Best Female Fronted Metal BandsThere 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.
The Top Ten
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.
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/
I absolutely love Nightwish. Everything about them is amazing. Their lyrics and deep, dark, and inspiring. Their music is spectacular. I have been a Nightwish fan for six years. And I'm only 12. First heard 'Poet and the Pendulum' when I was 6 and I was entranced by the melody of the music and Annette's voice. I begged, literally begged, my father to get me all the Nightwish albums. I had heard every Nightwish song in a matter of two days. Now you can just play a few seconds of a Nightwish song and I'll tell you the right answer. If you don't believe me, Nightwish themselves tested me. I met them before a concert a few months ago and they tested me. I gave the right answers of Weak Fantasy, Wish I had an Angel, and Sacrament of Wilderness. They were shocked and literally kept waving at me from the stage. Anyway, Nightwish is amazing and probably the most brilliant band to ever walk this earth.
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.
Take it from a massive fan of Evanescence: None of the songs you listed are metal songs. They are just alternative rock songs.
Great band that delivers with every album released. Their first album 'Fallen' is a great example of why they deserve to be on this list, having sold 17 million copies worldwide alone. That and 2 Grammy Awards and onwards to much more. I'm surprised to see them at number 2 but when people re-vote for the same band over and over until it's first...I can see why. Perhaps a better voting system would better represent a more accurate list. And it's a pity that some pathetic posters find a need to trash talk about other bands like children. A moderator might be a good idea next time. But it's great to see a list like this for true lovers of great music to lookup...and hear about other bands they might not have known about. Thanks.
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...
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
Arch Enemy is a female-fronted metal band which doesn't plays gothic/symphonic metal. I have absolutely nothing against bands like Epica and Nightwish that play those genres, but the fact that girls only play them annoys me a lot. Angela and Alissa are both very talented, and they are not attached to that "girly" stuff. This is what makes Arch Enemy, for me, the best female-fronted metal band.
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.
Amazing band. Each of their albums is unique in its own way and they keep doing the music they like, whether people like it or not. Besides they're great live!
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
I LOVE Lacuna Coil. Cristina should be number 1 on this list. I've listened to a lot of female metal/rock vocalist and in my opinion they all sound alike; however, Cristina offers a unique sound to every album. I don't agree that they've "struggled" to find a distinct sound, I believe they kept with their roots and displayed their growth and musical diversity, as bands should! True fans will always be true, while the posers will be misled by what everyone else listens to just because the radio plays it more. I say FORGET the radio, most of the music today is crap and sounds the same. Lacuna Coil has never disappointed me, Andrea & Cris have awesome vocals. I am looking forward to their new album and concerts in the states! - Vanessa Marie
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
Forget all other operatic bands, they aren't much till you listened to this band. Perfect vocals on both the girl's and guy's side to give it a nice heaven/hell approach. Excellent blend as well of choir where some songs use a lot, it definitely fits and brings a whole different perspective that still only makes it a complete EPIC (A) sound... This band will go very far in my book. I will definitely be a forever fan because they continue to bring new sounds without straying far from the original Epica I fell in love with.
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.
Though I like many of the bands on this list, In This Moment is not only my favourite listed, but my favourite overall. Why? Firstly, the lyrics never cease to be the perfect mix of catchy and meaningful. Secondly, the theatrics that the band puts on in live performance are unforgettable - it's not just music the fans come to see, it's a piece of theatre, an art. Thirdly, the singer. How could anyone not fall in love with Maria's insane vocals? She can scream, growl, shout and sing, with a wider range than most vocalists as well as crazy amounts of power in her voice. These, combined with a style that changes with every song and a talented group of musicians that certainly amp up the 'heavy', it's impossible to get bored with In This Moment!
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.
Halestorm is amazing, I love the vocals and it's very fun to sing along with.
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 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.
The Agonist should be in a genre of their own: sophisticated, opinionated metal. Why? Because that's exactly what they are! The range of emotions and situations conveyed in their lyrics have a far-reaching appeal, and that's why I started listening to them. Not to mention Alissa White-Gluz's use of astonishingly good clean and harsh, savage unclean vocals. All in all, my favorite band by far!
The Agonist blends current Metal trends with a good mix of sing and scream. Got the chance to see them live, and was blown away. Two albums released thus far, and a third in studio. I like all these other bands listed here, but The Agonist is the best core metal sound I have heard with a Female vocalist / Non-operatic.
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.
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
Lacey Sturm is amazing. The entire band is amazing. Flyleaf deserves MUCH more recognition! Their music is beautifully written and played. This band saved my life. I am sad Lacey left the band, but they have a legacy.
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.
The best band ever! Taylor is so talented and she has a amazing voice. Listen her. LOVE HER SO MUCH!
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.
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!
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.
