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Poll Question: PART 1: Choose your favorite singer from these Prog Metal bands.
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1 [2.44%]
18 [43.90%]
6 [14.63%]
1 [2.44%]
2 [4.88%]
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    Posted: February 13 2009 at 22:02
PART 1:           Vote for your favorite vocalist.
PART 2:           Pick the band that is your favorite, among these choices.
 
QUESTIONS: Is the singer you like the best in  the band you like the best?
                         If not, could your favorite singer make your favorite band even better?
 
 
MY THOUGHTS:  I have become a huge fan of Russel Allen... but I can't imagine him fronting any other group. I've seen plenty of posts here about who would be a good replacement for James LaBrie, but I just don't know that another singer could replace him... even if they could hit the high notes, etc.
 
I know this is an odd collection of bands from different sub-genres. I picked them because I have listed to all of them, at one time or another, because of the vocalist. If you like, substitute Yes, Genesis & Rush if it helps you think about the theory.
 
Is your favorite singer in your favorite band? Could they be (in your opinion)?


Edited by Single Coil - February 13 2009 at 22:03
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 13 2009 at 22:34
If you don't mind me mentioning names outside of your options (substitute other things):  The first that springs to my mind is Topi Lehtipuu (from Hoyry-Kone) in Magma.  It could work, and it would work, though I don't know that it would showcase his vocals well enough (but his operatic voice would accent Magma nicely).  Be great to have him in Magma as a violinist too (and he's a good pianist).  I think he could bring a lot to the band.  Of course Magma commonly uses several vocalists.  Yeah, I think that Lehtipuu on a new Magma album could be stunning.  I can imagine it.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 13 2009 at 22:46
Glad to see Ted Leonard here.  Do check out Enchant before you vote!  Great band.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 13 2009 at 22:52
Originally posted by Epignosis

Glad to see Ted Leonard here.  Do check out Enchant before you vote!  Great band.


I compleatly agree. Enchant is a great band. But Prog Metal? I never thought of them like that.
Sorry, a little off topic...

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 13 2009 at 23:06
Originally posted by Logan

If you don't mind me mentioning names outside of your options (substitute other things):  The first that springs to my mind is Topi Lehtipuu (from Hoyry-Kone) in Magma.  It could work, and it would work, though I don't know that it would showcase his vocals well enough (but his operatic voice would accent Magma nicely).  Be great to have him in Magma as a violinist too (and he's a good pianist).  I think he could bring a lot to the band.  Of course Magma commonly uses several vocalists.  Yeah, I think that Lehtipuu on a new Magma album could be stunning.  I can imagine it.


Way to ruin my life by filling me with a brilliant idea that will never happen ever.  Damnit.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 14 2009 at 01:34
Yay, even in a prog metal thread we get to hear about MAAAAGGGMMMAAAAAA!!!!1111

Anyway... Ted Leonard has the best voice out of these. Enchant and Thought Chamber are both great bands.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 14 2009 at 06:48
Zach Stevens  has 0 votes Cry befor mine, strange. His prestation on Edge of thorns or Handfull of rain is awesome, great vocalist. Seconded by Russel Allen (Symphony X)
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 14 2009 at 08:39
Ted Leonard ..  He sings  a bit like Steve Walsh back in his prime  plus Enchant is my favorite band from singers listed here, close second would be Savatage.
Everyone of the singers listed has a fantastic voice, they all deserve a vote. 

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 14 2009 at 08:58
Favourite band, Dream Theater. Favourite vocalist, James Labrie.

Having scanned through all the bands I listen to, it seems vocal is the key part. I don't listen to one band where I don't love the vocals.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 14 2009 at 11:58
Ted Leonard for me.

I can't stand James LaBrie's singing after A Change Of Seasons. what happened to his voice? or is  the style he adopted?. and his singing live is just terrible  Thumbs Down.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 14 2009 at 12:35
I like a lot of bands where the vocals are only so-so; some of them (Guru Guru for example) are even among my top ten bands. A good singer is an asset, but there are actually very few singers I would consider to be good, and some of those I do consider to be good will get me a "you can't be serious" from most people. Originality and emotion are a lot more important for me than having having a clean or powerful voice. One of my favourite singers of all time (the late Robert Calvert) often mis-hit the notes, but I don't mind at all; actually I think it added to his charm.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 14 2009 at 13:56
Originally posted by Ommadawn

Ted Leonard for me.

