Best Female Fronted Metal Bands

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.
The Top Ten
1 Nightwish Nightwish 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. It's currently formed by Tuomas, Emppu, lead vocalist Floor Jansen, bassist and vocalist Marco Hietala, multiinstrumentist and vocalist Troy Donockley, and drummer Jukka Nevalainen (currently on hiatus and replaced by Kai Hahto).

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.

Nightwish is a great band indeed. The music compared with the lyrics are divine. Of course, Tarja was the best vocalist ever for the band, but I still like Nightwish, because it's still Tuomas's compositions. Anette was decent, but no exceptional and sometimes unsatisfying. I'm very glad to hear that Floor is their new vocalist (one of my favourite voices in metal).

I don't understand why Evanescence are in this list. You may like Evanescence, but they are not metal. This is a metal band list.
Besides, Evanescence are way too overrated in my opinion. They released a good album (Fallen), but after that I see nothing exceptional in their music, just mediocrity. Not to mention that Amy Lee's voice is not as great as her fans think. I doubt the Evanescence fans listen to any other bands in this list, or metal in general.

Nightwish is the best, period. The best vocalist, Floor Jansen who is the most versatile vocalist on planet earth, and the one who just sounds the best. The lyrics and compositions of their songs are from a true musical genius Tuomas Holopainen, who may very well be the best song writer / composer in the music industry. Each member in the band is amazingly versatile and always sound great. The whole band is so tight and work together as one kick ass unit. The stage show, lighting, video boards, and pyro are top notch. The whole band also just has a great stage presence, especially Floor Jansen, people can't take their eyes off of her. The band has great energy and their fans feed off of it big time at their shows. No other band can beat them.

No other band really comes close in this regard, the talent level in this band has always been top notch on every release. As a teenager in the 1980s and a metal fan for over 30 years I can say from years of listening that Nightwish compositions are that and a bag of chips. Symphony or not Imaginerium might be one of the best metal albums ever written. The haters need to listen to Imaganerium unbiased about 3 times through. Evanscence shouldn't be on the list because 3 albums in 15 years equals a side project at best and not a full fledge band. If my favorite band Iron Maiden had released 3 albums from 1980 to 1995 they wouldn't even qualify as anything. Evanscence is gothic metal and again no real band releases their first 3 albums over a 15 year period, what are they defunct now anyway? No true metal head would accept that output. real bands like Nightwish have released 8 albums over the same period. And that's a normal metal output nothing off the charts.

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

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.

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 was amazing, because, she contiguously made up her unforgettable talent that I have ever seen in my whole internal life! Like I thought, rock metals are so unbelievable, when I was 3 years old, I started to be addicted to rock stars, but, I want to be a metal screamer like Amy!
If being a metal screamer will help me stop the bullying inside my high school, I will feel better! By the way I love you, Amy Lee!

Lots of great bands in this list. Evanescence unfortunately is not one of them. I am sick of hearing how Amy Lee is a rock goddess and has a voice of an angel. Have these people ever listened to her sing live? Have they ever listened to real female rock vocalists. Amy Lee is a terrible live performer and is nowhere near as good a singer as Tarja, Floor, Cristina, Sharon, Charlotte, Simone or Lizzy?

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

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.

Sharon Den Adel has angelic vocals.

They are my favorite band.

They get my vote.

Not a single "bad" song. They have "non-metal" songs (but so do many other bands on this list), and they still sound amazing and blow other genre greats out of the water.

The cohesiveness of their sound despite all the different elements is really unique in ALL of music, not just this genre.

Where else can you find angelic female vocals, symphonic thunder, rap, and growls all on the same song?

Best female fronted band ever! European bands tower over their American counterparts where metal with symphonic components are concerned. The musicianship is so impressive. These bands are meant to fill huge venues, not the crappy little clubs they get stuck in when they come to the US to perform. Watch the live performances of WT, NW, LC, Epica, Delain, any place in the world - these women can sing, and their bands are phenomenal! ! I love Lzzy Hale and Maria Brink, but the music is like comparing apples and oranges.

