Apparently the frontmen of bands like Slipknot, the Bravery, Cradle of Filth, and Lamb of God have been going to school. Extreme Vocals school, that is. MTV News spotlights Melissa Cross, the head instructor at the Melissa Cross Vocal Studio in New York:
Cross said that she’s had several students come to her wanting to master the art of screaming. But before she can do anything, there must be talent. The majority of her clients were born with it: Like Fair, they’re vocalists with well-established careers who’ve been screaming since the age of 15 but would like to stop spitting up blood after every performance. None of the novices, she says, have gone on to make an impact on the scene. Others “have come to me with really clean voices and wanted to add that heat but couldn’t because they were afraid or overly trained,” Cross said. She’s also helped artists who had been screaming but stopped because of a vocal injury or out of fear that they’d cause permanent damage.