Women sing, men play? Instrumentation and gender

There are ample differences between male and female metal musicians regarding instrumentation. As can be seen below, instruments such as guitar, drums and bass are dominated by men, whereas vocals, keyboards and other instruments (such as chello, violin) are relatively more often performed by women. These are percentages so take into account that absolute differences show a different picture (as only 3% of total metal musicians are women).


Male and female participation in metal’s many subgenres

Male and female metal musicians are active in all metal subgenres, but there are substantional proportional differences between what subgenre men or women tend to play.