Best Female Fronted Metal Bands

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July 5, 2015 - 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. Don't agree with the list? Vote for an existing item you think should be ranked higher or if you are a logged in, add a new item for others to vote on or create your own version of this list.

The Top Ten

1
Nightwish
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 supposedly is, it makes me wonder how many female singers Ev fans have actually heard before. And to be quite frank, I am so sick of Ev fans always going on and on about Amy's voice as if we haven't heard it all before.  

Seriously, Ev fans (although I'm doubting they'll ever read this If you haven't heard of any other band on here, then you probably shouldn't be on this page to begin with.

/end Evanescence rant.
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!
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/
[Newest]yea this is right Nightwish at number 1...they are the best band and they have the best guitarist as well
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2Evanescence
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.
[Newest]It's the best group ever
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3Lacuna Coil
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 cake.
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 lyrics will be different for various people, but they are usually pretty good and tasteful. Despite what some people think, Lacuna Coil is rather hard to classify as a metal band as their instruments do not present heaviness as so many other bands do. As I said before, people listen to Lacuna Coil for the vocals/dark atmosphere. Lacuna Coil's more recent albums have suffered from a severe drop in many of their previous "metal" qualities and have taken on considerably more pop elements limiting their "metal" nature even further. Despite some of this negative talk, Lacuna Coil is an incredibly easy band to listen to and they have quite a few lovely songs which have enough pop influence for anybody to listen to. Lacuna Coil is an amazing band, however if you aren't a huge fan of vocals, (I find that strange) then you should probably look elsewhere.

Vocals - 9 1/2 Darn it Andrea.
Instruments - 7
Lyrics - 8
Metalness - 6
Approchability - 9 1/2

Evatallica

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.
[Newest]SHE IS FIT! Would destroy so hard that those 4 seconds of her life would be her best!
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4Within Temptation
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.
[Newest]Nothing more than they are the best.
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5Arch Enemy
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
[Newest]It's simple - Arch Enemy are the best
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6Epica
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
[Newest]Awesome long career in metal music...
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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.
[Newest]Maria Is Amaze! When she screams its fantastic, and in "Sick Like Me" that's honestly the best heavy metal music I've heard yet. In This Moment is the greatest heavy metal band ever.
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8Halestorm
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.
[Newest]I love this band so much! Lzzy has incredible vocal skill and the songs are very epic...overall great sound

9The Agonist
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.
[Newest]The last album is great...

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.
[Newest]Actually qualifies as metal, it's a shame evanescence and nightwish are on the top of this list

The Contenders

11Flyleaf
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
[Newest]Very powerful and meaningful songs, Lacey Sturm is a remarkable person, very talented

12Kittie
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.
[Newest]They are a awesome all woman band

13The Pretty Reckless
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!
Only when I heard the pretty reckless makes my skin crackles like a chicken.. They are one of the few girl bands that play a kind of classic rock with notes of alternative... And taylors voice is so amazing that makes all the money.. Really!
[Newest]Awesome songs and lyrics

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.
Floor is awesome, has a powerful voice

15Therion
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 clichés 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!
[Newest]THERION IS MY LIFE!

16Amaranthe
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!
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.
Amazing Band! Just out of this world, their songs is beyond words. Eliza's voice cannot be matched by any other.
[Newest]Awesome band and best melodic metal band ever

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
[Newest]I am in love with Alexis Brown

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
[Newest]They should be on #1...

Very very good song...

I love all their songs...

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.
Tristania was epic with vibeke and mortem. Of ruins and a red nightfall and aphelion and beyond the veil are the best
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!
[Newest]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

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!
[Newest]The best band in the world, they get better with every album. Amazing songwriting, lyrics and visuals.

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