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Bands that use distortion on their vocals

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by bass_drum, Jan 5, 2007.

  1. bass_drum


    Feb 13, 2005
    Hey guys!

    I'm wondering about running vocals through a small guitar amp or through a distortion pedal and a compresser or noise gate of sorts (to limit feedback). Can you guys give me soem examples of bands that I can listen to that use distortion? Can distorted vocals be sued in place of screaming?

    Thanks in advance,

    Justin B.
  2. lowfreek

    lowfreek Supporting Member

    Nov 2, 2006
    Central New York
    Off the top of my head, there are two songs my band does that have distorted vox. U2's "Vertigo" and Jet's "Are You Gonna Be My Girl".
    Our singer runs a distortion pedal in the effect loop of his mic channel on the board. The pedal is at his feet, which he stomps on when needed.
    Sorry, can't give much advice on screaming, other than don't! ;)
  3. bass_drum


    Feb 13, 2005
    Yeah...if I do get a band that uses screaming, I'll let someone else cover that... I like having not-so-destroyed vocal cords (or folds, whatever you want to call them) thank you very much! :smug:
  4. Micolao


    Sep 7, 2005
  5. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol

    First song that comes to my mind : 21st century schizoid man by King Crimson.
  6. ArwinH

    ArwinH run rabbit run

    Dec 1, 2005
    Southern California
    Tool did it at least on the latest cd.
  7. *smb


    Nov 26, 2006
    I saw a band a couple of years ago that used reverb and distortion on the vocals. They played RATM style stuff, and they did a really horrible cover of Come Together. I really suggest you don't for the sake of the audience. Have the confidence to sing properly!
  8. idoru


    Dec 18, 2005
    Brisbane, Australia
  9. gustav


    Mar 11, 2006
    Västerås, Sweden
    yeah i also thought of king krimson. what about the strokes? they sure do something..
  10. godflesh!
  11. geshel


    Oct 2, 2001
    not exactly distortion:

  12. Baryonyx

    Baryonyx Banned

    Jul 11, 2005
    Marathon Man

    Exactly who I thought of when I read the thread title!
  13. Joesick


    Jan 3, 2007
    Maynard does actually scream in the studio, but live he uses a lot of effects to keep the strain off his voice.
  14. Tired_Thumb

    Tired_Thumb Guest

    Megadeth did it with Kill the King.

    Really, it's not that uncommon. I don't see where there'd be a problem with you using artificial vocal distortion in lieu of shrieking. It actually might be a welcome change.

    -certified crappy screamer
  15. Johnny Crab

    Johnny Crab ACME,QSC,Fame/Hondo/Greco/HELIX user & BOSE Abuser Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2004
    South Texas
    Goes a long way back.
    You didn't say how distorted.
    The Cars had it sprinkled in their mixes to "undigital" the "too clean" sound, Shania's husband uses it since way back in the AC/DC Def Leppard days, Queen had it in a couple, and the ones already mentioned.

    Your best bet would be to get a tube-based box OR very good simulator and just play with the thing.
  16. stitchbass


    May 20, 2006
    Virginia Water
    check out the Dillinger Escape Plan with Mike Patton EP Irony is a dead scene. quite a bit of distorted vocal noises going on there as far as I can remember. Man, why didnt they just make a whole album or 3? the other DEP singers annoy the bollocks off me, Patton and them was a match made in heaven
  17. While we're one Mike Patton try Fantomas too. Also the Test Icicles use distortion on their vocals quite a bit.
  18. Petary791


    Feb 20, 2005
    Michigan, USA
    King Crimson
  19. Plus infinity-zillion. Ministry are awesome.
  20. Baryonyx

    Baryonyx Banned

    Jul 11, 2005
    Marathon Man
    I dunno. Animosity was an amazing song, but Psalm 69 (the big one, apparently) did nothing for me.

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