According To Science, Rock & Heavy Metal Singers Sing Like Babies

May 25, 2017
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Science rocks!

If you've ever wondered how certain rock and metal singers and put so muchs strain on their voices while singing, and then talk normal as soon as they get off stage? According to Dr. Kryzysztof Izdebski of the Pacific Voice and Speech Foundation, they are able to achieve this through a vocal chord technique that we have all used as infants. 

Through the magic of modern science, technology, and heavy metal, we can get an inside look at how vocal chords actually look while a vocalist is letting out a glass-shattering scream. "The images that we recorded clearly shows that it's produced predominantly by structures above glottis, so the vocal folds do open and vibrate but actually don't collide," says Dr. Izdebski. "The entire area above - aryepiglottic folds, arytenoids, epiglottis - everything collapses and dances and creates vibrations and creates acoustic orchestration."

In other words, singers like Rob Halford and Ronnie James Dio would recreate the sounds we made as babies with a backing track of pounding guitars and shredding guitars. "It has the sounds of screaming andgrowl and inhalation and high pitch and whistle and low pitch. All of this we have, we learn, but we somehow lose it."

Watch the video below for a very metal science lesson!