An Introduction to Heavy Metal Singing: Sing Without Vocal Damage

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Effects like articulations, slurs, glissandos, rasgueados, trills, suspensions, vibrato, portamenti, tremolos and flutter tonguing – all while keeping proper pitch and tempo – are used by many singers today. While vocal techniques vary depending upon style, genre and songwriter preferences, all vocals should contain certain basic elements. .

Vocal cord health is essential if you wish to sing well: Death Metal Singing Is Relaxed

Your vocal chords won’t hurt if you force them; thus, you face a higher chance of injury when trying to scream while singing in heavy metal music. However, practicing this technique will give you better control of your voice once it does sound right.

No matter how much effort we put into screaming, it won’t actually produce the desired result if the breathing system is tense and generally forced.

Screaming/Growling Techniques

The “false chord” technique works great for generating realistic vocalizations. Start by taking deep breaths into both lungs and then exhale slowly through pursed lips until you reach around 30 decibels – approximately a teenager’s angry sighing sound. Then, while keeping your lip muscles relaxed, open your throat slightly and create the noise you hear in the video above. The result should mimic the pitch and tone of a dog barking rather than singing. Note: Don’t fear damaging your vocal cords; it takes practice before you master fake vocals.

For even lower tones, push from the belly (diaphragm) and shape your mouth into a tight O shape. Imagine the sound coming from deep inside your chest, and do it standing up in a stance which opens everything up.

Again, no voice. You don’t want to hurt yourself. Enjoy yourself. With practice and dedication as well as discipline, you can get this very loud and powerful.

For deep throat singers who wish to growl louder without developing nodules or cracking their lips, study falsetto techniques. Those seeking an even deeper sound should focus instead on using ‘false’ tones–those below normal pitch. Falsetto singing allows singers to widen their range while maintaining proper intonation; thus allowing them to comfortably belt higher notes without producing cracks or popping sounds in their mouths.

Falsetto singing requires proper control over its use. Without knowing how falsetto works, practicing techniques without understanding them makes little sense. To practice falsetto effectively, it must be learned by feeling rather than hearing alone. The slight buzzing sensation felt behind the throat indicates that you’ve got everything right and should encourage you forward into exploring key areas of your voice.

Furthermore, when you practice this exercise without tightening up your throat, DON’T tense up your neck; there are better ways to increase pitch range. Otherwise known as “tension.” Tensing up your neck while practicing singing exercises won’t allow you to sing higher notes. Also, doing this will ruin your vocal cords, making them unable to produce sound effectively.

There are lots of videos online instructing you how to perform each step, but never rely solely upon what someone else tells you: Check things yourself before attempting anything dangerous, and seek expert instruction about risks involved prior to acting. Finally, watch closely for signs that something is wrong (you can see a list of useful videos at the end of this article by the way).


Heavy metal raspy vocals aren’t all about tightening the throat muscles—in fact, they actually allow the vocal folds to relax, making them bigger and flopier rather than smaller and tighter.

While forced growling sounds strained and strangled, relaxing growls are strong, warm, and powerful. They do require effort, however, and tend to create a very specific type of tone quality.

Playing forced growls creates tension in both the voice box itself and in the entire breathing apparatus. As opposed to real growls, forced ones lack depth. The actual difference lies within how we use our voices, whether intentionally or unintentionally. Real growls come naturally and effortlessly through relaxation, while forced growls arise from exertion.

They do not hurt your neck muscles by using them instead of real ones; however, they produce a noise similar to what humans would hear naturally. They work by creating vibrations within the throat cavity which causes air pressure changes inside the body, resulting in sounds resembling how we speak.

Most singers begin by practicing a song every day followed by two days off. Generally speaking though, it takes several weeks until you feel comfortable enough to sing without hurting yourself. Throat soreness shouldn’t cause pain while breathing; however, coughing isn’t ideal either. To practice deep breaths through the diaphragm, imagine taking a full breath after inhaling all the air possible then exhale slowly keeping the chest open. Try this exercise daily for ten minutes each session.



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