*disclaimer* I'm not trying to trash anyone's fave band/vocalist... I'm trying to understand. I'm currently listening to Rivers of Nihil's new album, since it has gotten so much praise. I find the guitar work pretty interesting, but the vocals really lose me. Same goes for the new Soreption album that people seem to like as well. Same goes for Meshuggah (undeniably cool riffery and Jens seems like a cool dude but his vocals are so blah for me), Cradle of Filth, Dimmu, Slayer... all the old school stuff that I've ever tried. I have a personal theory that the vocals in the work by these bands are just filler that gives the guitar riffing a reason to exist, sorta like pancakes only exist to get maple syrup into your mouth. But this is probably wrong. I just find the vocal style repetitive and almost completely devoid of nuance of any sort. The closest I ever got to fandom of this style vocalist would be Phil Anselmo in his prime with Pantera, but I found his vocals to be endlessly more varied in tone and style than the vocalists of the bands listed above. Anyone care to discuss?