There’s nothing better than when one can hear the raw emotion in a song as opposed to having to look to the lyrics for that passion. That’s where these three songs come into play. The following songs manage to express pure emotion, whether it be in the vocals or in the instrumentals.
1. “Muther” – Letlive.
This song is known to discuss the internal struggle that went through vocalist Jason Butler’s mind as he was misdiagnosed with cancer. What’s more emotional than that? “Muther” does an excellent job of expressing both the frustrations and despair that he felt. The chorus in particular expresses his emotions, as they become more intense through the vocals as it progresses. Near the end of the chorus it is almost as if his screams are a cry of desperation. Then, near the end of the song the vocals intensify yet again as he begs his mother not to weep. At first, it starts off quiet and almost sweet, but as the song comes to a close the screams indicate that Butler is begging his mother not to cry and is convincing himself that he’ll be okay. The female voice also adds to the intensity by incorporating a more soulful and somewhat somber tone to the song.
2. “Masquerade” – Northlane
Angry songs are a great way to express certain sentiments, and this one hits all of the elements that would make a song sound feral. “Masquerade” has very vicious lyrics, but vocalist Adrian Fitipaldes expresses his rage through his deep low screams and his tone of voice. I can also sense a tone of disdain in the song, specifically in the verse “I’ll make sure all you cowards quit/So hide yourself behind a mask/In a room of double faces.” The rage is apparent through the vocals and even a hint of frustration through the growl at the beginning of this lyric. If there’s any song that exemplifies the expression of emotions through vocals, this is it.
3. “R.I.P. Bon” – The Amity Affliction
This song expresses a number of different feelings. It deals with the way a person may deal with the suicide of a friend. It starts off with anger, which can easily be heard in unclean vocalist Joel Birch’s voice. Quickly thereafter, Ahren Stringer’s clean vocals come in and express both sadness and confusion. While there is a melancholy tone, it’s almost as if the combination of Birch and Stringer’s vocals are the two separate sentiments that are described in the song. Both vocals also express confusion as they beg for an answer as to why this tragedy occurred.