One thing that baffles many people who aren’t too familiar with the community and aspect of heavy music, and admittedly even those that are, is how vocalists can produce this gut-wrenching, throat-shredding sounding vocals for hour long (or indeed longer) sets on tours that last for weeks and months on end without causing any damage, irreversible or otherwise.
After all, nodules and polyps appearing on vocal cords isn’t unheard of with some vocalists, with some known names at one time suffering from this problem including Sonny Moore (From First To Last), Danny Worsnop (Asking Alexandria), M. Shadows (Avenged Sevenfold), Corey Taylor (Slipknot/Stone Sour), and even artists outside of the world of heavy music like Adele.
In a new video created and produced by the team over at Inside Science, with some massive assistance from San Francisco’s Dr. Krzysztof Izdebski of the Pacific Voice and Speech Foundation, they use science to explain exactly how it all works. Izdebski, who specializes in working with patients that have damaged their vocal cords, believes that metal singers have basically figured out a way to do what comes naturally to human babies.
You can check out the video explaining everything, which also features some live footage of black metal act Behemoth performing, below: