There’s that Brazilian “progressive/power/symphonic/WTH metal” band called Angra. It’s damn good, musically speaking, but I’m not a fan of, like, most of their lead singers. Yes it’s one of those bands that does a Spinal Tap re:vocalists.
And it’s not because they’re bad. They’re actually consistently great. But great in the Bruce Dickinson/Roy Khan vein: in the sense I just can’t stand this particular type of voice. The timbres are not my cup of tea, and there are certain technical/stylistic aspects that I dislike.
But general technique-wise, they’re so damn good that one of them – Edu Falaschi – actually _doesn’t_ get all trumpled and overshadowed by none other than Hansi Kürsch (and as you know, it’s not the easiest feat to accomplish).
Sometimes they’re so close that the author of the video made a couple of small mistakes assigning the lyrics to their voices.
That was a 2006 track, and fast forwarding to 2015 we get a new lead singer (Fabio Lione, from Italy) and a new Teutonic legend guesting: Doro Pesch.
Moreover, it gets worse from here because the guitar player also decided to do some singing.
I was going to feature a studio version first, but the only vid I could find has a semi-nude female vampire as the background image, so, being NSFW, it will reside under the cut with the live version of Winds of Destination.
Besides, in the live recording you will clearly see who sings what =)
Alright, to be fair, Doro did an inadvertent Elena Obraztsova to Rafael Bittencourt’s José Carreras (in the sense she doesn’t strain much to completely drown the poor dude, and you could hardly blame it on the sound technician), and in the studio version she uses an even darker, amazingly queenly and majestic tone, so, well, I guess surviving through that semi-nude vampire chick is a must =) // thank Opera for tabbed browser windows! //
Proceed under the cut to check out the other versions of these tracks!
Here’s the live version of Winds; the quality is damn atrocious, and Hansi plays the “wedding general” part (I don’t even know if an expression like that exists in English – in Russian, it means a person who is mostly there for decoration) – but still. Kinda proves that Edu Falaschi gotta be a way better singer than Fabio Lione. Because he can be heard through this mess, along with Hansi. Not sure this would hold true with Fabio (or maybe I just hate Rhapsody of Fire with too much passion… doesn’t everyone, though).
And the studio version of Crushing Room: