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John Greely

Post  Hopscotch on Fri Apr 11, 2014 3:18 am


Controlled vocal range: E♭2-B5
Lead vocal range: E♭2-B♭5
Melodic range: E♭3-B5

Controlled high notes:
B5 ("Travel in Stygian")
B♭5 ("Angels Holocaust")
G♯5 (crowd chant, "Mystical End", "Pure Evil")
G5 ("Iced Earth" live, "Pure Evil", "The Path I Choose", "Travel in Stygian")
F♯5 ("Angels Holocaust", "Iced Earth" live, "The Path I Choose", "Travel in Stygian")
F5 ("The Path I Choose", "Travel in Stygian")
E5 ("Desert Rain", "Iced Earth" live, "The Path I Choose")
E♭5 ("Desert Rain", "Pure Evil", "The Path I Choose")
C♯5 ("Mystical End", "Travel in Stygian")
C5 ("Revelation", "Travel in Stygian")
B4 ("Iced Earth" live)
B♭4 ("Desert Rain")
A4 ("Alpha and Omega, "Pure Evil")

Controlled low notes:
E3 ("Revelation")
E♭3 ("Angels Holocaust", "Iced Earth" live, "Reaching the End")
G♯2 ("Reaching the End")
E2 ("Angels Holocaust")
E♭2 ("Before the Vision")

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*Purple marks notes in backing vocals.
*Violet marks crazy distorted Patton notes.
*Italics mark non-melodic notes.


The second singer for Iced Earth, who replaced Gene Adams (who also has a pretty decent range, though Sherick might murder me if I make a thread for him) and later went on to be replaced by Matt Barlow after allegedly being accused of stealing from the band and making anti-semetic comments while on tour with them. He was only ever featured on their Night of the Stormrider album, but I went back and relistened to that for the first time in years a few months ago, and somehow only then realized just how much vocal talent he displays on it. He's pretty similar of Barlow as far as overall style goes, but personally, I actually prefer his voice over Barlow's - his mid range has a nice rich tone to it without sounding too deep, and his screams are just wickedly piercing (seriously epic B♭5 in "Angels Holocaust"), while some of Barlow's tend to be a bit too throaty for my taste. As far as tessitura goes, though, he seems to have a lot more in common with Tim Owens - both of them have effortless fourth octaves with a hint of classical styling to them, but generally jump straight into gritty head voice (or "Painkiller voice" as Jowox used to call it back in the day) as soon as they enter the fifth octave. Or at least that's the impression I get from the one album I've heard by Greely so far...cause I have yet to hear him sing above B♭4 in mixed voice, and even that's only on one song, as most of his mixed voice singing tops around G♯4 on the rest of the album. Unfortunately, there turned out to be no sung second octave notes on the album either, though judging by the strength of some of his low spoken passages, it sounds like he can definitely get down there when he wants to. I have no idea what any of his other projects have been since he got fired from Iced Earth, so if anyone knows of anything worth sharing, you're more than welcome to do so!


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Re: John Greely

Post  Mr_doktor on Fri Apr 11, 2014 4:06 am

Great singer! I dare say that i prefer him over Barlow as well on this kind of material. Burnt Offerings and The Dark Saga fits Barlow like a glove but this kind of raw straightforward thrashy speed definitely calls for this kind of singing.
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Post  Hopscotch on Fri Apr 11, 2014 11:16 am

Yeah actually now that I think about it, his voice really strikes me as basically a middle ground between Matt Barlow and Jon Schaffer's voices. He's got a lot of similar phrasing and delivery to Barlow on cleaner parts, but when he starts growling I literally can't tell the difference between his voice and Schaffer's.
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Post  Mr_doktor on Sun Apr 13, 2014 2:40 am

Sure thats Greely though? Cause' Jon has a ton of backing vox on that album. For about a year i thought that is was Greely who did the vocals on Stormrider..
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Post  Rodney Razorshorts on Sun Apr 13, 2014 10:07 am

Schaffer does Stormrider and some of Desert Rain, but the rest of it is almost all Greely.
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Post  Hopscotch on Sun Apr 13, 2014 11:43 am

Yeah, I knew that much. Some of the growls on "Travel in Stygian" and "Pure Evil" sound just like him, though. Also, I have a really hard time telling which parts on "Desert Rain" are Schaffer and which parts are Greely.
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Post  Mr_doktor on Sun Apr 13, 2014 8:45 pm

The spoken part on Travel in Stygian is definitely Schaffer though!
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Post  Rodney Razorshorts on Mon Apr 14, 2014 4:37 am

Yep, that and "That's when I saw my destiny" and the response parts during the chorus.
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Post  derpdederp91 on Tue Feb 24, 2015 6:02 am

My favorite Iced Earth singer! I like his voice the most overall of all the singers IE has had even though he only sang on one album

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Post  Rodney Razorshorts on Tue Feb 16, 2016 10:31 am

E♭2 ("Before the Vision")

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Post  Hopscotch on Wed Feb 17, 2016 5:29 am

Rodney Razorshorts wrote:
E♭2 ("Before the Vision")

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