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Metal Scream

Let's say you've got a line in your song that you really want to emphasize. Really emphasize. Or maybe it needs to be "edgier" and "gritty". What's a musician to do?

Cue the Metal Scream.

This can come in a few different flavors:

  1. A hoarse, bellowing mid-register sort of roar, as exemplified by Phil Anselmo and Corey Taylor.
  2. An animal-like, extremely low-pitched growl, as exemplified by Chris Barnes.
  3. A phlegmy, almost gagging sort of scream, of mid to high pitch, as exemplified by Dead and Anders Friden.
  4. A very loud, high-register "clean" singing style, done either as a single scream or short burst, or to construct an entire melody. (it even warrants an article on The Other Wiki) Rob Halford is the standard by which all other users of this type are measured (some may also use Bruce Dickinson as standard). Vibrato (like Geoff Tate) or some degree of harshness (like Eric Adams) may be added for flavor.

This is found most often in Heavy Metal songs, especially with Type 4. Type 3 is almost exclusively associated with Black Metal and forms influenced by it, but can also show up in metalcore or Death Metal, especially Melodic Death Metal. Types 1 and 2 are becoming increasingly common in some alternative rock movements. Types 1, 2, and 3 are often referred to collectively as Harsh Vocals.

Often a part of a Big Rock Ending. Compare Careful With That Axe, where the singer unexpectedly screams with the intention of surprising the audience. The Metal Scream is used for emphasis or to develop a heavier tone for the song; it's only Nightmare Fuel for those not into the genres likely to use it. When combined with melodic or "clean" vocals, it's Soprano and Gravel.

Compare Punctuated! For! Emphasis! for the nonmusical equivalent. Or see here for the non-human variation.

This trope is often, if not regularly combined with Big Word Shout.


Examples:

