Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Forget Axl Rose - The Metal Vocalist with the Best Range

Simone Simons of EPICA (photo: Metal Archives)So yeah. You may have seen articles around glorifying Axl Rose (who, let's be honest, is kind of a dick) as the vocalist with the widest range... in popular music.

Really, it's no feat considering the realm from which they chose the qualifying vocalists to compare, with the exception of a few people. Like, Mariah Carey for instance. Not the brightest bulb in the box, but she at least used to be able to sustain some extremely high notes pretty well, and knowing in full capacity how hard high notes can sometimes be (especially at the heights she would go to) so she gets my respect for that.

A friend pointed me to this article on Gunshy Assassin, where I found this list of a much broader range of vocalists.

Much better. Now this is more like it.

It was a bit of a shock to find King Diamond ranked as low as he was. He sat a bit more than halfway down the list with a 4 octave & 2 note range. For some reason, I expected it a little higher than that.

I also saw another name I hadn't seen in a while, Ville Vallo of HIM. Gods, that was years ago, wasn't it?

And did you know that Dio could only hit 3 octaves? I didn't.

The leader of the pack was Mike Patton of Faith No More. Now that didn't surprise me one bit!

Still, I didn't see any mention of the many talented women in symphonic metal like Charlotte Wessels, Lindsay Schoolcraft, Emilie Autumn, Tarja Turunen, Marcela Bovio, and of course the awesome Simone Simons.

Now, put them on a list, along with the vocalist of Draconian and many others and then I'll wanna see it!

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