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Post  Shikkaku on Sat Jul 25, 2015 6:26 am

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Niklas "Yeah, that's real blood" Kvarforth
Voice Type: "Dafuq is wrong with him" Baritone
Melodic Range: A1-D5
Total Range: A1-B♭5

Significant High Notes

B♭5 ("Todos Somos Humanos")
G♯5 ("Neka Morgondagen")
F5 ("Tiden Läker Inga Sår")
E5 ("Inga Broar Kvar Att Bränna", "Full Fathom Five")
E♭5 ("Vilja & Dröm", "Plågoande O'helga Plågoande")
D5 ("Han Som Hatar Människan", "Vilseledda Barnasjälars Hemvist", "Vemodets Arkitektur", "Någonting är Jävligt Fel")
C5 ("Carnival of Rust", "Besvikelsens Dystra Monotoni")
A4 ("Hail Darkness Hail", "Längtar Bort Från Mitt Hjärta", "Besvikelsens Dystra Monotoni")
G♯4 ("For My Demons", "Yttligare Ett Steg Närmare Total Jävla Utfrysning", "Neka Morgondagen", "Någonting är Jävligt Fel", "Erradication of the Condition")
G4 ("Människotankens Vägglösa Rum", "Inga Broar Kvar Att Bränna", "Du, Mitt Konstverk", "Han Som Hatar Människan", "For the God Below", "Tiden Läker Inga Sår", "Utan Dina Andetag", "Fullständigt Jävla Död Inuti", "Vemodets Arkitektur", "Pierce Their Husk", "The One Who Lost the Faith")
F♯4 ("Vilja & Dröm", "Besök Från I(ho)nom", "Du, Mitt Konstverk", "Människa O'avskyvärda Människa", "Tillsammans Är Vi Allt", "Låt Oss Ta Allt Från Varandra", "Neka Morgondagen")
F4 ("Framtidsutsikter", "Människotankens Vägglösa Rum", "The Ghastly Silence", "Hail Darkness Hail", "Tiden Läker Inga Sår", "Förtvivlan, Min Arvedel", "Carnival of Rust", "Vilseledda Barnasjälars Hemvist", "Plågoande O'helga Plågoande", "Fullständigt Jävla Död Inuti", "Längtar Bort Från Mitt Hjärta", "Besvikelsens Dystra Monotoni", "Vemodets Arkitektur", "A Messenger from Tomorrow", "Glass Castles Beast", "The One Who Lost the Faith")
E4 ("Inga Broar Kvar Att Bränna", "The Ghastly Silence", "For the God Below", "Tillsammans Är Vi Allt", "FFF", "Utan Dina Andetag")
E♭4 ("Framtidsutsikter", "For My Demons", "Carnival of Rust", "Låt Oss Ta Allt Från Varandra", "Hopeless Crime")
D4 ("The Ghastly Silence")
C♯4 ("Förtvivlan, Min Arvedel")
C4 ("FFF", "Kung Av Jidder", "Carnival of Rust", "Plågoande O'helga Plågoande")
B3 ("Tiden Läker Inga Sår", "Kung Av Jidder")

Significant Low Notes

D3 ("Hail Darkness Hail", "Förtvivlan, Min Arvedel", "Tiden Läker Inga Sår", "FFF", "Utan Dina Andetag", "Plågoande O'helga Plågoande", "Låt Oss Ta Allt Från Varandra", "Neka Morgondagen", "Spit", "A Messenger from Tomorrow")
C♯3 ("For My Demons", , "Yttligare Ett Steg Närmare Total Jävla Utfrysning")
C3 ("Människotankens Vägglösa Rum", "Plågoande O'helga Plågoande")
B2 ("Ohm (Sommar med Siv)" , "Låt Oss Ta Allt Från Varandra")
B♭2 ("Vilja & Dröm", "Framtidsutsikter", "Total Utfrysning", "Neka Morgondagen", "Glass Castles Beast")
A2 ("Du, Mitt Konstverk", "Han Som Hatar Människan", "For the God Below", "Kung Av Jidder", "Besvikelsens Dystra Monotoni", "I Och Med Insikt Skall du Förgå")
G2 ("Människotankens Vägglösa Rum", "For the God Below", "Tiden Läker Inga Sår", "Ohm (Sommar med Siv)", "Pale Colours", "Vesmodets Arkitektur")
F♯2 ("Människotankens Vägglösa Rum", "Han Som Hatar Människan", "Fullständigt Jävla Död Inuti", "Total Utfrysning", "Yttligare Ett Steg Närmare Total Jävla Utfrysning", "Låt Oss Ta Allt Från Varandra")
E2 ("Kung Av Jidder", "Ohm (Sommar med Siv)", "Yttligare Ett Steg Närmare Total Jävla Utfrysning", "Pale Colours", "Glass Castles Beast")
E♭2 ("Pierce Their Husk")
D2 ("FFF", "Hail Darkness Hail", "Vilseledda Barnasjälars Hemvist")
C♯2 ("Besök Från I(ho)nom", "Total Utfrysning", "The Night Scalp Challenger")
B1 ("Hopeless Crime")
B♭1 ("Rage and Red")
A1 ("FFF")

*Italycs marks non-melodic notes: eg. intentional low speaking, screamed or growled notes....
*Green marks heavily distorted/harsh notes.
*Underlines mark notes found on backing vocals or otherwise obscured/muffled on the mix.

