Science Explains: How do Heavy Metal vocalists perform without damaging their vocal folds?

True story: I was sitting in my dentist’s chair this past Monday morning and we got to talking about metal (I recently turned him onto Gojira). He asked me how it was possible that all these metal vocalists are able to scream their guts out for extended periods of time and not constantly a) blow out their voices and b) develop nodules on their vocal cords? Fair questions, and I was somewhat embarrassed to admit that I didn’t have any good answers.

Luckily, science does! According to this new video from Inside Science, San Francisco’s Dr. Krzysztof Izdebski of the Pacific Voice and Speech Foundation, who specializes in working with patients that have damaged their vocal cords, believes that metal singers have basically figured out a way to do what comes naturally to human babies. And no, he’s not talking about Lead Singer’s Disease/throwing tantrums:

A little baby has all the sounds — it has the sounds of scream and growl, and inhalation and high pitch and whistle and low pitch, and so I thought, wow, you know, all of this we have, we learn from the beginning. We have it and then we somehow lose it, and the patients who suffer can’t learn how to do this.

Dr. Izdebski goes on to explain that by using a very, very high-speed camera (16,000 frames per second — by way of contrast, note that a movie is traditionally only 24 frames per second) placed inside a singer’s throat, he was able to determine that the vocal cords of your average metal frontman or woman never collide, which is how damage to those cords is normally created:

The images that we recorded clearly show that it’s produced predominately, predominately by structures above the glottis. So, the vocal folds do open and vibrate but actually don’t collide, and the entire sick area above — aryepiglottic folds, arachnoids, epiglottis — everything claps and dances, basically, and creates vibrations and creates acoustic orchestration… It’s that the area above [that’s] very loose and the air turbulence that comes through. The air that comes through produces turbulence, and the turbulence produces the sound.

Dr. Izdebski also believes this knowledge could be helpful to his patients:

When you crush the larynx it cannot be repaired, and these people suffer — they cannot talk. So, you know, we can use this, this technology — this artistic technology — perhaps to try to restore some phonation in these individuals.

Fascinating stuff, right?

Heavy Metal Singers are Just Big Babies (watch video here):

Source: Metalsucks | Inside Science

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CANNIBAL CORPSE and NICKI MINAJ collaborate for a song about Eating Ass

Death-metal band Cannibal Corpse and pop singer Nicki Minaj are working on a surprising collaboration birthed from a mutual appreciation of “ass eating,” their respective record labels confirmed earlier today. “Eating human asses has been a subject of rumination throughout our band’s entire existence,” said founding Cannibal Corpse member Alex Webster. “Nicki’s lyrical fantasy of getting her ass eaten is pretty twisted, and we thought we could do some great stuff with her.”

The song, tentatively titled “Choked to Death by Voluminous Rump,” is expected to bridge the gap between Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” and Cannibal Corpse’s “Meat Hook Sodomy” by delving into the decreasingly taboo subject of ass eating. However, those close to the project report creative differences have already arisen. “The ‘diva’ rumors are totally true,” said Cannibal Corpse vocalist George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher, killing a cockroach in the band’s sweaty, gory-movie-poster-decorated Tampa storage unit and practice space. “She refuses to practice here for some reason. It’s very unprofessional in my eyes. You get used to dead rodents in the walls and on the floors after 35 minutes or so.

Minaj, was worried that Cannibal Corpse’s use of euphemisms was excessive. “I have this line, ‘You got a Nicki sandwich, boy. You ain’t eating gluten-free.’ And they rhyme it with, ‘I’ll dissect your rectum with chisel-sharpened teeth.’ Like, dude! Just say you wanna toss that salad,” said Minaj, taking a break in an air-conditioned Cadillac Escalade.

Webster confirmed both lyricists were struggling to find the right way to fit together. “She added a lot about expensive purses and jewelry and stuff like that. I’d prefer if she described the angular trajectory of the blood spatter from cutting ass flesh with a table knife. Or something like that, anyway,” said Webster. The artists have found common ground, however, agreeing that the song’s tempo will sit somewhere between 120 and 265 BPM, and to stop touching each other’s hair.

The song is slated to be released mid-summer, provided the timetable remains intact for the artists’ cross-promotional fragrance, “Pink Entrails.”

