Best Female Fronted Metal Bands

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There are a few lists out about female front women, but this list is for the best female fronted bands that are considered "metal" including metalcore, nu-metal, death metal, etc.

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1NightwishNightwish is a symphonic metal band from Kitee, Finland. The band was formed in 1996 by lead songwriter and keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen, guitarist Emppu Vuorinen, and lead singer Tarja Turunen.

Nightwish is great! With Anette And with Tarja. Of course we all miss Tarja, but that doesn't change the fact that anette can sing. Of course it's a different nightwish now, but it's still a great nightwish! I can't wait for there new album, that's for sure!

Seriously? Evanescence? Get real. They're not even close to metal. At least Nightwish has several metal elements so that many people actually consider them to be a metal band, unlike Evanescence. Not to mention Nightwish is much more creative than Evanescence, even in their Origin era. (Although by no means am I saying Nightwish is the most creative band out there. ) There are many great female-fronted metal bands on here, but I slightly prefer Nightwish over the others because I believe Tuomas Holopainen is one of the best songwriters in this genre today (just my opinion) and Nightwish is one of the most "symphonic" symphonic metal bands I know.

Also, in my opinion, people need to stop fangirling over Evanescence while proclaiming they're the best thing ever because, to speak bluntly, NO band is the best band ever. I have nothing against Evanescence, but after seeing comment after comment on website after website about how "haunting", "beautiful", and "angelic" Amy Lee's voice ...more

In the mainstream community, Evanescence is underrated. However, when it's about rock, Evanescence is really overrated. Nightwish is a lot better than them. - velitelcabal

Tarja always be the best.. So I say that Nightwish is the best whether Tarja is still with the band or not cause she left an amazing music history with The Nightwish... Now, Annete plays the role of Tarja and Tarja going with her individual life.. Please stop comparing them but keep on loving Nightwish as it is where we know Tarja from.. NightWish Rock on.. M/

Being literally the founders of the symphonic metal genre, Nightwish is to be at its summit. Their music has significantly changed, though they're the same, those who have started the global symphony of beauty.

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2EvanescenceEvanescence is an American rock band founded in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1995 by singer/pianist Amy Lee and guitarist Ben Moody.

Amy lee has got amazing talent... Evanescence music's specialty is that it displays strong emotions through beautiful melodies... With hard rock music... Those who read this post must consider this and MUST listen to its songs

She a a excellent singer with lyrics you feel in your heart she is definitely the BEST!

This band has been underrated for a long time. They are great and really unique. Every other female fronted rock/metal band should be proud of them because they opened the road and were almost crucified for having success. Unique lyrics, emotional melodies... So you don't believe they are metal? Listen to Understanding, Lacrymosa, Whisper, Weight of the world, Haunted, Never go Back, Made Of Stone, Even In Death, Snow white queen, Your star, all that I'm living For... Etc. They are awesome, for real. There are many bands, and I love many of them, but there is nothing like Evanescence. NOTHING.

Amy Lee is legend enough said!

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3Lacuna CoilLacuna Coil is an Italian metal band from Milan. Since their formation in 1994, the group has had two name changes, being previously known as Sleep of Right and Ethereal.

While the band has struggled to find a consistent sound, and thus keep the same steady fan base as some of the others on this list, Cristina Scabbia is hands down the most talented female vocalist in metal.

Early releases like "falling" off of their self-titled ep showed her ability to convey raw emotion through her voice, tracks throughout Comalies and Karmacode showed her voice being precise and never falling short over a massive range, and in their latest album Dark Adrenaline she even proved capable of delivering vocal blue notes.

I've seen a good chunk of these bands live, including the power houses like Within Temptation and Evanescence, but they just didn't measure up. Lacuna Coil had a small and unresponsive crowd, and yet still gave one of the most energetic and well played shows I've seen; Cristina's voice was so powerful, it was easier to hear from her lips than it was from the speakers.

