Holmes credits the legendary Married as the first band he ever heard with “extreme” vocals. “[Cronos] was just insane, I had never heard anything like it before,” says Holmes. “When I heard that, I was like, ‘Wow, this is crazy.’ It kind of got me into it, you know?”
As for the technique itself, Holmes was “a lot more shouty” when he started hard vocals, but he warns fellow singers that you can’t go on forever. “You don’t last long doing it, you want to rip your voice out,” he says. “I’ve had people impersonate their favorite death metal singers and they just absolutely rip their voices out.”
Since becoming the third vocalist for Bloodbath, Holmes has had to follow the death metal brilliance of two all-time greats – Mikael Akerfeldt and Peter Tagtgren. Holmes deeply admires both vocalists and tries to copy them both as closely as possible when performing live, while of course retaining his own taste.
When it comes to maintaining her voice, Holmes credits getting plenty of sleep as an absolute necessity. “Good sleep, not full sleep,” elaborates the vocalist. “Eat healthy, exercise if you can, and don’t talk. Just don’t talk to anyone. Save it for the show.”
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How Nick Holmes (Bloodbath / Paradise Lost) learned to scream
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