Sharon den Adel is my very favorite singer, her voice is angelic and the songs that she sings are amazing, it does not matter if she is singing metal like the howling or softer songs like Memories, she always sounds amazing. Couple that to great guitars, and amazing orchestral elements and you have one of the bests bands ever. Within Temptation kicks Evanescence's butt. Our Solemn Hour is my favorite song from them.

4 Lacuna Coil Lacuna 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.

She has such a powerful voice, never fails to deliver an amazing performance giving it all she has got. Her voice is so distinct and so powerful that she stands out from everyone else. She is an Amazing role model for many women and girls out there and she proves to us all just to be ourselves, no fakery, just be honest, be yourself and love yourself because we are all perfect the way we are. She is such a friendly caring woman who will go out of her way for others a d her fans, I waited after a gig to see her and the band and she gave us all the time in the world to greet us, sign albums and have photos with us. To me she is the best.

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.

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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 ...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

5 Arch Enemy Arch 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.

Well, you've to experience them live to fully understand why so many, so different people from all genre types adore them.
It's not just Angela's phenomenal voice and Michael's wicked melodic-death-metal riffs, it's the whole package of pure power and might that fills the air.
We you see them at first you'll never expect that such a slight/graceful little person like Angela could release an tremendous thunderstorm of deep growls. I couldn't believe it until I saw them live.
Don't expect some melodical finesse like Tarja Turunen. This is raw. This is pure unleashed power.
Yes, I'm a huge fan of that band. But I suggest everyone to at least check 'em out on YouTube.

One of the only female fronted bands that are considered "true metal. " Nightwish sucks with their failed attempt at operatic vocals. Try Warrel Dane or Nevermore if you want a real operatic tone. On the other hand, Evanescence isnot even metal. Most female fronted bands these days are only selling the image and lack guitar solos and creative riffing, which is what makes a band in my opinion. Fortunately, Arch Enemy has both as the Amott brothers slay.

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.

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.

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

I don't want to sound like a hater here, but here it goes:
I voted for Epica, because Epica deserves to be ranked higher. I also like Arch Enemy and Nightwish, that are already up there, but this... Erica MUST be higher than Evanescence guys. Really. Especially on a metal list. Evanescence is rock. I have nothing against rock, or Evanescence, however, sorry Evsc. fans but Epica is way more creative than Evsc. First of all, their lyrical quality is very high, and they have a unique concept. Secondly, they fit to the metal genre better, and they have a heavy, symphonic style. Epica's music contains grunts, but anyone who has heard Simons sing can relate, she can sing. Her range is really high, she can sing the low notes as well as the high ones. She can sing with her chest voice and her head voice, which is a true talent.
If you want to know what I mean, just listen to Epica's Chasing The Dragon, Consign To Oblivion, Kingdom Of Heaven or such.
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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.

Simply stunning. From the amazing Mezzo-Soprano vocals of the incredibly beautiful, red-headed Simone Simons to the brutal growls of Mark Jansen. They are yet to produce an album that is anything less than spectacular. Check out Martyr of the Free World, Cry for the Moon, Storm the Sorrow, Unleashed, Chasing the Dragon, or, for a softer side to their music, Feint, Solitary Ground, or Delirium.

Epica is by far one of the best female fronted Dutch symphonic metal bands out there. They have music ranging from very brutal sounding to beautiful ballads. The instruments of the band combined with a full choir and orchestra give them a rich and unique sound. Not to mention their lyrics; from addressing political issues to the human emotions.

7 In This Moment In This Moment is an American metal band from Los Angeles, California, formed by singer Maria Brink and guitarist Chris Howorth in 2005. They found drummer Jeff Fabb and started the band as Dying Star.

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!

Any time someone says women can't scream, I tell them to listen to Maria Brink. I have no idea how you can deny this group is insanely talented. Sure, the instrumentals aren't as complex as a lot of other heavy metal bands, but "insanely difficult" does not equal "insanely good". Their new album Blood is absolutely amazing. They're not my FAVORITE female fronted band (We Are the Fallen is my #1 favorite), but they are one of, if not the BEST metal band.