There's a lot of talent on this list, but Lacuna Coil takes the ...more

Cristina vocal abilities are just amazing, which is why I surprised that lacuna coil isn't higher, and their sound is very distinctive which separates them from everyone else.

Lacuna Coil typically isn't on people's mind when they think of the term "metal", however they serve their own purpose in the controversial "gothic metal" genre. Lacuna Coil features Cristina Scabbia, a simply mesmerizing vocalist who's haunting melodies will definitely be loved by listeners. Cristina also has a running mate known as Andrea Ferro, who's less then pleasurable vocals contrast incredibly well with Cristina's. However, Andrea can become particularly annoying on certain selections (especially alive) as his growling/singing can grate on the ears. (Sorry dude) On the musical side of things, Lacuna Coil utilizes a dark soundscape featuring down-tuned guitars, simple yet effective drumming, and somewhat prominent basslines. Despite the incredibly simple structuring and seeming effortless playing, it somehow works for the band, as most people listen to them for Cristina's vocals. Lacuna Coil's lyrics are generally abstract and dark, meaning inspecting the ...more - Evatallica

Beautiful voice and awesome instrumentals

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4Within TemptationWithin Temptation is a Dutch symphonic metal band founded in April 1996 by vocalist Sharon den Adel and guitarist Robert Westerholt.

WITHIN TEMPTATION HAS IT ALL! HER UNIQUE VOICE, SCENOGHRAPHY, COSTUMES, MUSIC, ENERGY, ALWAYS SINGS ALIVE... BAND FOR EXAMPLE WHAT TEAM WORK AND PROFESSIONALISM MEANS! ALL THE OTHERS HAS SOMETHING WRONG:CHEAP PYRO EFFECTS TO COVER THE FACT THAT BAND SUCKS, SINGER WHO LIP-SINC ALL THE WAY, TERRIBLE OR NO EXISTING SCENOGRAPHY... EVERYBODY ARE SO CHEAP AND PATHETIC COMPARING TO WT! AND IT IS GOING TO STAY LIKE THAT!

Within Temptation is my favorite ever! Can't believe they're not higher up.

What really makes a good band great? Charisma. Of all the leading front ladies in this list (and there are a lot of terrific one's) Sharon has a certain quality of charisma that you just can't stop watching or listening to. It's like it's always a perfect fit. They can do much more symphonic based stuff (like Memories) and then they can turn a very different direction (like Sinead) and Sharon just becomes what that song needs.

I love Simone. I think Annete is terrific and Lacey is crazy good (and there are many others as well) but Sharon just IS.

One of my favorite bands with female vocals. Much of that because of Sharon!

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5Arch EnemyArch Enemy is a Swedish melodic death metal band, originally a supergroup, from Halmstad, formed in 1996. Its members were in bands such as Carcass, Armageddon, Carnage, Mercyful Fate, Spiritual Beggars, and Eucharist.

Arch Enemy is my favourite band, but that isn't the only reason I've voted them. As many has said, this is the most METAL band of the ones listed. Nightwish are great, and I would say they are metal, but not compared to Nightwish. And personally I don't think Evanescence counts as metal, just to mention the two bands that are above Arch Enemy here.

like @skt, I am not a big fan; I only like two songs of them ("Nemesis" and "Symphony of Destruction"), but this girl deserves to be in the first place. She demonstrated that men and women can be together in metal bands... - rock2metal

although I am not the biggest fan of Arch Enemy they deserve to be at the top of this list. As far as nightwish and evanescence I love them both a lot, however, neither band are a metal bad and they don't really belong on this list

I think Arch Enemy should be number 1 and I also think Frantic Amber should be there

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6EpicaEpica is a Dutch symphonic metal band, founded by guitarist and vocalist Mark Jansen after his departure from After Forever.

I've heard a lot of female singers, but Simone Simons is out of this world!

Epica today is a symphonic metal bands of higher quality, have a unique style, a perfect sound, the voice of Simone and the choirs are amazing!
Is an amazing band!

