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For this issue, we chose to highlight women in the genre of metal music. While this genre has typically been male-dominated, there have been many women who have made their mark, and we want to share their stories.
In our “Ladies of Metal” feature, we highlight a few of these women. For our cover artists, we are pleased to feature Lzzy Hale, Emily Wolfe, Nikki Stringfield, and Courtney Cox. These women are all accomplished guitarists and prove it in their performances.
One of our contributors, Ché Zuro, has been involved in music for decades and was part of the all-female group Puss ‘n’ Boots in the ‘80s. She pulled together a group to discuss “Chicks Rock! The Days of Aqua-net and Spandex Remembered!”
In addition to the cover artists, filling us in on their backgrounds and gear are Diamond Rowe of Tetrarch, Doll Skin, Jennifer Batten, Gretchen Menn, Nili Brosh, Yvette Young, Britt Lightning, Kittie, Brianna Alexis, Jen Majura, Ariel Bellvalaire, Emily Ruvidich, Alicia Vigil, and so many more! We even threw in a couple of hard rockers for our Tone Talk.
Inside the industry, Dinah Gretsch and Lena Thomas are both celebrating milestone anniversaries at Gretsch, and they took the time to sit down with us to share some memorable moments.
Producer/Engineer Sylvia Massy discusses women in the pro audio field, and Steve Vaifilled us in the She Rocks compilation, female guitarists, and more about his background and struggles with depression — offering words of encouragement
For our tips and reviews in this issue, we wanted to highlight some gear that will work wonders in this genre. A PRS seven-string electric, a Yamaha five-string bass, a Cort eight-string electric, and the Jackson X Series Kelly KEXQ electric guitar are just a few. We also reviewed six Fender pedals and talk about other pedals with “A Beginners Guide to Distortion.” Check out our “Three Guitars that Hit the Spot” in this genre.
Singing along to metal can definitely take its toll on vocals, so we wanted to discuss some ways to sing metal safely. Our lesson section will teach you how to build speed with metal riffs.
Last, but not least, is our Fun Stuff section with Gig Gallery, Adult Coloring, and mind games. In addition to our Word Search, Trivia, and I Spy, we’ve added a crossword puzzle.