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.
Arch Enemy's Alissa White-Gluz: I Have a "Huge Target on My Forehead"
Singer on challenges of being a vegan woman in metal
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How nuclear fear, Slayer, Tibetan philosophy influenced 'Motherblood'
"When you want to change the world, you stand up and change it"
"All gods suck. Worship the riff, not gods."
"If something happens, it'll happen organically and naturally, but I kind of don't think it will"
Guitarist Michael Amott: "I think all the best metal bands have ballads"
Photographer Angela Owens takes you into the pit and onto the stage
"It's not just trying to put out a great record — it's about fucking shit up"