Female-Fronted Doom Metal

While I normally post a single band I discover on Bandcamp, sometimes I get sucked into a genre and find so many that I need to occasionally post a “compilation” of Bandcamp finds. I actually didn’t notice until I started the draft for this post that the three bands I’ve included all have a female singer. While I’ve always enjoyed female vocals more than male in general, it wasn’t something I consciously sought after, especially in doom metal.

Note: I am sticking to purely doom here. Bands that I’ve highlighted in the past, such as Ruby the Hatchet, are more psychedelic rock than metal. Also, it can be hard to sift through Bandcamp’s tags, as apparently most artists will just add on whatever tags they want to increase exposure (understandable), but are obviously misleading and/or downright incorrect for their music.

Godsleep

While Godsleep’s first release was with their original singer, their follow-up Coming of Age is the debut for replacement Amie Makris. I don’t know what her experience was coming into this band, but listening to this album you’d swear she was a founding member, or at least this ain’t her first rodeo! Her vocals complement the music perfectly, and overall this is one of the best doom albums I’ve listened to, period.

Smoulder

Ohhh yeah now this is my kind of metal! The debut album for Smoulder, Time of Obscene Evil and Wild Daring, lets you know immediately with the cover art what you’re in for. This is certainly the grooviest of the three bands, definitely showing that Black Sabbath influence.

Windhand

Windhand has been making a name for itself in the Virginia area for a long time, and its previous release, Grief’s Eternal Flower, in 2015 garnered even more attention. In October 2018 they released Eternal Return, and it’s quickly become my favorite release from them. Out of the three I’d have to say Windhand is certainly the heaviest, almost dreary, with a sprinkle of black and funeral doom in the mix.