They manage to balance the growls with some good honest to god singing.
I don't know of any other vocalist to do this...or atleast I can't think of them off of the top of my head...oh yeah I do...that guy from My Dying Bride...but it depends on the album. But it's rare for that balance to occur, true.
I hope Opeth goes to Earache. That is unacceptable.
"Are you kidding me?" exclaimed guitarist/vocalist Mikael Akerfeldt. "I spend months writing the lyrics to each of our songs, and indeed craft the music around my words. I've spent over a decade improving both my death metal growl and my 'real' singing voice. But to have William Hung - I scarcely dare to utter his name! - interpret my lyrics? You might as well ask me if I'd mind having Mozart 'touch up' a few of our acoustic parts."
For the record, Mozart was a great musician with a brilliant mind who created unique classical music. Just like Opeth are great musicians with brilliant minds who have created, create, and will be creating unique progressive death metal music.
William Hung and Opeth - From Damnation to Inspiration hits store shelves May 5. In addition to first single "Deemon of the Faw," other tracks include "The Weppeuwh Affininininity," "Face of Mewinda (When She Bangs)," and "Apwil Efeeweeull."
My favorite growlers are Chris Barnes (Cannibal Corpse), Jeff Walker (CARCASS), Lord Worm (Cryptopsy), Glen Benton (Deicide), that guy who used to sing for Dying Fetus, the guy who sings for Exhumed, the guy who sings for Immolation, the guy who sings for Morbid Angel, the girl who sings for Arch Enemy, the guy who sings for Nile...and that guy who sings for Rotting Christ. Wow. I forgot a lot of names...