The ten most ferocious female pioneers in metal

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In metal, a genre teeming with testosterone and addled by adrenaline, women have made leaps and bounds over the years. Defying dainty stereotypes, these beauties have butted heads with the best of them. More salty than sweet, these ladies are tougher than leather. Keep reading for the ten most ferocious female pioneers of metal.

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10. Sean Yseult of White Zombie
Sean Yseult was the first woman in a metal band who was seen more as just a member of the band rather than being singled out for being a female. But as part of a popular metal band, she was also noticed more than metal femmes had been previously.

9. Kittie
The Lander sisters (Mercedes on drums, Morgan on vocals) didn't pussyfoot around when it came to starting an all-female metal band, releasing their debut album Spit when they were in their mid-teens. Kittie can be credited as part of the new wave of all-female metal bands, gaining popularity with its debut album, which inspired a whole new generation of women. Plus, every metal guy has had a crush on at least one of the bandmembers at some point in his life.

8. Angela Gossow of Arch Enemy
With vocal cords boiled in a cauldron, Angela Gossow is one of the few females in metal who puts growling vocals at the front of her arsenal in one of a handful of female-fronted death-metal bands. Gossow is one of the metal queens dragging metal into the 21st century with a torch in metal darkness. The roof, the roof, the roof is on fire. We don't need no water; let the motherfucker burn. Burn, motherfucker, burn.

7. Tarja Turunen
Most classically trained operatic vocalists pursue greatness on a grander stage than as a vocalist for a metal band. Before breaking off in 2006 to pursue a solo career, Tarja Turunen was adored by symphonic-metal fans as a highly influential and powerful singer with operatic strength in the band Nightwish, a major driving force in the symphonic-metal movement of the mid-'90s.

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Danny Sax
Danny Sax

Like the coverage, but Angela Gossow is pretty tough to top. Glad Doro got some love too.


Wendy O. Williams is by far number one, but apparently she's too archaic for the writer to discover.


This writer totally needs a reality check. I agree 100% with Girlschool as number 2 but Wendy O Williams (who isn't even MENTIONED) should be number one. There isn't even any male musicians past, present or future that would even do half of the things that woman has done. She was the hardest, most aggressive, most ferocious female in music PERIOD, not only in her actions but with lyrics some 30 years ahead of their time. No mention of Wendy O Williams but yet you include "Kittie"? Are you insane??

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