(It is time once again for you to purge yourselves of your metal transgressions. Father Synn is waiting. He does not like to be kept waiting. And as always, he leads by example.)
Today’s sermon is a very special one, my children, as it deals with the thorny topic of… the replacement vocalist.
Yes, indeed, no matter how, or why, a band elects to replace their vocalist there’s always going to be a contingent of fans to whom the “new guy” will be anathema. A selection of listeners who cling to the past, regardless of what the future may hold (despite the fact that a new singer in no way invalidates what has gone before).
So today I choose to celebrate these poor, unloved souls… those whose succession to the throne of metaldom is fraught with controversy and complainers, yet who soldier on with heads (and mics) held high!
Now hear my confession, and take heed!
- I strongly believe that Derrick Green is – lyrically, vocally, and personality-wise – a far superior frontman to the ever-complaining, historical revisionist he replaced.
- I also hold that Mike DeSalvo was a better, angrier, and more focussed vocalist for Cryptopsy than his predecessor, Lord Worm.
- Perhaps most controversial of all… I find far more enjoyment listening to the twin-vocal attack of Roberth Karlsson and Lars Palmqvist of Scar Symmetry, than the impressive, but incredibly artificial, performance of their predecessor Christian Älvestam.
- Conversely, as much as I enjoy what René Pedersen does in Mercenary these days, I still long for the return of Mikkel Sandager behind the microphone.
- And, finally, despite my abiding love for the band, the best album by The Ocean remains the remaster/reissue/re-recording of Fluxion, largely due to the phenomenal vocal performance of Mike Pilat.