@some_dude: That still hasn't changed to be honest. Floor has joined the club but that's it. Metal is still by and large a men's world. I do think Simone was more popular at the time than Floor since Epica was more popular than ReVamp.
Sure, but then again Epica had been "the band with the guy from After Forever" for a few years.
@some_dude: That still hasn't changed to be honest.
Eh... Ailyn, White-Gluz, Wessels, Elize Ryd, Marcela Bovio...
I'd say there a few more well-known singers in the genre than there were at the time (and a few that have faded into obscurity: the lady from Sinergy)
But you get my point
Like I said previously, Nightwish songs can be sung well by any sufficiently skilled singer in my oppinion. Which is a testimony to their music, not a slight against the singers.
A song is only as good as it can be made to sound with a guitar and two drunk singers.
And any Blind Guardian performance is only as bad as Hansi's shape on a given night