Like a lot of you, I am a fan of metal. However, I simply can not stand the cookie monster vocals that are being championed by otherwise tallented bands. For instance take childern of bodom.They, on the surface appear to have it all to be a truly great metal band. They have some of the greatest riffs I've ever heard, and a powerful double bassed rythym section. They even incorperate keyboards succesfully. Through all of these acheivements though, I am hugely let down once the cookie monster starts singing. What makes it worse to me, is that I actually think he could be a good vocalist (if he tried). Another example would be Phil Anselmo and the time he had in Pantera. Early on, his vocals were great. He was able to be really aggresive, but still intelligiable. Later on though, he decided it would be a great idea to start singing like a sasquatch. This (to me atleast) was a huge let down in the last two Pantera albums and made them weak and uninspired. I suppose someone could say that I just don't have the 'ear' to 'hear' it, and that I am wanting metal bands to conform. Well, I think that's just silly. A metal band can still be non-conforming all the while having great vocals (Danzig, Type O Negative, early Metallica). The thing is though, that most new metal bands I've heard sing like they are demon possessed, and this is the norm. I think it's bad when Tom Araya makes fun of someone's vocals for being un-intelligiable. I guess what I'm saying is that I want a great band like Children of Bodom to actually sing their lyrics, and not just growl. Yeah, yeah we all get it, your not really human. Your a monster.... A singing monster.