In This Moment is amazingly in every way. They deserve to be number 1 on this list. The vocal performance is amazing with the clean vocals and the screaming is just amazing. Every time they put more music out, they amaze me some more. They are my favorite band of all time and I'm definitely their biggest fan (I know everyone says that). Then her name is extremely talented. They are an unstoppable force that should be number 1.

Maria Brink is the perfect example to show people who claim that women can't "hang" with men in metal. She has the ability to go from the softest, sweet sounding vocals to screaming in a way that sounds like it must HURT in an instant. In This Moment doesn't feel like a metal band that bucked trend by being fronted by a woman. It just IS a metal band, that happens to have a woman in front. An incredible woman.

8 Halestorm Halestorm is an American hard 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.

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.

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.

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.

This band sing and play from the heart, and it comes across even on their studio albums. Lizzy has the best voice I have ever heard in a metal/hard rock band. Anyone who does not agree that Halestorm are the No. 1 female fronted metal band has simply not listened to their music loud enough. Seriously, turn the volume up to maximum and close your eyes.

9 Flyleaf Flyleaf is an American rock band formed in Bell County, Texas, in 2002. The band has charted on mainstream rock, Christian pop and Christian metal genres.

Flyleaf has been my favourite band for a very long time. From powerful lyrics (Circle, So I Thought) to intense instrumentals (Breathe Today, Chasm) they cannot be beaten. Plus, a tribute to the Columbine shooting (Cassie) shows real heart.

Check out the acoustic versions too. Fully Alive acoustic is really strong. It was a pity that she did her thing at the apex of their momentum but you gotta do what you gotta do I suppose. Great, distinct voice with a lot of flexibility.

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.

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.

10 The Agonist The 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 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.

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.

The Contenders
11 Kittie Kittie are a Canadian heavy metal band formed in London, Ontario, in 1996. They have released six studio albums, one video album, four extended plays, thirteen singles and thirteen music videos.

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.

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...

Kittie is an amazing band. The band manages to combine Morgan's highly feminine clean vocals with her intense screaming nearly perfectly without ever feeling forced. Every album they put out is vastly different, showing progress from the last, yet manages to always maintain the core essence of the band. And on top of that, albums like Oracle, I've Failed You and in particular Until the End are some of my favorite albums of all time.

A favorite of mine from like ten or so years ago when they played all the metal bars but weren't old enough to drink. Morgan sings so sweetly and when you least (or most) expect it lets loose with demon-tones, while her sister and drummer Mercedes is a true master (mistriss? ) of the double-kick. They're working hard this spring, after a trip to Oz, they have dates from 4/10 thru 5/25 with NO days off!

12 The 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.

One of the best. And not just in Female fronted rock band. They can play anything, acoustics, rock anthems, southern. The Death by Rock and Roll album is practically perfect.

Beautiful Taylor, beautiful ivory skin blonde hair and awesome dark eyes. What makes pretty reckless absolutely hot is the melody and rhythm tied into cunning lyrics that causes a brief pause. I want my mommysom, awesome band. Rock lives man.

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!

13 Babymetal Babymetal is a Japanese metal idol band. Their line-up consists of Suzuka Nakamoto as "Su-metal", Yui Mizuno as "Yuimetal", and Moa Kikuchi as "Moametal".

The voice of the lead, Su-metal or Suzuka Nakamoto, is strong, powerful and she uses it with comlpete control. Her voice has improve during the last couple of years, both because she is getting older but mostly because her confidence seems stronger and stronger.
Apart from the lead singer, the kami band is second to none in terms of technical skills. Many of the songs are demanding but the band nails it every time.
Least but not last are the dancers / choir girls Yui- and Moa-metal a.k.a. Black Baby Metal. They are bringing dynamics to the songs in terms of highly coreographed complex dances and, by the way, they actually can sing!

Babymetal is fronted by 3 females technically. But the lead eldest member Su-metal is highly trained vocalist and experienced as any other singer on this list or more. ( < don't even doubt this) Even though most of Babymetal's fans do not speak Japanese, They become accessible and easier to understand via the gestures and slight acting mixed in to the dancing of Moametal and Yuimetal.

Fronted by the very beautiful and talented. Miss Suzuka Nakamoto, aka SU-METAL alongside her fellow front women Yui Mizuno (YUIMETAL) and Moa Kikuchi (MOAMETAL) form the front unit of the Japanese metal sensation known as BABYMETAL.

