metal female singers

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Battle-Goblin’s beloved yet totally underrated bands: Power-ish metal edition

If you’re looking for good, ridiculous (in content, talent, or both) power metal, look no further! I have 6 suggestions that will make your knees quiver.

Elvenking: Power Folk Metal from Italy. Great, very unique voice. Violin out the ass, medieval and Celtic sounding at times. Some epic 10 minute songs. Covered “Heaven Is A Place On Earth.”  

Listen to: “What’s Left Of Me,” “Grandier’s Funeral Pyre,” “Another Awful Hobs Tale,” and “Neverending Nights.”

Unleash The Archers: Power Death Metal from Vancouver! Female singer who can wail like nobody’s business. Recently signed to Napalm Records. Great live energy. The heaviest of all 6 bands. Some background growling. Amazing guitar solos.

Listen to: “Astral Annihilation,” “Daughter of Winterstone,” “The Worthy and the Weak,” and “Tonight We Ride.” 

Twilight Force: Straight up Power Metal from Falun, Sweden. Adventure metal. Swords, dragons, magic. Collaborated with Joakim Brodén of Sabaton on the song “Gates of Glory.” One of the best vocal ranges in metal today. LUTE! Unsheathing sword noises. 

Listen to: “The Power of the Ancient Force,” “Gates of Glory,” “Made of Steel,” and “Enchanted Dragon of Wisdom.” 

Powerwolf: Power Metal from Germany. Male singer who puts some of the world’s greatest opera singers to shame. Werewolves, religion, horror. Blasphemous as fuck. Church organ. Face paint. Satire. 

Listen to: “Sanctified With Dynamite,” “All We Need Is Blood,” “Resurrection By Erection,” “Die, Die, Crucify,” and “Catholic in the Morning, Satanist at Night.” 

Gloryhammer: Power Metal from the UK. The singer looks like Link. Saga metal. Epic stage names. Enthralling story telling. Gorgeous melodies. The closest you’ll ever get to a straight up parody band, though their talent is no joke. 

Listen to: “Tales from the Kingdom of Fife” in its entirety. 

Visigoth: Heavy Power Metal from Salt Lake City. Very good voice. Perfect soundtrack for playing D&D. Fantasy, battle. Slower than most power metal bands, but heavier. 

Listen to: “Dungeon Master,” “Vengeance,” and “Creature of Desire.”


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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.

Charlotte is a beautiful dork and no one can tell me different.

Taken by me during the last North American tour. You DO NOT have permission to repost this photo anywhere or edit it without asking me first. :)

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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

“Lay It On the Line” by Kobra and the Lotus (Triumph cover)

It’s the same old story all over again
You turn a lover into just another friend
I want to love you, I want to make you mine
Won’t you lay it on the line?

I’m tired of playing all your foolish games
I’m tired of all of your lies making me insane
I don’t ask for much, the truth’ll do just fine
won’t’ you lay it on the line

Here’s a new Canadian metal band with a female singer covering Triumph. I have to imagine this song has been played by pretty much every garage band in Canada. 

And if you want to check out the rest of their debut EP, it includes covers of Rush, April Wine, BTO, and Alannah Miles.

Highly successful women metal singers, far from being divas who want all the glory for themselves, also regularly collaborate on each other’s albums. This delights fans and is a win-win for the artists. For example, Tarja Turunen (ex-Nightwish) appeared with Sharon den Adel on Within Temptation’s latest album. In the “making of” video, Sharon relays that the media had been pitting the two singers against each other for years and asking the two of them to comment on each other, even though they had never met. When they finally did meet for this endeavor, they clicked instantly and sang a beautiful duet together.
—  To Women in Business: Lessons from Female Heavy Metal Singers article