Another year has drawn to a close and it is time once again for the year-end lists and we begin with our fourth annual list of the Top 25 Women in Hard Rock and Metal. It was something of a sad moment for women in metal with Otep Shamaya announcing her hopefully temporary retirement from music while she pursues other creative endeavors. Still she made the most of 2013 with her sixth studio album, “Hydra“, and her onslaught of touring. The legendary queens, Doro Pesch and Lita Ford both had huge years, and the latter just released her newest live album, “The Bitch is Back…Live” on November 5.
While other magazines will tout the women above and below as the “hottest” or “sexiest” women in hard rock and metal, what matters to us is the talent and their relevance in 2013. While those listed here are certainly stunning, it is the talent we applaud and acknowledge.
There are many names not on this list that we admire and respect. The list below simply represents those that we felt were particularly important in 2013. Many of our favorites had quiet years. Feel free to add your thoughts and picks at the end of the article, because this is a community and we all have a voice.
Now on to this year’s list. They are in no particular order. We are not ranking them, for they are all talented in their own unique ways. We’ll leave the rankings to our readers.