10 Female Heavy Metal Bands You Need to Download Now

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Looking for some new music to add to your collection? Check out our list of 10 female-fronted heavy metal bands that you need to download now!


Alice Cooper once said that “heavy metal is the music of the future.” Well, the future is now and there are plenty of amazing female fronted metal bands out there making some seriously heavy music. Here are 10 of the best that you need to check out.

1. Babymetal – This Japanese band combines heavy metal with J-Pop and their live shows are an electronic assault on the senses. If you’re looking for something different, then you need to check out Babymetal.

2. Evanescence – One of the most successful female fronted bands of all time, Evanescence mix gothic visuals with a metal sound to create something truly unique. If you’re a fan of metal or rock, then you need to check out Evanescence.

3. Halestorm – This American band has been making waves in the metal scene for years and their blend of hard rock and heavy metal is impossible to resist. If you’re looking for a band that knows how to bring the noise, then Halestorm is essential listening.

4. In This Moment – Another American band, In This Moment combine elements of goth, industrial and metal to create a dark and ferocious sound. If you’re a fan of Marilyn Manson or Nine Inch Nails, then you’ll love In This Moment.

5. Motionless In White – One of the newer bands on this list, Motionless In White take their visual cues from gothic horror movies and their music is just as dark and atmospheric. If you’re looking for a new band to get into, then Motionless In White should definitely be on your radar.

6. Nightwish – One of the biggest names in symphonic metal, Nightwish are known for their epic songs and grandiose live shows. If you’re a fan of classical music or power metal, then Nightwish are a band that you need to check out.

7. Otep – One of the most political bands in metal, Otep are known for their anti-establishment views and their aggressive sound. If you’re looking for ametal band with something to say, then Otep should be at the top of your list.
8 . Candlemass- A veteran Swedish doom metal band that formed in 1984 Candlemass helped define the genre with their slow tempos crushing riffs and dark lyrics .Ifyou love Black Sabbath then Candlemass should be right up your alley9 . The Agonist – A Canadian melodic deathcore/metalcore band with dual vocalists this sextet knows howto write catchy hooks while still delivering Some serious heaviness10 . Delain – A Dutch symphonic rock/metal band fronted by former Within Temptation keyboardist Charlotte WesselsDelain mix gothic visuals with beautiful melodies to create a truly unique sound


Lzzy Hale, the female frontwoman of American rock band Halestorm, has stated that she feels underestimated as a musician because she is a woman. In an interview with Metal Wani, Hale said: “I think women in rock and metal are still fighting for that equality and respect. I feel like sometimes we’re still living in that ‘70s era where it’s a boys club and you have to kind of prove yourself to be accepted.”

Despite the obstacles faced by women in the metal community, there are many incredible female-fronted heavy metal bands out there making great music. Here are 10 of the best that you need to download now.

1. Halestorm
2. Arch Enemy
3. The Agonist
4. In This Moment
5.straight upvocals Florence Welch5. Motionless In White
6. Within Temptation
7. Evans Blue
8. Vamps
9. New Years Day
10. Darling Down

In This Moment

In This Moment is a heavy metal band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 2005. The band’s current line-up consists of lead vocalist Maria Brink, bassist Jason Hook, rhythm guitarist Chris Howorth, and drummer Kent Diimmel. They have released five studio albums: Beautiful Tragedy (2007), A Star-Crossed Wasteland (2010), Blood (2012), Black Widow (2014) and Ritual (2017).

Their second album, A Star-Crossed Wasteland debuted at No. 15 on the Billboard 200 chart and sold 27,000 copies in its first week of release. The album’s lead single “Forever” peaked at No. 1 on the Active Rock chart in early 2011. In November 2012, they released their third album Blood which debuted at No. 14 on the Billboard 200 selling approximately 27,000 copies in its first week of release. To date In This Moment has sold over 700,000 albums worldwide.