Rock
  • The first low-pitched, death metal scream...was recorded in 1966, 20 odd years before Death Metal existed, by The Who in "Boris the Spider". In this case though, it was John Entwistle doing the screaming. There's also Roger Daltrey's wonderful, climactic scream in "Won't Get Fooled Again", which effectively sums up this trope in the page quote.
  • Billy Idol's White Wedding. "WAAAAAAAAAOOOOOOWWWW...It's a nice day to...STTAAAAAAART AGAAAAAAAAAAIIIN..."
  • Relient K uses this trope in "I So Hate Consequences", "Which To Bury, Us or the Hatchet?", and "Life After Death and Taxes" (YOU ALREADY FORGAVE ME!!!!). It's backing vocals, so it's hard to notice, but it's still surprising due to their genre.
    • Interesting to note that these backing were provided by the lead singer of christian death metal band The Showdown.
  • The Smashing Pumpkins, "X.Y.U." (from the Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness album): "AND INTO THE EYES OF THE JACKAL I SAY KAA-BOOOOOOOOM!!"
    • "Despite all my rage, I am still just a rat in a...CAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGEE!!!!!!!"
  • "I Want It All" by Queen had this trope, in the acapella section of the song right at the beginning. Dragged out to about a full minute at the last section.
  • Aerosmith's "I Don't Wanna Miss A Thing" has one towards the end, possibly ruining the mood of the song.
    • Steven Tyler does it often. One of the most famous is "Dream On" (see Live-Action TV, below). There's also the ending of "Amazing", the chorus of "Walk This Way" on the Run-DMC version, and at least thrice (start, before the solo and coda) in "Falling In Love (Is Hard on the Knees)".
    • "Angel", "Back in the Saddle", "Rats in the Cellar", "Same Old Song and Dance", "Toys in the Attic", "Crazy", "Draw the Line"... hell, let's just say Aerosmith in general.
  • Whitesnake does this a bit, with "Still of the Night" being the most notable one. A scream before the softer "bridge", a scream going out of it, and a couple here and there for good measure. Also notable are the falsetto notes partway through "Here I Go Again", which sound kind of like David Coverdale inhaled a balloon full of helium just before he tackled it.
  • Alice in Chains starts their second album, Dirt, with one of these, and several more are present throughout the album.
    • The third track from Dirt, "Rain When I Die", has some epic choruses.
  • Arguably, John Lennon's scream at the beginning of "Revolution" and Paul McCartney in "HELTER SKELTER" (da-na-na-na-na-na-na-nuh).
    • "Revolution" is John's song, but the scream at the beginning is Paul. [1]
      • John's screams were more primal, but Paul was especially expert at two particular screams: the "Jet Harris yell" (first heard in "Cry for a Shadow") and the Little Richard screams (mostly in his Little Richard covers).
    • Another great John Lennon example is "Well Well Well" off the Plastic Ono Band album, which features Lennon screaming the word "well" at the top of his lungs for about two minutes; the whole album is notable due to it having been made after John's primal scream therapy.
  • Kurt Cobain was an expert in going from "regular singing" to "shouting your lungs off". Great examples are the "YEEEEEAH YEEEEAH" in "Lithium" the last chorus of "Where Did You Sleep Last Night," and of course "Smells Like Teen Spirit," where he goes from singing the verses in an easy, mellow tone, to nearly incomprehensible shrieking during the chorus.
    • And then there's tourette's.
    • A more impressive feat from Nevermind is the song, "Lounge Act," a song that sees Kurt basically screaming for almost the entire pushing that even more final verse, a full minute plus.
    • And "Milk It".
  • Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song".
    • And "Whole Lotta Love". And "Rock and Roll". And "Dazed and Confused". And...
  • Dave Grohl, often. THEBESTTHEBESTTHEBEST "Best Of You" has probably one or two sentences that aren't yelled. He has stated that he chews gum during concerts because of all the screaming, and that he's afraid someday he'll sound like Lemmy.
    • The song "Monkey Wrench" is a pretty impressive example. The last verse is screamed quite vigorously. When Grohl stopped to breathe, I have no idea.
    • Also at the start of "Bridge Burning": "THESE ARE MY FAMOUS LAST WOOOOORDS!!!"
    • "White Limo".
  • Two examples from Guns N' Roses are Axl's "police siren" wail at the start of "Welcome to the Jungle", and near the end of "November Rain" before the final bridge begins.
    • Their cover of "Ain't It Fun" ends with one.
    • "There Was A Time" has a window-shattering scream around the 5-minute mark.
  • Breaking Benjamin does this a lot, typically type 1 or 2. Sugarcoat has psuedo-death growls.
  • I WANT TO DIIIIIIIIIIIIIEEEE!!
  • Used in Green Day's song "She", and very awesome it is too.
    • "Take Back" from the Nimrod album for a more guttural Type 3 during its chorus (which Billy Joe can pull off live) and "Letterbomb" from American Idiot at the start of the bridge.
    • Billie Joe also screams "G-L-O-R-I-A" at the end of the song "Horseshoes and and Handgrenades" on 21st Century Breakdown.
    • And the more informed fan will tell you that "Private Ale" from the "Kerplunk!" album has a metal scream after Mike say sarge-like nonsense.
  • Another chick-at-the-start example: "I'm So Sick" by Flyleaf. Anyone who starts up the CD, then turns the volume up to hear the first line, is trying to reconstruct their ears after the second. For bonus points, get someone who's never heard this song before to try to sing it in Rock Band.
