Lady Gaga’s music is an eclectic blend of high-octane sugar pop, funky post-modern R&B, borrowed European dance styles and a healthy dose of whatever-the-hell-she-feels-like. There is not, however, a great deal of metal that sneaks into Gaga’s music, no matter how loud you crank up “Bad Romance.” Of course, that didn’t stop the Demonstration from recording a great metal version of that same song.
Gaga’s taste also skews pretty heavy, as she has expressed her enthusiasm for Black Sabbath in the past, telling Ryan Seacrest that one of the highlights of her old burlesque show was a dance that was set to that band’s “Black Sabbath” (which we still say must have been incredibly odd and difficult to pull off). While in Germany on tour, Gaga told reporters that she is also a big Metallica fan (she said that her only other trip to the venue where she was playing was to see the band, and that she wore “denim and leather”).
So perhaps Gaga is more metal than meets the eye (or the ear). Perhaps it shouldn’t be too shocking, as she is obsessed with death (she has even simulated her own death on stage, which is super metal), plays around with gender roles (not unlike Marilyn Manson, Judas Priest’s Rob Halford or Cradle of Filth’s Dani Filth) and rarely appears in public out of costume (like the dudes in Slipknot). Considering all the fake blood she spilled at last year’s MTV Video Music Awards, it’s perhaps a fair bet that she’s into GWAR.
With that in mind, we ask the obvious question: What metal band should Lady Gaga join as a singer? Luckily, we took a look at what that might look like, and as the photos below prove, she makes a convincing frontdemon for any number of heavy acts, including Mastodon, Megadeth, Killswitch Engage and the heaviest of them all, Slayer.