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Chibi from The Birthday Massacre

Chibi, lead singer of the Canadian sort of Metal band “The Birthday Massacre.”

You might be thinking, “is The Birthday Massacre a Metal band?” Well, sort of. They have Metal elements but they also have elements from other genres. We’re going to write about Chibi anyways because she’s a cool chick and the band puts on a good show.

Hailing from Ontario, Canada, we really hate to say this, but three of us saw them live back before we had decent cameras on our phones and to be perfectly honest, despite two of us getting right under Chibi and taking pictures zooming in on her, the pictures are simply not good enough to post on this site. This was either 2005 or early 2006 during their tour for their Violet EP, which the same three of us agree was their strongest release.

We apologize for having shitty phones back then. None of us had any idea years later, for one, we’d all still be friends. And for another, we’d be working on a website together that promotes Women in Metal. Hey, you probably don’t know the future either, so pbbbtttth.

We will say however that The Birthday Massacre never did get really big, so if you get the chance to see them live, they’ll be more than likely playing in smaller venues. After the show, the band members were very approachable. We got a chance to talk to some of them. The dudes kind of look the same, so not sure who we talked to. Chibi’s the one girl, the lead singer, and was also really cool. We got high fives from them during their performance and shook their hands after the show.

Some of us don’t like the more pop direction they headed with their more recent stuff, but we all will say that you at least need to hear their Violet EP, the one that had “Blue” on it. It’s a good song, and there were several other good songs on the EP.

Since we failed to deliver some pictures for you, at least you can watch the “Blue” video. Listen to their lyrics too. They’re pretty dark. They don’t call themselves The Birthday Massacre for nothing.

Angela Gossow

Angela Gossow is a German Mezzo-Soprano singer/growler best known for her work with Arch Enemy. Earlier this year, she passed the torch to Alissa White-Gluz, although she remains the business manager of the band. Reports say that Angela Gossow wanted to spend more time with her family.

Angela Gossow Arch Enemy

Angela Gossow is best known for her work with Arch Enemy although she had previously sung with a few other bands. She has a voice that is quite rare in the Metal world. She’s one of the few female singers in a band that actually sells albums who also has a sick growl. We’re all hoping she opens doors for other female growlers.

Although there is still some debate over here at Metal Chicks Rule for which is the Melodic Death Metal band Arch Enemy’s best album, we actually voted and decided to say Rise of the Tyrant just to list one. Note that this wasn’t a sweep. We all agree on one thing though – we all love Angela Gossow as a vocalist and it’s a shame she stepped down from Arch Enemy. Although it was good to know that she stepped down on good terms and continues to work with the band in a business capacity.

She’s pretty good at leading the band live. She has a pretty awesome stage presence. And she moves and thrashes around and headbangs a lot. They were pretty good live with Angela Gossow and there’s no way you can come out of a show without remembering it fondly years later. We all sincerely hope she inspires a lot more women to follow in her footsteps.

Angela Gossow 2009

Besides her work with Arch Enemy, Angela Gossow also voiced Lavona Succuboso on the show Metalocalypse.

Photo credits:
Alexandre Cardoso in Brazil, licensed CC 2.0
Roman Horník ml at Masters of Rock 2009 in Vizovice, licensed CC 3.0

Lita Ford

Let’s go back to the 1980s. We all know Lita Ford, vocalist and guitarist. Long blonde hair. BC Rich guitars. Lita Ford rocked!

Lita Ford

We can go back all the way to the 1970s with The Runaways. Lita Ford joined the band at the age of 16 and co-wrote some rocking tunes. Unfortunately, a conflict of direction emerged between Joan Jett, who wanted the band to be more punk, and Lita Ford and Sandy West, who wanted the band to be more hard rock. So they split up in 1979.

Lita Ford’s solo career

Which is a good thing, because Lita Ford had a pretty good solo career that got a lot of chicks in the 80s into Metal. She released an album in 1983 and one in 1984, but the one that really stands out is the one that had “Kiss Me Deadly” and “Close My Eyes Forever” on it. That was released in 1988 and simply called Lita. And that album rocked.

Lita, the 1988 album, went on to reach Platinum status. As some of our staff are geezers, they remember the hits from that album and how big they were. Everyone knew Lita Ford. Everyone. If anyone asked “who is the #1 chick in Metal?,” everyone would say Lita Ford.

Lita Ford was the precursor of something we see commonly today – a woman who can both belt out vocals and play a mean guitar at the same time. She played lead guitars pretty well. We all remember seeing her with her familiar BC Rich guitars.

So we all owe her gratitude. Thank you for paving the way. We all owe you.

For the younger folks who haven’t heard her music, we’ll leave a video. This one is a duet with Ozzy Osbourne from the 1988 album Lita. As mentioned above, this album went Platinum. Any teenager who was cool back then loved this song.

Photo credit – Zoran Veselinovic. Licensed CC 2.0

Cristina Scabbia

We’ve seen Lacuna Coil open up for Type O Negative years ago. We eventually moved up about ten or fifteen feet from Cristina Scabbia and all of us agree on two things:
1. Pictures don’t do her justice. She’s even more beautiful in real life.
2. Cristina Scabbia can sing.

We do disagree on something though. Several of us here at Metal Chicks Rule think that she should be the only singer of the band and one of us thinks they’re better off with two. But nonetheless, we all agree that she’s both beautiful in real life and can really, really, really sing.

