H.I.M.
Ghost Reveries
Meliora
My Dying Bride

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Goth metal fuses the bleak, icy atmospherics of goth rock with the loud guitars and aggression of heavy metal, finding the middle ground between the two styles in a melodramatic sense of theater and lyrical obsessions with religion and horror. Prior to the emergence of goth rock as a post-punk genre, the vaguely medieval, minor-key sounds of metal bands like Rainbow, Dio, and Judas Priest had been described as "gothic," but true goth metal is always directly influenced by goth rock -- ethereal synths and spooky textures are just as important as guitar riffs, if not moreso. Thus, goth metal frequently holds appeal for listeners on both sides of the equation. Goth metal first emerged during the early to mid-'80s, centered around Los Angeles' so-called "death-rock" scene headed by Christian Death. Many goth metal bands have since sprung up in both America and Europe, with the tongue-in-cheek Type O Negative breaking out to a wider alternative metal audience in the '90s. During the latter half of that decade, goth metal also proved to be an important influence on black metal bands searching for new ways to darken their sound.

Goth Metal Artists Highlights

H.I.M.
H.I.M.
My Dying Bride
My Dying Bride
In This Moment
In This Moment
Lacuna Coil
Lacuna Coil
Converge
Converge
Chelsea Wolfe
Chelsea Wolfe

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Goth Metal Album Highlights

Ghost Reveries
Opeth
Ghost Reveries
Meliora
Ghost
Meliora
Blackwater Park/Deliverance
Opeth
Blackwater Park/Deliverance
Highest Hopes: The Best of Nightwish
Nightwish
Highest Hopes: The Best of ...
Only Theatre of Pain
Christian Death
Only Theatre of Pain
Fallen
Evanescence
Fallen

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Goth Metal Song Highlights

Title/Composer Performer Stream
Ghost of Perdition Opeth
Absolution
Ghost
Wreath
Opeth
Deep Silent Complete Nightwish
My Immortal Evanescence
Heir Apparent
Opeth
Wreath Opeth
Enjoy the Silence Lacuna Coil
Blood Moon Converge
Slaying the Dreamer Nightwish

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