    • Lacey Mosley Sturm does this again at the end of "Cassie" (I...will...say...YEEEEEEEEESSSSS!)
    • "Sorrow" has her screaming "Joy will come!" while in "I'm Sorry" she screams "I'M! DONE! HEALING!"
    • Lacey also screams in the background on many songs on Flyleaf's second album, including "In the Dark" and "The Kind".
    • Flyleaf's non-album track "Justice and Mercy" has screaming in the chorus.
  • GO TELL ALL YOUR FRIENDS! THAT THIS IS THE END!
  • Linkin Park pre-Minutes to Midnight comes to mind as a version 1 and 3 (depending on the song; "Faint" is one of the worst offenders).
    • "Given Up" from Minutes to Midnight has a 17-second long scream.
    • "Across the Line" has an 11-second Type-1 scream.
    • "Blackout" from A Thousand Suns also has it in the choruses.
  • Rage Against the Machine — The "WRYYYYYY" from "Freedom" and the "YEAH!" from "Know Your Enemy"...and at least one line from pretty much every Rage song ever.
  • Songs To Wear Pants To's "Lyrics To A Song" parodies the first type, with individual words getting agonizingly screamed in the middle of an otherwise gently sung melodramatic ballad. The person submitting the lyrics did want certain underlined words "stressed out" after all...
  • The very first note of the very first track of Wolfmother's self-titled album is a savage Metal Scream. Way to wake up the listener.
  • Red like to slip in at least one type 1 per song.
  • "Instruments of Destruction" by N. R. G. (the Decepticon Theme Music Power-Up in Transformers: The Movie) has the last chorus screamed, followed by two long, drawn-out scream sequences.
  • Melodic alternative band Manchester Orchestra has a 12-second Metal Scream about 1:45 into "I've Got Friends"
  • "THE UNRESTRAAAAAINED UUUUUUUUSE OOOOOF EXCEEEEEESSIVE FOOOOOOOOOOOOOORCE" - the only distinguishable lyrics in KMFDM's aptly named 'The Unrestrained Use of Excessive Force'.
  • Hot Hot Heat is a confusing, quasi-example because of Steve Bays' unique voice. Even when he is singing things straight, it often sounds near yelling. It isn't quite a scream, but it definitely isn't a normal vocal approach. Critics have tried to pin it down to bellowing, yelping, pleading... It isn't working.
  • The Chevelle song Well enough alone starts with a pretty epic one.
  • Mike Patton lets out an epic one in Mr. Bungle's Carry Stress In The Jaw.
    • He pulls out a few good ones in Faith No More too. "Smaller and Smaller" contains a particularly good one.
      BIIIIIIITE! BIIIIIIITE! BIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIITE! CRYYYYYYYYYYY!
    • As does "Jizzlobber":
      I HIDE MY DIRTY MINUTES UNDER THE DIRTY MATTRESS AND THEY ARE MAKING ME ITCH!!! MY TIME!!! IS SPILT MILK!!!!!
    • For downright insanity, "Litany IV" (his a cappella piece on a John Zorn album) should definitely be mentioned. Just listen.
    • 1st Hon. Mention to the one on "Digging the Grave". Volume turndown recommended to prevent loudspeaker damage.
  • Done by Alter Bridge on occasion, especially type 2. For example, there's type 2 scream in "Metalingus" and a type 1 one in "Save Me".
  • The forgettable early 90s song "Baby I Don't Care" by Transvision Vamp had one of these right at the start of the song. By a chick. Cue power chords and Crowning Music of Awesome.
  • Around the World by Red Hot Chili Peppers has one of these in the intro, and another partway through the song.
  • Adam Gontier of Three Days Grace gets a pretty lengthy Type-1 scream at the end of "Riot".
  • The Locust. Practically every song is a collection of three guys screaming the lyrics in a high pitched, glass shattering bray.
  • Janis Joplin's version of "Piece of My Heart." WOOOOOOW!
  • On most Escape the Fate songs, there is at least one type of screaming in either the background, or the breakdown. Several of their songs are entirely composed of differently pitched screams (e.g. The Guillotine).
  • Loads of Jack Off Jill songs contain the first and second types, particularly on Sexless Demons and Scars.
  • Hole's early records feature a lot of screaming. Notable examples include 'Rock Star', 'Burn Black', 'I Think That I Would Die' ("FUCK! YOOOOOU!") and 'Drown Soda'.
  • Everything Else has one right after the solo of "What Can't Be Seen".
  • GG Allin in his later years was either 1 or 2, depending on the album, but either way he'd milk it for all its worth.
  • "Holy Touch" by Foxy Shazam has a scream near the end so high-pitched that it's hard to not mistake it for a guitar squealing.
  • Moneen, otherwise an Alternative Rock band influenced by the Post-Hardcore scene, manages to pull off a bloodcurling Type 3 in the vein of Black Metal on their Alexisonfire cover "Sharks In Danger".
  • Geoff Rickly is no stranger to barely comprehensible screams.
  • Multiple Pixies songs, but most notably "Tame" off of Doolittle, in which Black Francis Title Drops the name of the song with a powerful, high-pitched scream not once, not twice, not three times, but nineteen times, with only verses and bridge sections to break it up. It must be heard to be believed.
    Got hips like Cinderella. Must be havin' a good shame.
    Talkin' sweet about nothin'. Cookie, I THINK YOU'RE TAAAAAAME!
  • Limp Bizkit does this in a few songs, especially on their debut album.
  • Filter starts "So I Quit" with a #3 type "Motherfucker!!". (Only moderate screamery follows.)
  • The Kaiser Chiefs do this a few times on their first album (notably on singles I Predict a Riot, Every Day I Love You Less and Less, and Oh My God) in the form of a "wooaaaaahh!" ascending into a Type 3 Metal Scream.

