I am a fan of Revolver Magazine, most of the time, because of their excellent one on one interviews with some of the best artists in Hard Rock and Metal. It is a more relevant magazine than any other magazine in the US, in my opinion. The writers truly care about Metal. I think it is rare to see a company support Metal so largely like they do. That kind of support fuels me to write about what I do every day. However, I disagree with a lot of the material they put in their magazines and how they run their website. Manly, the way they advertise women in Metal and constantly sexualize them. I am all for admiring and celebrating the huge uprising in women succeeding and doing better than the men in Metal, but they shouldn’t have to be underdressed to do so.
Revolver Magazine’s Hottest Chicks in Hard Rock and Metal is an issue I really enjoy, because it celebrates and showcases women in Rock and Metal from all over the world. But, I’ve noticed with each issue, there is less and less clothing being worn. Yes Lzzy Hale and Maria Brink are in their usual badass attire, as well as Cristina Scabbia, Simone Simons, Nita Strauss, and Elize Ryd. What I find ironic is that the most successful bands and the most knowledgeable musicians featured in the issue, are the most clothed. I strongly believe that music should not be about looks or attractiveness, but about pure unadulterated talent. I’m all for Feminism and women being able to dress however they want and not be sexualized for it, but it is not effective in the US yet. Every site I go on that features these artists like Halestorm, In This Moment, Delain, Epica, Amaranthe and so on has the most disgusting, demoralizing, sexual comments I have ever read. This has been going on since the era of The Runaways and Crucified Barbara, unfortunately. I think this is a fairly untouched topic in Metal and Music in general, and it is getting more and more disheartening to me every time I come across it.
I am in no way blaming Revolver for this issue, in fact I think they’ve done an excellent job in featuring these women the way they want to be featured. I have no idea why certain women are featured practically naked, but I think these particular artists feel it is good publicity for their music. It is so difficult to pay the bills by working and living in the Music Business these days and it takes many sacrifices to keep food on the table as an artist. One thing we know about business is that sex sells, even when all else fails. If these women truly want to be represented this way, then I support them 100%, but something tells me that money and fame could be a huge motivator. As an artist, I want my brand and my works to be represented for quality and hard work, not for my looks or style. I write about Metal and promote bands because it is my true passion, not because I want fame or monetary compensation. I can’t help but think all musicians want this for their art, but the world is becoming very materialistic and all about fame and the “high life”.
In my opinion, Metal should be completely blind to looks, gender, religion, and politics. Music is what brings us together, not what sets us apart from each other. Why do we use the “female fronted” tag on bands with women as vocalists. We don’t use “male fronted metal”. Both should be equal. These vocalists and musicians should be seen as individuals, not their sex classification. Now that women aren’t a big minority in Metal, we should do away with the “female fronted” tags and the constant sexualization of these amazing artists. I hope in the future we see a completely equal world, without gender, race, religion stereotypes dividers in all areas of life and all throughout the world.
Back to Revolver Mag’s Hottest Chicks in Hard Rock and Metal issue. I agree with most of the singers and musicians featured in this magazine and appreciate the representation of Symphonic Metal leads. However, I find this issue to be extremely biased. The same women are featured over and over, even if they had zero new projects in the previous year. Personally, I would’ve included Within Temptation’s Sharon Den Adel, Delain’s Charlotte Wessels, Anneke Van Giersbergen, Xandria’s Dianne Van Giersbergen, and especially Nightwish’s Floor Jansen. Yes Lzzy Hale and the lot are incredible musicians and have been on a successful streak for a good four years now, but the lack of diverse representation is quite boring and oppressive. I want to see up and coming artists and European bands who are uprising in the US right now. I would like to see more European Metal bands hugely represented in Revolver Mag to broaden the horizons of Mainstream Metal. Maybe as these excellent bands continue to tour the USA, people will demand the same things I do. Nonetheless, this Revolver issue is pretty well done and has a high entertainment factor.