Behind these amazing front women are an equally outstanding band of some of the greatest metal musicians in the world. Known as The Kami (Gods) They include the great Takayoshi Ohmura, Mikio Fujioka, Hideki Aoyama and their insane bassist simply known as BOH!

Former member of The Kami include. Leda and Yuya Maeta.

Many exellent bands in this list and lots of diversity in style. Still BABYMETAL stands out! They pretty much singlehandedly made the subgenre of kawaiimetal. Cute metal, a mixture of Japanese pop and heavymetal and they make it work! How? With talent, dedication and sincerity. Their songs are exellently written and performed, the choreography top-tier, their live shows super energetic and so much fun!

14 After Forever

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 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.

15 The Birthday Massacre The Birthday Massacre is a Canadian dark wave and synth rock band currently consisting of Chibi (vocals), Rainbow (guitar), Falcore (guitar), Owen (keyboard), Rhim (drums) and Nate Manor (bass), that formed in 1999 (even though the 2016 demo collection "Imagica" dates some tracks back at 1998).

Originally known as Imagica, The Birthday Massacre is known for their playfully macabre and spooky tone, often created through the contrast of happy and upbeat melodies and dark and sinister lyrics. The band often uses primal fears, such as hearing footsteps, being afraid of monsters hiding under the bed and twisting innocent fairy tale motifs into something morbid. more.

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

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

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

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

16 Amaranthe Amaranthe 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 second album, The Nexus, reached 6th on Swedish charts, 4th on Finnish charts, and reached a peak of 12th on the 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!

"WOW! The real monster in the list was now Nightfall, If this would continue to spoil mine, then I'll support Evanescence instead! And Taylor Momsen is just strait ahead? JOKE. I did my time to vote for AMARANTHE so does these guys do. And of course, anyone of us knows about it? Yes we do since we all vote for this band. Beforehand voting for this band, of course we all always decides on what would be good enough with this band. And we chose their self titled album Amaranthe, where all of the songs the album had, are our favorites. Sure thing to that. If we did not do it, then what was the reason that we struggle voting for AMARANTHE? Was It just a big joke or prank? For somebody else like: Evanescence, THE LETTER BLACK (though they were'nt metal) or even Arch Enemy? Then that's foolishness

We all vote for AMARANTHE and it was the reason cause we always like their songs.
It will take a million and more thumbs up for AMARANTHE.
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AMARANTHE is my fave band, no one will really
Gonna willing to vote for them. that's because they hated
Such reality and truth about the band's abilities
They hated the truth because they would agree that "truth is worse"

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.

17 Delain

Great cousin band to Within Temptation, without all the unnecessary pomp and better, more interpersonal lyrics. Their production is tight, especially on their sophomore album. They are one of the few metal bands that seem to deliver a certain soulful sensibility through their arrangements. Martijn's arrangements recall lots of Nightwish influence but still retaining it's own identity and light. they strike a balance between carefully crafted good symphonic metal and catchy, heavy hooks.
If Charlotte Wessles isn't the new European metal darling then I don't know who is.
They're slept on a bit because of bands like Epica but where Epica turn things up too loud, Delain are able to draw it in and craft something a little more delicate and twice as enjoyable without sounding watered down.
Imagine if the sound of Evanescence had come from Europe...
Well worth a listen!

I've seen many of these bands live; and while most are quite good, none can replicate the energy of Delain. Their songs epitomize the unpredictability of symphonic metal and seamlessly blend aspects of pop and jazz into the genre. Their lyrics are simply inspiring. And for those who haven't seen Charlotte on stage, she is the ultimate artist in her element.

Charlotte Wessels has one of the strongest voices for any singer in the metal music industry. The music by this band is absolutely amazing, and there really is not one bad song by them. Number 47 is WAY to low on the list. I won't be one of those people who just keeps spouting "What? Should be number one easy! " However, this band deserves to be ranked better than this position on the list.