Dutch gothic metal band, Simone is very pretty, sweet vocals

There's no doubt Simone Simons and Tarja are the best female singers out there, no one can do what they do. Amy Lee? Of course she is a great singer, but she's not even close to Simone or Tarja.

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7In This Moment

Absolutley insane band! Great music and singing/screaming. Maria Brink still makes her screaming girl rather than a female singer screaming and sounding like a man.

Maria Brink has it all. Literally. Looks, personality, vocals, vocal range (are you KIDDING?! Soft as a whisper on one song, and will *kill* you with her voice alone on the next track), lyrics... The chick is it. THEN she surrounds herself with a talented band, and they take off through the stratosphere. No surprise here that they're in the top 5... But she blows Amy Lee away.

Such a great band maria's screams are intense alonge side with her vocals and I've never seen a band get so personal with their fans its amazing.

A great band that is very talented and fun to listen to. I love the hard moments.

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8HalestormHalestorm is an American rock band from Red Lion, Pennsylvania, consisting of lead vocalist and guitarist Lzzy Hale, her brother drummer and percussionist Arejay Hale, guitarist Joe Hottinger, and bassist Josh Smith .

Absolutely amazing band! Lzzy's vocals are just incredible and I think she definitely proved that to everybody with Love Bites! She has great tone and fantastic belts and not to forget she is gorgeous, just so hot! Love this band so much and would recommend to everybody to see them live! They are all full of so much energy on stage and are good at interacting with their audience as well as each other. They all have great personalities and everything they do is just so real.

Lzzy has the best voice of a Female metal Vocalist I have heard in a long... Long time, there's just something about her voice that has this 80's metal feel to it and that's not a bad thing. She has power and a slight roughness to her voice when she sings songs like "Love Bites" and "I Miss the Misery" and this beautiful, echoing, powerful voice on their ballads and as I'm sure everyone agrees she is Stunningly Gorgeous, I for one think Halestorm deserves a much higher spot on this list and I can't wait for their latest Album "Into The Wild" coming this year.

Yes, they have those kind of "poppy" songs as well as some of really powerful heavy rock heritage from late 80's and early 90's. With Arejey's energetic rhythm sensation and Lzzy's powerful, 'marmoreal' and 'refined' vocals, they have to be at topmost, or even the top of this list. I hope they continue to make music and stick with their already powerful sound -like "Love Bites", "Freak like Me" and so on, instead of those silly pop-ish / ballad-like songs like "I'm not an angel" etc.

I like halestorm but they aren't METAL

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9The AgonistThe Agonist is a Canadian extreme metal band from Montreal, Quebec, formed in 2004. The current line up consists of guitarists Danny Marino and Pascal Jobin, bassist Chris Kells, drummer Simon Mckay, and vocalist Vicky Psarakis, who joined in March 2014 following the departure of vocalist and founding ...read more.

I don't generally love metalcore or melodic deathmetal but Alissa White-Gluz's balance of fierce growl and beautiful feminine vocal styles really works for me. Her favored topics of animal rights, human emotional experience and social justice inform her music with metal aggression that for a change isn't based on cheesy satanic fantasies or juvenile delusions of power. The fact that she's a hottie who brings a modern looking personal style to the stage doesn't hurt either. Seems that most ladies of metal still think it's the eighties.

I've been listening to this bend ONLY for ten straight months. Nothing else I could possibly say. Alissa is my new love (and I am a girl, and so what? ), she can do anything with her voice, her growling is SO GOOD that I am amazed. AND she is animal rights fighter.

Amazing band and the singer is really hot. They are talented and I can't believe that a girl can do that. Nothing eles to say that are very talented and that they aren't putting it to waste.

I love Alissa White Gluz!

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10Otep

Fantastic music with her amazing lyrics and vocal ability makes them amazing

This is one of my favorite bands ever. They have so much skill and so much passion, and that is really emulated in their music. - johnnywhiplash

Otep hands down. Huge talent just like other
Greats like Pantera. Genius. And tough as nails.

