Hey Fab Bats! Back in March I published the 3rd edition ofPeeps of Color in Goth/Punk/Alternative music. The goal is obviously not to shun other musicians, but to highlight the many bands with non monochrome members and exchange new music. I was surprised by the amount of enthusiasm you Fab Bats showed!!
To those who have continued to send in suggestions: Thank you. You rule and I will get to them in the next edition. Don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten you.
In the meantime, here is an vber br0otal kvlt of DOOm list of POCs in metal:
Blasphemy - Black metal, the biggest irony on earth as Caller of the Storms remains one of the rare black musicians within the genre.
- this Japanese trio is more metal than a viking woman on her period in
the middle of a battlefield drinking the blood of her enemies to the
sound of Immortal…for some at least.
Tenger Cavalry -
a folk metal band based out of Bejing who describe their style as
“Mongolian folk metal”. Like this and you’d probably enjoy Ego Fall.
Cthonic - Taiwanese
metal band who’s lead singer is also the president for the Taiwanese
branch of Amnesty International.Most of their music deals with their
goal of an independent Taiwan and they’re really REALLY great.
Body Count- Ice T’s metal band rules. It would be a little tastier with ice cubes though.
Hirax - pioneering
thrash/speed metal band (with hardcore influences). Katon De Pena is
one of the most distinctive vocalists of the then-burgeoning California
metal scene. Though they never achieved the success of some of their
contemporaries like Metallica or Slayer, they have long been an
insiders’ favorite and cited as an influence by bands ranging from
Napalm Death to Cannibal Corpse to Darkthrone.
X Japan - Probably
Japan’s most famous metal export. These guys are the reason Visual Kei
(basically Japan’s gothic metal scene) exists. All those flashy JRock
bands wouldn’t exist without X Japan. They also recently just played a
huge show at Madison Square Garden.
Maximum the Hormone - Also
known as “the guys that did that weird opening and ending to death
note”, MTH do a fantastic combination of metal, punk, and even pop. The
best part about MTH is that their lyrics don’t make sense even when
translated so you can just have mindless fun listening to them even if
you understand Japanese.
one of the most influential death metal acts of all time. Terrance
Hobbs’ incredible mastery of the guitar allowed the band to blend
complex technicality into the genre without sacrificing raw brutality.
Iraqi heavy metal. There is a film called “Heavy Metal in Baghdad”,
about the band. Another documentary called Global Metal, which is by the
same director as Heavy Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey, is highly
Sigh - one of the first japanese black mack metal bands led by a fierce lady.
I get really frustrated at the lack of black women in metal, hardcore, rock (and other such genres). Do we not have a place in music unless its for us to shake our asses and flash our tits. On a side note I dont think Straight Line Stitch has been mentioned at all (I could be wrong). An amazing band fronted by a kick ass black chick whose singing and screaming can outdo any man!
(Straight Line Stitch has been mentioned a couple of times and Alexis separately too, check out the tag if you’re interested :) )
I was going to cover my dashboard with Fefe Dobson. But then I changed the plan. I decided to rant a little. But my rant was starting to get crazy so I changed the plan again. It started when I saw quite a few posts about how no one could think of a woman of color singing rock & roll. The voice in my head immediately sounded like Alex Trebek;
Question: American singer and actress whose career has spanned more than 50 years. She has won numerous awards and her achievements in rock earned her the title The Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll.
Answer: WHO IS TINA TURNER?
Now instead of the rant about how rock music started in the black community, and how it makes me sad that people think that rock music 'belongs’ to whites, I’m just gonna throw you some names other than Fefe that rock.
Tina Turner- Undisputed Queen of Rock & Roll. Don’t tell that you’ve heard her sing Proud Mary and didn’t start headbanging and jumping around. Listen to: Proud Mary to start, but go find a greatest hits and just sit there and worship.
Grace Jones-Grace, Grace, Grace, where do I start? Singer, model actress, complete icon. Some people might not consider her a rock musician, but if she ain’t a rocker, I don’t know who is. Listen to: Private Life and Corporate Cannibal.
Jada Pinkett Smith- She fronts a metal band called Wicked Wisdom. She growls out like the best of 'em, and while she’s not a perfect singer, it’s like Iced-T once said, “Who can sing in rock 'n’ roll?" Listen to: Bleed All Over Me and Forgiven
Felony Melody- Fronts the band Objex. You should see her mohawk, and her voice is powerful and punk. She melts me. Listen to: Eat This
Graph Nobel- She reminds me a little of No Doubt circa Return of Saturn, slow, soft, heartbreaking. Listen to: Fyah
Santi White AKA Santogold- The girl is pure rock in my opinion, but with her band Stiffed, she’s seen in the traditional rock band. Listen to: Hold Tight
Shingai Shoniwa- Fronts the Noisettes. If Iggy Pop and Billie Holiday had a baby, it’d be Shingai. There are no words that can express my love. Listen to: EVERYTHING! Lol, but go ahead and start with Sister Rosetta, Don’t Upset The Rhythm, and their cover of When You Were Young
Skin- She’s a solo artist but mostly fronts Skunk Anansie. The bands sound is "an amalgam of heavy metal and black feminist rage,” and man do I love it. Listen to: Alone In My Room (solo) Secretly (w/SA), and My Ugly Boy (w/SA)
Danielia Cotton- A fucking beautiful voice. If you like classic rock, you’ll like Danielia. She’s opened for B.B. King and Lynyrd Skynyrd, how awesome is that? Listen to: Let It Ride, Make U Move, and Running
Sophia Ramos- Where do I start? She is a true rock goddess, I don’t want to give another baby analogy, but if Led Zeppelin and Janis Joplin had a baby = Sophia. She’s got an emotional, soulful, take no prisoners voice. Amaaazzzzinnng. Listen to: Torn Down, Freedom is Over, and Shining Still
Lisa Kekaula- Fronts The Bellrays, she’s pure rock & roll, like fire man. Listen to: Infection (the video had a dancing bear!) and Fire On The Moon.
Alexis Brown- Fronts Straight Line Stitch. METAL. METAL. METAL. Alexis demands attention, and gets it, with her screaming vocals. Lovvveee. Listen to: Black Veil
Janelle Monáe- I consider her a rocker. I think she is progressive and psychedelic. Dude, she’s singing about a girl named Blueberry Mary, fairy gods, the words of Dhammapada, and coming alive like a schizo running wild, all while telling the story of an android in love with a human. Dude, it’s a fucking rock opera. She’s rock & roll. Listen to: Come Alive, Cold War, and Sir Greendown.