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Mention the term femme metal and it conjures up images of bands fronting beautiful singers such as Amy Lee of Evanescence, Carly Smithson of We Are The Fallen, Cristina Sacabbia of Lacuna Coil and maybe even Anette Olzon of Nightwish. But femme metal hardly does the genre justice and is probably just used for a lack of a better term. After all, femme metal didn’t start with Evanescence and it certainly isn’t going to end with them either. What makes these bands isn’t just that they are fronted by capable lead singers with sex appeal. What makes these bands is that, for the most part, they churn out great music in an industry that is dominated by men. Maybe this is why the surprise find, for me, was the band In This Moment.


I first encountered The Devil Wears Prada in concert at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles. Even though they were playing under the headliner Killswitch Engage, they were the surprise of the night outperforming everyone else on stage including Killswitch. (See our review of the show here.) Before that show, I didn’t even know who they were. By the end of the night, I was declaring them that night’s winner.