Source- The Hard Times

Article by Alex Aho @boogerparty. Photo by Dan Gonyea, Eva Rinaldi, and  Shelby Kettrick @ShelbyShootsStuff.

LORD MARCO [SIX FEET UNDER]: I never let my kids hear my music. My wife does not listen to metal.

Lord Marco has been drumming since the age of nine and has not looked back since then. His passion for Metal has been immense and as much as how he enjoys the music, he is a responsible father, who spends most of his time with family, when not touring. Today, we managed to catch up with him to speak about his personal life, family, the new Six Feet Under album ‘Torment‘ which he recorded and much more. Excerpts:

MJM. You have been drumming since you were 9 years old. Have you ever been tired?

Marco: I never have been tired from drumming. I get tired from literally everything else that I do that is not Music. Haha. Playing music is unfortunately at the bottom of my long list of daily work and chores. Even if I could drum everyday, I would never get tired from that.

MJM. Having played Extreme Metal alone for over 16 years, have you ever felt an urge to explore more into this form of music?

Marco: I love playing Metal music. When I was younger I was into all types of music, but as a teenager Metal music was all I loved. I knew from the first time I heard double bass drumming that was what I wanted to do forever.

MJM. The new Six Feet Under record has been getting positive reviews from all over the world. How does it feel, since it’s your first ‘studio recorded’ album with them?

Marco: For me it is very exciting. I never really felt the urge or drive to be apart of a SFU album. Chris had usually just recruited other musicians to record, but when Chris told me that he really wanted me on this album, I got very excited. I am truly glad and happy; I was on this album because my long time friend and band mate Jeff Hughell wrote all the music for it.

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Chris Barnes– Courtesy: Facebook

MJM. You have of course, been with SFU for nearly 5 years now, how would you describe the connection with them? Considering that you have played for a variety of projects.

Marco: It is crazy to think I have been in SFU the longest out of all the bands I have played for. That alone should speak a lot of how I feel. It is hard to tour and to play music and I am grateful to be in an established band that can tour and do big things comfortably. My whole life I have always wanted to be apart of a “real band” and SFU is the closest I have ever been to that sort of feeling.

MJM. How different is this album compared to the previous releases? It’s definitely slow, heavy, and groovy that swells around the listener, leaving a grand impression. At least that’s how I felt.

Marco: Torment to me is the perfect classic SFU feel with more of a modern death metal twist to it. I feel like Jeff did a good job writing heavy and fast music as well as groovy and slower songs too. I feel like this is the best album SFU has put out.

MJM. What really astonished me was the fact that your style of drumming implemented in this album is a lot different from the kind you normally play. There’s definitely a lot of blast beats and tempo but how would you describe this adaptation in SFU?

Marco: In every band I play in, I try to adapt. To me, I try to play what is needed, or best sounding to the music. It would have been silly to play nonstop blast beats to SFU. I always try to adapt to what is needed. And I feel this sort of “feelings” in music, are what gives a band true character and sound.

They mostly just wanted me to go to school and get good grades.

MJM. Tell us about your family and how they have supported you in your endeavours; since your early days.

Marco: Well my parents were always somewhat supportive. They mostly just wanted me to go to school and get good grades. I was never interested in school. But I did it anyways. After graduating high school I went to college for 1 year and never went back after that. I have been working and living on my own since. I now have 3 kids, and have been married for 11 years. My children and wife have always supported my music endeavours. I encourage my children to find what they love and to just ‘go for it.’ You never truly know what you’re capable of achieving unless you try! You’d be shocked at what you can do when you have to truly work and make time for it. It shocks me everyday. I don’t get to drum everyday, therefore it keep my passion and drive in all aspects of my life on edge. Time management is an important concept to understand if you want to do it all, like me.

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MJM. You are also a father of three children. Describe the kind of relationship you share with them.

Marco: I work a regular day job. I work 5 days a week. My wife and I literally work opposite shifts. When I am at work, she is home with the kids. And when I am home, she is at work. So I am with my kids a lot which is great! But like I said above, time management is important to learn and figure out. I have recorded albums before while my children are napping. I have recorded and also practiced the drums at night when my wife and kids are asleep. I don’t sleep much. But if there’s one thing worth killing yourself over, it is your dreams.

MJM. How do they react to the kind of music you play?

