Once upon a time, I swore that I would never listen to a band who had the death growl. I didnt understand it, and literally could not understand it. It was the most ridiculous excuse for vocals I had ever heard. Coming from a lineage of Bruce Dickinson(Iron Maiden) and such singers as King Diamond, the "death growl" for ten years to me was an utter joke, perpetrated by a battalion of devil worshipping wannabes with no voice.
I have since seen the light.
Much like the aforementioned King Diamond, the range of vocals from high to low, from victim to aggressor, from life to death, demonic to angelic, sanity to insanity, the death growl conveys such contrasts very effectively.
So I must disagree. I personally think Morten's growling is sorely missed in "Ashes". The new growling to me sounds like Skinny Puppy or somthing. Probably not a good thing to put as the second post here, but hey thats how I feel.
But then again, I am saving "world of glass" for until Im done fully absorbing "widows weeds", so who knows, maybe WOG will change my mind.. doubt it tho