“It’s not about how fast you can play. It needs to sound like pain or it needs to sound disgusting – it’s about what the guitar needs to convey”: Introducing Hawxx, the feminist metallers out to “de-wankify” heavy guitar clichés

(Image credit: Provided/PR)

Since the dawn of distortion, heavy music has been closely associated with catharsis and the release of negative emotions. But as Hawxx guitarists Anna Papadimitriou and Hannah Staphnill see it, metal has the potential to be all the more powerful, disruptive and healing if its intensity can be harnessed and redirected towards specific societal ills. 

“Metal is usually this blank canvas that people can project their feelings onto,” says Anna. “But we want to take that a step further and concentrate that catharsis specifically into feminist rage.” 

Thank you for reading 5 articles this month**

Join now for unlimited access

US pricing $3.99 per month or $39.00 per year

UK pricing £2.99 per month or £29.00 per year 

Europe pricing €3.49 per month or €34.00 per year

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Prices from £2.99/$3.99/€3.49

Ellie Rogers

Since graduating university with a degree in English, Ellie has spent the last decade working in a variety of media, marketing and live events roles. As well as being a regular contributor to Total Guitar, MusicRadar and GuitarWorld.com, she currently heads up the marketing team of a mid-scale venue in the south-west of England. She started dabbling with guitars around the age of seven and has been borderline obsessed ever since. She has a particular fascination with alternate tunings, is forever hunting for the perfect slide for the smaller-handed guitarist, and derives a sadistic pleasure from bothering her drummer mates with a preference for “f**king wonky” time signatures.