Hate it or love it, metalcore is truly the most popular fusion genre that combines elements of metal and hardcore punk. Why? Is it because the breakdowns? Is it because metalcore is totally dominated by men? Who knows? But let’s face it. There are only a few women who are affiliated with this musical genre. Let’s see who are the most popular ladies in metalcore.
Jeanne Sagan (All That Remains)
Jeanne Sagan is an American musician from Springfield, Massachusetts, best known as the bassist and backing vocalist of All That Remains between 2006 and 2015.
In the early years of her career, she was a member of different bands such as the Massachusetts based The Acacia Strain. In 2006, she joined All That Remains after the departure of Matt Deis. In October 2015, Sagan announced her departure from the American metalcore band led by Philip Labonte in order to pursue personal interests. She was replaced by Aaron “Bubble” Patrick, formerly of the band Bury Your Dead. Sagan currently plays bass/backing vocals in Crossing Rubicon.
Alissa White-Gluz is a Canadian extreme metal/metalcore vocalist from Montreal, Canada. She started her musical career as the lead vocalist of the Canadian metalcore band The Agonist in 2004. In 2007, the band released their debut album “Once Only Imagined” through Century Media Records. They also recorded a video for “Business Suits and Combat Boots” that was released on September 21, 2007. The video was voted the number 6 video of the year 2007 on MTV2’s Headbanger’s Ball.
The Agonist’s next step was the release of their second album “Lullabies for the Dormant Mind” in March 2009. After finishing a tour with Epica and Scar Symmetry in December 2010, the band confirmed on their Facebook page that they are writing a new album to be released in early 2012.
In March 2014, White-Gluz announced that she had been chosen as the replacement for Angela Gossow as frontwoman of the Swedish melodic death metal band Arch Enemy. She also revealed that the group as fans knew it was “over” and that she and they had parted ways. Vicky Psarakis was then revealed as the new lead singer of the group.
Caroline Westendorp (The Charm The Fury)
Caroline Westendorp is a Dutch metal vocalist for Amsterdam based metal band The Charm The Fury. She was born in The Hague but moved to Amsterdam in her teen years. With a musical background, Caroline started with music early, taking flute lessons and she learned to play the guitar before becoming a metal vocalist. She won the air guitar contest and ended up at the national contest in Paradiso, Amsterdam, where she ended third place. When she was sixteen, Caroline and her friends started a band called “ACE”. It was then when she realized that making music was something that makes her happy. Right after finishing high school, she started up a new band called “Autopilot” where she played the guitar. However, Caroline wanted more. With so little women in heavy metal and especially metalcore, she wanted to make a difference. With a help of Youtube tutorials, she learned how to scream. In 2010, the band The Charm The Fury was formed which she joined after reacting to an online advertisement. They released their first EP “The Social Meltdown” in 2012 before releasing the full-length debut “A Shade Of My Former Self” a year later. They signed to Nuclear Blast before releasing their second studio album “The Sick, Dumb & Happy” in 2017. Caroline’s favorite band of all time is “Underoath”, claiming that they are the ones who actually made her scream.