Originally Posted by BloodoftheKings
While I understand his point, why shouldn't artist be able to tell stories and such with an aggressive tone? It's silly to put certain types of music in a box like that.
Mostly, I agree with his point about screaming. These days, it just feels like a vocal style that can be copied and pasted interchangeably between bands. Screaming should be a primal, visceral emotional reaction; you're pushing yourself beyond the limits of your voice because nothing else can express what you're feeling right now
. Harsh vocals are basically an obligation in metal today. Don't get me wrong, I listen to plenty of bands with unremarkable harsh vocals, but I much prefer people like JR Hayes and Jacob Bannon where you can tell it's coming from something emotional.
It goes for non-metal, too. My favorite singers with aggressive, powerful vocals are the ones where you can hear the cracks and strains in the voice.