Top tips to unleash the metal vocalist that’s ‘already inside you’
19 June 2019
Towards the end of the Victorian era, Dundee was famous for three things: Jam, Jute and Journalism. Now, however, the city is aiming to become one of Britain’s musical hubs. In particular, the DIY metal scene is currently experiencing a spike in popularity.
TUNE met some of the main players in Dundee’s metal scene, including Sam — a singer and metal vocal coach who teaches people how to improve their screaming abilities.
“I first of all try to teach a technique called false chords, which is essentially a very powerful sigh to be able to produce that harsh, raspy sound at the back of your throat.
“When I sing on stage, it’s like an organised tantrum that I get release and relief from.”
Ed Miliband asked Napalm Death singer Barney Greenway for some extreme metal coaching of his own. “From the diaphragm – like a traditional singer – then force it up through the throat.”
Although the former Labour leader gave it a good shot, Barney wasn’t massively impressed by any of Ed’s attempts:
“Nah, you need more throat; definitely more throat.”
Acapella metal vocals
Listen to Norwegian Black Metal vocalists doing what they do best. (From 2016)
There are more far-flung places than Dundee where metal is popular. (From 2015)