Niklas Kvarforth is a swedish singer, multi-instrumentalist mostly known by his work with the "suicidal depressive" black metal band Shining (which adapted a more progressive sound on later albums), as well as a multitude of other projects and guest appearances, and sadly, by his shocking and bizarre stage antics, which range from self-mutilation to cocaine usage onstage. Possessing a RIDICULOUSLY aggressive, venomous and rough style of snarls, screams, shouts and growls, he quickly became one of my favorite "harsh vocalists" or all time. Kvarforth is a surprisingly solid clean singer as well: he has a very smooth baritone voice (which he started to use on Shining's "V - Halmstad" album), not unlike of Mikael Akerfeldt's and uses his soft delivery very well on the calmer parts of his music, but also proved to be able to use a Tom Waits meets Till Lindemann approach which is very interesting to hear as well as some higher singing as heard on the cover EP "Lots of Girls Gonna Get Hurt." which I definitely would not expect from him.

Interesting vocal performances:

Spoiler:

For real, he sounds ridiculously furious.


Would you expect him to be able to sound like this, judging by the other song?


A song that demonstrates both his aggressive growls and a cleaner, yet noticeably rough vocal style.


Surprisingly solid clean singing by the dude.

Stuff checked so far:
Spoiler:
Shining - IX - Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends
Shining - Redefining Darkness
Shining - VII: Född Förlorare
Shining - Lots of Girls Gonna Get Hurt
Shining - VI: Klagopsalmer
Shining - V: Halmstad
Shining - IV: The Eerie Cold


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Re: Niklas Kvarforth

Post  JaredLetoIsBack on Sat Jul 25, 2015 6:27 am

Best thread 2015.

The Eerie Cold is definitely my favourite album.

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Post  JaredLetoIsBack on Sat Jul 25, 2015 6:35 am

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XClbTuIjuho&t=4m40s these notes are quite interesting actually.

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Post  Shikkaku on Sat Jul 25, 2015 6:40 am

JaredLetoIsBack wrote:
The Eerie Cold is definitely my favourite album.

It suits you pretty well Smile

I actually liked the lastest Shining albums a lot. Very Opeth-ian like songs, great sense of dynamics, amazing instrumental prowess (for real, those solos <3), diverse vocal approaches... Plus the vocals on "Lots of Girls Gonna Get Hurt" definitely surprised me a lot, regardless of the pitches they span (I haven't notewatched it yet).

Oh BTW this gonna take me a lot of time to finish. I'll be adding stuff as I check more of his albums.

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Post  JaredLetoIsBack on Sat Jul 25, 2015 6:49 am

Shikkaku wrote:
*Greem marks heavily distorted/harsh notes[/size]
Greem more like

my favourite colour In Love

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Post  Shikkaku on Sat Jul 25, 2015 6:51 am

JaredLetoIsBack wrote:
Shikkaku wrote:
*Greem marks heavily distorted/harsh notes[/size]
Greem more like

my favourite colour In Love

Holy fuck that was so much of an epic fail it is beyond belief Very Happy - I accidentally marked it purple, to add offense.
Also, wow that last D5 was pretty cool and sustained Surprised
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Re: Niklas Kvarforth

Post  Princesszolli Demi on Sat Jul 25, 2015 7:31 am

Interesting... I must check him out now
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Post  Shikkaku on Sat Jul 25, 2015 8:06 am

Princess Demi wrote:Interesting... I must check him out now

Check the lastest Shining albums, if you like Opeth you'll probably enjoy it. It's much darker, brooding and aggressive than most of Opeth's music though.
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Post  Princesszolli Demi on Sat Jul 25, 2015 8:10 am

Shikkaku wrote:
Princess Demi wrote:Interesting... I must check him out now

Check the lastest Shining albums, if you like Opeth you'll probably enjoy it. It's much darker, brooding and aggressive than most of Opeth's music though.
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Post  Shikkaku on Mon Sep 21, 2015 4:45 am

Hey Sippe do you know if there are many clean(er) vocal parts on Shining's earlier stuff? Those D5s you linked were actually pretty cool.
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Post  Shikkaku on Fri Jan 29, 2016 4:02 am

I've been checking some of his numerous guest appearances (which mostly contain him screaming or doing the "evil sounding ultra-distorted voice") and while some pretty interesting stuff may pop-up here and there I'm disappointed he doesn't sing that often. I mean, I really like his harsh vocals (they are definitely one of the most intense I've heard) but I'd like to hear him exploring his great baritone voice more instead of just spilling his guts.


Either way, this is one of the most confusing things I ever attempted to notewatch. Other than the neat clean vocal section at 2:45 (which is actually the only clean vocals appearance he did so far outside Shining) that goes down to D3, I can't make head or tails of the pitch of the screams. Anyone would like to attempt pitching them? Also, dat Heartagram shirt Very Happy
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