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Alexi Laiho

Post  Clem on Sun Mar 10, 2013 6:29 am


Alexi Laiho:
Voice Type: Bodom (Verdi) Baritone
Sung Range: D3-C5
Total Range: G♯2-D5

Significant High Notes:
D5 ("Aces High", "Silent Scream")
C5 ("Aces High", "Silent Scream")
B♭4 ("Don't Stop At The Top")
A4 ("Aces High", "Bed Of Razors", "Downfall", "Hatebreeder", "Silent Scream", "Warheart")
G♯4 ("Deadnight Warrior", "In The Shadows", "No Commands", "Red Light In My Eyes Pt. 1")
G4 ("Black Widow", "Children Of Bodom", "Downfall", "Don't Stop At The Top", "Hatebreeder", "No Commands", "Towards Dead End", "Warheart")
F♯4 ("Children of Bodom", "In The Shadows", "Lake Bodom", "Red Light In My Eyes Pt. 1", "Red Light In My Eyes Pt. 2")

Significant Low Notes:
E3 ("In The Shadows")
E♭3 ("Silent Night, Bodom Night")
D3 ("Black Widow", "Children Of Bodom", "Don't Stop At The Top", "Silent Scream")
C♯3 ("Deadnight Warrior", "In The Shadows", "Lake Bodom", "Touch Like An Angel Of Death")
C3 ("Towards Dead End")
G♯2 ("Touch Like An Angel Of Death")

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Green marks heavily distorted notes, such as screams or growls.
Italics marks notes which are otherwise not sung, such as spoken notes.
Underline marks notes that are obscured in the mix, such as backing vocals.


Known For Vocals:

Best Vocals Performances:
1. Silent Scream
2. Don't Stop At The Top
3. Aces High
4. No Commands
5. Red Light In My Eyes Pt. 1
6. In The Shadows
7. Downfall
8. Warheart
9. Lake Bodom
10. Black Widow

Known For Vocals:
As the frontman for Finnish melodic death metal band, "Children of Bodom". Whilst not the best singer, primarily a guitarist before vocalist, Alexi Laiho has demonstrated decent control over his voice, as well as formidable distortion technique. Whilst the latter is undoubtadly unhealthy, forcing very aggressive false cord screams, causing excess friction between his vocal cords, Laiho's voice has held up remarkably well, if anything gradually improving throughout his career.
Melodic singing has always been a bit of a rarity with him, largely using false cord screams around D4, and growls around D3, for the bulk of his vocals on the first 2 COB albums. However there were some examples of more musical-sounding vocals as well, especially on a number of covers, such as "Don't Stop At The Top" and "Silent Scream", singing even as high as C5. Whilst these high notes were evidently a struggle to produce, they were surprisingly well controlled. Around this time, Alexi also used extremely darkened 3rd octave singing, to an almost unparalleled level, giving the impression that it was infact the octave below. Such examples being songs like "Hatebreeder". A real vocal anomally, I have never heard notes around G3 darkened so greatly.
With the turn of the millennium, the Finnish frontman's vocals moved away from the more black metal-inspired sound of the first two albums, towards more of a hardcore vocal approach, exploring his higher range more. A most definite baritone, Laiho can get his voice down lower than most would expect, although he does so very sparingly, as low vocals are not usually a part of their sound.
An interesting voice. It's surprising that he is still able to sing the way he does about 20 years on.

Notewatched Material:
"Something Wild" - 1997 ("Children of Bodom" LP)
"Hatebreeder" - 1999 ("Children of Bodom" LP)


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Re: Alexi Laiho

Post  Spydr on Sun Mar 10, 2013 6:52 am



Alexi Laiho Goofing off here too.

Didn't think he was much of a singer, then again I don't really know Children of Bodom too well.

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Re: Alexi Laiho

Post  Enigma on Sun Mar 10, 2013 6:55 am

Spydr wrote:

Alexi Laiho Goofing off here too.

Didn't think he was much of a singer, then again I don't really know Children of Bodom too well.
he wasn't he screams his lungs out Laughing I used to listen to that shit as a kid when I was a freshman I think Laughing
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Re: Alexi Laiho

Post  Stoner on Sun Mar 10, 2013 8:15 am



G#4 in Living Dead Beat "The decadence we emBRAAAce" in the choruses



3:16, an other G#4




P.S: Laughing
P.S 2: Sounds more like a HB to me, BUT I can be wrong
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Re: Alexi Laiho

Post  Stoner on Sun Mar 10, 2013 8:16 am

Also I guess that he gets F#4 in the cover of Billy Idol "Rebel Yell", as the original singer does
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Re: Alexi Laiho

Post  Hopscotch on Sun Mar 10, 2013 8:20 am

Aleksiempainen wrote:
Alexi Laiho:
Baritone
(F#1)F#2-A4(E5)

Notable High Notes:
E5 (As Above, So Below Parody)
A4 (Holy Diver Parody)

Notable Low Notes:
F#1 (Talk Dirty To Me)
F#2 (Talk Dirty To Me)
A#2 (Warheart)
Oh god Sippe get in here Pray
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Alexi Laiho

Post  Clem on Sun Mar 10, 2013 9:00 am

No, Alexi is indeed a horrible singer. Although, he fits his music pretty well and does display a range of sorts.
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Re: Alexi Laiho

Post  Hopscotch on Sun Mar 10, 2013 11:01 am

That doesn't mean he deserves a

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Re: Alexi Laiho

Post  Stoner on Sun Mar 10, 2013 2:10 pm

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Alexi's Super Strained Singing

Post  Clem on Thu May 23, 2013 2:34 am

Never have I seen a thread with such a collection of red notes. His lows are pretty much just poor grunts and his highs mostly strained yells, often slightly flat.
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Re: Alexi Laiho

Post  Cro on Mon May 27, 2013 11:03 pm

A Lone Rocker wrote:he wasn't he screams his lungs out Laughing I used to listen to that shit as a kid when I was a freshman I think Laughing
Same here Wink
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Re: Alexi Laiho

Post  KeithMoonIsGod on Tue May 28, 2013 1:01 am

Not a fan of Bodom, but their keyboardist is great.
F4s in "Needled 24/7," iirc
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Re: Alexi Laiho

Post  Clem on Tue May 28, 2013 9:11 am

KeithMoonIsGod wrote:Not a fan of Bodom, but their keyboardist is great.
F4s in "Needled 24/7," iirc

I rather like old COB, but everything this side of the millenium has a been a bit of a let down. I have rather high hopes for the new album though, judging by the previews. But yes, Janne is undoubtedly the most talented member. Thanks for the note spotting Very Happy
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Growls

Post  Clem on Wed Aug 28, 2013 10:05 am

What is the stance on colour coding growls. All Alexi's really low growls are either down as red (for being of poor quality) or blue (for being non-modal growls). But what about growls that are still within his modal voice? Some of his growls, like in 'Bodom After Midnight', are still within his chest voice register, and are well performed growls. I don't think I can call them blue or red, so do I just leave them black? I've put them in italics, as growling is still not singing IMO.
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Re: Alexi Laiho

Post  Timqwe on Wed Aug 28, 2013 10:16 am

If they're modal, but them black. Personally I count them as sung, because you're intentionally hitting notes in a melodic context.
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Growls

Post  Clem on Thu Nov 21, 2013 1:37 am

Growls are a weak point for me. Anyone able to help me pitch the following?
1:06 in "Red Light In My Eyes Pt.1" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCKGIu1J-ow
3:58 in "Lake Bodom" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZjZhwCM88pA
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