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Watershed Mikael's best vocal performance to date?

Discussion in 'Opeth (Archived)' started by batmura, Jan 12, 2009.

  1. batmura

    batmura Sea of Tranquility

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    The more I listen to it the more I feel this may be Mike's best vocal performance ever. Any thoughts?
     
  2. Hox

    Hox Superiorly grim and kvlt

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    Agreed.
     
  3. Nehebkau

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    He's definitely improved every album.
     
  4. HemeHaci

    HemeHaci Ken Masters

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    Agreed, seems like he advances a level in about 2-3 years.
     
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    Absolutely! The first time i've been listening to Burden i really couldn't believe HOW good he was singing! Totally amazing...
     
  6. Albert R

    Albert R Yorkshire

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    He is definitely a much better singer now than the old days. As an example, just listen to the clean singing on When from the Roundhouse Tapes, especially the end bit from "When can I take you from this place". Way better that the album version.
     
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    dwoakee Suboptimization Expert

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    grey knight Etheraven

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    Absolutely no! His vocals were perfect on Orchid. :mad:









    Just like in all other albums too.
     
  9. Luann

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    I love his vocals on GR.
     
  10. Ninfix

    Ninfix Gamer of life

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    I love his voice on MAYH! Oh my God!(That's referred to Mikael)

    Especially the looooong growl at the beginning of the second theme on April Etheral. (2:09)

    Is voice has evolved alot over the years, and I can't decide what kind of growl I like the most!!
     
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    I think his clean vocals are the best on this one, yes. And for me that´s also because of "Bridge Of Sighs". He has developed a new facet of his voice in there, which I hope he is going to use also in Opeth songs.
    As for growling, that´s more a matter of taste...especially for me, as I´m very picky with death growling. I liked his growls on "Deliverance" and on "Still Life" best, even if the latter is one of my least favourite albums.
     
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    I've always thought roughly the same as OT but I am also worried how much it is edited in studio because now his vocals, especially on burden, are almost too good heh.

    Also on the subject of older vs newer vocals; His "new clean" vocals are indeed much "better" technically and from and objective point of view but I also have an enormous respect for the emotion and genuity of the older cleans, especially still life/MAYH and sometimes I prefer them over the new cleans he is singing. Also agreed on what above poster said about the When ending.

    Tbh I think this is one of opeth's (yes, per is included here) best vocal performances:



    skip to 3:40 and enjoy the clean guitars and then listen carefully at 04:35!

    simply amazing
     
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    Agrees 100%.
     
  14. hexwind

    hexwind Creepiness Och Terrorism

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    Yeah in both type of vocals !! It's really amazing coz he doesn't rehearse or train (as he said) !
     
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    His growls have come a long way from the black metal-ish rasps found on Orchid and Morningrise, to the deep growls he does on Heir Apparent. But I'm not a big fan of his cleans. Technically he's improved a lot from Orchid/MR but they don't sit with me on Watershed. Some of the melodies he wrote pushed his boundaries too far and I think it sounds almost parodyish at some points (like on Burden or PH).
     
  16. Iki-ilkkuja

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    I prefer the performance on Ghost Reveries. I don't like the effects used with the growls in songs like Heir Apparent. The clean vocals are great, but somehow I prefer the "cleaner" mix on GR.
     
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    i really like mikes bluesy style tone hes been using lately. Overall i liked his vocals more on GR, but technically hes much better on watershed. Mike has always been an amazing clean singer, hes just adding new singing styles. Its great.
     
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    Mikael's vocal work on Burden definitely wins.
     
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    Yes, definitely! It is his maybe strongest performance so far.:kickass: Hessian Peel also has some great vocals.
     
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    amarkonthedoor New Metal Member

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    I'm partial to Still Life and BWP's vocals. Still Life just sounds different, but in a good way... and BWP is evocative. Watershed is good too, but it doesn't stand out to me.

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