I know a lot of people who tried to listen to Delain in the beginning of their career and didn't like it - if this is about you, then you DEFINITELY should listen to them again. I rediscovered Delain a couple of years ago, and I think right now it's my #1 band that I listen to most often. Check out the "Human contradiction" album, it's a real masterpiece. (Basically, every album released after Lucidity is worth listening too.)

18 Draconian

The real engine behind the music of Draconian was the emotional sing of Lisa Johansson and when Heike Langhans take his place add a different and more powerful tone on the lyrics a great band with two of the most emotional singers ever you should vote for them!

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...

This band create the unthinkable with Lisa was awesome with Heike it's an attack at your senses!

19 Straight 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

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

This band should be in the top 10! Alexis is amazing! Like she's got such a large vocal range, firece growls and screams and an angelic voice. Pluse she's different and hot! Definitely should be in the top 10

Straight Line Stitch should be number one, but that's just my opinion! Alexis Brown is awesome and has a great personality!

20 Otep Otep is an American heavy metal band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 1995. They have released two EPs, eight studio albums, and one live album.

Don't know why they're so low on this list. Even though a couple of the band's recent albums were not so good, their older albums like Sevas Tra, House of Secrets, and of course, The Ascension, are really great. Otep is very raw and powerful as a vocalist, and the rest of the band definitely backs her up very well.

For real... This woman lays down some of the most spine tingling and bone smashing yells and growls, and was seriously place 9! I understand that Evenescence is a great band as well but, this is a list for the best female fronted metal band... Otep is THAT!

Definitely #1 in my book. How in the world do you even include Evanescence on the same list as Otep? Evanescence is no where near metal.
True metal is hard and not sweet melodic sounds like Amy.

I was introduced to otep back in 2001 at ozzfest. One of the best sets there, shamaya otep absolutely killed it, I bought their album the very next day and wasn't disappointed. Great songwriting, they don't have to play fast to sound heavy.

21 Eyes Set to Kill

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.

Definitely my favorite one by far. I just love the contrast between Cisko screams (formerly Brandon) and Alexia's soft voice but with so much emotions in it and she can go hard! In addition to this, they are sexy sisters.

Amazing band! Alexia voice is so unique and plays lead guitar better then most... And the fact that Alexia and Anissa are sister makes it that much better! ESTK should be at the top of this list!

Fantasic vocals, one of the heavier female fronted bands I can think of. Actually scream in some of their songs, and really damn well might I add!

22 Sirenia

Just perfect with that cruelty in every single word. And albums, that are not only a list of random songs.
The best band I've ever heard.

Lethargica and Meridian are amazing songs. The new music with the new singer doesn't hold a candle to it, but still one of my favorite female vocal bands.

Fascinating! Should be on better places with songs like The Other Side, Fallen Angel or My Mind's Eye

The Other Side is a great song. Pretty singer.

23 Abnormality

One of the best, if not the BEST, female death metal vocalists.

Brutal. This band is sick! Such a huge voice out of someone as small as Mallika is insane. M/

Mallika Sundaramurthy. One of the best female growlers out there.

24 Tristania

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!

Tristania is one of my favorite Goth band ever when Mortem, Vibeke and Osten Bergoy the best voices. I prefer the three first albums, I love these albums specially Beyond the veil, rhe song a sequel of decay, Angellore, Shinninh path.. I miss Vibeke but Mary is good tooDarkest White is good album.

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

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

Lori Lewis is the best voice in the Symphonic metal genre. She doesn't need to bring out a special DVD like Tarja, to show that she can sing Opera or other genres. Although Therion was of the first bands to explore the exquisite taste of symphonic with metal. 25 years of career and they continue to outstand other bands.

The lyrics show a high level of culture and knowledge fron the composers (Mr. Johnson and Mr. Karlssonn), the voices they use always use a very high technique, besides of that they use a very vanguardistic way to sing using untill 2012 two female vocalists and two male vocalists together, and since 2012 two female vocalists together and one male voice, highlightiing that the male singer Thomas Vikstom, and one of the female singers, Mrs Lori Lewis are both proffessional opera singers.

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

It is the best band, with a long history and records ranging from death, the trash and a long metal varieties. His music is not just for the ears, touches the soul, and the voice of vocalist Lori Lewis is simply flawless in every concert.

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