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Van Canto (stylized as van Canto) is a metal band from Germany, founded in 2006 and composed of five singers and a drummer. Although the group is often classified as an a cappella ensemble, because their vocalists pretend to be/act in the stead of other instruments, which is a hallmark of the style, "a cappella" means "without instruments," so their drummer technically disqualifies them. Let's just say they're half and half.

Van Canto fuses a cappella with heavy/power metal, creating what they call "a capella hero metal". While only two of the five singers perform the lead vocals, the other three will instead use their voices to imitate the guitars and the bass, using amplifiers to sound closer to the original instruments.

  • Dennis Schunke (Sly) – lead vocals
  • Inga Scharf – higher lead vocals
  • Stefan Schmidt – lower rakkatakka vocals, wahwah solo guitar vocals
  • Ross Thompson – higher rakkatakka vocals
  • Ingo Sterzinger (Ike) – lowest dandan vocals
  • Bastian Emig – drums



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