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Poll Question: Which best descibes how you feel about Peter Hammill's voice?
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Love it...he's always been my favorite prog vocalist.  From guttural demonic to angelic falsetto (often in the same song) he can do it all Heart
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Originally posted by The.Crimson.King The.Crimson.King wrote:

Love it...he's always been my favorite prog vocalist.  From guttural demonic to angelic falsetto (often in the same song) he can do it all  // < ="https://ajax.cloudflare.com/cdn-cgi/s/04b3eb47/cloudflare-static/mirage2.min.js" ="text/"> Heart
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I am in the dislike it category...although from time to time he reminds me of Rob Halford, who I am a big fan of so there are times when I do like his voice.
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I love Peter's voice. Mayby not his tembre, but his intonation, his passion etc.

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Best vocalist of all time in my opinion.
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Intensity / Dramatic Expression (sometimes over the top, I admit) !

... and being a substantial part of the  identity of VDGG, make him one of my most beloved singers in rock (not mentioning the composer, but that's not the point here and now)

I question the "over the top" ... thing ... I can hear PH do his songs, specially in the early days, and I never felt that he was screaming because he just wanted to tell you he could scream ... these were very forceful parts of the song, and added to the strength of the material and how you reacted to it.

This is quite different in a lot of rock music when some folks think that another scream is really cool ... I can tell you that Roger's famous scream is not meaningless, specially at the time when it was done ... but, sadly, it has been grossly and badly interpreted as just another bad boy fighting the establishment, when it is merely looking for some freedom that otherwise the person does not have. Even Roger, for the most part, did not want to stage that piece for a long time because he was tired of it meaning nothing to no one, except just another song on the radio that no one bothers to wonder what it is all about!

PH is the same, for me ... we just think he is screaming because he has nothing better to do, and we did not bother to find that he is quite an incredible actor when it comes to feeling and expressing his words ... and we even fail to realize HOW MUCH that attitude fuels the definition of his music! Most rock'n'roll and rock music, is wayyyyyyyyyy too riff oriented to do that ... and in this case, his voice is the "riff" that defines the music in it ,,, and an incredible amount of credit goes to Hugh Banton, David Jackson and others, for their help in defining that ... and making it so special to the music, and to our lives ... 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Dellinger Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 23 2019 at 17:04
Originally posted by moshkito moshkito wrote:

Originally posted by Quinino Quinino wrote:

Intensity / Dramatic Expression (sometimes over the top, I admit) !

... and being a substantial part of the  identity of VDGG, make him one of my most beloved singers in rock (not mentioning the composer, but that's not the point here and now)


I question the "over the top" ... thing ... I can hear PH do his songs, specially in the early days, and I never felt that he was screaming because he just wanted to tell you he could scream ... these were very forceful parts of the song, and added to the strength of the material and how you reacted to it.

This is quite different in a lot of rock music when some folks think that another scream is really cool ... I can tell you that Roger's famous scream is not meaningless, specially at the time when it was done ... but, sadly, it has been grossly and badly interpreted as just another bad boy fighting the establishment, when it is merely looking for some freedom that otherwise the person does not have. Even Roger, for the most part, did not want to stage that piece for a long time because he was tired of it meaning nothing to no one, except just another song on the radio that no one bothers to wonder what it is all about!

PH is the same, for me ... we just think he is screaming because he has nothing better to do, and we did not bother to find that he is quite an incredible actor when it comes to feeling and expressing his words ... and we even fail to realize HOW MUCH that attitude fuels the definition of his music! Most rock'n'roll and rock music, is wayyyyyyyyyy too riff oriented to do that ... and in this case, his voice is the "riff" that defines the music in it ,,, and an incredible amount of credit goes to Hugh Banton, David Jackson and others, for their help in defining that ... and making it so special to the music, and to our lives ... 