Top quality metal with powerful instruments and vocals

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The Contenders

11Kittie

Kittie is without a doubt a top 3 of female metal bands. I wasn't a metal head. The problem was allot of metal didn't have any melody. Anytime a genre of music can sway a non-listener to another genre... They have strong validity in that genre. Morgan voice is beautiful and her Sister Mercedes plays as good as she looks... Femme joli.
I've listened to other female and male bands and I can't seemingly find another solid melodic band... I did manage to find Black Label Society.. But as far as female bands.. No competition...

Doro pesch is the goddess of metal and has good melody without sounding like a soapbox, and without too much screaming and grunting though she is the goddess of metal and can do all of them with ease. The person mentioning BLS and the like just need to be more open minded and dig deeper and not only be interested in the gothmelody soapbox type metal of which I see less metal more screamo which irritates me. Raise your horns to true metal! I pity the fool that don't know Kilmeister and Sweden.

But as an honorable mention, Kittie is a fairly decent band brushing along the genre of metal... And the person that mentioned BLS, Morgan and Mercedes did say "metal" and not "Heavy Metal". So in that analogy she was correct and accurate and honest and I'd trust her (? ) rating to a good degree. Enjoy Kittie, I will. Though I prefer the bitches of metal rro...

Kittie is far and away the best all female metal band in existence. Mercedes Lander is stiff competition for any drummer in the metal industry and in my opinion the glue that binds this band together. I don't mean to take away from the rest of the band. They are all extremely talented at what they do but through all the lineup changes over their career Merecedes is what keeps me listening and just keeps getting better.

I honestly don't even know how Evanescence got on this list not to mention the top of it. They aren't a metal band. Maybe there are some hints and nods at metal in their repertoir but overall just pop/rock. Greatly talented band and I love them but not metal.

How are they not in top 10?! They really deserve it, in my opinion. I love them so much!

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12Flyleaf

Lacey Mosley is fantastic she has such a pure an beautiful voice! Broken Pieces with Apocalyptica has so much emotion the lyrics are beautiful but the voice brought it to life!

I think Flyleaf doesn't get enough credit for their work. This band saved my life and many others over the years. Their music has so much meaning, but many people dismiss them because of their faith.

No one can beat them DOWN! Flyleaf is the best! I really love their songs

Awesome band. Love their music

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13The Pretty Reckless

They are just a consistently high quality band - they don't have a duff track, and many are absolutely stand-out classics. They can do acoustic and get it just right, they are amazing live, do creative and exciting videos, and with only a couple of albums behind them I'm sure the best is yet to come. They are going to go from strength to strength and that will be immense.

Taylor Momsen has an amazing voice. You make me want to die is my favorite song. My ex boyfriend actualy introduced me to her music because he could relate to her lyrics and her voice was very pleasing towards him.

The best band ever! Taylor is so talented and she has a amazing voice. Listen her. LOVE HER SO MUCH!

Best band Ever.

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14After Forever

Floor Jansen is one of the worlds best singers in this genre. Her voice reaches from opera till grunts, what she does is fascinating. I can't really tell, what's my favourite song because I love them all.

It's really sad, that this band doesn't exist anymore. But you can hear Floor sing with the band Revamp.

Floor Jansen is the best singer I have ever listened to. But that's not all, the entire band works together to make masterpieces. All of their albums are amazing and unique! Prison of Desire, Decipher, Invisible Circles, Remagine, and After Forever all have a distinct sound and use Floor's versatility perfectly.

After Forever (the album) is one of the best symphonic metal albums of all-time.

Floor is awesome, has a powerful voice

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15TherionTherion is a Swedish symphonic metal band founded by Christofer Johnsson in 1987. Its name was inspired by the Celtic Frost album To Mega Therion.

