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August 21, 2022 2:32 PM   Subscribe

Please recommend good current (Δ<=5y) heavy metal / hard rock.

Any sub-genre, as long as it's good (not kinda or interesting, really good). Female vocalists preferred if possible.
posted by signal to Media & Arts (26 answers total) 38 users marked this as a favorite
I really dig the Belgium band Gnome's new album "King", it's stoner/hard rock that grooves and demands to be played loud. Here's opening track Ambrosius.
posted by drezdn at 2:39 PM on August 21, 2022 [4 favorites]

Sorry, not a female fronting this band, but: The Dirty Nil, “Fuck Art”

Opening track: Doom Boy
posted by holborne at 3:10 PM on August 21, 2022 [2 favorites]

Bridge City Sinners Their second album is my fav
Devil Electric Their first album is my fav.
Black Mirrors
Bloody Hammers
Bring Me the Horizon - Post Human Survival Horror is a top album of mine
Jagd - punk but female lead
In This Moment
Black Moon Mother - slower but cool vibes
Green Lung - one of my fav newer bands
Gone Cosmic
Ghost - didn't love their last album
Black Pistol Fire - southern hard rock but their last couple were more pop, their old stuff is great
Telekinetic Yeti - more instrumental

Pro Music Searching Tip 1: MrDoom666 on youtube uploads excessive amounts of music, mostly in rock/hard rock/metal/doom/indie categories. I've found probably 6 to 10 just by a day of looking at their uploads.

Pro Music Searching Tip 2: YouTube in a PRIVATE window is the way to get the algorithm to actually recommend things based on what you are watching. It won't work if you're logged in or in a regular window because it wants to override the natural algorithm with subscriptions. Private window YouTube surfing is something we spend an evening doing.
posted by Crystalinne at 3:20 PM on August 21, 2022 [4 favorites]

King Woman's latest album (and, if you don't already know them, their first album Doubt is outside your five-year window but also fucking fantastic)
posted by nebulawindphone at 3:20 PM on August 21, 2022 [4 favorites]

Do you have any affection for 80s-style riff rock? If so you might enjoy Bat Fangs. Here's Talk Tough and Wolfbite.
posted by miles per flower at 4:25 PM on August 21, 2022 [3 favorites]

Thou and Emma Ruth Rundle - May Our Chambers Be Full (2020) and The Helm of Sorrow (2021) - female vocalist
Mrs. Piss - Self Surgery (2020) (and this will spin you off into Chelsea Wolfe) - female vocalist
Gatecreeper - An Unexpected Reality (2021)
Kowloon Walled City - Piecework (2021)
Thou and Mizmor - Myopia (2022)
King Woman - Celestial Blues (2021) (+1 to above) - female vocalist
Mizmor - Wit's End (2022) and Cairn (2019)
Spirit Adrift - Enlightened in Eternity (2020)
Sumac - bunch of albums in the last five years, including three collaborations with Keiji Haino
Full of Hell - also super prolific, with nine releases on Bandcamp in the last five years

Two other approaches to finding more:
1. Follow the labels Gilead Media, 20 Buck Spin, and Profound Lore. They all generally release great stuff.
2. Go find Two Minutes to Late Night on YouTube, watch all of their pandemic cover videos, then find the bands of all the musicians in the videos (this will lead you to at least one band of a MeFi member).
posted by Special Agent Dale Cooper at 4:26 PM on August 21, 2022 [4 favorites]

Do you know Jinjer?

I recently heard Veils by Oginalii on the local college radio station and liked it a lot.
posted by saladin at 4:26 PM on August 21, 2022 [4 favorites]

Snail Mail has some great sort of modern classic rock. Idk if it's hard enough for this purpose but she rocks and makes me think the kids are alright.
posted by SaltySalticid at 6:09 PM on August 21, 2022 [1 favorite]

These are all newish bands I've liked with female vocalists:

Trauma Bond (UK) - Winter's Light (2022) - industrial grindcore
Dying Wish (PX) - Fragments of a Bitter Memory (2022) - metalcore
Illudium (CA) - Ash of the Womb (2021) - sounds like a heavier Sunny Day Real Estate
Mountain Witch (Po) - old school doom
Dirt Woman (Balt) - The Glass Cliff (2019) doom
Brutus (Belgium) - Nest (2019)
Wolf Blood (Minn) - Wolf Blood II (2019) (stonerish doom, M&F vox)

Bandcamp does a monthly Best Of which is how I originally found several of the above.
posted by gwint at 6:12 PM on August 21, 2022 [1 favorite]

Bands without F vox:

Fugitive (TX) - Maniac EP (2022) - New thrash from bass player of Power Trip.
Wormrot (Singapore) - Hiss (2022) - Grindcore and beyond
YATRA (Maryland) - Born into Chaos (2022) - really solid death metal. Their early Death Ritual (2019) is very classic doom
RLYR - s/t (2022) - instrumental rock a la Russian Circles and Pelican, of which this band shares members
Hath (NJ) - All That Was Promised (2022) - not sure what genre(s) this metal is but it is heavy and interesting and good
Rhododendron (PX) - Protozoan Battle Hymns (2021) - kinda Lightning Bolt meets Cursed, so good. (live set)

