Sometimes a little darkness is just what your project needs. A brooding voice can bring in some of that tortured, weighty delivery to a performance. Whether you're looking for a cloaked vigilante, a villain, a tortured artist racked with existential angst, or a contemplative philosopher, look no further.
Stuff can get heavy, and that's true for both screenplays and life. When your script calls for that authentic performance that shows true weight and grit, a brooding voice is the way to go. This isn't the happy-go-lucky side of the aisle. These voices bring a menacing, foreboding quality to performances, and are best reserved for when things get intense. This is the realm of caped crusaders and hard-boiled detectives.
A brooding voice can be deployed in myriad ways. From Matthew McCounaghey's barely-contained existential madness in True Detective, to Kevin Conroy's immortal turn as the voice of Batman, this type of delivery has certainly earned its place among the most sought-after, and the hardest to get right. If you're looking to bring intensity, and a heartfelt, long-suffering quality that provides a dramatic weight to a character or scene, there's nothing better.
The brooding voice is generally on the deeper end of the pitch scale, with a low-key, almost reserved approach that conveys the angst and sadness lurking under the surface. Some of these voice also have a slight raspy quality to more accurately convey the worn, tortured soul of the character.