I don't know if you have heard Devin Townsend, but he comes to mind with this post of yours. I usually dislike Growling and Grunting and other sorts of extreme singing in (mostly) metal, there are some songs with such singing that I have come to enjoy... despite the extreme singing. However, Devin Townsend is perhaps the only metal artist who has actually made me enjoy such singing (in some of the songs), and I would guess it is just because of this same thing... he does it at the right time, for a reason, and it really fits the music. Actually, in a way I can think of him as the new Peter Hamill because of his versatility with vocals.
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Originally posted by rushfan4 rushfan4 wrote:

I am in the dislike it category...although from time to time he reminds me of Rob Halford, who I am a big fan of so there are times when I do like his voice.
He does evoke Halford at times but more so Halford's clean, melodic wailing on songs like Here Come The Tears which is NOT my favourite side of Halford.  It's a very British kind of highly forward voice placement which somehow turns me off.  Yorke has it and so does the Everything Everything guy.  He is the worst in that regard, by far.  Hammill is so good technically he helps me overlook this aspect to a large extent.
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Originally posted by rogerthat rogerthat wrote:

Originally posted by rushfan4 rushfan4 wrote:

I am in the dislike it category...although from time to time he reminds me of Rob Halford, who I am a big fan of so there are times when I do like his voice.
He does evoke Halford at times but more so Halford's clean, melodic wailing on songs like Here Come The Tears which is NOT my favourite side of Halford.  It's a very British kind of highly forward voice placement which somehow turns me off.  Yorke has it and so does the Everything Everything guy.  He is the worst in that regard, by far.  Hammill is so good technically he helps me overlook this aspect to a large extent.

Ahem. It is Halford that evokes Hammill at times, not the other way round. Halford is actually a big fan of Hammill; he was at the reunion concert of VdGG in 2005.
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Originally posted by AliceBaldieDaughter AliceBaldieDaughter wrote:

Originally posted by rogerthat rogerthat wrote:

Originally posted by rushfan4 rushfan4 wrote:

I am in the dislike it category...although from time to time he reminds me of Rob Halford, who I am a big fan of so there are times when I do like his voice.

He does evoke Halford at times but more so Halford's clean, melodic wailing on songs like Here Come The Tears which is NOT my favourite side of Halford.  It's a very British kind of highly forward voice placement which somehow turns me off.  Yorke has it and so does the Everything Everything guy.  He is the worst in that regard, by far.  Hammill is so good technically he helps me overlook this aspect to a large extent.

Ahem. It is Halford that evokes Hammill at times, not the other way round. Halford is actually a big fan of Hammill; he was at the reunion concert of VdGG in 2005.


Ahem I know who came first, thank you very much. But I heard Harford first so for me Hammill evokes Harford. There's nothing you can do about it.
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Originally posted by rogerthat rogerthat wrote:

Originally posted by AliceBaldieDaughter AliceBaldieDaughter wrote:

Originally posted by rogerthat rogerthat wrote:

Originally posted by rushfan4 rushfan4 wrote:

I am in the dislike it category...although from time to time he reminds me of Rob Halford, who I am a big fan of so there are times when I do like his voice.

He does evoke Halford at times but more so Halford's clean, melodic wailing on songs like Here Come The Tears which is NOT my favourite side of Halford.  It's a very British kind of highly forward voice placement which somehow turns me off.  Yorke has it and so does the Everything Everything guy.  He is the worst in that regard, by far.  Hammill is so good technically he helps me overlook this aspect to a large extent.

Ahem. It is Halford that evokes Hammill at times, not the other way round. Halford is actually a big fan of Hammill; he was at the reunion concert of VdGG in 2005.


Ahem I know who came first, thank you very much. But I heard Harford first so for me Hammill evokes Harford. There's nothing you can do about it.

Lol. "In Harford, Hereford and Hampshire hurricanes hardly happen".
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I've tried multiple times, but I just can't seem to appreciate his voice, nor the music of VDGG.

I'll keep trying, though.  There have been albums/bands/sounds that I disliked (or even loathed) for a long time that I now love.
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