Metal
  • Manowar is BUILT on this trope. Eric Adams does this about twenty times on every album they've released, and even pulls off a 30-second scream on the track Thor (The Powerhead).
    • And another 30-odd second long one at the end of "Black Wind Fire and Steel".
    • And he does this live too
  • The screaming is one of the trademarks of Ian Gillan from Deep Purple, to the point where an entire section of 'Child in Time' is comprised of screaming.
    • The epic 'AAAAAAAAAH NO NO NO NO!' in Bloodsucker.
    • Or the one that starts off 'Highway Star'.
  • Pantera. Particularly "Cowboys from Hell." After the solo, he gives what can best be described as a raptor shriek.
    • "The Great Southern Trendkill" starts off with a particularly epic one.
      • That one, along with some other screams in "War Nerve" and "Suicide Note Pt. 2" were done by Anal Cunt vocalist Seth Putnam. The outrageously offensive and aggressive Putnam was brought on not only because the band wanted to prove that they weren't going soft (like some other metal figures of the time period) but also because Phil's voice couldn't produce the screams they wanted. Think on that, if you will.
    • Or any other band with Phil Anselmo on vocals. The man gargles glass and sandpaper.
      • And we love him for it.
  • Towards the end of Skindread's "Choices and Decisions" the singer screams the word mad for a ridiculously long time.
  • This is one of the hallmarks of Iron Maiden.
    • As a matter of fact Bruce Dickinson was so fond of this trope that it earned him the nickname "Air Raid Siren" in his earlier years.
    • The scream in "Number of the Beast" is so godlike that even Bruce Dickinson himself has never been able to reproduce it. The producer forced Dickinson to sing the first four lines over and over again, and his frustration at this finally boiled over into the legendary shriek.
    • But also before Bruce Dickinson's first tenure as a singer, his predecessor Paul Di'Anno adorned the entire intro to the song "Killers" with assorted metal screams.
  • Female-fronted Death metal band Arch Enemy pull this off well in most songs. Type 1 is used to devastating effect in the song "Dark Insanity" in which she growls and screams wordlessly in the middle of the song. Type 3 is used in every song. Also applied to their original, male vocalist.
  • Eyehategod. Mike Williams' screams are often unintelligible and literally sound inhuman. The fact that he hasn't blown out his vocal cords and still sounds the way he did in the 80's and 90's is really saying something.
  • System of a Down do this in multiple songs, notably in Prison Song.
  • Slipknot uses Types 1 and 2 frequently, with the occasional Type 3 ("Get This" being a prime example).
  • Judas Priest very often have this, due to Rob Halford's astounding vocal range, but one example that every fan of the band (and every Rock Band player) will recognize is "Painkiller". Particularly the long, high-pitched scream during the second guitar solo.
    • "Dissident Aggressor" has a great one at the beginning, a semitone below soprano C (i.e Really high), sung completely cleanly.
    • The one from "Ram It Down" also deserves a mention. It is the very first thing heard, before any music starts up, and it lasts a full seven seconds.
    • Halford's vocals on "Painkiller" are awesome, but when Death covered the song on "The Sound of Perseverance", Chuck Schuldiner took the screams to extreme levels.
  • On Megadeth's first album, Dave Mustaine takes this trope to near-Narmful levels.
  • "Angel of Death" by Slayer of course. If that scream doesn't get you pumped for the song, you just don't like metal.
    • There's also a similar scream in 'Seven Faces'
    • Other notable screams are "Necrophobic", "Aggressive Perfector", "Chemical Warfare", "Postmortem", "War Ensemble", and "Epidemic".
    • "World Painted Blood" has a point where it goes from normal to type 3 in a rising, blood curdling moment of rage.
  • Schmier from Destruction has used the Metal Scream in some occasions, check here, 4:02 of the Antichrist re-recorded version of Curse the Gods, it almost sounds like a banshee howl, and here, 0:44 of Devolution, from the album with the same name, this one sounds a lot like the scream of Slayer´s Angel of Death.
  • As a death metal band, Cryptopsy is certainly type 2 but "Open Face Surgery" features a scream that goes on for half a minute. "Benedictine Convulsions" also features a 30 second long growl. Less notably, "Adeste Infidelis" contained a 20 second long scream.
