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Singing with a Purpose

September 13, 2009

With the aim of using music to send political messages against social injustice, System of a Down is a four-piece hard rock band composed of grandsons of Armenian genocide survivors. A range of rather outspoken views dominates their music, which is highly prominent throughout their songs. After the release of five albums, the group has enjoyed commercial success with an array of popular singles, including “Chop Suey.” The band is also part of the Axis of Justice, a non-profit organization that fights for social and political change.


Background Information


Originating from Los Angeles, California, System of a Down has produced numerous alternative metal, heavy metal, hard rock, experimental rock, alternative rock, and nu metal singles and albums under labels such as American Recordings and Columbia Records. A variety of musical influences have helped shape the style and sound of the band, including punk rock, jazz, fusion, blues, and Armenian folk music. During performances, the band uses an array of instruments, such as electric mandolins and sitars, to deliver a unique sound. As for the writing of their music, various band members state they gain inspiration from the likes of the Beatles and KISS.


Current Members


The current members of System of a Down have been with the group since its start. Serj Tankian is responsible for lead vocals and also plays keyboard and rhythm guitar. Daron Malakian contributes to the vocals and plays lead guitar. The bass guitar and backing vocals are attached to Shavo Odadjian, while John Dolmayan plays the drums and also adds to backing vocals. Former System of the Down drummer, Andy Khachaturian played with the group from 1995 to 1997 until he was forced to leave the band after a hand injury followed the group’s third demo.


Brief Career History


Some of the original members of System of a Down belonged to a band called Soil. From 1993 to 1995, the group only held one live show and one jam session recording before splitting up. Serj Tankian and Daron Malakian went on to form a new band called System of a Down, a name that originated from a poem Malakian wrote entitled “Victims of a Down.”


The two members then called upon Shavo Odadjian for assistance, as he originally held the position of band manager and promoter. Soon after, he was given the opportunity to become the permanent bassist. It was at this time that Velvet Hammer Music took over the managerial responsibilities. Their first release was titled “Sugar.” Soon after, drummer Andy Khachaturian joined the band but was replaced in 1997 by John Dolmayan.


After catching the eye of Rick Rubin, System of a Down signed with American Columbia records and released their self-titled debut album during the summer of 1998. Mainstream success soon followed, which dominated the early 21st century. Currently, the band is on hiatus, as group members take on outside projects.


Discography & Musical Achievements


The System of a Down released three single albums (“System of a Down,” “Toxicity,” and “Steal This Album”) and a double album entitled “Mesmerize and Hypnotize.” When “System of a Down” was released in 1998, the album later reached platinum status. In 2001, “Toxicity” was released, achieving the number-one position in the United States and Canadian music charts. The album reached three-time platinum in sales and was also well-liked in the United Kingdom and Australia.


“Steal This Album” reached platinum status and was released in 2002. In the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, their double album (“Mesmerize and Hypnotize”) reached number on the music charts, once again selling more than a million copies each. A host of singles also ranked on the U.S. modern rock and other mainstream charts, such as “Chop Suey” (2001); “Aerials” (2002); “Toxicity” (2002); “B.Y.O.B.” (2005); and “Hypnotize” (2005).

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Neal Cassady Taught Me How To Sing

September 12, 2009


The Culling Song – Neal Cassady Taught Me How To Sing. 2005.

How To Sing Heavy Metal Rock Vocal Clinic With Serpent Underground Ralph Buso

September 10, 2009


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Top 20 Heavy Metal Vocalists #20 to #16

September 9, 2009

As I stated on my other list, this is just who I like. Not a matter of technical performance or record sales or popularity. These are just the vocalists that you will find on my MP3 Player and on the Flash Drives in my car. I enjoy all music and enjoy writing these heavy metal blogs, just some more then others. Now lets rock this list!

#20 – Rob Halford – Although you will find Rob at the top of most people’s Metal lists I’m not that huge of a Priest fan and never really got into his solo stuff. Even though he is the acclaimed Metal God I’m just giving him some respect for what he’s done and the Priest songs I like.

