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Symphonic metal: Where are the lower vocal ranges?


#1

Nearly every example of symphonic metal features a mezzo soprano vocalist, and I don’t of any with male leads that do clean vocals. While I am a huge fan of Dianne van Giersburgen, I’ve always resonated more with lower vocal ranges - one of my favorite clean vocalists is Lauri from Metsatöll (the one on flutes here: https://youtu.be/rMSMu4Vqj-g)

While I am looking for vocalists in symphonic metal, it’s more a soft requirement - I’m really looking for any (clean) vocalist with lower ranges (i.e. alto, low-baritone/bass) of any similar or relate genre. Any suggestions?


#2

Have you listened to Falconer? Not as low range as the example you just provided but compared to the typical power/symphonic metal voices this one might fit the bill.


#3

Reminds me a bit of TÝR, nice.


#4

I’m not much into metal but I like that. I don’t like the screaming type vocals.


#5

Me neither. Good thing there are plenty of bands that don´t do that (Nightwish, Within Temptation, Volbeat, Týr, Sabaton, etc.) or do it “tastefully” (Amaranthe).


#6

You can try kamelot if you don’t like the dialects of the European metal bands, but other than that u can try sonata artica


#7

Falconer is definitely a good one.

I’d post a link to my power metal thread, but I’m pretty sure they’re all higher register vocals (particularly Stratovarius and Angra…).

Christopher Lee has a lower voice:

Heroik:

Sabaton:

Dragonland also has a lower pitched voice, but very often goes higher than what I believe you’re looking for.


#8

I was about to mention Kamelot as well but wasn’t sure. Roy Khan’s (former lead vocalist for those who are unfamiliar) vocal range was quite varied but I would say he mostly did high pitched vocals during the early years of the band. Now Tommy (current lead vocalist) more or less tries to cover the same range but I would say he also sings mostly on the higher end. At least neither really sound super mezzo soprano so I suppose it is worth a mention.

As for Sonata Arctica, well, an interesting choice. Again I think he sings mostly mid to high pitch. Definitely not operatic soprano either at least.


#9

Oh man I had heard about Sabaton for a while but it wasn’t till this year that I decided to give them a try and damn did that album (The Last Stand) get me hooked instantly. A super interesting voice indeed.


#10

I’ve never been a big power metal guy - it’s a bit over the top for my tastes. But I will say the vocalist for Heroik is in tune of what I’m looking for. I’ll look into them.


#11

I really wish I had better examples of what I’m looking for. The best one I can think of right now is actually Rammstein’s “Mein Herz Brennt”, particularly leading up the chorus at 1:50

ASP is another example:

Other examples venture more into gothic; an example with female vocals is Theatre des Vampires

Or Mandrogora Scream


PS - So after going down a bit of a rabbit hole, I did find a couple bands that meet.
Oh. My. God. Nicoletta Rosellini :heart_eyes:

Kobra has the vocals, I’m just not sure I like the direction of the band’s music lately.