  • Sepultura's "Refuse/Resist" has a 12 second long scream. Not to mention the ever so subtle "FUCK SHIT UP!" in the background when the main riff kicks in...
  • James Hetfield of Metallica is also an expert. "I was born for DYIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIING!"
  • Abnormality's songs consist of nothing but a Type 2 "manly" scream. Even crazier when you consider that the singer is a chick.
  • Cannibal Corpse has a many. A lot of these overlap with Careful With That Axe, but the best one is in their song "They Deserve to Die." On the last chorus, George Fisher follows up the last "They desere to DIIIE!" with a 15-second long "DIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIE!"
  • Swedish Symphonic Metal band Therion went so far, on the album 'Lemuria' to bring in a guest vocalist JUST to do a metal scream on the song 'Abraxas'. That was literally his only involvement in the entire album.
  • Ozzy's famous "AAAAAAAAAAALLLL ABOAAAAAAAARD!!HAHAHAHAHA!!!
  • Disturbed with "Enough", likely the closest thing to a truly harsh death growl the band will ever achieve, after a career of flirtations with the technique ("Just Stop", "Violence Fetish", "Conflict").
    Haven't they suffered enough / haven't we suffered enough
    Haven't they suffered enough / The damage more than I can BEAAAAAAAR!!!
  • Tool is well known for the Type 1 version. In the song "Jerk-Off" from the EP Opiate, there's one near the end. Keenan stretches "GOLD" (at about the 6:59 mark of "The Grudge") for a full 25 seconds. There's also the "GOOD-BYE!!" in "Eulogy", which lasts a good 13 seconds. In "Third Eye", Keenan suddenly breaks into a series of four screams after the first two verses. ("IN! OUT! IN! OUT!!!", with the last "OUT" lasting 18 seconds.) Later in the song, he suddenly screams "PRYING OPEN MY THIRD EYE!!!" four times while the guitar, bass, and drums hit the same eight notes. At the end, he screams the same thing only he does this a whopping twelve times in a row!
    • Keenan actually blew out his voice for a while recording the vocals for "Ticks and Leeches" because of all the screaming.
  • Pick a song off one of the first two My Chemical Romance albums. Go ahead. And actually, pick any song they usually play live, for that matter...
  • KURENAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII!!!!! Special note also goes to hide's backing vocal scream for Sadistic Desire.
  • Seems to be quite prevalent in female-fronted metal bands - Maria Brink of In This Moment uses the Metal Scream frequently. "Next Life" (You're danger-OOOOOOOOOOOUUUUUUUUUUUUUSSSS!) and "Daddy's Falling Angel" are two good examples)
  • Eyes Set To Kill - "Young Blood Spills Tonight" - at first it sounds like the vocalist could be selling pop records, but then you get to the chorus - "YOUUUUNG!!! BLOOOOOOOOOOD!!! SPIIIIILLS!!! TONIIIIIIIIIIGHT!!!!!!"
    • When you realise it's a love song, you start to wonder why exactly they want to make it sound as painful as indicated.
  • And Alissa White-Gluz from The Agonist. "Eulogies" probably has her best example (1:33).
  • Otep is a rare example for nu-metal, being capable of delivering death metal style vocals - which can bring a 6 or 7 on the scale a number or two higher.
  • Razor's "The Marshall Arts," the opening track for their Violent Restitution album, begins with a 30-second scream from Stace McLaren, who is known for his lengthy screeches.
  • Tony Kakko, singer from Sonata Arctica, absolutely loves high-pitched screams.
  • The overblown wail of "WOOOAAAAAHHH!!" from Lost Horizon's "Highlander" inspired the Face Metlter fad on YTMND.com
    • That famous wail is actually the least over-the-top of the screams in that song. The absolutely mind-blowing D6 shriek in the middle blows it out of the water.
  • John Cyriis, singer of Los Angeles-based speed metal outfit Agent Steel, has a majestic "air raid siren", as shown in the chorus of "Agents of Steel".
  • The closing tracks of Meshuggah's Catch 33, particularly "Dehumanization" and "Sum".
  • All That Remains uses this in the solid majority of their songs.
  • The Black Dahlia Murder has a nearly constant Metal Scream effect in some/most of their work, notably in Everything Went Black.
  • Altaria opens their song "Unicorn" with an amazing thirteen-second scream complete with backup screams that join in about halfway through.
  • The vocals to every Lamb Of God song consist of virtually nothing but Type 3. On their first record, 1998's Burn The Priest, it's invoked so hard that even with a lyric sheet it's all but impossible to follow Randy's voice.