#19 – Dee Snider – Dee was a lot higher when I started thinking about this list for everything he did for Metal and all the great stuff he said to Tipper Gore back in the day, but then two things happened: Gone Country and the new Twisted song 30. I struggle with Metal musicians doing the crossover. I love the guy and his antics, but he dropped off in my play list during recent times.

#18 – Gene Simmons – Gene will never be known for his vocals, but he has done some classic KISS tunes that we all sing pretty much everyday. His voice is unique and exactly what is needed to offset the high octave of Stanley. Domino and I Love it Loud are two of my favorite KISS songs; both are Gene songs. Gene might not be the professional trained voice of Paul, but his roughness only adds to the Demon and KISS.

#17 – Sebastian Bach – Much like Dee Snider a few years ago Sebastian would have been near the top of my list, but along came his departure from Skid Row and once again that damn Gone Country show. I love the screaming deep vocals of Sebastian on Monkey Business and Slave to the Grind, but not much since then has tickled my fancy. In the next couple of years Sebastian could go either way on my list. If he reunites with Row then he will shoot up drastically, if he produces this album that is half country he will fall down around the number that Stompin’ Tom would be at.

#16 – Bon Scott – A legend. An actual legend that we can say died to young and would have gone on to great things. When musicians die I find people blow their ability out of proportion that is not the case with Bon. He was the voice of true AC/DC classics like TNT and Jailbreak. Bon would be higher on my list, but I was quite young and never got to really appreciate Scott and the energy he brought to AC/DC. He is missed by his fans and band mates.

In the next blog numbers 15 to 11 will be revealed.

Martell
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What Does It Take To Sing Metal?

September 7, 2009

Im Im A Band And We Cant Find A Decent Singer So The Band And I Decided That I Would Sing And Be Lead Guitarist.So I Was Wondering What I Need To Do To Have A Good Voice?I Was Also Wondering How To Do Screaming Like Trivium And Bullet For My Valentine?

Top 20 Heavy Metal Vocalists #5 to #1

September 6, 2009

As I stated on my other heavy metal blog list, this is just who I like. Not a matter of technical performance or record sales or popularity. These are just the vocalists that you will find on my MP3 Player and on the Flash Drives in my car. I enjoy all music, just some more then others. Now lets end this list!

#5 – Brian Johnson – Obviously you can’t think of Brian Johnson’s music without AC/DC coming up. You know what, that’s fine with me. After the passing of Bon I don’t think anyone thought that voice could be filled, but Brian has done that with dignity and respect to the band. The new generation doesn’t really know that there was a different voice at the mic of AC/DC that has to say something about the talent of this man. Brian is so high on the list because of the amazing catalogue of music that he will forever be known for.

#4 – James Hetfield – Not the James Hetfield from the documentary “Some Kind of Monster”, but the James Hetfield us metal heads know and love from “Kill Em All”. James has an amazing voice that compliments not only his own guitar playing but also that of fellow shredder Kirk Hammett. Metallica is the band that all others strive to be and that is in a big part because of the vocals of their main man. Metallica is Metallica and I love it. Growl you bastard growl.

#3 – Vince Neil – This is very shocking to some reading this site including my wife because I am a huge Motley Crue fan, but the fact is I’m a Motley Crue fan, not really a massive Vince Neil fan. Vince needs Nikki Sixx, Mick Mars, and Tommy Lee to be complete. That has been proven time and time again with his sub par solo career, but with that being said no one else could sing the songs I love like Vince (the John Corabi experiment), so that puts him at number 3. I think my wife puts him at #1 for other reasons, but this is vocals not?

#2 – Bruce Dickenson – When you talk about Heavy Metal Music can you possibly have a conversation without this man. Bruce’s music speaks for itself. I’m not a fan of the best Iron Maiden front man argument simply because there really is no other. Bruce is the standard which most singers gauge their performance. Seeing this man use that range live is something you will never forget. Eddie might be the Maiden mascot, but Bruce is the voice and always will be. SCREAM FOR ME WE LOVE METAL!

