more. Plenty of performance and practice tips are included. The DVD is also highly useful for those wishing to get the 411 on how to get the rasp in the voice without ripping up the vocal cords.

"Anyone who wants to be the best needs this video... the techniques are simple and easy to learn. It works for me- it will work for you."

-Corey Taylor, Vocalist (SlipKnoT, Stone Sour)"


Aug.30.2007 @ 2:59 AM
hah! u just never know when a death metaller vocalist might come in handy - i've been working on a vampire film & one of the vampires we 'revoiced' with a woman who could create tritones with her voice.. .we got her to do quite different stuff to what she does with her band but pretty unique...

Aug.30.2007 @ 10:59 AM
How do I learn how to do the Cookie Monster nu-metal stuff? :)

Aug.30.2007 @ 11:49 AM
Gargle glass shards.

Aug.30.2007 @ 12:44 PM
I've seen that one before. I spent an inordinate amount of time trying to decide if it was real or an elaborate joke. Not that you shouldn't learn how to scream, I've met one death metal dude that manage to seriously damage his vocal cords trying to do the cookie monster thing. That seems a bit absurd though.

I do however object to the metal singer bit though. If it's gonna be some extreme shit, I want people to scream. Hate that sing the chorus cream the verse bit. Keep your melody out of my metal etc. etc.

however if you just object to metal, that's fine. I strongly object to smooth jazz. we all got our things.


Aug.30.2007 @ 1:16 PM
my long time favorite screamer's new band:

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also of note: the drums, including the kicks, are untriggered. rough mix / unmastered.




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