Herein begins and ends my sad knowledge of metal.
The gals of now defunct Precious Metal are touted to be "one of the most capable groups of female musicians to date." That was probably written by the band themselves, but whatever; they stepped up to the plate in a male-dominated genre. Their shoulder pads and distortion pedals were none the worse for the wear.
Also, I'm pretty sure that I saw the lead guitarist with the red crop top absolutely shredding a Flying V alongside a midi player in a bar in Ventura, CA. I was so impressed that I ordered a Budweiser and vowed to spend a whole week without listening to Gillian Welch's Time (The Revelator).
Save us, metal freelancer.