#1 – Ronnie James Dio – Believe it or not until a couple of years ago I really didn’t know that much about Dio, until Vince had me listen to Holy Diver. I was blown away that a Heavy Metal Musician could sound so dark and evil one moments and so operatic the next. I’m one of those people that will pick Dio over Ozzy in Sabbath (or Heaven and Hell) any day of the week. Heaven and Hell, Lady Evil, Mob Rules, incredible songs that need no justification. Not to mention the fact that he raised Rainbow to new heights with hits like “The Man on Silver Mountain” and his solo career was off the charts. Dio is the voice of Heavy Metal and the image that will keep it strong into the future. If you think he’s getting old check out the new H&H album and you be the judge. SHOW ME THE HORNS DIO!

That’s the end, do your worst!

JB Martell
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Precious Metals: Too Far Too Fast? What’s Likely to Happen Now?

September 4, 2009

This essay is based on the Premium Update posted on May 30th, 2009

This year?s bad economic news overshadowed the aspect of geopolitical risk, which again reared its ugly head over the past few weeks. North Korea has conducted a new nuclear test and fired short range missiles. Iran has made several moves that in slower news cycles would have dominated the headlines. Israel, worried about the situation in Iran, is conducting a five day drill, dubbed ?Turning point 3,? to prepare Israel?s rapid response capabilities in the event of simultaneous missile strikes and terrorist attacks. All this is bad enough without mentioning other flash points, such as Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nigeria and Venezuela.

Yes, geopolitical risk is back. It never went away, we just overlooked it while being inundated with the worst financial news in recent memory. However, faithful subscribers to Sunshine Profits Premium Service have gold and silver in their portfolios and that makes us feel a bit safer, at least financially. Remember the Golden Rule: he, who owns the gold, makes the rules. Moving on to the technical side of the analysis, I?ll begin with the silver market.

Silver

I covered the white metal in one of the previous essays(April 20th), in which I wrote that silver formed several cup-and-handle patterns. The implications at that time were that once silver completes this pattern, the following move would be substantial. Since I first wrote about it, silver did indeed complete a cup-and-handle pattern and did move 30% higher. (There is nothing like a good cup to make a trader happy when proven right.)

On the other hand, since this move has been swift, it is natural to expect some kind of a consolidation. There were signs that a local (short-term) top may have formed during the past several weeks/days, but none proved to be the true top. However, now we are approaching a long-term resistance level, more significant than its short-term counterparts.

The Silver Market

The first thing to notice when looking at the lower portion of this chart, is that silver, always known to be volatile, has grown even more so this past year. This can be partly attributed to the big-pullback effect that we have seen in the entire precious metals sector, and to the plunge in the general stock market which dragged virtually every asset class much lower.

Why did this happen? The answer can be found in terms such as “deleveraging” and “fear.” When all hell broke loose last year, massive amount of money were needed to be raised immediately by hedge funds and other financial institutions to cover losses on the stock and futures markets. When in a desperate need for cash to offset gargantuan losses, a hedge fund manager will sell everything in sight, no matter how favorable the fundamental situation might look in a particular asset, such as silver, for example. Once investors see the plunging prices of their favorite investment, they tend to forget the reasons why they bought silver in the first place and that they planned to hold it for a long time. Driven by fear, they sell, sell, sell, usually near the bottom.

It was only several months ago when we experienced a massive plunge in precious metals and mining stocks. Since the plunge was severe while the precious metals market fundamentals remained bullish, we saw a sizable rebound in the entire sector. Those, who sold their holdings began to realize that this was just a temporary downswing and were eager to buy back ? as the fundamentals are still intact.

During especially emotional periods in the stock market, we can see every asset class move in the same direction, driven by emotion rather than logic and analysis. Once the smoke clears and emotions subside, most investors begin to look at the fundamentals rather than relying on gut-feelings. They get back to the logical side of the market, which in this case, means back to investing in the precious metals.

