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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Heavy Metal band ACCEPT reveal new album title + artworks.

ACCEPT unveil the cover artwork of the latest album ‘The Rise Of Chaos!

Heavy metal pioneers ACCEPT are back in the game with a new studio album! The record entitled The Rise Of Chaos, will be unleashed on August 4th, 2017. The band’s 4th studio release through Nuclear Blast will continue the tradition of its three predecessors –Blood Of The Nations, Stalingrad, and Blind Rage with grandeur and precision.

Today, the band has unveiled the cover artwork of the new record, which was created by the Hungarian artist Gyula HavancsákAnd if this wasn’t enough, ACCEPT will celebrate the album’s live premiere exclusively on August 3rd, on the day before its release, as a part of a special show at Wacken Open Air, Germany. The set will consist of three parts, which represent the band’s creative power:

Part 1 will bring fans a classic ACCEPT set, packed with new and old hits.
Part 2 will present another premiere: Wolf Hoffmann will be playing tracks from his solo album »Headbangers Symphony«, released in 2016, with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra for the very first time. On this record, Wolf has covered famous opuses by composers such as Beethoven, Vivaldi, and Mozart, in a metal guise. And in Part 3, all elements can be seen and heard together: ACCEPT will make the holy Wacken ground shake by sharing the stage with the orchestra, supported by a complex multimedia show. This unique concert experience will take place on this year’s »Night To Remember« which makes it even more special. The Night To Remember is a celebrated, long-lasting Wacken tradition; for one night of the festival a selection of established bands will do something unique and special with their performance.

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MOTÖRHEAD and Amplified Ale Works collaborate on limited edition Beer series!

Amplified Ale Works is pleased to announce their newest beer collaboration with rock legends MOTÖRHEAD. Born to Lose IPA is a boldly aggressive West Coast-style IPA, befitting of the band’s loud, aggressive style. The 6.5% IPA is brewed with Cascade, Simcoe and Citra hops that provide an earthy, resinous aroma with notes of fresh citrus. In an ode to MOTÖRHEAD‘s British roots, the beer was also brewed with Maris Otter, a premium British malt that brings a sweet balance to the beer’s bold bitterness.

The limited edition beer will be sold directly from Amplified‘s two San Diego locations and will also be available for purchase via the website TheBeerConnect.com for refrigerated shipping throughout California. The can features an original design of band members in a dystopian “Born to Lose” future from LA-based artist Jack Gregory. The follow up beer in the series, Live to Win IPA, will be released later this year.

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SIX FEET UNDER streams JUDAS PRIEST cover song and much more-

My Enemies & I Release Music Video for “Toxic,” Launch Contest-

 

My Enemies & I have released the powerful, in-your-face music video for “Toxic” today. “Toxic” is taken from the My Enemies & I, Fearless Records remastered debut EP Sick World, which is now available and can be listened to in its entirety at their website. In conjunction with the music video release, My Enemies & I have also launched a contest giving fans the opportunity to win the actual guitar, bass drum and bass used in the music video.

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The video of ‘Toxic’ is a long awaited one. The band had self funded this video by erecting their own sets etc., The video talks of the inner negativity that people face and how people deal with it.

ASSASSIN premiers new track-

 

German Thrash Metal band Assassin premiers new track, taken from their upcoming album Combat Cathedral which will be released worldwide on May 20, 2016.

Stream the track here-

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Finnish melodic metal band THE HYPOTHESIS releases a new single-

 

The Finnish band The Hypothesis have released a new single called, ‘End of Your Days’. Which is available on all on-line platforms.  The band is all set to release their new album called – Origin, which is slated to be released on May 5th, 2016.

Connect here- Spotify

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SIX FEET UNDER streams Judas Priest cover song, ‘Never Satisfied’: 

 

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On May 27th, SIX FEET UNDER will release the fourth instalment of their ‘Graveyard Classics‘ series, this time paying tribute to two of metal’s most heralded legends: Iron Maiden and Judas Priest!

Its tentatively titled- Graveyard Classics IV: The Number of the Priest‘, the album is comprised of five Judas Priest covers (side A), and six Iron Maiden covers (side B).

Listen to the track here-

INIRE unleash new music video ‘Endless’ from their upcoming album ‘Cauchemar’-

 

INIRE are proud to unleash their new video‘Endless’ in support of their upcoming album ‘Cauchemar’ which is due on May 20th. After so much hard work, there are no words to describe how excited we are to finally present ‘Endless’ the first glimpse into our upcoming sophomore release.” comments vocalist Dre Versailles.

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Watch the song here-

Bay Area thrashers THE KING MUST DIE just released a video for “In Blood”-

 

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‘In Blood’ is a song, that is taken up from their sophomore record- Murder All Doubt which released recently on April 15, 2016 by The King Must Die. The music video was directed by Mike Sloat.

 

Watch here-