The Unofficial Goth Rock Thread

ShadowolfShadowolf Unsigned
edited July 2012 in History of Rock
Didn't see a thread... so let's talk goth! 8) Need recommendations? I'm the man!
General post-punk (Gang of Four, Psych Furs, Einsturzende, Clock DVA) and dark post-punk revival bands (Interpol, Xiu Xiu, Editors, She Wants Revenge, Gliss, etc) are also welcome to discuss!

[CENTER]Recent Updates:[/CENTER]
1/2 - New thread! I made a Playlist (Link below), please listen, especially if you have no idea what this genre sounds like!
Would like to say RIP to Rowland S. Howard (Birthday Party, Crime & the City Solution, These Immortal Souls), who passed away at 50 on 12/30 from liver cancer.

[CENTER] Genres:
[ Post Punk † Positive Punk † Goth Rock † Deathrock † Darkwave † French Coldwave ]
Related Genres:
Punk Rock | Glam Rock | No Wave | Dream Pop | Shoegaze | Ethereal Wave | Synthpop | Minimal Wave | Dark Cabaret | Industrial | Post-Industrial | EBM | Neo-Folk | Horror Punk | Psychobilly | Gothabilly | Southern Gothic-Country | Trip Hop | Dance Punk | Death Disco | Electropop | Witch House | Blackwave/gaze

[CENTER]What is Goth?[/CENTER]
Goth rock is an offshoot of post-punk... Its reputation as the darkest and gloomiest form of underground rock is largely deserved, though today that reputation stems more from the visual theatricality of its bands and black-clad followers. Sonically, goth rock took the cold synthesizers and processed guitars of post-punk and used them to construct foreboding, sorrowful, often epic soundscapes. Early on, its lyrics were usually introspective and intensely personal, but its poetic sensibilities soon led to a taste for literary romanticism, morbidity, religious symbolism, and/or supernatural mysticism. Goth rock was generally not a critically acclaimed style, given its penchant for florid poetry, relentlessly mournful dirges, and melodramatic excess.
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Bands
(in no way meant to be comprehensive; a few of these are arguable, but open to interpretation)[/CENTER]
45 Grave, Alien Sex Fiend, All Gone Dead, And Also the Trees, Audra, Asylum Party, Ausgang, Bauhaus, Bella Morte, Big Electric Cat, The Birthday Party, Blutengel, The Bolshoi, Bomb Party, Bone Orchard, Burning Image, The Chameleons, Children on Stun, Christian Death, The Church, Cinema Strange, Clan of Xymox, Cocteau Twins, Cranes, The Creatures, Creaming Jesus, Crime & the City Solution, The Cruxshadows, The Cult, The Cure, The Damned, The Danse Society, Dead Can Dance, The Deadfly Ensemble, Death in June, The Deep Eynde, Depeche Mode, Diamanda Galas, Diary of Dreams, Eat Your Make Up, Echo & the Bunnymen, Entertainment, Faith & the Muse, Fields of the Nephilim, The Flesh Eaters, Flesh for Lulu, Frank the Baptist, The Frozen Autumn, Gene Loves Jezebel, The Gentry, Gloria Mundi, The Glove, The Grinning Plowman, Handful of Snowdrops, The Horrors, Human Drama, In the Nursery, Into a Circle, Joy Disaster, Joy Division, Killing Joke, Kirlian Camera, Kommunity FK, The Last Days of Jesus, London After Midnight, Lords of the New Church, Love and Rockets, Lycia, The March Violets, Mephisto Walz, The Mighty Sphincter, Miranda Sex Garden, The Mission UK, Mors Syphilitica, Murder at the Registry, NFD, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Nosferatu, Pink Turns Blue, Pins & Needles, The Phantom Limbs, Play Dead, Radio Werewolf, Red Lorry Yellow Lorry, Red Temple Spirits, Rose of Avalanche, Rudimentary Peni, Scarlet's Remains, Screams for Tina, Sex Gang Children, Shadow Project, The Shroud, Siouxsie & the Banshees, The Sisters of Mercy, Specimen, Skeletal Family, Sopor Aeternus & the Ensemble of Shadows, The Sound, A Spectre is Haunting Europe, Swans, Switchblade Symphony, Tones on Tail, TSOL, Tuxedomoon, UK Decay, Vernian Process, Virgin Prunes, Voodoo Church, The Wake, The Wolfgang Press, Wolfsheim, Xmal Deutschland, Zadera