There are a lot of bands on here that are not metal: Evanescence 2nd place, In this Moment 7th place, Halestorm 8th place, flyleaf 12th place, and the Pretty Reckless 13th place too name the first five that are at the top of the list - germshep24
Listen to Brackish. Honestly, I didn't like the beginning vocals from Morgan because I found them rather pitchy whether she meant it to sound like that or not. But when Fallon Bowman comes in with the fast-paced, heavy vocals and the instrumentals go all in, it absolutely blew me out of the water. The song has really grown on me and it's still my favorite song from the band. Plus, it's an all-girl metal band, which I think is kick-ass
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.
How have I just discovered this amazing band 10 years after they split? that's the trouble with the UK music industry which is totally obsesed with talentless wannbe's from the X factor. The Dutch have produced many good bands which get totally ignored in the UK. I started listening to After Forever when I heard Floor Jansen singing with Nightwish and decided to look up her older stuff. She has an amazing voice and is arguably the best female singer in the world right now. Nightwish are lucky to have such a talented singer. I wish I had been around to see After Forever live, I can only hope they get back together some time in the future. Its not just Floor though the whole band was just awesome. They have got to be the most underrated band ever.
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.
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
Straight Line Stitch should be number one, but that's just my opinion! Alexis Brown is awesome and has a great personality!
Babymetal is a breath of fresh air to the stagnated genre
The new genre of metal introduced by them. Innovation at its finest and makes you come vack for more. Bring it on babymetal.
Babymetal is one of the best bands out there for female metal bands
Fans have to endure a lot of hate against themselves and the band, but Babymetal are undeniable one of the freshest and most creative bands in the modern metal world and deliver highly entertaining live shows
Elize has such a pure and powerful voice. Their ballad are amazingly beautiful. Such amazing harmonies throughout all of their music.
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.
Mind blowing clean vocals. Great electronic elements in their music.
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
Chibi's vocals are unique! The band is amazing, and again I'll say: the sound they make are unique!
The Other Side is a great song. Pretty singer.
Fascinating! Should be on better places with songs like The Other Side, Fallen Angel or My Mind's Eye
AWESOME BAND! ALL THEIR SONGS ARE PIECES OF ART1! :D
Excellent solid band with a great singer.
One of the best, if not the BEST, female death metal vocalists.
Best female brutal vocalist
Mallika Sundaramurthy. One of the best female growlers out there.
Brutal. This band is sick! Such a huge voice out of someone as small as Mallika is insane. M/
Absolutely one of my favorite bands of all times. No reason they shouldn't be in the top ten. You can't get better harmonies than you can with family members, and the Rodriguez sister do not disappoint. Have always loved the contrast of a beautiful clean singing voice accompanied by a screamer. Do yourself a favor if you're not familiar with them and check um out. You will not be disappointed.
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
Yes! Liv kristine is amazing! In TOT and leaves eyes! Her voice is just poetically beautiful... TOT and Leaves' Eyes... It can't be any greater than them both.
I love Leaves Eyes. Liv's vocals are beautiful. Very entertaining live band. Viking Metal.
Last three albums are classic Viking metal. It just does't get any better.
Should be number 1 on this list.
I like to call them a Celtic Heavy Metal band. Their drummer is wicked. They use Celtic elements constantly in their songs. And two female sings who know how to scream! Great stuff to get you through bad traffic.
Folk metal band with awesome female vocal. Must listen to!
Wouldn't of thought of this band as female fronted, but two female singers do sing with the band. Seen them live with Epica. They were absolutely brilliant. One of my favourite bands.
Should definitely be higher up on this list. Great celtic elements blended perfectly with melodic metal
Arkona is an epic black/pagan/folk metal band, covering lots of musical styles. And their frontwoman Masha isn't just there for looks or to add a pretty voice. She writes all the music and lyrics about her pagan beliefs, she sings passionately in several clean and harsh styles, and on stage she's a bundle of manic energy. They're not just one of the best female-fronted metal bands, but one of the best metal bands.
They are my favorite female fronted metal band easily. Masha (the singer) has an amazing clean voice as well as great harsh vocals. Not to mention their mix of metal and folk is one of the best I have heard.
Awesome band. It is a different style of music. You should give it a chance! Go listen to Slavsia Rus - Goi, Rode, Goi - Yarilo - Liki Bessmertnykh Bogov - Slovo. Go!
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
Tristania was epic with vibeke and mortem. Of ruins and a red nightfall and aphelion and beyond the veil are the best
Both male and female fronted band. Lisa is one of the most beautiful female voices in metal music. Her ethereal voice with anders's deep beautiful growling creates a great atmosphere. Draconian is only metal band whose music fill my eyes with tears.
Best gothic doom band. Masters from Sweden. Divine gentle voice of Lisa. Beautiful, atmospheric music...
Can't believe this is not the number on band on any scale
This band create the unthinkable with Lisa was awesome with Heike it's an attack at your senses!