Examination Of A Phenom: Ten Metal/Screamo YouTube Vocal Covers

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Answer me this: who doesn't enjoy singing along to a favorite song? Whether alone in the car with the windows down, in the shower in the morning, or while picking cans from the garbage while at work there's nothing more satiating than comforting a lone soul with the phenomenon of song. However, the loner approach only goes so far--music is about community. And that's why I assume people take their solo exploits to virtual communities like YouTube to share their talents.

Earlier this week, I uncovered the best Skrillex dubstep drum covers of all time in the history of anything. But while I support the assembly of cultures like dubstep and seapunk across digital lines, by similar logic I must also support the virtual community that appears to be forming around yet another YouTube phenomenon. Namely, people posting covers of only the vocals to metal and screamo songs. I've collected below the ten most intriguing iterations of this phenomenon I could possibly find. This took me weeks. You're welcome. [PLAY ALL AT ONCE]

This is Wayne. I think he takes this stuff very seriously. He doesn't even have time to breathe! I think he's in his mom's coat closet with a decent microphone, just shredding his vocal chords to death. He's done a lot of these vocal covers and in fact has a metal band of his own, called Nightshade. I think his cap is made out of sheet metal.

I am such a fan of this guy. His video doesn't even have 300 views, but you can tell he's really invested in this track. How good it felt to kill could possibly be the new Numa Numa because every kid everywhere should be learning Cannibal Corpse's Stripped, Raped, and Strangled.

Behold! An emo! In lofi! The level of percieved apathy here is staggering. At one point near the end, the dude actually sits down in the chair. No stage presence whatsoever!

This one kind of only halfway counts. Here is a video of a young man singing an old Underoath song to karaoke on a cruise ship right after he says god is awesome. ????

I am 100 percent in support of gender equality on this issue.

I can't say this one is much good, but it's interesting to observe the role of anonymity in the phenomenon.

 I dont...

  I can't...

I won't...

I refuse.

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