Cristina Scabbia Lacuna Coil for

Live, she’s so amazing. She totally thrashes and head-bangs on stage. She lets loose and doesn’t hold back. She’s so into the music. If you get the chance to see Lacuna Coil live, whether you like their music or not, Cristina Scabbia alone is worth the price of admission.

Cristina Scabbia from Lacuna Coil

Two of us here first heard them all the way back from their EP. The very first song we heard from them was “Falling.” In this song, Andrea doesn’t do any of the vocals. It’s just Cristina. It’s a slow song with not that much instrumentation. But it works.

After hearing that song, I went out and bought the EP even though I think it was an import. I liked it, but didn’t love the whole EP. But everyone here loved the song “Falling.”

Lacuna Coil's female vocalist - Cristina Scabbia.

Since then, they’ve released seven full-length CDs and one EP. And she’s also done vocal work for Apocalyptica, and she’s awesome for them.

For Lacuna Coil, she’s a pretty amazing singer. Not everyone will like their style though. They have two vocalists – a guy named Andrea Ferro and of course her. They’re from Milan, Italy.

Their music has always been Metal, but recently, it’s gotten a little bit heavier than their older stuff. I think it was “Heaven’s a Lie” where a lot of people from the States started noticing them.

Photo credits – in order of appearance: Joey O’Rourke, licensed CC 2.0; Thargol, licensed CC 1.0; Dylan Madeley, licensed CC 2.0

Simone Simons

After writing about Nightwish’s first two singers, Simone Simons of Epica immediately came to mind. Simone Simons admitted to becoming a Metal vocalist after listening to Tarja Turunen. See, we told you Tarja Turunen was influential.

Simone Simons of Epica

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Born in January 15, 1985 in the Netherlands, Simone Simons started singing in her early teens. It was after listening to Nightwish though that she decided to sing Metal. By her late teens, she joined the Symphonic Metal band Epica.

We first heard of Epica after their 2007 album, the Divine Conspiracy. It’s a pretty epic album, very long, and very bombastic. I know if you live in Europe, you probably think that was late for us to hear of Epica. But for the States, we’re a little bit behind when it comes to good music. A little bit? Try a lot.

Several of us didn’t even know about Nightwish until “Once.” That’s how bad it is out here. Shitty music is in.

Like when we saw Epica live, you wouldn’t believe how small the venues were. We wonder if they even make money doing American tours. They’re really good live. You have to see them. And Simone Simons is absolutely beautiful in real life. These pictures don’t do her justice.

Simone Simons for

Yeah, the downside of living in the States is that these bands don’t tour here that often. It is nice though to see them in small venues. We didn’t get to meet the band members, but know that some people did.

We are though starting to get some people listening to good music. Both of Epica’s latest albums, Requiem for the Indifferent, and The Quantum Enigma both charted on the American Billboard charts. They’re both really good albums.

We feel that there’s no way Epica would be where they are without Simone Simons. Whereas Tuomas was really the catalyst in Nightwish, Epica shares more writing and Simone Simons writes the majority of the lyrics. So she’s not just a beautiful singer with a beautiful voice. She’s also very smart as well.

Photo credits – Mushroom for the first picture. The second picture Rey Brujo. Both licensed under GNU licenses.

Tarja vs Anette

We all love Nightwish.  And this article might sound outdated today.  However, there are currently zero CDs out with Floor right now.  And we’ve seen both Tarja and Anette live, but we haven’t seen Floor live yet.  Well, maybe you have, but we missed the last tour.

So maybe in the near future, we’ll have a Tarja vs Anette vs Floor article. Right now though, it’s Tarja vs Anette.

Tarja vs Anette – Tarja first

Tarja Turunen tarja vs anette

Tarja Turunen was the original singer for Nightwish. She’s an operatic Mezzo-Soprano, who pretty much set the stage for how singers for what would become Symphonic Metal would sound. She influenced pretty much everyone.

Strengths – her voice is unique. It is strong. And she is charismatic. People loved her. She was fun to see live with Nightwish.

Weaknesses – depends who you believe. The other members of Nightwish fired her in an open letter for being a diva. She defended herself by saying that they needed to communicate better and it wasn’t her fault. She doesn’t move much on stage, but that’s not such a bad thing because she’s more like an Opera singer. Their movements are more their expressions on their faces and what they do with their hands and arms. We thought it worked live.

Overall – Nightwish’s best album was Once. That was with Tarja singing. It’s a shame that people just can’t get along. But we’re hoping Floor turns out to be awesome as well.

Tarja vs Anette – Anette next

Anette Olson tarja vs anette

Anette Olson replaced Tarja for two albums and was fired mid-tour. We didn’t expect it to happen. It was a shock to us.

Anette was a singer in a cover band and landed the job because she was very persistent with the members of Nightwish that she wanted the gig. She’s actually a pop singer, not an opera singer. At first, we thought it was weird. Then we thought that the reason they picked a pop singer is to go a different direction.

She only lasted two albums though. Although Dark Passion Play was good, it’s far from Once. We’d like to forget the next album even happened.

Strengths – Anette is great on stage. She has an awesome presence. She moves well, and dances well, and is great at leading the crowd. Her voice is good for what it is. And there’s something about her, after seeing her live, you just have to like her.

Weaknesses – it’s a mismatch though. We are still baffled at why the guys picked a pop singer to replace Tarja. Nothing against Anette. Apples and oranges. We thought it was more a bad choice by the band. She’d be great for most other forms of music. For Nightwish, she’s good enough, but not outstanding. Everyone was expecting to hear someone more like Tarja.

Photo credits – Tarja by Rey Brujo. Anette by David Orlović. Both pictures licensed CC 3.0.