If we take a look at the silver chart, we see that silver is just about to reach the $16 level. I have used the SLV ETF as a proxy for the silver market. The price of spot silver is about 1% higher than the value of this fund, so the resistance price level is not much affected given the size of the preceding move and the fact that the resistance is ?around? the $16 level rather than precisely on it. This situation is caused by the fact that apart from the classic 61.8% Fibonacci retracement level which points to the $16.08 (SLV ETF) level, we have seen several bottoms and tops around this price level. I have marked them on the chart with red ellipses. Please note that price has not stopped precisely at $16, but it has hovered around it many times.

Gold Stocks / General Stock Market

The GDX:SPY ratio measures the way PM stocks perform compared to the general stock market. The ratio can be analyzed technically just like any other chart. By doing so, we can gain additional insight. At times, we may be able to spot something otherwise not visible when analyzing these markets separately.

Gold Stocks to S&P Ratio

If you recall, I already mentioned earlier in this essay that silver has completed its cup-and-handle pattern and moved much higher afterwards. It seems that a similar cup pattern is visible on the GDX:SPY ratio chart. It is not yet very certain that the full formation will materialize, and we are still missing the ?handle? part of the formation. In previous weeks I have emphasized that a correction in the PM sector is likely. Should it take place, the GDX:SPY ratio would also most likely decline. In other words, if we get a correction in gold, silver and mining stocks, that event would most likely create the ?handle? in the cup-and-handle pattern. Should this cup and handle formation complete, the implications for the PM sector in the medium-term would be important and positive, as the move following a cup-and-handle pattern is often substantial. Additional details will be made available to our Subscribers once we complete this formation or it will be canceled in any way.

The key question is what will happen to the general stock market? Of course, it is much too early to make any calls, but with the correlation table, we?ll be ready to take the appropriate action either way.

Summary

The precious metals market has been rallying very strongly in the past several weeks, which has happily contributed to increasing our net worth through our long-term holdings. Still, at the moment, it seems that the prices of precious metals and corresponding stocks have gone too high, too fast, and a healthy correction is likely. Although prices of gold, silver and mining stocks are reaching their own resistance levels, such a correction will most likely be caused by some kind of catalyst, most likely a strong move in the U.S. Dollar, or in the general stock market.

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Heavy Metal Music: Headbang to the Rhythm

September 3, 2009

Can you imagine life without music? It?s very difficult to imagine no doubt, but one thing is certain, life would have been dull and boring had it not been for music. In fact you can never come across a person who says that they have never hummed a tune in their life or that they do not love music. Well everyone cannot become great singer, but we all exercise our vocals in the privacy of our bathrooms. If anyone says that they do not sing in the shower, chances are likely that are they are lying. Heavy metal music is a genre of music that evolved in the late 60s and early 70s. Heavy metal music is also referred to as metal music, and this music reached the zenith of its popularity in the 80s and many subgenres of music evolved from heavy metal music. The sounds associated with heavy metal music consisted of heavy guitar and drum centered sound with highly amplified distortion of fast guitar.

Devoted fans of heavy metal music are referred to as headbangers and metalheads world wide. Heavy metal music is characterized by loud distorted guitar sounds, dense drum and bass sound, emphatic rhythm combined with vigorous vocals. A typical heavy metal music band consists of a bassist, a rhythm guitarist, a drummer, a lead guitarist and a lead singer or vocalist. The vocalist may or may not play an instrument. Today heavy metal music has a variety of styles namely power metal; progressive metal and symphonic metal and most of the present day bands often make sure of the electronic keyboard. The heavy volume used in heavy metal music is a vital element of attraction towards the music for fans, especially for live performances. Most popular theme for songs of heavy metal music is violence, fantasy, sex and the occult.

