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.
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.
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.
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.