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PostSubject: What is Gothic Metal?   What is Gothic Metal? I_icon_minitimeWed Jun 04, 2008 11:42 am

Gothic metal, or goth metal, is a subgenre of heavy metal music. It is characterised as a combination of the dark melancholy of gothic rock with the aggression of heavy metal music. The genre originated during the early 1990s in Europe as an outgrowth of death/doom, a fusion of death metal and doom metal. The music of gothic metal is diverse with bands known to adopt the gothic approach to different styles of heavy metal music. Lyrics are generally melodramatic and mournful with inspiration from gothic fiction as well as personal experiences.

The pioneers of gothic metal include the three bands Paradise Lost, My Dying Bride and Anathema, all from the north of England. Other pioneers from the first half of the 1990s include Type O Negative from the United States, Tiamat from Sweden and The Gathering from the Netherlands. The Norwegian group Theatre of Tragedy developed the "beauty and the beast" aesthetic of combining aggressive male vocals with clean female vocals, a contrast that has since been pursued by many other bands in the genre. During the mid 1990s, Moonspell and Cradle of Filth brought the gothic approach to black metal. By the end of the decade, a symphonic metal variant of gothic metal had been developed by Tristania and Within Temptation.

In the 21st century, gothic metal has moved towards the mainstream in Europe, particularly in Finland where groups such as The 69 Eyes, Entwine, HIM, Lullacry, Poisonblack and Sentenced have released hit singles or chart topping albums. Success in the United States has been more elusive in contrast with Lacuna Coil and Evanescence among the few to have found commercial success there.
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