Therion is my favorite symphonic metal band. I lost both of my parents years ago, I was always close to them. And when they died there was a big void in my life. And Therion's music helps me through the pain of their loss. I guess you could say Therion's music takes away the empty feeling I feel in their absence. I LOVE THERION

Exquisite musical development, fascinating conceptual lines and amazing musical variety. Always at the forefront. Highest level of composition, harmony and staging, you'll not find clich├ęs in therion, such as single composition introductions followed by a flat and repetitive song (Unlike most bands who call themself symphonic metal)

therion is the best symphonic metal band in the world, and Cristofer Johnsson is a genius! And classical music and metal is a great combination!

THERION IS MY LIFE!

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16AmarantheAmaranthe is a Swedish heavy metal band notable for having three lead vocalists: Elize Ryd, Jake E. Lundberg, and Henrik Englund Wilhemsson, each presenting a different vocal style. Their third album, The Nexus, reached 6th on Swedish charts, 4th on Finnish charts, and reached a peak of 12th on the ...read more.

We all take our stand just to support our fave. bands, even though they're too many. However, if you all would ask me? Then that's all in all for AMARANTHE. why? It's not like just the other bands you know and already heard, but, it is how many song you were amazed with. Of course you all should choose wisely and on what you would really think was for you.
Just like this for example: Though AMARANTHE front-girl or front-woman weren't that pretty or good looking, see that? But because you liked the song then that's good for you. The only there is... Do not be fooled by their beauty or styles. That's when I actually mean - DON'T JUDGE THE BOOK BY ITS COVER!, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

Amazing Band! Just out of this world, their songs is beyond words. Eliza's voice cannot be matched by any other.

Very funny no one or lookslike nobody would really vote for this band and in any case I've been envying such band they were a good ezample of metal. Well lets just say they were not a gothic rock/metal band, but they are the only band that can compete with legends and I kno that they could suceed to that and that's the reason why I think and always think that they were the best. Lets just have this for example: I am searching through the net then I've seen many, too many popular bands (female fronted) of course then I saw this you know, what they always said "that's nothing" or "no it won't last long" but I can still see that there is a small somewhat light that can shine that can just become like those now popular bands and so I would go and support because I know that I was doing right. And I know that it was just right so thoroughly I voted AMARANTHE. that's what I called a glory of a band AMARANTHE is the one that I am saying.

Amaranthe is different from other Swedish bands. They've got every aspect of Metal, a female, a clean male vocals, and screaming. They have everything that Metal is. - Will820

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17Straight Line Stitch

They have done well over the 11 years. They have been on tour and are interesting in there delivery. I haven't seen them but read they are good live. I think they should be higher than 17th place

Alexis has the best female screamo voice. SLS should defiantly be a lot higher on the list

Straight line stitch is my all time favorite female vocals for any screamo band. I saw them live at meyhemfest and they were so good! They definitely should be higher on the list

SLS should be higher on the list I think they are better than the pretty reckless

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18Eyes Set to Kill

Awesome band. They have developed well through there career. I say the deserve top ten status.

Amazing band with sexy female members and incredible music. One of my top 3 favorite bands.

Awesome... I love alexia and annisa.. The music is so great aw nice

They should be on #1...

Very very good song...

I love all their songs...

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19Tristania

Tristania is the best female fronted metal band, but with Vibby, not with Mariangela.

Tristania was the real gothic metal. But the band just wasn't the same when Morten left, and later Vibeke. Now they're just another band, not to mention Mariangela can't sing.

This should definitely be in the top ten at least! Tristania is an amazing gothic metal band. But I agree it's not the same without Vibeke... She must return!

I met Tristania with her new singer and I like it a lot, and is a great difference from their past work but still great

I have never considered them 100% female fronted...

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20The Birthday Massacre

They are simply one of the best industrial rock bands in the world! I can never understand why they aren't recognized internationally.

I have to say I was confused with this band, their love for electric piano made me confuse of what genre to put them, they really don't have a rock or metal sound, but maybe that is just me, but I do like their songs - germshep24

Chibi's vocals are unique! The band is amazing, and again I'll say: the sound they make are unique!

Simply awesome band!

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