  • Nitro was mostly about high-pitched screams and godlike guitar work. The most insane scream is found in "Machine gun Eddie", at 0:50 and lasts 30 seconds!.
  • Battlelore's "Voice of the Fallen" features a 23.5-second scream.
  • One comes to mind in particular: "Entombment of a Machine" brought to you by Job for a Cowboy. Also, anything by Bring Me the Horizon. One that sticks out is "Pray for Plagues".
  • Steve Bridges of Witchfynde had more of a metal shriek, which he used in "Give 'em Hell" and "Getting Heavy" on their first album.
    • Their second singer, Luther Beltz, can do the metal shriek as well; see the beginning "Wall of Death" from Lords of Sin. That one is also a good example of Careful With That Axe.
  • This seems to be a staple of Avenged Sevenfold's repertoire. "Bat Country" and "Beast and the Harlot" both have ungodly epic examples at the very beginning.
    • As Avenged Sevenfold moved away from Type 3 to more and more Type 1 and 2, rumors began to pop up that M. Shadows was losing his touch and stopped screaming to stop inflicting damage to his vocal cords, culminating in throat surgery before the release of City of Evil. Including the above examples, M. Shadows usually has at least one five to six second scream in all live songs if they have a scream on the album.
  • Opeth uses type 2. A few songs are type 3.
  • In Devin Townsend's Planet Smasher, Devy is pretty much playing with growls most of the song, effortlessly "growl-speaking".
  • Deftones are quite well known for Type 2, with frontman Chino Moreno swapping between intense screams and more serene singing on much of the band's catalog, though some songs (like "When Girls Telephone Boys" but more notably "Hexagram") are definitely Type 3.
  • Almost every variety can be found in, well, almost every song by Cradle of Filth. This is acceptable due to Dani Filth's exceptional vocal range and the sheer awesomeness of his shoes. Notable uses are in the album Thornography, particular the songs Byronic Man and Libertina Grimm.
    • It doesn't do him justice to refer to them as merely varieties. Pitch and volume are both his playthings, to do with as he so wishes. Dani Filth can do all the screams. All of them.
  • Nile uses type 2, although for Karl Sanders, this is less screaming, and more... Inhumanly low and nearly indecipherable rumblings that merely happen to come from his mouth.
  • May I direct your attention to Bloodlines by Dethklok. There are a couple Metal Screams in there, but the one near the end of the guitar solo is probably the metal-er of the two.
  • DevilDriver's Dez Fafara does vicious Type 2 and Type 3 screams on pretty much all their songs.
  • Doro Pesch, most famously of Warlock, is quite adept at the Metal Scream.
  • Dream Evil actually shout METALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! on the song The Book of Heavy Metal
  • ybreed. Benjamin is, well was, a solid type 2; see songs "Twelve Megatons Gravity" and "Emma-O".
  • Anacrusisis love this one, and use it in the majority of their songs. Singer Kenn Nardi even managed to work it in a few times in his much mellower side project, Cruel April.
  • What about the 17 second growl at the beginning of Silence calls the Storm by Quo Vadis.
  • The scream (just after the spoken part) in Nanowar's - no, that's not a typo, they're a parody band - "Metal-la-la-la" is probably the funniest use of Metal Scream.
  • Kitananx does this quite a bit in Meatheads, Meatheads Everywhere.
  • Heaven Shall Burn provides a pretty awesome one at the start of their song Endzeit.
  • Stratovarius. Was more common in the early days when Timo Tolkki was the singer, but Timo Kotipelto does a few sometimes. Best examples of Tolkki's work would be "Dreamspace", which has TWO near the end - "No sign of light anywhere, I am going INSAAAAAAANE!" and then "Now I am leaving this life, no hope left, I want to DIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIE!" which is a really high note held for about 20 seconds. Another one comes from "Thin Ice", from the same album - no, that high-pitched noise you hear isn't made by violins, that's actually Tolkki screaming. Kotipelto usually does it live - in the live at Athens version of "Speed of Light" (which was included on the live album Live Visions of Europe), he screams "YEEEEAH!" just after the first chorus. As for album songs, there's an absolutely EPIC scream of "ALRIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIGHT!" at the end of "I'm Still Alive", complete with the music going absolutely crazy and sounds of a crowd cheering (even though it's not a live recording). Might also qualify as a Last Note Nightmare.
