Bad Reputation: A documentary about women in metal

This film is going to be awesome! ‘I Don’t Give a Damn about my Bad Reputation’ is an upcoming documentary film about the role of women in rock and metal music history. Photographer and film maker Emily Harris has met up with a number of rad ladies to explore the culture and share insight from people within the scene.

Last week Emily was the guest editor at Dear Darkness Instagram. Check out her posts and make sure to catch the documentary when it gets released later this year!

#1 Jennie-Ann Smith: “Doom touches my core”

Jenni-Ann Smith Dear Darkness podcast

Episode #1 of the Dear Darkness podcast is out now! Jennie-Ann Smith from Avatarium talks about making Vikings cry, psychotherapy and why European journalists got it all wrong. We also discuss Linnéa Vikström from Therions post that she wrote during her week as a guest editor for Dear Darkness. What’s female fronted metal and how do we deal with this term?

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Say hello to the Dear Darkness podcast

We started this thing about a year ago. Since then we have had lots of amazing guest editors at our IG telling us about their own experiences of being a headbanger in this world. Now we are releasing the Dear Darkness podcast where we meet some of today’s most interesting musicians. So far we have met up with some pretty awesome ladies. We hope you will enjoy it, and please let us know if you have any guests you would like to listen to. We are aiming to do a lot of interviews this year! First episode will be up later this week.

Guess what? There are women.

For years we have listened to the same words over and over again when we are asking questions about why women are absent from the stage, from the covers, in featured articles, in music history. Dear Darkness is a reaction to that.

Men interviewing men, men recommending men in all male bands, men putting other men on stage. Many years ago we thought this was going to get different, but still in 2017 we find not a damn thing has changed.

It’s very obvious that the voice of rock and metal still is the voice of a man. There are many women that plays, writes and talks about metal, but it’s always on conditions set by men. Female musicians still gets questions about their appearance, choice of clothes or family relationships and are on a daily basis being exposed to sexism in the music industry and the public.

Year after year heavy metal festivals all around the world fails to put women on the lineup, the trolling and sexism online are running wild with editors that could care less and fans are even getting harassed at shows.

Dear Darkness is a feministic community where musicians, fans and people connected to the heavy stage can share their story, for people to exchange experiences and a way of raising voices and bring light on what some people would like to call “a different” perspective – ours.

We are aiming to kill the myth “there are no women”. Cause we are here. And we are fucking loud.

/Sofia and Frida of Dear Darkness