Jed Gottlieb of recently conducted an interview with acclaimed vocal coach Melissa Cross, known for her "The Zen of Screaming" DVD. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:

"I don't condone smoking or drinking, but you can't blame a bad show on those things, otherwise Frank Sinatra and Janis Joplin would have never had a good show. What injures the voice is bad technique."

"Sure, I've worked with SHADOWS FALL and CRADLE OF FILTH, but I've also worked with Kevin Bacon and Darrell Hammond from 'Saturday Night Live'. It's not that I only work with punk and extreme metal. I'm just the only person I know that's doing this, that's teaching these screamers how to do what they do night after night without losing their voice."

Cross released her first DVD, "The Zen of Screaming", last year. Its sequel, "The Zen of Screaming II", comes out next month. Half instructional videos, half metal yearbooks, the DVDs show viewers the tips, techniques and vocal exercises she uses to get a guttural bawl in shape. Also on the DVDs are some peculiar testimonials, with her pupils literally screaming her praises from tour buses and backstages.

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