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Best Female-Fronted Heavy Metal Bands Written By 80's Hair Band Metal Fan - Part 1
Comparing the 80's Metal Sound To Today's Metal
Being that I am from the United States, I grew up listening to 80's hair metal bands/glam bands like Motley Crue, Poison, Bango Tango, Ratt, etc. Most of these groups were from Los Angeles as the Sunset Strip harbored one hair band after another.
Those groups were great when I was in high school. I could listen to those 80's bands over and over and feel good, but 20 years later, I just grew sick of the sound. I even played craps with C.C. Deville and Bobby Dall of Poison in Las Vegas which after C.C. autographed one of my chips. I immediately got tickets to see Poison headline an amazing act the next night at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Vegas with opening acts Faster Pussycat, Cinderella and Dokken. I loved it.
Now, I just want more metal like Iron Maiden and Judas Priest. That glam sound no longer does it for me. It is the same happy commercial sound that I loved, but now, as I get older, I want the heavier stuff.
Well, my friends, you simply won't find it in the United States or even the U.K. We need to look all over the world and I am finding that the best metal today is coming out of countries like Finland, Sweden, Germany and other Scandinavian countries. I even found an amazing female-fronted metal band out of Poland called Unsun (see my YouTube video below for Unsun).
Comparing 80's metal powerhouses like Judas Priest and Iron Maiden to today's sound:
In the 80's, those heavy metal bands out of England were the rulers. Judas Priest, Motorhead, Iron Maiden, Saxon just ruled. The straight 16th note bass lines are amazing.
I wanted more of that in 2010-2020 decade, so I will write several hubs on the groups that I find.
Today's metal sound is more symphonic with orchestras and mild keyboard sounds, but the women sing like opera singers. They don't scream like in the 80's. They actually sing opera!
The guitars are still heavy and fast!
First Of All, Let Me Give You The Names Of Some Bands To Look Up
Here's a list of some of the best female-fronted metal bands which I listen to right now.
This list is not in any particular order:
- Lacuna Coil
- In This Moment
- Darker Days
- Leave's Eyes
- Dark Princess
- Within Temptation
- Eyes Set To Kill
- Theatre of Tragedy
- Amberlin Dawn
- Murder For My Sweet
- Within Temptation
- Ebony Ark
The list is so much bigger which is why this is part 1 of this multi-hub article.
I find these bands on Spotify, but you can check out my Spotify list at Female-Fronted Rock Bands Of The World
What Do You Think Of Krypteria?
How Does Krypteria Compare To 80's Hair Glam Bands
Krypteria comes out of Germany fronted by German-Korean singer Ji-In Cho. She's beatiful and has an amazing voice.
Although Krypteria's main objective was to use different vocalists for each album, her voice was what they were looking for.
Their albums keep improving with each release.
Eowyn - Beautiful Ashes
Unsun - Home
Unsun is An Amazing Metal Band from Poland!
What? Poland? Metal? Is it possible??? Americans have a habit it making Polish jokes. This band is no joke! Unsun is fronted by lead vocalist Anna "Aya" Stefanowicz, a beautiful blonde vixen who can belt out the tunes!
Unsun only has two albums and I look forward to more from them.
Lacuna Coil - Spellbound
Lacuna Coil is a Metal Band Out Of Italy
I did not know metal would ever come out of Italy, but it does with Lacuna Coil - Fronted by vixen Christina Scabbia, Lacuna Coil has over studio albums every one with singles.
Spellbound is an amazing song from the album Shallow Life!
I have 400 tracks of female-fronted metal bands on one Spotify Playlist
- Female-Fronted Rock Bands Of The World on Spotify
If you have Spotify, I listen to this playlist often and I am always adding to it. Spotify shows this playlist has over 27 hours of music, so I encourage all heavy metal fans, especially the 80's metal heads to follow this playlist on Spotify.