meshuggah wrote: When a new band is announced, wife's 1st question is "is this a band with a growler"? If I say yes, I get , although she's starting to understand that the "growler" is another musical instrument rather than a traditional "lead singer". More suggestions on how to explain this would be welcome
Well as long as they're happy.
For growling, I always say it's just a different vocal style. It takes getting used to for most people, kinda like a heavy accent. At first it's just gibberish but then you start to understand the different articulations in the words. Also it sometimes makes it easier to get into once you understand how difficult it is to actually sing death metal for 2 hours straight. It's not just mindless screaming, a lot of preparation goes into it.[/quote]
Yep...just like opera singers the same basics of Support, Breath and Placement are applied. If you growl completely in your throat with a raised larynx, you will last about 3 minutes. It's interesting how proper vocal technique spans the gamut across all types of vocal music!