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What of instrumental (or non-sung) music? Also, which are the vocalists you happen to like?

 

The bigger names that are my favorite vocalists: Emiliana Torrini(!), China Forbes (of Pink Martini), Beth Gibbons (of Portishead), and...um, hmm, David Byrne (of Talking Heads/himself). I guess it's a little more than just five or so, really, as there's also a few smaller names, too, though, from artists most nobody has ever heard of and that you can't really listen to unless you actually physically own their stuff (->me). Most of the artists that I listen to I'm actually just merely "okay" with - VNV Nation, Weird Al, Tom Lehrer, They Might Be Giants, Depeche Mode, etc. It's more that their voices don't actively bother me than that I really like them all that much.

 

Instrumental music is mostly fine - definitely subject to less arbitrary dislike than music with vocals. There are a few things that still bother me, though, and the usual suspects are brass instruments and electric guitars - however, the latter is obviously extremely varied in its usage, and so that's kind of hit or miss, too.

 

Ohh... I believe we had spoken about this earlier. I wasn't sure if it had been you or majestic with whom I'd spoken about vocalists and so on. Interesting that you should list David Byrne and Dave Gahan as two vocalists you like (on that matter I did include a Talking Heads album in the list - The Name of This Band Is Talking Heads). There's a number of albums in the list above that are either purely or mostly instrumental, with varying presence of guitar though usually used in ways other than the traditional rock forms. Plenty of brass though, in great part due to my love for jazz - but again, these can also be very varied in their use depending on what you hear.



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Yep, see, I knew I probably missed something - 200 titles is a lot to skim and not miss something, :p. And yeah, I'm sure there's probably stuff in there that I could appreciate...I mean, with 200 albums of varied tastes, it'd be hard not to, right?

 

Yeah, it was me. But now you know even MORE about my musical tastes! Fancy that, huh? But yeah...men vocalists I generally feel less extreme about than women vocalists - positively and negatively. Women vocalists I don't like will drive me utterly mad, while male vocalists will generally just reach the level of "I don't like this very much and would prefer to stop listening to it"...but the women vocalists that I do like I tend to like a lot.



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As much as I love the Beatles, this is one of the few times I enjoyed a cover more than the original.



The other cover that comes to mind is



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With regards to the two examples posted above I can safely say neither vocalist does anything for me. Sorry. :(

 

Well that's perfectly fine. I don't like Mark Shelton either, as I said, and to be honest I don't expect people to like Sirenia when I link it. Extremely distorted guitars, black metal rasps, death metal growls and a french choir against a gothic metal backdrop is not very compatible in my experience - and certainly not for anyone that isn't a fan of the genre to begin with.

 

If anyone's interested Leaves' Eyes would serve as a much better introduction. Many of the typical gothic metal elements are present but they're arranged in a way that is much easier to get into.

 

 

Captain Beefheart is aural torture for me. But that's not only beause of his vocals, some instruments featured in his music (and alas, much of Jazz in general) have the nails on chalkboard effect on me. Yeah, talking about that brass here. :p

 

One of the more interesting female vocalists I happened across was Carmen Elise Espenæs - younger sister of Liv Kristine Espenæs, vocalist in the above linked Leaves' Eyes piece:

 


Edited by majestic, 15 May 2017 - 12:56 PM.

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Aaaand to contribute something to the thread that isn't depressing, here's a piece of my secret love affair with Eurodance/Europop trash:

 



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With regards to the two examples posted above I can safely say neither vocalist does anything for me. Sorry. :(

 

Well that's perfectly fine. I don't like Mark Shelton either, as I said, and to be honest I don't expect people to like Sirenia when I link it. Extremely distorted guitars, black metal rasps, death metal growls and a french choir against a gothic metal backdrop is not very compatible in my experience - and certainly not for anyone that isn't a fan of the genre to begin with.

 

 

At the risk of sounding pretty pretentious or whatnot, to me the issue with most black metal - and metal in general for that matter - is less so the likes of distorted guitars or growling but rather its usual employment to extremely pedestrian or tacky effect. I do enjoy the tone of extremely distorted guitars, though more often when the instrument is approached in unconventional fashion, be it when making use of dissonant chords and scales, used for clusters and feedback and so on. I'm not saying there are no metal bands that do these things but they are usually the exceptions that I like. When it comes to vocals I find the growling in the context of something 'dark', 'heavy' or 'gothic' to be silly, practically all of the time.


Edited by algroth, 15 May 2017 - 07:31 PM.


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In memory of Chris Cornell:

 

 


Edited by Agiel, 18 May 2017 - 10:56 AM.

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Very sad news about Chris Cornell. :(

 

https://www.washingt...ell-dead-at-52/

 

Fame is overrated -- sounds like he was pretty lonely, even with a wife and kids.



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At the risk of sounding pretty pretentious or whatnot, to me the issue with most black metal - and metal in general for that matter - is less so the likes of distorted guitars or growling but rather its usual employment to extremely pedestrian or tacky effect. I do enjoy the tone of extremely distorted guitars, though more often when the instrument is approached in unconventional fashion, be it when making use of dissonant chords and scales, used for clusters and feedback and so on. I'm not saying there are no metal bands that do these things but they are usually the exceptions that I like. When it comes to vocals I find the growling in the context of something 'dark', 'heavy' or 'gothic' to be silly, practically all of the time.

 

Nah, don't worry. I'd argue that most music is pretty pedestrian, just because it's from a niche genre doesn't automatically make it more sophisticated. I generally don't mind if it's simple. I mean... I do have a full set of Hammerfall albums here that I enjoy(d) a lot, and they're the Katy Perry of power metal. ;)


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From something quite poignant to...

 



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Nah, don't worry. I'd argue that most music is pretty pedestrian, just because it's from a niche genre doesn't automatically make it more sophisticated. I generally don't mind if it's simple. I mean... I do have a full set of Hammerfall albums here that I enjoy(d) a lot, and they're the Katy Perry of power metal. ;)

*Hides all Hammerfall T-shirts*



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Nah, don't worry. I'd argue that most music is pretty pedestrian, just because it's from a niche genre doesn't automatically make it more sophisticated. I generally don't mind if it's simple. I mean... I do have a full set of Hammerfall albums here that I enjoy(d) a lot, and they're the Katy Perry of power metal. ;)

*Hides all Hammerfall T-shirts*

 

 

Heh. Without Hammerfall as gateway to power metal I would never have found gems like this:

 


Edited by majestic, 19 May 2017 - 12:11 PM.

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I love Kamelot, they're awesome - I miss Roy Khans voice but the new guy is good aswell. They've done some amazing songs, I still remember first time I heard

 

The Epica album is a masterpiece, me and my mate sat in his room listening to the album with our jaws on the floor, just amazed by the composition.

Not to forget, Epica was inspired by Kamelot aswell, and they do some pretty nice pieces, Consign to Oblivion and Phantom Agony are really good aswell.


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Been listening to a lot of Run the Jewels and Donald Glover


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Been listening to a lot of Run the Jewels and Donald Glover

 

Same, actually! Run the Jewels may well be my favorite hip-hop act right now.


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