Screaming Female Fronted Bands

Posted by firestormx on Feb. 27, 2012, 1:45 a.m.

So SpectreNectar made a blog about some Canadian (if that stupid word filter is still on, then eskimo = "cana dian" and "that cold place" = "cana da") bands, and I'm now inspired to write a blog about music. Specifically, metal bands with female vocalists, who scream. I absolutely love it, and I thought I'd share a list.

This is far from a "complete" list, but these are some good ones that I happen to have. I'm not a huge fan of girls just singing (or any metal with clean vocals, really), so it's a pretty small list. I'll list them first, and then give a sample of one of their songs. I won't really go into the history of the band or anything though. Lastly, I should clarify that half of these aren't really all that metal, but c'mon…It's a girl screaming…That makes up for the way the music is played.

(Band - Singer)

Arch Enemy - Angela Gossow

Iwrestledabearonce - Krysta Cameron

Otep - Otep Shamaya

Cerebral Bore - Simone "Som" Plujimers

Circle the Sky - Ash

Kittie - Morgan Lander

Straight Line Stitch - Alexis Brown

The Agonist - Alissa White-Gluz

Walls of Jericho - Candace Kucsulain

Orphan Hate - Sina Niklas

Holy Moses - Sabina Classen

Picture me Broken - Layla Brooklyn Alman

Eths - Candice Clot

Astarte - Maria "Tristessa" Kolokouri

Light This City - Laura Nichol

Cadaveria - Cadaveria (that's the name she goes by)

cmkin29 - Kin Lin

Arch Enemy

When you think "female screaming", this is probably the first band you would think of. Definately the most commonly cited band for this sort of thing.



The band has a sense of humour, but it's got a lot of clean vocals, and electronic stuff, which I'm not too fond of. It's definately one of those "not quite metal" bands, but it's still pretty good.

You know that ain't them dogs' real voices:


Otep is one of the few nu metal bands that I really like (death to most nu metal! *shakes fist*). Her albums feature really heavy songs, some softer songs, and even some spoken word "poetry" (stories about murder and brutality, basically). About a third of her lyrics are really good too, talking about abuse and stuff. She has a really good vocal range to top it all off - throaty raspy screams, shrieks, growls, whispers, clean vocals…

Fists Fall:

Cerebral Bore

This is a pretty new band (well, they're actually almost 7 years old, but they only got the vocalist, and released their debute album, in 2011), featuring "Som" on vocals. She was around on youtube (her channel. You'll have to go back maybe 20 videos to get to her older stuff) doing awesome vocal covers of Dying Fetus and stuff before she joined the band.

Most of the other bands I mentioned are on the cleaner side of metal, but Som is much more on the grind/death side of metal, with really deep and throaty (exhale?) screams, and even does pig squeals. And on top of it all, she was only 19 when she did the album (and was doing the youtube stuff before that). Speaking of youtube, there's another awesome youtube channel singer down below.

The Bald Cadaver (she does some pig squeals from 1:23 and 1:29):

Circle the Sky

Speaking of young, Circle the Sky is an Australian band (a lot of good metalcore stuff comes from Australia too. Spectre was on a Canadian kick, or something…He should look at Australia next), with a 16 year old singer. "The band emerged in 2006, shocking crowds by the petite young lady producing brutal vocals". And they are pretty brutal.

Shark Etiquette:


This (all girl) Canadian band was probably the first band with a female screamer that I had ever heard. She's got a good scream (raspy), but sadly she does a lot of clean vocals, so I don't listen to them too much.

Cut Throat:

Straight Line Stitch

A female screamer is pretty rare, and a black one is even rarer! A little Asian girl is probably the rarest (further down)

Black Veil:

The Agonist

Another Canadian band

Thank You Pain:

Walls of Jericho

A Trigger Full of Promises:

Orphan Hate

When she's not doing her clean vocals, she has a really good, deep, growls.

This Child (skip to 0:43 to start the screaming)

Holy Moses

Alright, so I've only been alive for about 2/3s or how long this band has been alive. It was one of the first German thrash metal bands, and definately one of the first female fronted metal bands.

World Chaos (live):

Picture me Broken

I found out today that one of their songs is on Rock Band (DLC). My RB drum set is destroyed, so when I either get my Rold drum kit setup to play Rockband, or I buy a new kit, I definately have to buy it. I'm going to put that video on here to remind myself to buy it. It doesn't really showcase her screams until after the break down (you can skip to 2:30, then she goes between clean vocals, and screams)

Dearest (I'm So Sorry):


A French metal band. The Agonist is from Montreal (in the Canadian province of Quebec, which is French), but Eths is French vocals, from France, and it is absolutely awesome.



An all female black metal band. Pretty awesome, eh SpectreNectar?

Black Mighty Gods

Light This City

I only recently found this band, so I haven't had much time to listen to them, but I love them so far.

The Unwelcome Savior


This is actually a pretty weak band to end on. Her "scream" is really more of a yell for the most part. This is also a band I just started listening to, and I haven't really found any songs that stand out yet in my casual listening to them. I'm not really a fan of Symphonic metal (there's never enough power and speed coming from the drums. T_T), and this band is just on the verge of being too symphonic for me.