Marco: I never let my kids hear my music. My wife does not listen to metal. Haha! When we drive around in the car, going to school or work, we play the radio. My theory is that you never want to be or listen to what your parents listen too. The music my parents listened to is NOT the music I listen too! Haha!

Listen to the full album ‘Torment’ out now via Metal Blade Records 

MJM. Have they ever been terrified by the lyrical content, artworks or anything as such? 

Marco: My kids like the artwork. They think that zombies and stuff like that is cool! But I never show them the lyrics or even the super gory artwork. I have a lot of t-shirts that I never wear at home! I am very respectful of my family. My metal life and style is almost a secret really. Plus, I prefer logo band shirts anyway.

MJM. What are the genres you normally enjoy outside metal?

Marco: Eh, I’ll listen to generic radio at home when I am driving with my family. It is good to get perspective on what the “mainstream” thinks what music should sound like. But I truly only listen to Metal. I am open minded to all genres, but metal is just so special to me.

MJM. What’s your take on the current political scenario in USA with Donald Trump coming in and the new set of policies?

Marco: I do not follow politics at all. To me voting for president doesn’t mean anything. You can vote for a Giant Douche or a Turd Sandwich. What’s the difference? I just want there to be no more wars and I want education to be the top priority of the entire world! World peace!

MJM. Musically, do you sense that some of the recent changes can create a barrier for artists/ bands wanting to tour USA and from the states to rest of the world?

Marco: Hmmm.. I am not sure. Honestly, touring in general is difficult. I feel like everyone is poor, so obviously you must have a real passion for this music to try to take it out on the road. I do feel like every one needs to travel more in general. The world is a lot smaller than it seems at times. We are all the same deep down. So it is truly important to support the artists you love because most of them probably don’t make much money from their art. And that is sad.

MJM. Do you think that many countries which have recently prohibited many artists/ bands from performing in their land due to various controversies have withheld the artistic freedom to express or how do you see it? Bands like Behemoth, Cannibal Corpse, Belphegor have been victims of such incidences, to name a few.

Marco: I am not fully aware of these conflicts. So I am not sure. I just feel like keeping certain bands /artists restricted from certain countries is stupid. Art should be heard and seen all over! Freedom of speech!

MJM. Let’s have a rapid fire question session. What comes to your mind when you think of the following?

Favorite Band- Origin

Favorite movie- Trolls

Favorite Actor- Jim Carrey

Favorite film maker- Disney

Favorite Food- Pizza

Favorite holiday spot- Amsterdam

Favorite show you have ever played in your career- Brutal Assault 2014

Close friends in the industry- too many to name. But most drummers in death metal.

Favorite co-bands to tour with- Vader, Decrepit Birth

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MJM. Thanks you for speaking with us! It was a pleasure doing this interview. All the best with the upcoming days!

Marco: Thanks for having me! I hope to play a show in India someday with any of my bands!!! And please check out my website if you want to support me directly!

Connect with Marco-

Lord Marco- Website | Facebook- Lord Marco | Six Feet Under (Facebook) | Buy the new album

Interviewed by-

Harsha Vardhan (Metaljesus Magazine- Chief Editor/ Owner)

[EXCLUSIVE INDIAN PREMIERE] HIEROPHANT- Forever Crucified (Single)

The moment I heard this track, all I could feel was a sense of brutality and hate that the track slings. A short 1:24 minute track that goes punching and exterminating everything in it’s path!

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Hierophant are an Italian Death Metal group who are all set to release their new album- Mass Grave via Season Of Mist on November 4th, 2016. Today we are premiering the track Forever Crucified. As the band comments, “The track ‘Forever Crucified’ is a message of 100% pure hatred against humanity and all the scum that constantly surrounds us. Music is the only real weapon that we have to express our feelings and reaching every single one of you. Don’t conform!”

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The song is short yet packs a deadly barrage. Blast beats, heavy guitar work, scraping vocals, groove and the essence of 90’s Death Metal. The track has got everything. Lyrically, the track speaks of hate against mankind and the atrocities that has infested the society. Forever Crucified is malignant and gets you hooked on to it instantly. There’s just absolutely nothing that goes down the same path. The band reminds of legends such as Deicide, Cannibal Corpse to name a few but they have made an interesting approach to their music which pulverises its listeners.

