So, we already know I don’t “do” screamo. For me, music is at LEAST half about the vocals – I want to hear (and understand) the story. I also want to hear the melody weave in and out and through the music. Screamo allows for neither. If was any other kind of vocals and did the same thing, I wouldn’t like it for the same reason(s).
Lest we end on such a negative note, I should mention that I actually like several “screamo” bands in spite of their use of this type of vocal styling, most notably early Linkin Park or Stone Sour/Slipknot. I listen to the lyrics (which are easily discernable) and they don’t use that solely through the entire song. If anyone can point me to a successful major-label band/recording artist that uses screamo exclusively I’ll recant. =)
End of rant.