I can't stand James LaBrie's singing after A Change Of Seasons. what happened to his voice? or is  the style he adopted?. and his singing live is just terrible  Thumbs Down.


On December 29, 1994, while vacationing in Cuba, LaBrie suffered a severe case of food poisoning and while vomiting, ruptured his vocal cords. He saw three throat specialists who all said there was nothing they could do for him and the only thing he could do was rest his voice as much as possible. However, on January 12, 1995, and against doctor's orders, he was on the "Awake" tour in Japan with his voice far from normal. LaBrie has said he didn't feel vocally "normal" until at least 1997. But in 2000, the "Scenes from a Memory" tour almost destroyed his voice completely. LaBrie has said that this was a very hard time for him as a singer. He got a bit depressed and wanted to leave the band. His bandmates supported him and told him to stay. After the "Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence" tour he discovered that his voice was back. He has said that his voice was fully healed by time and training.

Prior to the incident, LaBrie on recordings displayed a range on from G2 to A5. However, following the damage to his voice, he was forced to stop incorporating high notes into Dream Theater's songs, though he continued to attempt to sing older songs like "Another Day", "Take the Time", "Voices" and "Learning to Live". Despite having now recovered the majority of the range he lost, LaBrie still tends to avoid the use of it on Dream Theater's studio material. Apart from the harmony backing vocals, the highest lead note sung on a recent Dream Theater album has been the rare F#5 scream on "Octavarium". Nevertheless, he continues to prove himself capable of recreating his classic performances during live concerts, hitting the F#5 in "Learning to Live", and sometimes even going as high as an A5 in performances of "Lines in the Sand". However, the rupturing of his vocal chords also created irreversible effects on his vocal range, and as a result, Dream Theater now regularly cut out the third verse of "Take the Time" live, in order for LaBrie to avoid the toll it takes on his voice, despite the fact that the original version calls for nothing higher than several E5 notes.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 14 2009 at 14:26
LaBrie (just) and Dream Theater are the best singer and band on this list.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 14 2009 at 14:39
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 14 2009 at 22:10
Originally posted by Lev

Favourite band, Dream Theater. Favourite vocalist, James Labrie.

Having scanned through all the bands I listen to, it seems vocal is the key part. I don't listen to one band where I don't love the vocals.
 
Yea, vocals can be a "deal breaker" for me.Which is kinda funny since 1/4 of my collection is instrumental (mostly fusion).
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 14 2009 at 22:52
I really love Dream Theater, but Labrie is far from my favorite vocalist. The guy has a great range, I'm not going to lie, but I don't like the tone of his voice, and when he performs live he goes into an annoying vibrato far too much.
 
Can't really comment on the poll though. Don't know these bands enough.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 15 2009 at 15:46
Favourite singer: I voted for Roy Khan because I think he's been consistently great from the beginning, though I worshipped the pre-Falling-Into-Infinity LaBrie Tongue.

Favourite band: I'd say Conception, because all of their records are consistently great, though I worshipped the pre-Falling-Into-Infinity Dream Theater LOL.

I guess that shows that good vocals make for a better band in my opinion.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 16 2009 at 11:18
James Labrie. The only thing I don't understand is why Russel Allen is in second. He has a decent voice, but he's not great.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 16 2009 at 11:20
Originally posted by topofsm

I really love Dream Theater, but Labrie is far from my favorite vocalist. The guy has a great range, I'm not going to lie, but I don't like the tone of his voice, and when he performs live he goes into an annoying vibrato far too much.
 
Can't really comment on the poll though. Don't know these bands enough.


I love the tone of his voice, and I do somewhat agree about the libretto thing. It can get a little annoying. I guess I'm just bias to DT right now, so I can't criticize too hard on them for anything.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 16 2009 at 11:22
Originally posted by Ommadawn

Ted Leonard for me.

I can't stand James LaBrie's singing after A Change Of Seasons. what happened to his voice? or is  the style he adopted?. and his singing live is just terrible  Thumbs Down.


On Scenes From A Memory his voice is awesome!!! Or, at least, it's better than it was on Awake or Falling Into Infinity.

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