European Women of Metal

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There are a lot of women in the metal scene in Europe, especially the scandanavian/Nordic countries. This gal is primarily a guitarist but started a band early on, Purest of Pain. Merel Bechtold, Dutch.

 
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Anneke van Giersbergen (Dutch) was one of the pioneers of women in metal and maybe a reason there are so many Dutch gals in metal. Here she is in Gentle Storm with Merel on Guitar and Marcela Bovio singing back up. Anneke currently sings with VUUR. Marcela had her own metal band in Mexico until she married the guy playing bass and moved to Europe to be with him.

 
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Charlotte Wessels (Dutch) had to have her parents sign permission for her to join a band when she was 15. Her band now is Delain. Here she is singing with Marko Heitala from Nightwish. Again, Merel is playing lead guitar.

 
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Floor Jansen, what can you say? She’s also Dutch, now living in Sweden but is lead singer for Finnish group Nightwish. Just an amazing singer.

 

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Alissa White-Gluz, not particularly my style but she’s making a name for herself. She is Canadian born but Arch Enemy is a Swedish band.

 
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There’s an interesting story regarding Alissa and Elize and Nightwish during the American leg of a world tour. It’s a bit long but I think it’s pretty entertaining and, as someone said, a Nightwish performance that will never be repeated. It became known as “The Denver Debacle”. The first several minutes show what happened. Then it’s just poor cell phone video until about 42:45 when there are some more comments about what happened.

edit: bahhh, YouTube insists you click on the link to view it on their site.

 
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Sharon den Adel is Dutch and the singer for Within Temptation.

 

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Simone Simons is another Dutch gal and sings with Epica. Here is Simone with Floor as a guest doing a duet. In this song, Floor sounds almost identical to Simone.
 

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Singer Liv Kristine is with German-Norwegian group Leave’s Eyes.

 

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Magali (Maggy) Lutyen is Belgian and is known for her husky, gritty voice. She’s been with a number of bands but, as of 2015, is with the French band Nightmare.

 
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Lisette van den Berg is another Dutch gal. She sings with a sort of girly pop affectation sometimes. Overall her band, Scarlet Stories, is probably best described as melancholic progressive metal.

Lisette, Marcella, Floor, Anneke, Magali, have all worked at least once with Arjen Lucassen on Ayreon.

 
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Marcela Bovio is Mexican but now sings with the Dutch metal band MaYaN. Note that Merel is also on guitar with this band too. She gets around.

 

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Edenbridge is described as symphonic metal and Sabine Edelsbacher, Austrian, is the lead singer.

 

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Sirenia is a Norwegian goth metal band with lead singer Emmanuelle Zoldan.

 

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Tristania is another Norwegian goth metal band with female vocalist Mariangela Demurtas.

 
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