The Top 10 Female Metal Singers

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Unlike punk rock, for some reason the world of heavy metal has not always been the most accepting of women, unless they are scantily clad or topless dancing in the background. However, this post aims to prove to all of the closed minded chauvinists that women can rock just as hard as men, if not harder.

The rise of women among metal and hard rock music continues on to our delight, despite the fact that many females still face an uphill battle in a mostly male dominated genre. But, that didn't stop some of the front women listed below from become pioneering figures in deathrock, power metal, metlacore, and even death metal. We now present our list of the Top 10 Female Metal Singers.

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10. Candace Kusculain (Walls of Jericho)
Formed in 1998, in Detroit, Walls of Jericho might be lumped into the metalcore genre, but they are much more. Blending in elements of hardcore with some thrash and punk, the band gained a rabid fan base from the beginning, which flocked to see the band's gripping live shows. Taking homage from Madball, Hatebreed and even Sepultura, the band was fronted by vocalist, Candace Kucsulain, whose fury and urgency can be heard in her screams. Kusculain has a very heartfelt, heavy voice full of strength and passion.

Kusculain has proven herself to be a veteran of the hardcore/metalcore scene, and can often insight crowds into a frenzy of a circle pit when Walls of Jericho perform live. On later albums such as With Devils Among Us (2006), and The American Dream (2008) the band explores new territory with more rock based ballads that include Kusculain switching to epic, yet more melodic clean vocals.


9. Eva Ortiz (Super Heroines, Shadow Project)
Eva Ortiz is known for her pivotal role in the early '80s LA punk/deathrock scene. Her distinct vocals carry a mysterious, deep, eerie, anguished nuance that has remained throughout her career, now over three decades in the making. In the early '80s, Eva formed her first band, the Super Heroines, one of LA's premier deathrock bands at the time, alongside 45 Grave.

As a guitarist and lyricist, Eva O. did some work with her husband Rozz Williams and his early incarnation of Christian Death, contributing vocals on the band's debut album Only Theatre of Pain, from 1982. Williams and Ortiz also collaborated on the experimental, darker Goth inspired band, Shadow Project. Sadly, Williams committed suicide in 1998. Since the late '90s she has managed to remain a cult like figure for her gloomy, Black-Sabbath-meets-the-Cure sound and still puts out underground music for fans and plays occasional shows.

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vicklane7
vicklane7

Leather Leone   from Chastain!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

igraven
igraven

What a joke considering that you don't even include Ann Boleyn (Hellion).  LMFAO!

artbymalia
artbymalia

Nice to see some female fury, is creeping it's ways into the hearts and minds of the masses! I think us women need to get it out and SCREAM! I know I do. Forming my band ElipTic, saved my ass in a time of deep darkness. ElipTic was born from sorrow and pain. It is now becomming an entity in itself! Powerful RAGE! Right on, go GIRLS! 


sincitysin20
sincitysin20

Any metal chick top-10 without Ann Boleyn is suspect.  Just sayin'.

hgottschar
hgottschar

Kobra Paige (Kobra and the Lotus) ?

And the One and Only Queen of Metall is Doro. She convinced by voice not by showing tits.

MassMetalFan
MassMetalFan

Great list, and of course no list like this is going to please everyone, right?  There are so many new, "up and coming" bad ass female vocalists leading the charge in the more underground metal and doom scene right now (and I'm sure each and everyone of them would give serious props to the greats mentioned in this list), like Elizabeth Blackwell of Castle, Shanda of Demon Lung, Krista Van Guilder of Second Grave (you should hear her demonic screams at the end of their tune "Mountains of Madness"), Uta Plotkin of Witch Mountain (what pipes!), and Alia O'Brien of Blood Ceremony to name just a few.  If you like the women on this list, you owe it to yourself to check out their disciples in the bands I just listed.  Great stuff.  Find 'em all on Facebook...most of them have websites too...

foxcx
foxcx

Where is OTEP SHAMAYA? 

chris_earle2002
chris_earle2002

what about morgan lander from kittie? she destroys all of them except angela 

igraven
igraven

Where is Ann Boleyn on this list?  

Jeff Scott
Jeff Scott

How is Maria Brink not on this list?

An Drea
An Drea

Where is Sinister's Vocalist: Rachel Van Mastrigt-Heyzer? (no longer in the band; was in the band 2001-2003)

lupe_rodriguez_90012
lupe_rodriguez_90012

Yes.  Doro and Angela should be on this list.  But where is Ann Boleyn from Hellion?!  Sorry, but I can't respect any list of top female metal singers that doesn't include Ann Boleyn!  Dawn Crosby (RIP) from Detente and Fear of God should have been on this list, too!

20ftjesus
20ftjesus topcommenter

Yah, what happened to Cristina Scabbia?

Francis Szyskowski
Francis Szyskowski

No Cristina Scabbia (Lacuna Coil)? Some of theses singers are punk/goth/deathrock...not metal.

jefuemon
jefuemon

Japan has a huge girls metal scene.  Some of my favorites are:

Galmet

Lujaneeza

Aldious

雛-hina-

Cyntia

Destrose

 (all can be found on YT)


Funny  that a country that has the image of the demure, servile Japanese woman produces so  many kick-ass female bands.

tacianocanassa
tacianocanassa

Leather Leone kicks the asses of those chicks!

Listen to Chastain and melt yourself down!

qdpsteve
qdpsteve

No Lita Ford?? [/ducks] ;-)


But seriously, Wendy O. Williams was a good choice for #1. IMHO she was neither metal or punk... she and the Plasmatics were in a genre all their own.

satryrus
satryrus

where the fuck is alissa white-gluz!!?

filsdemelchior
filsdemelchior

At best, keep Angela Gossow, Doro and Wendy then the rest of the REAL top 10 is :
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-Krysta & the New IwrestledABearOnce singer
 -Leïlindel (Unexpect)
-Annekke Van Giersbergen (The Gathering / Devin Townsend Band)
-Otep Shamaya (Otep)
-Estuary's singer (the most brutal female voice, Angela is far behind)
-Dutchess Says' singer
-and the singer of Dream Evil (who recorded one of her albums during PREGNANCY!!)

sac4th
sac4th

My personal favorite is Cristina Scabbia of Lacuna Coil

Chris Kennedy
Chris Kennedy

Michelle Muniz of Light Up The Eyes best female in SoCal

John Edwards
John Edwards

no shemaya from otep totaly lame get your facts

Nate
Nate

Doro is #2!

igraven
igraven

@Jeff Scott Maria Brink is NOT metal.  She and Lzzy Hale are just trying to claim to be metal so they can sucker metal fans into buying their shit-full crap.

acd_writer
acd_writer

@tacianocanassa  Thanks for sharing!  Chastain was not on my list, because I was not too familiar with them.But,  after listening to them, I think they freekin ROCK!!!! 

lupe_rodriguez_90012
lupe_rodriguez_90012

@Nate Doro and Ann Boleyn both should have been at the top of this chart.  Lee Aaron & Kate French should be here too.

igraven
igraven

@lupe_rodriguez_90012 Maria Brink and Lzzy Hale deserve NO RESPECT from metal fans after the BS comments they made at the Golden Gods press conference that was on YouTube.  Both of them said they were the only female who ever made any impact in metal.   Then when somebody asked them about Warlock or Hellion they siad that they had no idea who Warlock or Hellion were, but they still knew those bands singers' names and said those singers weren't as important as themself (Maria and Lzzy).


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