[CENTER]Links:
* Playlist.com -- enjoy the huuuge playlist!
* (Stay tuned, I'll make a Youtube playlist too later on)
* (Also stay tuned, 'cause I have a Shoutcast Radio devoted to post-punk and goth rock coming!)
* Post-Punk.com (my friend Joshua runs this site, check it out!)
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Comments

  • ShadowolfShadowolf Unsigned
    edited January 2010
    jayou521;3397769 said:
    I've already looked into these bands:

    ~love The Sisters of Mercy, Joy Division, Depeche Mode, Bauhaus, The Mission UK, and The Cure~

    I'd also throw in Type O Negative if you're including Gothic Metal.
    Awesome! =D
    Type O is amazing, but yeah, just avoiding gothic metal for now, but they're definitely one of the few gothic metal bands that includes obvious classic goth rock elements. Most bands in the gothic metal realm seem to have more to do with symphonic metal, power metal, death metal, and other metal genres.
    Though oppositely, I am putting goth rock bands with metal pastiches (like Fields) in there, hehe (as opposed to metal bands with goth pastiches, like Type O) =3
  • killer_roachkiller_roach Washed Up
    edited January 2010
    Definitely a goth-rock fan, although particularly partial to The Cult, Depeche Mode, Echo and the Bunnymen, Joy Division, Killing Joke, Siouxsie and the Banshees, and Sisters of Mercy. Also somewhat into synthpop, psychobilly, trip hop, and dark caberet, although not as knowledgeable in those areas as I should be.
  • GowienczykGowienczyk Pooper of Parties
    edited January 2010
    The Cult kind of lost any sort of respect with me after the crap they did after Love.
  • killer_roachkiller_roach Washed Up
    edited January 2010
    Gowienczyk;3397830 said:
    The Cult kind of lost any sort of respect with me after the crap they did after Love.
    Point taken, but there's just some stuff you just gotta overlook, heh.
  • GowienczykGowienczyk Pooper of Parties
    edited January 2010
    Oh yeah Love and Dreamtime (as well as Ghost Dance) are fan frickin' tastic. :)
  • afterstasisafterstasis Washed Up
    edited January 2010
    zola jesus + blessure grave = wet-dream in which goth returns to it's former glory.
  • ShadowolfShadowolf Unsigned
    edited January 2010
    Gowienczyk;3397830 said:
    The Cult kind of lost any sort of respect with me after the crap they did after Love.
    lol yeahhh >_> /shivers Not much a fan either of the stuff after
  • ShadowolfShadowolf Unsigned
    edited January 2010
    afterstasis;3397924 said:
    zola jesus + blessure grave = wet-dream in which goth returns to it's former glory.
    Nice, I actually haven't heard of Blessure Grave, I'll have fun checking 'em out!
    I adore Zola Jesus though, I totally agree!
  • afterstasisafterstasis Washed Up
    edited January 2010
    Shadowolf;3398024 said:
    Nice, I actually haven't heard of Blessure Grave, I'll have fun checking 'em out!
    I adore Zola Jesus though, I totally agree!
    i don't know anyone besides me who actually likes blessure grave.
    all i ever hear are gripes about how lo-fi and sloppy they are, so yeah, total awesomeness. :)
  • RunesmithRunesmith Headliner
    edited January 2010
    My favorites are Depeche Mode, Cold Cave, Specimen (horrifically inconsistent band but they made some awesome songs), Fields of The Nephilim, Sisters of Mercy, Southern Death Cult, My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult, The Cure, and of course Siouxsie & The Banshees.

