The Sexy Women of Hardcore

If your tastes run less to Katy Perry’s cotton-candy confectionary and more toward the kind of riot grrrl who might kick you in the balls just for the hell of it, you’re in the right place. Check out our rundown of some of the hottest women ever to bang their heads til they can’t bang no more.

Angela Gossow

Angela GossowA German beauty with the death growl of a Teutonic warrior, Gossow “sings” for the melodic death metal outfit Arch Enemy. We’d say more, but Gossow has made it clear she does not like to be called hot. Listen to her roar for a couple seconds and you’ll understand why we’re not going to piss her off.

Doris Yeh

Doris YehYeh is the kind of beauty who could change the way we think about Taiwanese death metal. Which is not to say we ever thought about Taiwanese death metal before. After taking a gander at Chthonic’s bassist and backing vocalist, however, we suspect all that is about to change.

Gazelle Amber Valentine

Gazelle Amber ValentineSure, Valentine has the look of a silky sixties chanteuse, but she’s also got the throat of a two-pack-of-reds and bottle-of-whiskey-a-day steel worker. As lead singer and guitarist for Jucifer, she manages to make a genre called “sludge metal” unbelievably sexy.

Katherine Katz

Katherine KatzIn the bands Salome and Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Katz produces a guttural yelp that you’d never imagine emerges from this angel-faced beauty. Clearly the time has come to reconsider all those images of cherubs plucking the harp.

Maria Brink

Maria BrinkWith a taste for baby doll dresses and gobs of mascara, Brink might look like a kind of metalcore Gwen Stefani. Give her band In This Moment a quick listen, though, and you’re not going to mistake Brink for the Cali pop-princess anytime soon.

Alexia and Anissa Rodriguez

Anissa and Alexia RodriguezThis Tempe, Arizona band is less kvlt than Hot Topic, but that doesn’t mean we can’t appreciate the beauty of these sisters. Their band Eyes Set to Kill (scary!) doesn’t allow video embedding, but if you want to take a look at the ladies in action, you can see their YouTube channel here.

Cristina Scabbia

Cristina ScabbiaThis Italian hottie has a last name ready-made for metal, and Scabbia makes the most of it — lending her nearly operatic vocals to goth favorites Lacuna Coil.

Ashley Ellyllon of Cradle of Filth

Ashley EllyllonEllyllon is a goth metal goddess with the look of a pixie. As keyboardist for UK’s extreme metal outfit Cradle of Filth, Ellyllon can dirty up our cradle anytime she wants.

Candace Kucsulain

Candace KucsulainHandling lead shrieks for the Detroit-based metalcore band Walls of Jericho, Kucsulain can throw down with the best of them. Just watch her belt out the fantastically titled “There’s No I in Fuck You,” and tell us you’re not in love.

Alissa White-Gluz

Alissa White GluzSinging for the Canadian metal band The Agonist, White-Gluz alternates between grunting snarls and melodic vocals, but she never looks like anything less than a stone-cold fox.

Lauren Harris

Lauren HarrisHarris probably smiles a bit too much, and she definitely throws too many kisses to the crowd to be considered metal, but damned if she doesn’t have the ultimate hardcore pedigree. The raven-haired beauty is the daughter of Iron Maiden founder Steve Harris.

Kira Leigh (with an Angelina DelCarmen bonus!)

Kira LeighAs frontman for the NYC-based Shadows Lie, Leigh brings sex-kitten stage antics to the wall of reverb that backs her sultry vocals. Their video for “Invited” has the added bonus of featuring another metal madonna, Angelina DelCarmen of Charetta.

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