The Agonist

The Agonist is a Canadian metal band from Montreal, Quebec, formed in 2004. The current line up consists of vocalist Vicky Psarakis, guitarists Danny Marino and Pascal (Paco) Jobin, bassist Chris Kells and drummer Simon Mckay.

The Agonist’s debut album, Once Only Imagined, was released in 2007 by Century Media Records to critical acclaim. The album reached number 3 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart in the United States, and the band toured extensively in support of it with such bands as Epica, Arch Enemy, Devildriver and Kittie. In 2009, The Agonist won aMetal Hammer Golden Gods Award for “Best Underground Band”.

In 2011 The Agonist released their second full-length album entitled Prisoners. It debuted on the US Billboard Heatseekers chart at number 17. tours with Kamelot and Shaaman followed its release. The band’s third studio album, Eye of Providence was released on February 24, 2015 via Century Media Records and napalm records. Alissa White-Gluz departed from the band prior to the release of the album to join Arch Enemy. Her replacement was the new vocalist Vicky Psarakis who had already worked with the band before as a studio singer on some tracks from Prisoners. Touring for Eye of Providence began in Europe with Napalm Death and then moved over to North America supporting Megadeth on their Dystopia World Tour along with Suicidal Tendencies and Children of Bodom.

Arch Enemy

With a new album on the horizon, Sweden’s Arch Enemy is poised to take over the metal world. The band, fronted by the insanely talented Angela Gossow, has been at the top of their game for years now, with a string of critically acclaimed albums under their belt. If you’re looking for some female-fronted metal that will really blow you away, look no further than Arch Enemy.


Epica is a Dutch symphonic metal band founded in 2002 by guitarist and songwriter Mark Jansen after his departure from After Forever. The band’s name was inspired mostly by Kamelot’s album Epica.

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Motionless In White

Formed in 2005, Motionless In White is a five-piece heavy metal band from Scranton, Pennsylvania. The band has released four studio albums, the most recent being 2016’s “Graveyard Shift.” fronted by vocalist Chris “Motionless” Cerulli, the band is known for their dark and gothic image, as well as their intense live shows.


Otep is a band that doesn’t just break the mold, they shatter it. With a unique blend of heavy metal, industrial, hip hop, and spoken word, they create a sound that is truly their own. They arefronted by the dynamic and powerful singer/songwriter Otep Shamaya. Otep’s music is fierce and political, and their live shows are an exhilarating experience. If you’re looking for something different in your metal music, Otep is a band you need to check out.

Butcher Babies

Butcher Babies is an American heavy metal band from Los Angeles, California. The band was formed in 2010 by Heidi Shepherd and Carla Harvey, and currently consists of Shepherd, Harvey, Jason Klein and Chris Warner. They have released three studio albums, Goliath (2013), Take It Like a Man (2015) and Lilith (2017).

The band’s music is a mix of thrash metal, groove metal and nu metal, with influences from hardcore punk and industrial music. Their live shows are known for their energetic performances, which often include the use of pyrotechnics, blood and gore.

Butcher Babies has been praised for their empowering messages and their support of the LGBTQ community. In 2015, they were named “Ambassadors of Awesomeness” by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).

Within Temptation

Founded in 1996 by vocalist Sharon den Adel and guitarist Robert Westerholt, Within Temptation is a Dutch symphonic metal band that has released six studio albums, two live albums, one compilation album, and one EP. The band has sold more than 3.5 million copies of their albums worldwide.

With a sound that combines gothic metal with symphonic and pop elements, Within Temptation has found success both in the Netherlands and abroad. In 2003, they were nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance for their song “Ice Queen.” In 2008, they won the Edison Award for Best Rock/Metal International Artist.

Within Temptation’s music often revolves around the themes of love, loss, and betrayal. Their latest album, Resistance (2019), is no different. The album’s lead single, “The Dance,” is a ballad about a woman who is struggling to let go of her past and move on with her life.

If you’re a fan of female-fronted metal bands like Nightwish or Evanescence, then you need to check out Within Temptation.

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