I'll also agree Dirty Nil is the best "rock" band around, and King Woman is incredible.
posted by gwint at 6:19 PM on August 21, 2022 [1 favorite]

WARGASM is a girl/boy 2 piece (3 really but drummer gets no love).

they've put several more tunes out since i made that FPP. their collab with Enter Shikari just came out last week.
posted by glonous keming at 6:26 PM on August 21, 2022 [2 favorites]

Instrumental, but Animals as Leaders.
posted by gnutron at 6:46 PM on August 21, 2022 [1 favorite]

If you like Stoner-Rock (mid-tempo/lots-of-fuzz) then this is good:

posted by ovvl at 6:51 PM on August 21, 2022 [1 favorite]

King Buffalo—Dead Star
Incredible space-oriented stoner rock.
posted by Slinga at 7:26 PM on August 21, 2022 [1 favorite]

Ningen Isu.
posted by The Half Language Plant at 8:44 PM on August 21, 2022 [1 favorite]

If you count punk as a sub-genre of hard rock, you’ll want to check out Destroy Boys, who despite the name are fronted by a woman. The song that hooked me was “I Threw Glass at My Friend’s Eyes And Now I’m On Probation” but everything of theirs is fantastic.
posted by ejs at 9:28 PM on August 21, 2022 [1 favorite]

Screaming Females latest album Singles Too is from 2019, so maybe not “new” but pretty great nonetheless.
posted by brachiopod at 9:59 PM on August 21, 2022 [1 favorite]

I think you'd enjoy Thundermother!
posted by soundofsuburbia at 12:03 AM on August 22, 2022 [1 favorite]

I tend to lean more towards the symphonic/folk/power side of metal, but hopefully those subgenres count as heavy.

Not female fronted but I've gotta plug Bloodywood first. They just rock too hard. They're a metal band from India that got there start doing metal covers of meme-y pop songs and then started recording their own music and releasing a bunch of fantastic singles and now have an album out and you should listen to see if it's your thing.

As for female vocalists, Melissa Bonny is awesome! Honestly I though the recent Ad Infinitum album was a little low energy, but the stuff she did as part of Rage of Light was great, and she's been doing guest vocals on a ton of stuff recently.

I almost feel bad linking this single Seraphiel - Heretic because it's the only recording of this particular vocalist getting to do her thing properly that has been produced in the last decade. But it deserves way more listens than it has and it rocks.

Not female fronted, but bands I've also been listening to a lot over the last couple years are Alien Weaponry and Zeal and Ardor.
posted by Zalzidrax at 12:49 AM on August 22, 2022 [1 favorite]

I haven't stopped listening to In This Moment since I discovered them recently. The In Between is a favourite as well as Black Wedding.
posted by Jilder at 2:36 AM on August 22, 2022 [2 favorites]

Lately I’ve been loving Venom Prison. Their lead vocalist is a woman; I don’t know much about metal genres but I guess they’re death metal.

Defy the Tyrant and Judges of the Underworld are my favorite songs of theirs, though if I had to pick one album it would be Primeval from 2020.
posted by miserable-mild at 5:15 AM on August 22, 2022 [1 favorite]

Here to second Zeal and Ardor, who I recently discovered and have devoured over the last few months. The most interesting description of their music I've read was basically "what if the Africans brought to America as slaves had taken up satanism rather than christianity". Dark and heavy blues influenced metal. My fav: The Church Burns
posted by griffey at 9:24 AM on August 22, 2022

new one from the account I linked, Sisteria
posted by Crystalinne at 11:03 AM on August 22, 2022

BIG|BRAVE - phenomenal female-fronted doom
SubRosa - electric cello ladies of doom with a spectacularly grand and mythic presentation, sadly split up a few years back but is still absolutely worth investigating as all of their albums are stuffed with wonder
Mutoid Man - the album War Moans was right at the 5 year mark but goddamn is it excellent rocking metal with delicious juicy riffs in every track and spectacular sing-along vox that everyone can love
BACKXWASH - hip-hop that runs thick in a black metal vibe, the newest album is amazing all the way through
Cult of Luna / Julie Christmas - just outside the 5 year window, but an awesome teamup that combines CoL's tremendous build of thundering moody metal with Julie's wild vocal range
Carpenter Brut - their last two albums (Leather Teeth / Leather Terror) melded CBs background as a horror synthwave maestro with a new vision of 80's / 90's metal - Beware the Beast is an excellent ode to buttrocking with the Devil
And of course Zeal and Ardor - every album is amazing, I love the first's rawness but he does great work with the newer more polished and produced sound as well
posted by FatherDagon at 11:31 AM on August 22, 2022 [1 favorite]

Oh, forgot to mention another amazing all F doom band: KONVENT, from Denmark.
posted by gwint at 10:01 AM on August 23, 2022 [1 favorite]

I'm probably breaking the 5 year rule with several of these, and you may already know of most or all of them, but:

Black Math Horsemen (female singer)
Electric Wizard
Kylessa (sometimes female singer)
Brendan Small's Galakticon
Mose Giganticus
Baroness (verging on modern classic at this point)
Mastodon (ditto)
Big Business
High on Fire
Dead Cross
Dillinger Escape Plan (been around for a while, but still doing new stuff I believe)
Red Fang
The Sword
Witch Mountain
posted by Saxon Kane at 1:10 PM on August 23, 2022

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