May 22, 2014

Soaring Highs and Brutal Lows: Voices of Women in Metal Documentary

Metal Movies

Floor Jenson of Nightwish.

Floor Jansen of Nightwish.

Soaring Highs And Brutal Lows: The Voices Of Women In Metal is a documentary looking at the role of frontwomen in the metal scene, with a focus mainly on power, gothic and symphonic metal bands. Explore the energy and emotion of heavy metal through the stories and voices of some of the most prominent women who bring it to life. Follow the paths of these artists working to achieve their dreams, learn what drives them, and how their journeys have unfolded so far

It features interviews with Floor Jansen of Nightwish and ReVamp, Doro Pesch of Doro and Warlock, Simone Simons from Epica, Charlotte Wessels of Delain and The Gathering’s Anneke van Giersbergen.

Produced and directed by Mark Harwood, the film explores the experiences of female metal vocalists and combines interview, concert and archive footage. The Rising Moon Productions documentary is expected to be released later this year.

As a female metalhead, and a fan of a few of these bands, I think this could be quite interesting. This looks like a cool project and, if it’s as well-produced as some of the recent docos on metal (Banger Films productions in particular) I think it’ll be a very interesting addition to the old’ DVD library.

You can watch the trailer below.

For more info on the documentary, visit:

Want to stay up-to-date with news, book releases and articles from the blog? Then subscribe to my infrequent newsletter.

Love metal? Don’t forget my metal novel, At War With Satan, is now available for $2.99 from AmazonKobo, and Smashwords.

6 Comments on “Soaring Highs and Brutal Lows: Voices of Women in Metal Documentary

July 2, 2014 at 1:34 pm

Yeah sure, not always. Most people can consentrate on the music and not rate the vocalist based on gender, but I have met some of these people who think that a band is automatically good if there’s a female vocalist, especially if she growls. I know there aren’t many female-growlers, but I think it’s just wrong to rate the music or the performance of an artist based on their gender. If I started adoring male-growlers just because they’er men I’d be called a chauvinist right away.

Great example is now that Arch Enemy got a new vocalist. Some poeple told right away that they will never listen to Arch Enemy again. I think that is very stupid. Of course, Angela Gossow is a good growler, but she’s not irreplaceable like Arch Enemy’s new album goes to show. She didn’t write the songs or even all of the lyrics. I would’ve almost understood this reaction if Michael Amott left Arch Enemy, but not now. Sometimes I wish they had gotten a male-growler just to see people’s faces. I can’t help but think that Gossow’s huge fanbase is partly due to her gender.
In comparison, no-one gave a shit when Mikael Åkerfeldt left Bloodbath or when Rob Dukes got kicked out of Exodus.

I might be overreacting a little bit because in real life I know people like this too and they make me bang my head against the wall and I’ve also been arguing with people like this on facebook’s fanpages way too much lol.

Aris Panagiotopoulos
May 23, 2014 at 2:39 am

Since I’m a huge fan of symphonic metal I’m very interested to see what the producers have come up with! However there are two important omissions in this documentary. Within Temptation’s Sharon Den Adel and Tarja Turunen seem to be absent! These two amazing singers are probably the most well known in the genre and the most popular.
I can’t imagine that the producers didn’t try to get them on board so I have to assume that they didn’t want to get involved for some reason which is a shame.
Nevertheless I’m really anxious to see the documentary!

June 16, 2014 at 9:30 pm

@Aris – agreed. I’m looking forward to this. And I agree with you completely; a documentary about women in metal with a focus on symphonic should be chatting to Tarja and Sharon Den Adel. My assumption is that the producer probably approached them, but they might not have wanted to appear for some reason. (I know they’re both pretty busy!) Likewise, I didn’t see Angela Gossow in there – I’d thought she’d give an interesting perspective if they’re going into extreme metal at all.

July 3, 2014 at 10:30 pm

Right Steff, I didn’t mention Angela Gossow because it doesn’t seem like they tackle the extreme metal genre at all, If the singers appearing in the trailer are anything to go by, they seem to have focused only on symphonic metal.
Unfortunately I don’t expect the documentary to have any success because of the important ommissions it has. I’d dare say that in a way it’s useless. It’s also bad from a commercial point of view.
There are also more female vocalists that could be included, Tristania, Sirenia, Xandria, Delain, Bolt Thrower (death metal), Alissa White Gluz (Arch Enemy’s new vocalist who interestingly can sing both cleanly and growl which was doing in her previous band, The Agonist!) etc.
Too many ommisssions! I think it’s better to delay the release and try to get as many of all these amazing women on board and certainly the heavyweights! I’ll watch it anyway but otherwise it’s almost useless!

May 22, 2014 at 4:12 pm

I have never understood why female singers in metal bands are praised so much just because of their gender. Of course some of them are great singers, but not even nearly all of them.

June 16, 2014 at 9:43 pm

@JypeK – I know what you mean, although I wouldn’t necessarily say female musicians (vocalists) in metal are praised all that often, but probably that’s because I read snarky review blogs too much. I think it’s because while there are a lot more female metal fans these days, there aren’t so many female metal musicians, and so there’s a bit to-do about women in the limelight that fans can “relate to”. As a women I’m pretty interested in what it’s like to be in a metal band and be a chick, but I’m pretty interested in any metal documentary that comes out :)

Comments are closed.