It is perhaps because the recipients of Metal Hammer prefer the more brutal genres…
…and there isn’t a lot of prominent female fronted brutal kind o’ metal. Still, weird for…
…a magazine that supposedly supports all metal, although I’ve seen them mention WT and Nightwish
a lot recently. They even shared Anette’s solo song ^_^
Fgs why are replies so short nowadays?
Haha it took me a while to copy all these, stupid Tumblr :P
Yeah, I did consider that. But then they included some bands that are listed on Wikipedia as rock, and there was stuff like HIM in there so I’m not sure they’re trying to be super brutal or whatever (that’s more Terrorizer’s job :P). They definitely have been quite good about sharing stuff relating to WT and Nightwish, but they don’t seem to cover them in the mag itself much. It’s weird that it seemed to be really popular to like these kinds of bands in 2007 (I have loads of posters and covers from around then) and now it’s kind of fizzled out…
I do think it’s weird that Metal Hammer UK’s Top 50 albums of the year only included 5 bands with a female member, as opposed to 44 with only male members and 1 with unknown members (Ghost). The bands were as follows:
47. Blood Ceremony (doom metal)
41. Jex Thoth (doom metal)
39. Avatarium (doom metal)
28. Wardruna (folk metal)
15. Purson (psychedelic rock)
Even discounting live albums and EPs which I presume weren’t eligible, there’s no sign of this year’s records from Amaranthe, Ayreon, Edenbridge, Leaves’ Eyes, ReVamp, Serenity, Sirenia, Tarja, Tristania or Visions of Atlantis - just to name the ones that I know off the top of my head.
Obviously the list is just whatever bands the people who work there like, and it seems none of them like symphonic, power, gothic or, to some extent, folk metal, and those are the genres that (generally speaking) are more likely to have female vocalists and musicians. I can’t blame them for not being into those genres, but it seems weird for a magazine that’s supposed to represent all of metal. And I’m sure there’s more bands that they could’ve picked from the genres they do like.
I’d be interested to know what magazines from other countries chose as their albums of the year - I’d be willing to bet that European magazines had more of the ones I mentioned above in their lists.
Not entirely keen on the new Tumblr app thing (is anyone surprised) of loading all gifs instead of only loading them when you click on them. It just means you have to wait for massive gifsets of things you’re not interested in to load before you can look at other stuff. And I’m sure I remember reading that some people with epilepsy used the phone app to avoid gifs so that’s pretty bad news for them :(