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Unearthing The Metal Underground: All-Female Metal Bands

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Band Photo: Kittie (?)

With ladies like Angela Gossow and Vibeke Stene fronting bands with primarily male members, the heavy metal scene has shown that women can just be as bad ass as men. While the female fronted band has gone from curiosity to accepted member of the metal kingdom, heavier acts still tend toward having mostly men among their ranks. Breaking that trend are a few groups that buck the established norm and bust out the girl power. With this week’s edition of the Unearthing the Metal Underground column we’ll take a look at three bands that rock out 100% wang free.


Kittie is probably the most well known group to feature only women handling the instruments and vocals, but there are plenty of all-girl bands that show up the kittens in terms of brutality. There’s no purr and all claws to be found in Greece’s Astarte, which leans heavily towards the black metal side of the spectrum.

Currently signed to Avantgare Records, Astarte has released five full-length albums so far, and even managed to catch Dimmu Borgir’s attention. Symphonic black metal icon Shagrath appeared in a guest spot on the “Ring of Sorrow” song off the band’s “Sirens” album. To get started with this all-girl act you can check out the video for the “Mutter Astarte” track, the collaboration with Shagrath, and the song “Black Mighty Gods” in the clips below.

Going back slightly further into Astrate’s discography, below is the song “Oblivious Darkness” from the 2002 album “Quod Superius Sicut Inferius.”


Heading in a drastically different direction than Astarte, Japan’s Destrose is a dream come true for many a metal fan. Five skinny Asian ladies in skimpy outfits playing classic style metal goes into just about every fetish imaginable, and then some. It’s honestly almost a crime that they aren’t in school girl outfits during live performances. Don’t let the persona make you think they are all gimmick and eye candy though, because Destrose can shred as well as the best of them. You can find a promo video for the “Rose of Destruction” single below.


Rounding out our lineup of women-only bands sees yet another shift in style from Shever, which plays good old fashioned down-temp doom. You can check out the band’s music via the Shever MySpace page. A clip of the band performing the song “Souls Colliding” at the Roadburn festival, along with a live clip of the track “Doomsky,” can be found below.

These are only three all-female metal bands, but certainly there are plenty more quality acts to be found in the underground. Feel free to add your comment below or suggest more completely female bands that deserve to be heard. Make sure to check back next Monday as we explore more underground scenes from around the world.

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Ty Arthur splits his time between writing dark fiction, spreading the word about underground metal bands, and bringing you the latest gaming news. His sci-fi, grimdark fantasy, and horror novels can be found at Amazon.

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Wait, what the f*** is a "girl"?

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Just jokin' about the fact that I rarely ever hear of girls in underground metal bands. Even the crowds at most smalltime gigs are mainly made up of guys. The ones I've been to, at least.

I've heard of Astarte before, but aside from Girlschool and Vixen or even The Iron Maidens or Misstallica I've rarely heard of any all-female metal bands. ;-)

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