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  • Gothic Metal

    Gothic metal music is a genre that emerged from the heavy metal scene in the mid 90s as a blend of the doom metal and death metal genres in Europe. There is a bit of debate over what the actual definition of the genre truly is between the media and the fans of the genre. Many older fans along with performers of the genre believe that the scene is a specific abstraction of the classic rock scene and gothic fiction. But the newer fans of the heavy metal scene dispute this idea, and have sided with the ideal that any female fronted band of the metal scene is in all actuality apart of the gothic metal genre. Despite these arguments, the genre has many characteristics in which are used to label the music as apart of the gothic metal scene.

    There are two main characteristics however, the vocals and the instrumentation. Many bands will have dual vocalists, with female singing and growls in the background, while many others will have only one singer who carries an almost dramatic tone. The instrumentation is focused heavily upon complex guitar rifts with varying tempos and a distorted sound, and the use of modern electric keyboards. Taking a large amount of influence from sub-genres of heavy metal such as doom metal, death metal, and black metal, the music can vary between aggressively fast and heavy and slow. One instrument found often in gothic metal, surprisingly enough, is the acoustic guitar.

    The riffs played on the acoustic are notably just as technically complex as those being played on its electric counterpart. Lyrical content of the genre is found to be very tragic, focusing on romantic themes and tales of fantasy that usually end poorly for at least one, if not all the people involved in the story. The settings of such fantasies in the genres music are depicted to be in many different times and areas, such as the Dark Ages, and Victorian or Roman eras. These romantic fantasies are not a prerequisite of the scene, but are simply themes of many different songs. Rather than writing separate songs for their albums, many bands of the genre actually write as if they are creating a book, making the songs intertwine into a storyline, this is also called a “concept album”. This is a form of musical writing that inspires the fans to listen to all the songs, as if reading chapters from a book, so that they will hear the entire story rather than only listening to certain songs on any given album.

    It was in the 90s that a number of younger bands from Northern England and also Sweden took inspiration borrowed from the early forms of death metal music and blended it with music from doom metal bands, more notably bands like Black Sabbath. The first form of gothic metal music emerged from this blend of styles, and became known as Doom-death music, and bands like Tiamat, My Dying Bride and Paradise Lost were notable for their works that were considered to be apart of this new style of music. Many other bands that began in the death and black metal scenes began to move into a more doom-death style, such as the more famous bands Theatre of Tragedy and Moonspell. Bands like Fields of the Nephilim and Sisters of mercy helped to create and influence the early gothic metal bands with their romantic imaging and feel to their music, coupled with the gothic rock and darkwave atmosphere and sound of their music.

    Gothic metal emerged in the early 90s with the bands Paradise Lost, Tristania and Theatre of Tragedy creating romantically themed lyrics around the doom-death sound of their vocals and guitar styles. Leaving the more depressing themes of their original music, they began to blend more classical and warm characteristics to their lyrical content, and from there the gothic metal scene was born. Bands of the genre include Aion, Asrai, Dakrua, Darkwell, Euthanasia, Flowing Tears, For My Pain…, Krypteria, Lacuna Coil, Mortal Love, On Thorns I Lay, and Within Temptation.

    Avant-Garde

    Avant-Garde music is commonly referred too as experimental music, and the terms were actually coined by a composer named John Cage in the year 1955. It was created as a term to describe any and all music that challenged the accepted status or standing of what music was supposed to be. The term experimental has […]

    DownTempo

    The DownTempo genre of music is often confused with Trance, or IDM, –Intelligent Dance Music, but does in fact have its own particular style. Unlike ambient, DownTempo does have a beat and groove to it. Trip Hop is closely compared to DownTempo or lumped in under the term, however DownTempo is usually slower than Trip […]

    New Wave

    New Wave was a music genre that was a form of rock music during the later years of the 70s up until the middle of the 80’s. Branching off of the punk rock scene as a hit towards the more popular music of the 70s, the new wave genre blended influences from multiple other genres […]

    Grindcore

    The first styles of Grindcore emerged as the stylic continuance of Crust Punk, and Crust Punk is a sub-genre of Hardcore Punk. It’s almost like a family tree, if you can picture it that way. Think of it like, Hardcore Punk, and Thrash Metal get married, and have a baby. Their baby is Anarcho-Punk. Anarcho-Punk, […]

