Veteran Lead-Singers on Vocalists In General [Video]

Every once in while we get to hear an opinion of specific singer on individuality of another. Most of the time these are personal love or hate comments. However, frontmen rarely getting asked about what they think of vocalists in general. In this article three well-known non-rock’n’roll cliché lifestyle vocalists talk about people of their profession.

Maynard James Keenan

Despite having a lot of impatient yet loyal fanbase, MJK has always been a sarcastic, cynical and honest person. In spite of having three successful bands (Tool, A Perfect Circle, Puscifer) he is also well-known for his passion to a viticulture. In documentary about his journey in the world of winemaking “Blood Into Wine” he shared his thoughts on the music industry. He explained the vicious career circle of regular famous musicians and singers in particular.

The problem with the music industry in general is that artists get into it because they have a desire to be desired and they have desire to scream their heads off for whatever issue happened to them in the past… They weren’t armed with proper tools to move through any trauma… What they do is scream their heads off. And at some point they get popular. Now they are part of the industry that is rum by people who are uneducated, emotional people. In the way it’s kinda dead-end in this society we expect those artists to continue screaming to the end of their days . If you don’t eventually feel better, I’m not sure how effective your screaming was and how your screaming will help somebody else… I didn’t necessary want to scream my whole life. If the songs don’t help me, how are they gonna help you?”

Mike Patton

Audience knows Patton as a lively, strange, diverse, 6-octave voice multi genre musician with numerous side-projects behind his back. Mike Patton always had attitude to collaborate with different musicians. That being said, his desire and experience of working with musicians makes him a credible source of information.

The interview was recorded around 1992-1993, after Faith No More’s “Angel Dust” release. By that time FNM toured with such acts as ZZ Top, Billy Idol, White Snake, Guns’n’Roses, Metallica, Beastie Boys and many others. Mike states the following

I think singers and guitar players are the fucking stupidest most overrated piece of the band. Singers are horrible. They just want to pat themselves on the back and be heard. Maybe a lot of singers have been ignored as children or something… but the same goes for guitar players!”

Henry Rollins

In the light of events after death of Kurt Cobain, iconic punk-rock vocalist Henry Rollins was interviewed about the suicide of legendary Nirvana frontman. In his commentary Rollins spoke about realities successful musicians have to face in their career. Because of the tragedy of grunge musician, unlike vocalists mentioned previously, Henry talks about the subject in almost empathetic way.

I think maybe in the situation where all these people want a peace of you where you’re being pursued by tabloid newspapers… To be in these weird situations might drive one to extremes… When that around you so excessive: the money, the attention, the hype, the hysteria… perhaps something in your own life might rise to that occasion and that might get out of your control. Also a lot of people they’re brilliant. They are very sensitive and perhaps they’re not ready for the brutality of the mass acceptance.”

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Album Review: DEAD CROSS – Dead Cross (Ipecac Recordings)

Dead Cross are an American hardcore/progressive metal group, formed in Southern California. The band consists of guitarist Mike Crain (Retox), bassist Justin Pearson (the Locust, Head Wound City and Retox), drummer Dave Lombardo (Slayer and Fantômas) and vocalist Mike Patton (currently of Faith No More and Fantômas).  They released their debut album in August 2017 and then, seemingly out of nowhere, released released a further self-titled EP containing two new songs and two remixes from their previous album.

Their sound is sophistocated, yet brutal.  They are not what would be expected of a hardcore-based outfit and that is Mike Patton’s calling card.  While others dare not progress, Patton constantly wants to evolve and grow.  His voice is as varied on Dead Cross songs as any of his other projects, whether it be snarling, screaming or singing, it is still his very own.  The signature drumming of Lombardo also is very prominent and complements the ferocious guitar work of Crain and the understated bass of Pearson.

The E.P. is four songs of pure adrenaline, being pumped into the black heart of society.  There are two new songs, “Skin Of A Redneck” and “My Perfect Prisoner“.  Both of these are bangers, with a blunt trauma sound that stabs at you without mercy.  There is anger here, directed at the whole world.  It is like a two punch being delivered in the first moments of a boxing match.  The blood is still dripping from your face, whilst the champion is dropping you onto the canvas.

The second part of the E.P. is where the band get experimental.  They take two songs from their album and let the remixing re-imagine the sound.

Shillelagh – Panicker Remix” is an EDM hardcore fusion, with multiple keyboards, beeps and electronica.   It completely changes the tone from the original hardcore ripper that appeared on the debut.  It works superbly well, as it takes the cadaver and fills it with new sonics.  This is probably my favorite track on this E.P.

The final song is “Church of the Motherf*ckers – Planet B Remix” and this is a more restrained remix, but keeps the electronica elements to fill out the sound.  Patton explores every element of his voice on this, whilst Lombardo is strangely muted until the blast beat fills, augmented by drum machines.  A brave song, for sure.

The E.P. is a finely crafted exercise in keeping fans connected to the band whilst they start to tour.  It is a worthwhile addition to their catalogue and shows progression.