female metal singers

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DoD 1 year celebration | 60 Days, 60 Singers

Day 7: Angela Gossow
Born: November 5th, 1974 (Germany)
Bands/Projects: Asmodina (1991 – 1998); Mistress (1998 – 2001); Arch Enemy (2001 – 2014)

Collaborations: World Downfall (2006); Annihilator (2007); Astarte (2007); Amaseffer (2008); Doro (2008, 2009); Kalisia (2009); Never (2009); Rise (2009)

Curiosities:
She is considered to be one of the few successful female metal singers to use growling as her primary singing style.
On the eve of a 2002 tour, Gossow was diagnosed with nodules, which almost stopped her from growling. However, after some vocal therapy, she was able to recover her voice and she proceeded to begin taking piano and screaming lessons from renowned coach Melissa Cross.

Personal life: She is an atheist, and politically considers herself an anarchist. She is a vegan and has stated that she follows a straight edge lifestyle (that promotes refraining from using alcohol, tobacco and other recreational drugs).

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DoD 1 year celebration | 60 Days, 60 Singers

Day 22: Doro Pesch
Born: June 3rd, 1964 (Germany)

Bands/Projects: Snakebite (1980 – 1982); Warlock (1983 – 1989); Doro (1989 – present)

Collaborations: Beast (1981); Die Krupps (1997); Powergod (2001); Mägo de Oz (2001, 2006); Motörhead (2001, 2011); U.D.O. (2002, 2012); Killer (2003); Destruction (2005); Dezperadoz (2006); Twister Sister (2006); After Forever (2007); Saxon (2007); Tarja (2008); Axxis (2009); Dio Disciples (2011); Girlschool (2011); Grave Digger (2011); Krypteria (2011); Sister Sin (2011); Tankard (2012); Liv Kristine (2014); Angra (2015); Amon Amarth (2016)

Curiosities:
Doro started her career in garage bands in native Düsseldorf underground scene and achieved media visibility and some commercial success with Warlock in the 1980s.

♦ In the 1980s the presence of women in rock, and in particular in heavy metal bands, was usually considered by press and fans more for glamour and sexual exploitation than for the musicianship showed. Doro Pesch was one of the few exceptions; her qualities as vocalist and songwriter in Warlock, her commitment in promoting their music and her avoidance of posturing as a sex symbol won the respect of a solid fan base in the expanding European metal scene of that period.

Both fans, press and internet community often referred to Doro with the moniker Metal Queen, to show their respect and deference for the uninterrupted career of the German singer on the heavy metal scene.

Her career and commitment are held in high esteem by the new generation of female heavy metal singers.

Doro is also known for her duets performed both live and in studio with other singers and musicians of the metal scene, whom she has befriended in her long career.

Personal life:
Doro Pesch has always been very reserved and careful in protecting her privacy off-stage. She consciously renounced a family and children in order to dedicate all of her time to her musical career and her fans.

Doro is vegan. Her stage clothes are handmade, following models she designs and using synthetic materials which imitate leather after the singer’s adhesion to PETA. She also supports the no-profit organization Terre des Femmes, which helps women and girls in need all over the world. Doro has been a trained Thai boxer, a sport that she started practicing in 1995. She still enjoys graphic arts and painting in her limited free time.

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“NATURAL” HAIR, MY ASS…

I have always been tortured for my hair.  I’ve been wearing my hair “natural” for most of my life.  (There was a brief stint where I actually would wake up and hour earlier before school to flat iron the shit- but by the time I got to college I got smart- fuck that, I’d rather sleep.)  The fact that these type of curls are “trendy” now is almost mind boggling to me since when I was growing up, it didn’t exist.  I was the only one I knew of.  There were no references on tv, in movies or around me… this “TYPE” hadn’t been established yet… which is probably why I eventually started dying it bright colors.  It became my big middle finger to the world for people trying to make me feel bad about the way I look.  The moral of this story is:  If you are going to stare at me… I am going to give you something to stare at.

Pix by Yassir Ketchum, Rock-Metal Inc + River Clark