Physical gestures are a vital part of heavy metal music and this is very much evident during live performances. Moshing, headbanging, hand gestures like devil horns, stage diving, air guitar and crowd surfing are very popular among singers and fans of heavy metal music. If you are thinking that heavy metal music is just a form of entertainment, then think again. Researchers have recently found out that heavy metal music can be a great source of comfort to teenage children. The study has found out that teenagers who regularly listen to heavy metal music cope better with pressures as compared to their peers. So now if you find out that your teenage child is hooked to heavy metal music you can just simply rest easy.

Heavy metal music has several subgenres. Underground metal is one of the broad categories of heavy metal music and there are five categories under this namely: death metal, trash metal, black metal, doom metal, gothic metal, power metal and trash metal. The sound that was developed by trash musicians was mush faster and aggressive then the original heavy metal music. Some of the popular heavy metal musicians and bands are Guns N Roses, Iron Maiden, Poison, Bon Jovi, Ozzy Osbourne and Deff Leppard.

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What Are Some Metal Bands That Sing Their Lyrics?

September 1, 2009

I’m looking for some good metal bands that actually sing their lyrics instead of just scream them. Any ideas?

Goals and Objectives of Singing

August 31, 2009

A clear statement of the goals to be reached should preface any approach to the study of singing. The single most important purpose in the training of a singing voice should be to develop or make possible the development of the utmost potential of that voice.


The ultimate goal to be reached is the ability to sing the literature for a particular type of voice – soprano, mezzo, or contralto; tenor, baritone or bass.


Vocal literature in itself sets up the goals or objectives for the singer to reach: quality, diction, agility, dynamic control, range, interpretation and style, and good vocal condition.


The technical goals or objectives involved in singing are as follows:


Normal quality – a ringing, resonant tone with a “cover” of beauty and a “metal” or point which carries or projects.


A diction that is understandable without sacrificing quality.


Agility – the ability to sing rapid and florid passages and difficult intervals.


Dynamic control – the ability to sing three gradations of loudness: pianissimo, mezzo piano, or mezzo forte or forte; and the ability to sing the messa di voce, from soft to loud and back to soft again through at least the lower three fourths of the singing range.


Range – the ability to sing approximately two octaves’ range above the average normal pitch of the speaking voice.


Interpretation – the ability to change from the normal quality to other qualities for emotional effect.


Vocal hygiene – a technique of singing that not only tends to keep the voice in good condition but also tends to develop the voice to greater possibilities.


The goals and objectives are usually taken for granted, and yet they can be used as a measuring stick for a student’s progress. Singing teachers hardly ever mention them. Most students when asked, “WHY are you studying singing?” can seldom give a straightforward answer.


There are other goals or objectives that one can list in addition to the literature and the technical goals.

Usually students of singing are interested in fields of singing, such as radio, church, concert, light opera, opera, and television, before they know where they will fit in vocally. In some instances, radio, for example, a vocal coach would be more helpful.


Many people are interested in singing for the enjoyment singing gives them. Many of these pride themselves on the fact that they just sing and know nothing about the technique of singing or how to read vocal music and don’t want to know.


Others take singing lessons to improve their speaking voices, or to develop self confidence and poise, or for a keener appreciation of the art of singing and singers and of music in general.


The study of singing is thought by many to improve not only physical health by the practice of deep breathing, but also mental health by the emotional release and enjoyment singing affords; to strengthen and quicken the mental processes; to bring about good posture; and to develop personality. Perhaps the practice of singing should do all of these things, but there is considerable question whether it does, unless a relationship is brought out between singing and these objectives.


The singing teacher can easily justify his work as a singing teacher on emotional, mental, physical and personality grounds, but usually his approach is an artistic one. To some teachers, singing is an art and not a science; to others if is predominantly a science; and to still others, it is both an art and a science.

The modern singing teacher, if he is to keep step with the advances and discoveries in all fields related to singing and the teaching of singing, must combine the artistic and the scientific approaches. He must also suggest goals and objectives, such as those suggested above, for his singing student.

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