  • For the sake of countless eardrums, it might be a good thing that hardly anyone has heard of the underground albums Norman "Ski" Kierznowski has sung on. The most common description of his style is any variation of "Rob Halford on steroids." And yes, he was a potential candidate to replace him.
  • Grindcore is solely built on Type 3.
  • Steel Panther, as a parody band of 80s Hair Metal and Heavy Metal, makes frequent (ab)use of this trope.
  • Iced Earth, especially their songs with Matt Barlow or Tim Owens. Here's Matt doing a type 1 and Tim doing a type 2. Both of them have since been replaced by Into Eternity's Stu Block, and if Into Eternity's material is any indication, they're not through with this.
  • Ill Nino has used every type at least once, using type 1 and 3 most frequently.
  • Overkill's new song, "Wish You Were Dead." About 20 seconds in. This is also used a lot throughout their discography.
  • DragonForce does this on occasion. Notable is the beginning of "Holding On".
  • Dir En Grey's Kyo has done pretty much every form of singing in rock and metal, but is very well-known for his soaring-high Type 3 screams, which many cover vocalists find nigh-impossible to replicate.
    • There exists a compilation of all hisscreams from the early releases up until UROBOROS. The succeeding releases, DUM SPIRO SPERO and The Unraveling feature more intense screams.
  • David Defeis of Virgin Steele is well renowned for all sorts of shrieks, especially earlier when his voice was much more raw-sounding. His high falsetto shrieks are powerfully resonant, but the biggest gut-buster he must have done comes from his midrange, at the climax of "The Spirit of Steele." That one must have hurt.
  • "Let Me Out" by Peter Tägtgren's main side project, Pain: 19 seconds of pure YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH.
  • Thanks to their almost defining vocals, technical thrash band Vektor have numerous examples that seem to be a mix of 3 and 4.
  • Just after the 4-minute mark in the second track of Imperial Circus Dead Decadence's second album, the vocalist, Rib:y(uhki), holds a full-on shriek for nearly 10 whole seconds.
  • Near the end of "A Nightmare to Remember" by Dream Theater, there's a short section of growling from their former drummer Mike Portnoy, which is rounded off with a moderate growl/roar.
  • Aaaaa-HA-ha-ha-ha! If you are 50 or so, you now already recognized The Sweet "Action". (BTW quoted, so to say, by German band "Die Ärzte" in "Schrei nach Liebe". A literal Shout-Out.)
  • Brutal Death Metal band Skinless use a significant amount of type 3, sometimes to back their type 2's, sometimes on their own. Best exemplified on "The Optimist".
  • Death Angel's Mark Osegueda is a master of this (Type 4, specifically) on their first album, The Ultra-Violence, where he was just 18. Examples include at 1:32 in "Evil Priest", 1:34 here in "Voracious Souls", at 0:53, 0:56, 1:42, 1:58 and 2:00 in "Kill As One", a particularly insane example at 1:31 in "Mistress of Pain", at 2:36 in "Final Death", and then a huge final one at 5:20 in the same song, combined with a Big Rock Ending. Some Type 1s are scattered throughout. This technique would be employed much more mildly and sparingly on their later releases.

Non-musical

Film

Live-Action TV
  • The Infamous Gokey Screech from the latest season of American Idol.
    • He was trying to reproduce the competent Metal Scream from Aerosmith's version of "Dream On" (Slash told him that scream was very important). Steven Tyler pulled the scream off okay - hey, even Michael Johns did back in season 7. But Gokey didn't quite get it...
  • Season 10 gives us James Durbin, who likes Heavy Metal, and can pull these off very well. Pretty much every song, in fact.

Pinball
  • In Monster Mash, one appears in both the song that plays during the "Monster Mosh Pit" sequence and Dracula's end-game Match Sequence (you'll know it when you hear it).

Tabletop Games
  • In 3.5 D&D the Bard spells Shout and Greater Shout can be interpreted as this.

Video Games

Web Animation

Web Comics

Web Original
Make Me Wanna ShoutScreaming TropesOverly-Long Scream
Melismatic VocalsMusic TropesMotor Mouth
Messianic ArchetypeWe Are Not Alone IndexMexican Standoff

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