8 Metal Bands Made Better by Switching Vocalists
With all the drama that surrounds singer/screamer changes, you'd think it's the end of the world and it has never worked for any band. The reactions across the internet any time one vocalist leaves and another joins are always less than enthusiastic, thinking change is bad one hundred percent of the time.
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That's not true though, especially in a genre like metal where it has worked to great success so many times for so many different bands in different subgenres. In light of the fact that we're about to hear Suicide Silence's first album with a new vocalist, as well as what As I Lay Dying can do as Wovenwar without the stigma of Tim Lambesis, let's take a look back at some of the most successful metal singer switches of all time.
After the Burial
The singer turmoil with After the Burial was a huge joke during their early career. It just never seemed to stop. Every time they would make their way back to Houston, it seemed like they were fronted by a different guy. Most of those early vocalists pretty much sucked, including and especially Nick Wellner, who did vocal duties on their first record, Forging a Future Self.
They eventually recruited Anthony Notarmaso and it was a match made in heaven as he's a fantastic vocalist and fit right in with the band. Despite his perennial presence since, Wellner did make an appearance on the band's latest as a nostalgic tip of the hat. It was fun to hear him, but I hope he never comes back full time.
One wonders whether it's even fair to include Pantera here, since their early career is mostly entirely disregarded. It's a very poorly kept secret that the metal gods of the '90s were a pretty shitty glam metal band in the '80s, back when Dimebag Darrell was known as Diamond Darrell and they all had teased hair.
Oh, and this guy named Terry Glaze sang for them. After he was given the boot in favor of Phil Anselmo, the band started getting a whole lot better and whole lot more badass. These days, it's hard to imagine Pantera with anyone else on the microphone, but those early records are still floating around like high school yearbook photos.
Poison the Well
It's easy to forget since Jeff Moreira was Poison the Well's iconic front man for their entire full-length discography, but the band did record one EP with a different vocalist early on. Distance Only Makes the Heart Grow Fonder was released by a pre-fame Poison the Well in 1998 and actually featured two different vocalists.
They eventually ditched the idea of the whole dual vocalist thing, and recruited Moreira who might as well have been their original singer for all that first EP really mattered in the grand scheme of things. Still, it's weird hearing Poison the Well without him.