New documentary to explore the world of women in metal

Floor Jansen

Members of bands Nightwish and Warlock are to feature in a new documentary exploring the world of women in heavy metal.

Soaring Highs And Brutal Lows: The Voices Of Women In Metal is set to feature interviews with Floor Jansen of Nightwish and ReVamp, Doro Pesch of Doro and Warlock, Simone Simons from Epica, Charlotte Wessels of Delain and The Gathering’s Anneke van Giersbergen.

Made by Rising Moon Productions, the film is expected to be released later this year.

Produced and directed by Mark Harwood, the film explores the experiences of female metal vocalists and combines interview, concert and archive footage.

You can watch the teaser trailer below.

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Cynic band members discuss being gay and in a metal band


Paul Masvidal and Sean Reinert of metal band Cynic have spoken publicly about their sexuality for the first time.

In an interview with the LA Times, Masvidal says: “”There’s definitely going to be a reaction, but it’s important that we be truthful.”

Singer Masvidal and drummer Reinert have been out as gay in their private lives for years, but say they feel the time is right to discuss it in public. Their sexuality has been the subject of rumour and conjecture in the past, which has led to homophobic incidents.

On tour with Cannibal Corpse in the 1990s, Cynic challenged audiences with their stage presence, which was distinctly anti-macho. They came in for some homophobic treatment, which made it difficult for either to consider publicly coming out.

Reinert, who lives with a long-term boyfriend, notes: “Gay people are everywhere, doing every job, playing every kind of music and we always have been. It’s taken me years to finally be brave enough to say, ‘If you have a problem with that, then throw out our records. That’s your problem, not mine’.”

As well as their acclaimed work with Cynic, Masvidal and Reinert also had a spell as members of Death and are hailed as some of the most influential musicians in rock.

Says Cynic bass player, Sean Malone: ““What I’m proud of is that Paul and Sean know that this isn’t really about them, it’s about the kid out there who is struggling and suffering in silence, and that for him or her, this conversation might be a source of encouragement.”

Cynic released their third album, Kindly Bent To Free Us, in February.

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