Category Archives: Exploring New Things
Every now and then we come across something that is just a bit different.
On the 28th of March, Johnny Wore Black released their much anticipated debut album, “Walking Underwater Part 1.” It was full of atmospheric elements combined with dark and melancholic vocals soothing to the psyche. Click here for the review of that album. Just five months later…that’s now in case you are counting; a new single, ‘A Cut Above’ is upon us in preparation for, as you might have guessed…”Walking Underwater Part 2.”
While continuing with an atmospheric and emotive style, ‘A Cut Above’ is more upbeat lending itself to more of a hard rock vibe. If you thought the sophomore album would be a continuation of this year’s earlier release, ‘A Cut Above’ certainly does not intend to let us think that. The song will also be accompanied by a “new and intriguing video.” No doubt, it will be interesting to see what is in store for “Walking Underwater Part 2.” For now, their is no set date for the second installment except that we can expect “later this year” (most likely October) for the new music. Click here to follow Johnny Wore Black and check out their progress and videos they have already released. Head over to iTunes to pre-order today!
There are zillions of videos on YouTube about how to do a metal growl. I can’t say I’ve found the definitive one — if you should find it, please let me know. What I am offering is part of a vocal workshop with my Queen, my Goddess, of growling. Angela Gossow, recently retired from Arch Enemy, is more like a teacher or a librarian when she isn’t doing dark vocals in front of 50,000 fans.
I’ve sort of taught myself to growl in different styles. I’ll never be any good at it, for two reasons. First, I’m old, and so are my vocal chords. Second, and more importantly, I’m a lousy singer in any style. It may seem self-evident, but it’s not always immediately obvious — to be a good growler you need a good voice to begin with. But don’t let that stop you trying.
Joanie, 7, and her father Adam from Indiana have been working hard on Sockweb‘s debut album ever since they showed off their absolutely adorable grindcore song “I Want Pancakes” last year. Joanie writes all the lyrics and is also the lead singer. Her career in metal is starting off early and it sounds damn good already!