I love the energy of metal but hate cookie monster vocals. Help

I really enjoy things like Metallica and Megadeth that are heavy but still have normal to mostly normal lyrics. I just can't get to where I can like the grunting stuff. I started my metal with Metallica back in 90 or so and just never cared to move on after thrash's first wave kind of died off.
I got into nu-metal or whatever you call it, for a while to. Disturbed, FFDP, Drowning Pool, etc. I was also there for the birth of grunge and still listen to it very heavily.

I can sort of get into Testament's Formation of Damnation but that is about the limit.

Looking for some new to me stuff to listen to.

This thread was looking for something similar in terms of vocals, so there are quite a few recommendations in there.

Nevermore were fantastic for heavy music with amazing, clean vocals.

Just going to throw some more out


Sounds like you might like Volbeat.

Thanks! Honestly the first hit in that thread kind of was a winner. Drop the vocals all together. Angel Vivaldi is pretty awesome so far.

Dream Theatre! I wore out my cassette of Images and Words, yea I'm old. I am going to have to dig back into their stuff again. They are not really metal but good stuff for sure.

Volbeat and Alter Bridge I also considered not really metal, but I do like some of Alter Bridge's stuff already. 10 Years also fits in this category, really good stuff. Below is one of their more agressive vocal tracks. Many are cleaner really.

You heard of Morgana Lefay?

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Yeah there are some solid recommendations in that thread.

'A Train of Thought' is the most metal thing Dream Theatre have done. From cover to cover, at least. They've got an outstanding catalog,

I can understand where you see that about Alter Bridge and Volbeat. Have you heard Tremonti's solo stuff too? I'll be sure to check out 10 years when I have some way of hearing it!

Other than that I can't think what else to recommend you, most of my taste has growling/screaming in it.

Have you heard Symphony X? They pretty much fit the bill as being 'heavy Dream Theater'. While the vocalist does prefer a raspier style of singing it's still pretty clean on most tracks. He's incredibly versatile and often goes back and forth on how he performs.

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I plug this wherever I can:

Might be something you like in there

Man I need to update this thing more often


these are all great suggestions, especially alter bridge

Tremonti is the guitarist of that band, and he started a side project that shows off his Thrash influences, and he has a smoother voice than most.

Try this album out first, hes released a few.

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For sure. Grew up with them. Undertow came out when I was in High school. That video for sober is still a WTF :)

This has some real potential! This album and Cauterize seem good so far.

What blew me away is that this is the guitarist from CREED.

i hate creed, love tremonti. suprised he had this much talent locked away.


Speaking from personal experience, I think that you can learn to enjoy the vocals despite them being harsh (cookie monster). The way that I did it effectively was that I stopped thinking of the vocals as the singing, and started thinking about them as an instrument. Like guitars or drums, they contribute to the overall sound of the song. The harsh vocals contribute to the atmosphere that the band is trying to achieve. From there, I looked for bands that had a sound or atmosphere that I liked, and I listened. I listened a lot. I have a huge love for music. So I spent a lot of time listening to metal. Now, I don't even think about the vocals in the same capacity as rock vocals, or rap vocals, or whatever. I think that you can do the same thing, if you want.

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There's seems to be a lot of these lately :)

I think most everything I'd like to say was said in the thread that was linked previously. Some of that would likely apply to you.

And like @ThatBootsGuy, I'll always shill my thrashology and progology topics lol

Edit: I also just created a metal parent/aggregator topic for the various genre-based topics that the community has created. Its currently pinned at the top of the Music sub-category.

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