    Looking to get into Alien Sex Fiend and Christian Death. Which album would you guys recommend for both bands? I think I might need to listen to The Birthday Party tonight in remembrance of Rowland, as well.
  • ShadowolfShadowolf Unsigned
    edited January 2010
    afterstasis;3398031 said:
    i don't know anyone besides me who actually likes blessure grave.
    all i ever hear are gripes about how lo-fi and sloppy they are, so yeah, total awesomeness. :)
    Nice, lo-fi's where it's at now anyway! ^_^ And lol, just looking at their discography now, they got an album called Unknown Blessures, hahah, how awesome. Sounds like win already =D
  • afterstasisafterstasis Washed Up
    edited January 2010
    since you're already familiar with xiu xiu and zola jesus you may already know, but the former ghosts album that came out last year was excellent...

    more on the post-punk side of things, but hey... members of xiu xiu, this song is a mess but so am i, and zola jesus together is unstoppable.
  • ShadowolfShadowolf Unsigned
    edited January 2010
    Runesmith;3398039 said:
    My favorites are Depeche Mode, Cold Cave, Specimen (horrifically inconsistent band but they made some awesome songs), Fields of The Nephilim, Sisters of Mercy, Southern Death Cult, My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult, The Cure, and of course Siouxsie & The Banshees.

    Looking to get into Alien Sex Fiend and Christian Death. Which album would you guys recommend for both bands? I think I might need to listen to The Birthday Party tonight in remembrance of Rowland, as well.
    Ah yeah, I'm just getting into Cold Cave myself.

    With ASF, that's a tough one, I don't think I've heard anyone agree on an album, haha, and I don't have everything of theirs. I personally got no particular favorite I put over another, but Acid Bath is pretty awesome. Curse is good too.

    Christian Death, Only Theatre of Pain is the crucial, definitive album. Catastrophe Ballet and Ashes are definitely worth listening too though after that.
  • ShadowolfShadowolf Unsigned
    edited January 2010
    afterstasis;3398055 said:
    since you're already familiar with xiu xiu and zola jesus you may already know, but the former ghosts album that came out last year was excellent...

    more on the post-punk side of things, but hey... members of xiu xiu, this song is a mess but so am i, and zola jesus together is unstoppable.
    Ahh, I actually didn't know Zola Jesus collaborated in this project. I only heard that Xiu Xiu and This Song is a Mess were onto something together, but didn't follow up on what it was called. I'll have to check it out for sure, exciting!! Thanks for the tidbit! =D
  • edited January 2010
    Scarlet's Remains just came up on the radio when I clicked on this thread...

    Favourite goth bands: Christian Death(Rozz, obv.), Ausgang, Alien Sex Fiend, Bloody Dead and Sexy, Cinema Strange, Sex Gang Children and Virgin Prunes.

    though the dark post-punk mentioned in the beginning is more what I'm into. The Prids and Alcian Blue are awesome.
  • ShadowolfShadowolf Unsigned
    edited January 2010
    Xerrox-Metaphaser;3398188 said:
    Scarlet's Remains just came up on the radio when I clicked on this thread...

    Favourite goth bands: Christian Death(Rozz, obv.), Ausgang, Alien Sex Fiend, Bloody Dead and Sexy, Cinema Strange, Sex Gang Children and Virgin Prunes.