Listen to the track- Forever Crucified here-

Connect with the band here-

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Written by-

Harsha Vardhan (Metaljesus Magazine– Owner/ Chief Editor)

METALJESUS MAGAZINE’S TOP 10 DEATH METAL SONGS- 2014

Out of all the genres, Death Metal never failed to please me. So here am sharing my 10 best Death Metal songs of 2014. They are not in order and hope you will enjoy! Keep Smashing!

  • Nefarious Conclusion” by Question.

Dark one, with killer riffs. I loved the elements that sounded dark but fitted so well with the riffs and blast beats.

Origin – Mexico |Album – Doomed Passages

Listen – http://chaos-records.bandcamp.com/track/nefarious-conclusion

  • Sea Of Thoughts” by Seprevation

I love quick and aggressive songs. This one is definitely one of them. It’s very crunchy I terms of delivery and sounds tight.

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Origin – United Kingdom | Album – Consumed

Listen- http://seprevation.bandcamp.com/track/sea-of-thoughts-2

Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/Seprevation

  • Quintessence Maligned” by Dead Congregation

I loved the variations in wicked riffs and blast beats with growling. It’s a fun song and you can’t deny you will have fun.

Origin – Greece | Album- Promulgation of the Fall

Listen- http://deadcongregation.bandcamp.com/track/quintessence-maligned

Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/deadcongregation

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  • Resonator” by Horrendous

The song sounds brutally raw and you can feel the scratches it makes in your mind.

Origin – United States | Album – Ecdysis

Listen- http://darkdescentrecords.bandcamp.com/track/resonator

Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/HorrendousDeathMetal

  • Deathchant Assyria” by Deathronation

The thrash elements in the song give it a new dimension. It’s a nicely written song with various layers in tone and direction.

Origin- Germany | Album- Hollow The Death

Listen- http://deathronationvanrecords.bandcamp.com/track/deathchant-assyria

Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/deathronation

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  • The Oracle” by Sadism

I loved the way the elements of old school metal appealed throughout the songs. Killer riffs, technical elements and growls are highlight of the song.

 Origin – Chile | Album- The Ocularis Domination

Listen- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOphC-tL6xE

Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/sadismofficial

  • Praise The Lord of Negation” by Near Death Condition

This is another quick track with lots of technical elements and tight production. The breakdowns and variation in the song is a treat for your brutal ears.

 Origin- Switzerland | Album- Evolving Towards Extinction

Listen/Buy – http://neardeathcondition.bigcartel.com/product/near-death-condition-evolving-towards-extinction-cd

Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/officialneardeathcondition

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  • Bloodstained Cement” by Cannibal Corpse

Cannibal Corpse is known for their speed, technical inputs and killer growls. I think this song suits all the characters you want from the band.

Origin – United States | Album – A Skeletal Domain

Listen – http://youtu.be/4iojkxktXpQ?t=33m23s

Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/cannibalcorpse

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  • Inanimate” by Abysmal Dawn

The approach of the song is very progressive and it’s a pleasant listen with melodic inputs and crunchy riffs.

Origin – United States | Album – Obsolescence

Listen – http://abysmaldawn.bandcamp.com/track/inanimate

Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/AbysmalDawn

  • The Macabre God” by Sinister

Death Metal at it tightest form and you will be hooked to this due to its tight delivery of wicked riffs and breakdowns all over in accurate way. This song deserves huge applause for brutal songwriting with tight production.

Origin- Netherlands | Album – The Post-Apocalyptic Servant

Listen – http://youtu.be/wup-_Cz4kC0?t=5m6s

Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/SinisterOfficial

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I know am done with 10 songs but if I don’t add the following 2 songs, I will be upset. So here are a couple of special mentions:

  • Mind Crushing Power Dominance” by Tacit Fury

Bone Crashing death metal.

Origin- Russia | Album – A Social Berserker

 Listen – http://tacitfury.bandcamp.com/track/mind-crushing-power-dominance

Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/tacitfury

  • The Killing Gods” by Misery Index

Powerful and a nice blend in of melody and aggressive mood.

Origin- United States | Album – The Killing Gods

Listen- http://youtu.be/MTiZ7f3jEhM?t=15m20s

Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/MiseryIndex

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So I am done. If you have any other songs in mind which are awesome don’t hesitate to comment. Have a good year ahead!! Till next time!

Compiled by-

Evilson Smashhead (Metaljesus Magazine)