Article - Girls in The Metal Scene
By: Cynthia Hajal
Girls: Let’s show them how we do it!
Rock or metal bands in Lebanon: do you see a lot of girls in there? Well, honestly, not really! Why is that? Why are most of the bands entirely made up of male figures? Aren’t girls as talented as guys? If you disagree, that would really be sexist! Anyway, let’s face the truth: girls, unfortunately, do not have a dominating presence in bands.
Various bands made entirely of female musicians have emerged the past years in the rock and metal scene. However, their influence, although important, hasn’t reached the levels of some male bands. Is it because the audience is still not used to this “new” concept? Or is it because girls are sometimes categorized into playing some music instruments and not others?
While some mixed bands are made of male as well as female musicians, we rarely see a girl being the lead guitarist of such band, or bassist or even drummer. Why are girls “banned” from these positions? On the contrary, it is very common to see a female vocalist or keyboard player maybe because these positions require special skills such as vocal talent and fluidity of playing the keys, skills apparently found more in female musicians.
But why would guys have the opportunity to be lead guitarists or drummers and not girls? Well, in rock and metal music, guys appear to be more dominating on stage. They fit well with the ideas of strength and intensity emanating from the music they are playing. But can’t girls show some kind of ferocity in their playing too? Yeah of course! And I’m sure it would please a lot of people to see what female musicians have in their guts! Then, if you’re a girl and are still thinking about playing an instrument, just review your standards! Picking an instrument that seems unusual for girls would definitely owe you success and respect among the rock and metal scene in Lebanon!