    though the dark post-punk mentioned in the beginning is more what I'm into. The Prids and Alcian Blue are awesome.
    Awesome! Good list 8) Bloody Dead & Sexy are a good one too
    I love The Prids! They play often here in NoCal but I've yet to catch them live yet, d'oh. I've heard of Alcian Blue but haven't listened to their music yet, I will do that later!
  • ShadowolfShadowolf Unsigned
    edited January 2010
    afterstasis;3398031 said:
    i don't know anyone besides me who actually likes blessure grave.
    all i ever hear are gripes about how lo-fi and sloppy they are, so yeah, total awesomeness. :)
    Hehe, wow, just listened to some Blessure Grave now, you weren't kidding about lo-fi, haha. It sounds like they recorded it live or something, even; that kind of caught me by surprise. The guy has an amazing voice, he sounds so Ian, haha
  • edited January 2010
    Shadowolf;3399267 said:
    Awesome! Good list 8) Bloody Dead & Sexy are a good one too
    I love The Prids! They play often here in NoCal but I've yet to catch them live yet, d'oh. I've heard of Alcian Blue but haven't listened to their music yet, I will do that later!
    Alcian Blue is pretty cool. It's like Sisters of Mercy meets A Place to Bury Strangers.
  • BubBub Generic Person
    edited January 2010
    Joy Division and The Cure bleed awesome.
  • ShadowolfShadowolf Unsigned
    edited January 2010
    Xerrox-Metaphaser;3399747 said:
    Alcian Blue is pretty cool. It's like Sisters of Mercy meets A Place to Bury Strangers.
    Oh wow, I absolutely love what I'm hearing already. "Fall Behind" is incredible, the odd drumming plus shoegaze spacy-ness... ooh, shiver me timbers! Thanks for recommending!
  • Soror_YZBLSoror_YZBL Road Warrior
    edited January 2010
    I miss the grinning plowman.
  • RunesmithRunesmith Headliner
    edited January 2010
    So after listening to Christian Death's Only Theatre of Pain, I am now incredibly interested in looking into another one of their albums. Which do you all recommend I check out next?
  • ShadowolfShadowolf Unsigned
    edited January 2010
    Runesmith;3404887 said:
    So after listening to Christian Death's Only Theatre of Pain, I am now incredibly interested in looking into another one of their albums. Which do you all recommend I check out next?
    Catastrophe Ballet and Ashes are the two albums to get next. Go ahead for both, I say, haha. The former is a little more "eased" than the first album, while the latter explores a little more challenging arrangements with the dark cabaret pastiches.
  • ShadowolfShadowolf Unsigned
    edited January 2010
    Soror_YZBL;3404818 said:
    I miss the grinning plowman.
    Yay!! Not too many people know of this awesome Nashville band, I'm very pleased to meet another fan! =D
    These guys really went all out on the goth genre, playing with classic post-punk, darkwave, and deathrock depending on the song. They could be something you could dance to, or just downright dreary. Great band indeed! 8)
  • Soror_YZBLSoror_YZBL Road Warrior
    edited January 2010
    Runesmith;3404887 said:
    So after listening to Christian Death's Only Theatre of Pain, I am now incredibly interested in looking into another one of their albums. Which do you all recommend I check out next?
    Ashes, if you like OToP. I was originally a valor fan (until he started having sexual encounters with dani filth, at least), and would highly recommend any of the mid to late 80's stuff, from Scriptures to Sex, Drugs, and Jesus Christ. Scriptures especially is probably my favorite Christian Death record, it's really when they came into their sound.
  • Soror_YZBLSoror_YZBL Road Warrior
    edited January 2010
    Shadowolf;3406919 said:
    Yay!! Not too many people know of this awesome Nashville band, I'm very pleased to meet another fan! =D
    These guys really went all out on the goth genre, playing with classic post-punk, darkwave, and deathrock depending on the song. They could be something you could dance to, or just downright dreary. Great band indeed! 8)
    Ya know, I always wondered what happened to them. A friend of mine turned me on to them in the early 90s, he liked their bluesier death rock concrete blonde sounding stuff, and then I had to explain to him all about goth rock. He wasn't too happy to find out one of his favorite bands was a goth band.
  • HizakiHizaki Opening Act
    edited January 2010
    I was always a big fan of the Leeds goth bands: Sisters of Mercy, The Mission, Fields of the Nephilim, Skeletal Family and so forth. Any suggestions for bands to pursue from there?

    Oh, and Zola Jesus was amazing by the way, Afterstasis.
  • Soror_YZBLSoror_YZBL Road Warrior
    edited January 2010
    Zola Jesus underimpressed me.

    Try the Wake, Rosetta Stone, and Grinning Plowman. They're all in the same Sistery vibe.
  • dabears116dabears116 Road Warrior
    edited January 2010
    Post-punk is some of my favorite music, I especially love the goth side like Bauhaus and Joy Division. Also, I love Dead Can Dance, but I'd like to hear some other darkwave/ethereal stuff. Any recommendations?
  • RunesmithRunesmith Headliner
    edited January 2010
    dabears116;3408146 said:
    Post-punk is some of my favorite music, I especially love the goth side like Bauhaus and Joy Division. Also, I love Dead Can Dance, but I'd like to hear some other darkwave/ethereal stuff. Any recommendations?
    The Cruxshadows are pretty solid and it seems like you would enjoy most of their material if you like ethereal music.

    Also look into Switchblade Symphony.
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