    Glam Rock

    Glam Rock is also known as Glitter Rock, but by whom, I’ve no idea, and must herewith assume that this is in the UK, being as that most claim that Glam Rock is a mainly European musical movement. Glam Rock came in, as the hippies moved out, in the early ’70’s. Glam Rock was essentially […]

    Camp (Style) Music

    Camp music is a genre that is quite popular that sprung up before the 60s. Its lyrical content is mostly directed at the ridiculousness and triviality of common suburban life. The band called The Tubes, a theatre rock band who were based in San Francisco California, for example, were highly popular in the late 70s […]

    Gothic Doom

    Once the gothic metal scene was up off the ground and really rolling, bands started to get more popular inside the genre. Some bands went the way of symphonic metal, while others moved in the opposite direction instead and slowed downed, adding much more gloom into their style. This also meant that the typical “beauty […]

    Doom Metal

    Black Sabbath was the main influence of Doom Metal, in the early to mid 1980’s, when the sub genre first emerged. However, later on in the eighties, more Doom Metal artists emerged from around the world, that had not been influenced by Black Sabbath, nor hard they experienced the rise of their popularity; so Ozzy […]

    Emo

    Emotional rock, and the wide distribution of followers, are not gothic or even a closely related subculture of the general goth trend. Despite what the media may want you to think! The emo scene has had three waves of its trend and is in the height of its third now. In the mid 1980’s the […]

    Slowcore

    Slowcore is a genre that is also sometimes referred to by the name Sadcore. A sub-genre of the alternative rock music scene, slowcore was a form of music that was created from the slow tempo and much more downbeat style of melodies that were found in the indie rock scene of the late 80s. Some […]

    Grunge Rock

    Grunge music originated in the 1980’s by a few different bands around the area of Seattle, Washington, and is a different style of alternative rock. It was inspired by a few different forms of metal and punk music, and is identified mostly by angry lyrics, many of which were directed at the general form of […]

    Indie Rock

    Indie rock music is a genre that split off of the alternative rock scene and is found mostly within the independent underground scene of the music industry. Indie rock, which is actually a shortened term meaning “independent rock”, was originally coined for the use of categorising rock bands who signed with independent labels, or whom […]

    Psychobilly

    Psychobilly is a form of music that has been widely described as a blend of punk rock from the end of the 70’s and also rockabilly music from the American 1950’s scene. More often than not the lyrics in Psychobilly music are a comedic take on topics that are usually disapproved by general commercial music, […]

    Dark Wave

    Dark Wave was first used as a descriptive term for the early Goth rock beginnings, but before the term “Goth rock” was ever used outside of the UK. Dark Wave described darker, and gloomier post-punk, of the late 70’s, and New Wave, of the 80’s. For the French, it was Coldwave, and Synthpop, or Electrowave […]

    Deathrock

    Goth and punk rock spawned many subgenres when it was in full swing, and even while it was first emerging in the late 1970’s. One of the subgenres that was re-introduced while Goth rock was developing was Deathrock. One of the things that make distinguishing Deathrock from Goth rock so difficult, is because it overlaps […]

    Punk Rock

    Punk rock music is a form of rock that formed as an anti-corporate genre in the mid 70s. Beginning its development throughout the US, UK, and Australia with bands like the Ramones, Sex Pistols and The Clash in the years 74 through 76, punk rock soon began spreading across the entire world by 1977. Bands […]

    EBM

    Electronic Body Music, –known as EBM, because …you know, it’s shorter, –is exactly what its name implies. EBM is a dance-able form of electronica, blended together from Electropunk from Germany, and Industrial from England that emerged around 1984. The genre was influenced by artists like  Deutsch-Amerikanische Freundschaft, Cabaret Voltaire and Throbbing Gristle, and some of […]

    Black Metal

    The Black Metal sound and style was influenced mainly by its “First Wave” as it’s called, although this actually refers to when the first hints of Black Metal were introduced on the music scene in the 1980’s, by mainly Thrash Metal bands, like Venom and Bathory. Other influential, late 80’s bands were Hellhammer, Bulldozer, Celtic […]

    Futurepop

    Futurepop is a music genre that blends a mixture of synthpop, electronic body music, and uplifting trance to create a unique form of electronic dance music. The actual term was created by two men, Stephan Groth of the band Apoptygma Berzerk,  and Ronan Harris from the band VNV Nation, when they were both trying to […]

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