The Dream (skip to 2:15 for her "yelling")


Alright, this isn't a band, but if you head over to cmkin29's youtube channel, you can see this little Korean girl (I'm sure there's tons of Japanese girls who can do this too…'Cause Japan's weird like that) belting out covers from absolutely amazing singers/bands. From Lamb of God and Arch Enemy, to The Black Dahlia Murder and Job for a Cowboy.

There's quite a few really good female vocalists on youtube, but I thought she was pretty cool.

Cover of "Entombment of a Machine" by "Job For a Cowboy"

And that's that. If there's other bands you know of, let me know, 'cause I love this. If you want more information, or other songs (or albums) to "get into" one of these bands, let me know.


MMOnologueguy 10 years, 3 months ago

Not metal, but:

Jack Off Jill - Jessica Fodera

Naked Aggression - Kirsten Patches

Bikini Kill -Kathleen Hanna

Crass - Eve Libertine and Joy De Vivre

Siouxsie and the Banshees - Siouxsie Sioux

X - Exene Cervenka

Some of them aren't really screaming I guess. edit: yelling, it's yelling, not screaming, yelling, I fucking love yelling female vocalists.

firestormx 10 years, 3 months ago

Oh yeah! Jack off Jill! I know of them, but for some reason I never got any of their albums. o_o

The rest of these are just punk bands with female singers. THEY ARE NOT RELATED TO THE SCREAMING! XD

Brody from The Distillers is pretty good, for not screaming, if we're gonna go down this path.

Other than that, most female punk singers have a sort of punk sound, but most of them sound alike, and don't differ too much from if they were singing regular rock music.

Plus, every time I hear Rebel Girl, it reminds me of my ex girlfriend. T_T

Also, it's 3am, and this comment is just a ramble, and I don't know what message or tone I'm trying to convey with it.

(It's not a negative tone, though, thanks for the input!)

MMOnologueguy 10 years, 3 months ago

And how the fuck did I forget probably the best one?

Star Fucking Hipsters - Nico de Gaillo

firestormx 10 years, 3 months ago

Ooooh, I like Star Fucking Hipsters!

The name rings a bell, but I don't think I've ever heard any of their songs before that one.

Here's a non-metal band with some screaming (sadly this is probably the only song where she actually does scream):

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Art Star

It takes about 20 seconds to start the chorus of screaming.

I think we should use links to youtube now, instead of the youtube tag, so we don't kill someone's underpowered computer when they load the page. XD

LAR Games 10 years, 3 months ago

Most of these thumbnails make me afraid to press play…

Crazy_Star 10 years, 3 months ago

What omg superb blog. Magnificent ^^ I had no idea you we're going to list this many. And most of these are awesome ;)

I'm going to do a short run down on them (Arch Enemy, Otep and some others I knew off already):

Iwrestledabearonce: <3 4 teh srsly111 No, in all honesty I really found this adorable hahah

The Otep video was pretty wicked. Almost as wicked as that chick from Cerebral Bore. I'm a fan of pig squals for sure. Went and saw "Maniacal Miscreation" right after ^^

Circle the Sky: Haha the only Australian act I know of is Virgin Black (!) Definitely somthing to look more into. Young talents are always interesting. I often find the young bands to be the ones who win local contests for some related reason. Man and then there's Kvist (black): (lyrics are great too (but Norwegian))

Straight Line Stitch: Awesome. I like.

The Agonist: :)

Walls Of Jericho: Quite energenic. Not Atari Teenage Riot energic, but energic. :D

Orphan Hate: I like her clean vocals as well. Nice track. Blends well together.

Holy Moses: Had no idea these existed either :o Hm I should go to Wacken some time.

Picture me Broken: Hehe Rock Band. Kewl. Also a very good find this band! I should check them out some more.

Eths: +1 fav

Astarte: Phef.. I knew those. OK OK I didn't! :P I don't know many Greece bands either =| Great atmosphere. Must be awesome live. A tad strange yet alluring visuals in the video posted. Need I say this is my fav among all bands here? ^^

Light This City: Me too dude. Me too…

cmkin29: Japan is weird like that: But yeah she has a nice "attitude" (or maybe the opposite which suits her).

In conclusion (sry couldn't help myself) must you use the phrase "get into" in this contex? :\ :| :) :P (for those of you who don't get it. Do worry. )

I really had no idea I am this lacking in "woman metal insight" :/ But oh well these are not genres I usually associate myself with. Not that I couldn't see myself doing so ^^

LAR Games: Don't click mine either :D

JuurianChi 10 years, 3 months ago

Screaming Female Fronted Bands
Holy hotness, some of my favorite words.

leemcd56 10 years, 3 months ago


Juju 10 years, 3 months ago

Why do you like screaming vocals?

Toast 10 years, 3 months ago

Not a big fan of that cookie monster shit. Occasionally it works, but most of the time it's just a headache. I want to understand wtf they're saying

This is the only band I could think of right now