Hottest Women of Metal
Pop music is sung from the diaphragm, rock is sung from the heart, and metal is sung from the balls.
It’s long been a fusion of deep growls, heavy distortion, and buckets of testosterone. But now there are a few inked-up ladies who can melt faces too. Metal may have been a man’s world, but the women on these pages are blowing the boys’ long hair back. * “A lot of people don’t believe that I am the main songwriter of Eyes Set to Kill, and it’s only because I am a woman,” says Alexia Rodriguez. “My sister, Anissa, and I have always had our hearts in metal music. I guess it’s just the tough times we went through that made metal and heavy rock seem to speak our same language. The more aggressive and emotional a band was to me, the more I could relate.” * For DJ Ivy D’Muerta, gender used to be a source of insecurity. “During my first show on Sirius XM Liquid Metal I was a nervous wreck,” she says. “I knew the listeners would be like, ‘Who in the hell is this beach town chick thinking she knows a thing or two about metal?’” But as these women have discovered, the best way to meet those kinds of comments head-on is to crank the amps to 11 and drown them out. * On these pages, we’ve rounded up the six hottest, loudest, most talented chicks in the metal scene and put them on center stage.
STYLING, KELLY BROWN AT ANDERSON HOPKINS; HAIR, BETHANY BRILL; MAKEUP, ROBERT REYES USING MAC; LOCATION, LIT LOUNGE; Patricia Field bodysuit; Steve Madden shoes; Trash & Vaudeville black cuff, black leather bracelet, black studded bracelet, and necklace; Lee Angel silver bracelet; Club Monaco band ring; stylist’s own silver ring
Keyboards/Vocals, A Cancerous Affair
Favorite song to play: All of them, since it’s a new band.
Her influences: Anathema, Mew, Opeth.
On being a girl in metal: Since metal is male-dominant, females can have a tough time earning respect. You have to prove to the world that you’re not just a pretty face or a gimmick, but that you’re talented and hard-working. On the other hand, people look up to you because you’re a musician in the same ranks as some of the best, most technical musicians out there.
On her tattoos: I knew as a teenager I would have a lot of artwork on my body because I would always draw all over my arms. I like traditional ink, so when I got the majority of my art I sought out artists that excelled in that style. I’ve had a range of reactions to my tattoos, but it’s really awesome when the elderly come up to you and tell you how beautiful your artwork is, showing sincere appreciation for it.
On what metal means: Is metal a state of mind? An attitude? A fashion statement? How long your hair is? I don’t label myself as metal, punk, scene, hipster, etc. … and I’m not exclusively into one particular genre of music or any particular way to dress. I love metal but it doesn’t define me.
On conventional beauty vs. alternative beauty: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But let’s be real—tattooed women are fucking smoking!
Photo by Kareem Black
STYLING, Camille Jumelle at The Rex Agency; HAIR, Tanya Ramirez; MAKEUP, Mynxii White; LOCATION, HOUSE OF BLUES HOLLYWOOD; On Anissa: J. Gerard corset; Forgotten Saints shorts. On Alexia: J. Gerard corset; her own shorts
Alexia and Anissa Rodriguez
Guitar/Vocals and Bass, Eyes Set To Kill
Favorite song to play: “Darling.”
Their influences: Thrice, Glassjaw, Unearth, Darkest Hour, Gojira.
On being a girl in metal (Anissa): At times it’s really hard to be a female in this genre of music because of how closed-minded some people can be. But we try and look past the bullshit and write and play for ourselves and the fans who appreciate us instead of looking for the approval of others who doubt us.
On what metal means (Alexia): I think it’s silly to call yourself metal. But if I had to define it, I would say someone who has a strong attitude, is true to themselves, and is overall a badass. I don’t know where metal is heading, and the scary fact about that is that I haven’t bought a record by a new metal band in forever. I think there are still some good bands coming out, and I’m not bashing anyone. I just wish there were more bands that seemed real.
On sibling rivalry (Anissa): Alexia and I have a very unique and close relationship that a lot of sisters don’t have. I think being on tour together and writing together has made us closer than ever. And we have wanted this our whole lives. We are in this together and there is no other person we’d rather share this experience with.
On the band’s matching Zelda tattoos (Alexia): Ocarina of Time was our favorite game when we were growing up, and one thing we all had in common. A friend we met on tour owned a tattoo shop in Colorado Springs, so we all went in one day and decided to get matching band tattoos—of course it was an easy decision to make on what we would get. Ocarina of Time is still the greatest game ever created!
Photo by Magdalena Wosinska
STYLING, MARISSA PEDEN; HAIR AND MAKEUP, REBECCA FRIEDMAN FOR GOODFORM SALON; Brooke Worrel gauntlet; American Apparel underwear; Frederick’s of Hollywood knee-highs; Jeffrey Campbell shoes; vintage belt; stylist’s own bandanna
Host, Sirius XM Liquid Metal
How she introduces songs: As my mood fancies!
