Swedish melodic-death-metal veterans Arch Enemy recently released their dynamic new album Will to Power, their second to feature Canadian vocalist Alissa White-Gluz, who joined in 2014. White-Gluz has long established herself as not only one of the best vocalists in heavy music but also one of the most outspoken and well-spoken musicians in the community. Yet, despite her many talents, the singer has faced — and continues to face — many challenges making her place within the scene. In the videos above and below, she talks about how the fact that she is a vegan woman has put a "huge target" on her head and led some in the metal world to not take her seriously, to stereotype her or to question her metalness. She argues that veganism and metal, in fact, go hand in hand, that her gender should not even be in an issue — and that "female-fronted music" should certainly not be treated as its own subgenre.
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