At 1/21/15 11:54 PM, SubliminalVirus wrote:
this seems like the best place to ask. Sorry if I'm wrong... just curious
The other day I was talking with someone about bands, the topic of "female fronted" bands came up. He pretty much went on a rant on how much he hates it when bands focus attention on the female in the band. He referenced to In This Moment, for instance their promo pics often only show Maria Brink, even the latest music videos tend to feature her, only showing near subliminal clips of the rest of the band, even in their live shows the band tends to stay in her shadow. This kind of makes me wonder how they feel about it...
It's not really much of an issue within metal music. Mallcore crap like In This Moment, which I came to refer to as titscore, doesn't qualify as metal, not in their sound, and especially not in their attitude, aesthetics and pop music marketing and general vibe.
Personally I don't give a shit what bands release other than music. It's not like sexy pictures are the only reason they can sell albums and gain fans. to me it seems like a bonus. I guess the only thing that bugs me is when the rest of the band is almost forgotten...
Oh yes it can! Well, not single-handedly, but it sure helps a lot. You have to understand that bands that usually focus on their image so much, are the "heavy" version of pop artists and bands. They NEED the looks to sell, because this is their main (often only) quality/interest. These bands usually bet a lot on the strong and badass female lead to sell records. It attracts poser teenager kids who find them hot, and it gives the teenage girls icons, role-models.... girls who are hot, but strong and does what male musicians and vocalists can also do... It seems to work better when the female musician is the vocalist. And it's especially efficient when she can growl (like them boys, yaknow). It's crappy marketing. But again, it doesn't usually affect real metal. When it does, it usually stays within gothic/symphonic metal and melodic death metal realms. Arch Enemy, Nightwish, Lullacry, Within Temptation and Epica are all bands with female vocalists. And just to make myself clear here, I'm not saying these bands are bad. Some of them have awesome material.
Even if that gimmick is spreading, there are still awesome female vocalists. And well, sure it's a gimmick... but not all bands that have female vocalists do it because of the gimmick. Some of them are true to what they artistically want to accomplish and aren't trying to make a quick buck on a dumb trend like shitty bands like In This Moment and Amaranthe are.