Currently dominating her headphones: Bolt Thrower, Abysmal Dawn, Behemoth, All Shall Perish, Cannibal Corpse.
On being a girl in metal: Being a girl in the metal world means the same thing as being a dude in the metal world: We love the music. Or that’s what it should mean, anyway. I suppose it is odd because it is typically a male-dominated genre, but I’m guilty of that mind frame too. When I find a rare chick friend who digs the same types of metal as I do, I get stoked.
On her ink: I’ve had tattoos for so many years I forget they are there until a curious stranger comes up and grabs my arm asking if they are real. I used to get really pissed off with questions like that; now I just find them funny. My pieces are a collaboration of every struggle I’ve endured, every accomplishment I’ve worked hard for, my awesome childhood, and my family. They are my badges of honor.
On where metal is headed: Metal and all its subgenres are heading in directions where they feel they need to be—the clean-cut screamers, the bearded growlers, the ones who sing, the ones who feel 260 bpm is much too slow, the performers, the classical lovers, the black/death/heavy/nu metalers. We all are so different in our tastes and flavors but we all have one basic drive: metal!
On alternative beauty vs. conventional beauty: In my eyes, I see no difference. Just show your confidence. If I see that you love and accept who you are, then hell yeah! I model, so I get to look like all sorts, [both] conventional and alternative … I think it’s fun. But at the end of the day I love just hanging out at home with no makeup on and my hair all wild and unkempt. Beauty is deeper than your skin.
Photo by Magdalena Wosinska
STYLING, KELLY BROWN AT ANDERSON HOPKINS; HAIR, BETHANY BRILL; MAKEUP, ROBERT REYES USING MAC; LOCATION, LIT LOUNGE; Patricia Field bra; Trash & Vaudeville belt and skull ring; Rodrigo Otazu at Patricia Field hat; stylist’s own bodysuit and leggings; Lee Angel ring
Keyboardist, Winds of Plague
Favorite song to play: “Drop the Match.”
Her influences: Dimmu Borgir, Cradle of Filth.
On being a girl in metal: I honestly love it. It allows me to stomp around like I am equally as tough as all the guys. But the gimmick of a girl in a metal band does have its downfalls. There is always internet bullying about there being no real musicianship or talent and all I can do is look hot behind a keyboard. Maybe if some of these people did their research, they would know I’ve played two different instruments and sang since I was a child and have been busting my ass in bands since I was 15.
On being Winds of Plague’s newest keyboardist: It was actually a bit rough at first. I was always compared to their last keyboardist. But I think once people actually got around to seeing me live with the band, I gained fans who saw how well we fit together. I love the guys in my band and they love me too. We get along very well.
On rocking out: I’d say the holiday fest shows are always the most fun. We go 100 percent full-out for those. We’ve had Christmas trees thrown into the crowd, snow blowers, giant blow-up Santas crowd surfing, people in costumes, a beach-themed beach ball party onstage, and smashed pumpkins exploding with fake blood. It’s never a dull moment with us.
On her ink: Everyone loves the zombie characters on my leg; those seem to be the favorites. It’s great when people are trying to read the script on my calf or the Italian wrapped around my thigh. Stop staring! Just kidding.
Photo by Kareem Black
Styling, Kelly Brown at Anderson Hopkins; hair, Bethany Brill; makeup, Robert Reyes using MAC; location, Lit Lounge; Patricia Field bodysuit and shirt; Lee Angel jewelry; Agent Provocateur fishnets; Maria’s own lingerie and shoes.
Vocals, In This Moment
Her favorite song to play: “‘The Gun Show,’ but I’m also excited to play the new songs off our new album, Blood.”
Her influences: Deftones, Slipknot, Volbeat, M83.
On being a girl in metal: I’ve always been used to being the girl in the boys’ world. I think you just need not to focus on that stuff. It’s so rewarding, doing the things we do and playing the music that we do. I do wear little dresses onstage, so it’s funny seeing people’s faces when they’ve never heard us. It just makes me want to work harder.
On her tattoos: I’m sure my desire for tattoos came from a similar place as my music. I’ve always found tattoos to be a beautiful way of being independent and separating yourself from the crowd. I think it’s a great way to express yourself and become your own little painting.
On becoming a musician: My mom was definitely a huge influence on me. She was 16 when she had me and was a huge flower child, into bands like Black Sabbath and Rolling Stones. She would take me to shows all the time and I really grew up in the early influences of heavy metal through her. It’s also really therapeutic for me to go onstage and let out this side of me that has to be let out one way or another.
On what metal means: Our band has been on a lot of metal tours and has had a lot of influence from that, so it’s definitely a part of who we are, but I think I’m a really diverse woman when it comes to music. Metal, to me, is about an attitude—not being afraid to really let it out.
Photo by Kareem Black