Women in the World of Metal
Hello and first of all: be prepared for non initiates ;) this is gonna sting a little.
In my life as a metalhead (basically my entire life) I've heard too many times "Women don't listen to metal because they can't handle it" or "Women don't listen to metal because it's too violent for them"....
Let's go back a few years : Hi ;) i'm Romain, 23 years old since June ;)
I'm 7 (2001) and my father listens to Iron Maiden, AC DC , Green Day, Trust and Motley Crue mainly. My mother listens to Francis Cabrel, U2, Whitney Houston, Joe Cocker, Lenny Kravitz and some Earth Wind And Fire. At that time I liked Rock (Motley Crue and AC DC) but not that much else to what my dad listened to. Summer '01 I go to Camp Lohikan (a summer camp)... In my cabin is a young german (whose name I forgot, sorry) and he makes me listens to Metallica's Black Album that he brought with him.... I fall immediately in love with this music style. My love for metal was born on Enter Sandman.
I come back and simply say "Dad, I want to listen to Iron Maiden !" (I still remember the sparkles in his eyes as I uttered these words).
16 years later I am a full grown Metal Head ;) Band Shirts, Leather bracelets, camo pants and boots. I have 15 years of drumming behind me and 8 months of guitar ^^ but over the years I kept on hearing "Pff, women don't like metal it's too much for their soft little ears"....
True, most women who like Rock listen to ACDC, Nashville Pussy, Airbourne, Alter Bridge, Green Day, Motley Crue, Twisted Sister and/or Kiss.... Nowadays they listen to Nightwish, Epica or Eiluveitie but still.... I couldn't help but feel like saying "Dude, there are women in every genre you just don't see them." How right I was.
Just take a look at Nashville Pussy that I mentioned earlier:
Both of their guitarists are women!
Let's go deeper into the "Hardcore"
Swedish metal band: Crucified Baraba (and they ROCK ;) Rock me like the devil go check it out)
Wanna go deeper? Say no more:
She was the lead singer of Arch Enemy (DEATH METAL band) today replaced by the beautiful Alissa White-Gluz.
Now those 2 women you do NOT want to mess with them. ;)
And FINALLY I present to you the BUTCHER BABIES!
Also Death Metal singers.....
Women have a place in Metal just as much as men, so if we can see that in metal why not everywhere else? Why these fucking double standards? Of course they are not as numerous as men (Obviously most of them decided to listen to other music styles...just like there aren't many guy fans of Justin Bieber there aren't many women fans of metal).
To my fellow metal heads: imagine a woman, dressed in black leather, band shirt with leather bracelets AND that listens to bands more violent than what you listen to ....... dreamy right ? <3
Of course I couldn't mention every single band that has female members but I tried to mention quite a few (If metal isn't your thing, you can always listen to Eluveitie, Nightwish, Epica, Amaranthe, Halestorm or The Pretty Reckless).
I'll finish with this song which shows Alissa White-Gluz's singing capabilities ;) enjoy (or don't)
Thank you for reading and tell me what you though honestly ^^