His vocals vary. demos and Gift are really rough because of his vocal styles there, but Plead the Fifth and Blue-Sky Research are great vocally, with some highlights on Welcome. He always seems to fall back on Gift stuff live though, not sure why that is...maybe if they re-recorded that album with the vocals mentioned on Blue-Sky Research alongside the screams, the baritone guitar riffs on that album rock.
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I think too that Stephen doesn't have best voice, but he's good screamer in my opinion, I'm not metalhead or big fan of metalcore... things, but they should go this way, or something more like "Our Long Road Home" pretty solid album.
Not sure what changed, but they jut forgot how to write a memorable song ~85% of the time after Blue Sky Research. prefer the newer vocals, prefer the older instrumentation. Means Blue Sky Research will always be their best album to me likely.
Taproot are still one if the best bands around. Always underrated & under appreciated. I never really thought of them as by metal especially after Gift but if u have to class them as that, then they are one of the most dynamic bands of that genre. So insanely good. So Eager is my fave song. The newer albums are Definately ones that rake multiple listens to appreciate but so worth it. Plead The Fifth is crazy good.
Короче первый альбом как и у многих подобных команд самый чёткий(можно поспорить, но это моё мнение), потом тоже хорошие работы есть, особенно BSR, но жалко что парни читать перестали, очень забавно и ни на кого ни похоже звучали....и почему - то заложники 2-ух 3-ёх песен судя по чартам, а жаль..
P.S. "Сomeback" вообще тема!!! \m/
After seeing them live I had to re confirm that I liked their vocals...how can a band have such awesome vocals in studio and such sloppy screams/nasally singing live? The baritone guitars sounded awesome live at least...