duminică, 18 august 2019

Goddess of metal voices

Searching on Internet I tried to categorize the well known metal female voices. The order is alphabetic.
  1. Agnete M. Kirkevaag - dramatic mezzo soprano
  2. Aleah Starbridge - light lyric soprano - R.I.P. and rock hard up there!
  3. Alissa White-Gluz - mezzo soprano with death growl capabilities (?!?)
  4. Amanda Somerville - dramatic alto / contralto
  5. Amy Lee - lyric mezzo soprano
  6. Anette Olzon - lyric mezzo soprano
  7. Anneke van Giersbergen - light lyric soprano (early), mezzo soprano (now)
  8. AnnLouice Lögdlund - dramatic soprano
  9. Caterina Nix - soprano
  10. Catherine Paulsen - spinto soprano
  11. Chaoss Heidi - lyric coloratura soprano
  12. Christina Scabbia - lyric mezzo soprano
  13. Dianne van Giesbergen - dramatic soprano
  14. Emmanuelle Zoldan - mezzo soprano
  15. Floor Jansen - dramatic soprano
  16. Heidi Parviainen - lyric soprano
  17. Heike Langhans -  mezzo soprano
  18. Helen Iren Michaelsen - spinto or dramatic soprano
  19. Jill Janus - coloratura soprano - R.I.P. and rock hard up there! 
  20. Clémentine Delauney - mezzo soprano
  21. Laura Macrì - light lyric soprano
  22. Liv Kristine - light soprano
  23. Lori Lewis - lyric coloratura soprano
  24. Madeleine Liljestam  - soprano
  25. Magali Luyten - dramatic mezzo soprano
  26. Manda Ophuis - lyric soprano (not sure if is light or full)
  27. Manuella Kraller - spinto soprano
  28. Marcela Bovio - light lyric mezzo-soprano (maybe even lyric coloratura soprano)
  29. Margarita Monet - dramatic soprano
  30. Mari Paul - mezzo soprano
  31. Marianne "Madie" Dien - mezzo soprano
  32. Mariangela Demurtas - lyric mezzo soprano
  33. Melissa Feerlak - lyric coloratura soprano
  34. Micky Huijsmans - soprano 
  35. Nicoletta Rosellini - mezzo/alto soprano
  36. Päivi "Capri" Virkkunen - full lyric soprano
  37. Sharon den Adel - light lyric soprano
  38. Simone Simmons - soubrette or lyric coloratura (on first two albums), now light lyric mezzo soprano
  39. Taida Nazraic - lyric soprano
  40. Tarja Turunen - full lyric soprano
  41. Vibeke Stene - light lyric soprano
  42. Ylva Eriksson -  coloratura mezzo soprano
  43. Zoe Marie Federoff - soprano
Dear symphonic metal fans, do not hesitate to post your suggestions or any other information that's on topic.

joi, 20 iunie 2019

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly labels. Vinyl related...

Typically good quality labels (better than CD quality):
Cisco, Mobile Fidelity, Blue Note, Analogue Productions, Audio Fidelity, Speaker's Corner, Sony, Columbia, Heavenly Sweetness, Music on Vinyl (MOV), Third Man Records, Rhino, Quality Record Pressing (QRP), Sundazed, Universal, Mobile Fidelity Silver Label, Music Matters, Speakers Corner, Reference Recordings, Pure Pleasure, IMPEX, ORG, Mosaic, Cesky, ACT, ECM, Stockfish, Linn, Groove Note, Inakustik, Master Music, Sam Records, Decca (until 80's), Deutche Gramophone, Analogphonic, APO records, STS, Sheffield Lab

Inconsistent quality:
Back to Black, 4 Men With Beard (4MWB), Napalm Records

Labels that produce low quality LP (worse than CD quality):
DOL, Doxy, ZYX, Vinyl Lovers, Simply Vinyl, Abraxas, Tapestry, Abkco, Friday Music, Get Back, Vinyl Magic (VM - BTF), Lilith, Akarma. Skorpio, Ermitage, Not Now Music, Jazz Tracks Records, Jazz Beat, 52nd Street Records, Doxy Music, ZYX, Jazz Wax Records, Wax Time, Nuclear Blast Records

It is a debate about vinyl versus CD quality...  In fact, the mastering and mixing processes is more important than the music support. Nevertheless good press house will keep the quality flag high. :)

Regarding the quality, is not only about the quality of the recorded sound but also are included other aspects related to vinyl such as scratches, bents, edge cuts, size of the hole and so on...

Guys, do not hesitate to give feedback based on your vinyl experience... :)