srs7593 Posted January 10, 2012 Share Posted January 10, 2012 One singer who never ceases to fascinate me is Phil Anselmo. I've heard him do just about everything I've ever any male singer do (except maybe sing in light falsetto) and I've heard him do it all fairly well. But he stopped doing most of it by the time he turned 25. By that time he'd mostly abandoned his head voice technique in favor of what was usually straight up screaming. Probably due to his lifestyle and inability to replicate everything live as well as a stylistic decision among the band. In a lot of these threads we talk about whether or not people are singing in CVT overdrive and usually it comes down to high+powerful =/= overdrive. So I'm trying to figure out whether Phil is belting or not in certain clips. His rasp and studio production can make it really hard to determine. The fundamental frequency also disappears sometimes without me even noticing it when it happens. I know he shouldn't be able to belt extremely high, he is after all, a bass baritone as far as I can tell. A C5 in a live clip of the Goddamn Electric chorus had me fooled for a while but I determined that it had to have been a head voice of some kind. I think if he coul I caught a Bb4 that I'm 90% sure was belted in a live version of Cowboys from Hell. He goes back and fourth in the shouted sections of Cemetery Gates. He goes back and fourth a lot. Not always because he has to, but to change the emphasis sometimes. I'm wondering how high somebody with his voice type can belt. Bb4 sounds like the ceiling so far. That's my own ceiling and I believe my voice is higher than his. I'm afraid to keep pushing it up, but I like the sound. It's about as raw as it gets. I do not believe that it can be perfectly replicated through twanging, but Anselmo comes pretty close at times. I don't know what the status is these days but Anselmo has shown that he was at one point capable of twanging as high as F#5 and possibly A5 in earlier works. His range was colossal and he does know how to sing. He's a singer who makes the active choice not to use technique that he has had access to. Or maybe he just has a sophisticated screaming technique? And if so is it worth attempting to analyze? A while back somebody on here tried to start a thread about false chord screaming. I don't believe this forum has many experts on the subject. I've learned how to vary the degree of pitchlessness and a few different ways to imply fundamental frequencies. Some using the vocal cords and some using overtones. I also worked it up to a relatively high volume without hurting myself, although it is a balancing act not to at times. If you hurt yourself, not only should you not attempt it, you wont have much success if you do attempt it. Most technique based systems people use are a little restrictive or not in depth enough. What Phil Does is he goes back and fourth between false chord screaming and singing. He might sound like a grunting drunken asshole to people who aren't fans, and in many live clips he is exactly that; he was pretty consistently inconsistent in his worst years. But I've found his overall style particularly difficult to dissect and replicate. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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