Top Ten Best Goth Rock Bands
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Drunk, stupid and goth. Best of the second generation.V1 Comment
One of the most underrated bands of all time.
I wouldn't consider them goth, but their early synthpop tunes have large ties with the genre. Plus, most goths like them anyway, regardless of genre.
Like the Sisters they weren't a goth band, the label came later, the Cult were a straight up rock band, and a damn good one at that. I saw them in 87 and 89, excellent band.V3 Comments
This is the best band ever. The first time I ran across them was by mistake well a lot of my new fave have been by mistake. They have been the best mistake ever.
Respect:)beautiful dark romantic which metal,
Best Pagan Goth band on the planet
Should be much higher on the list!
Epica deserves a higher place on this scale!
Epica belongs at the top of this list
Should be top 20 at least...V5 Comments
Because they actually ARE goth, unlike E.G. nightwish or evanescence... Also, because they recorded many great and valuable trancks. Valuable for the goth rock history. As simple as this.V1 Comment
This man is considered the king of theatrical rock and brought theatrics into music. He should be number one on this list because he started it all.
I love him so much, but his music isn't gothic rock, even though he influenced it!
WHAT KIND OFF LISE IS THIS?! HE SHOULD BE MORE HIGHER ON THE LIST songs like I love the dead, poison, cold ethyl, Killer album and heaps of other ones that I'll probably gonna keep going till next yearV1 Comment
Early 90s Goth rock that flew under the radar. They deserve a hell of a lot more love, because together with Dead Can Dance, helped build and shape future female led Goth rock bands.
Overshadowed by his more recent solo mutterings, Nick Cave's seminal band was the maniacal The Birthday Party. The late great guitarist, Rowland S. Howard's blistering aural response to Cave's black, bleak, and biblically apocalyptic lyrics is no easy feat for the first time listener. Murder Ballads to make Johnny Cash weep, this band of too talented to stay together for too long bevy of miscreants bombarded Britain from their native Australia in the early 80s and kicked the teeth (literally and figuratively), of a post punk audience that needed a new supply of vicious abuse hurled their way before the record companies signed and polished up their old heroes for mass consumption. The Birthday Party went out in flames in order to avoid the trap and as a result, their small musical output is to this day unsullied and just as raw as when it was created. Influencing many, those artists lucky to have connections to them include Lydia Lunch, Jim "Foetus" Thirlwell, Virgin Prunes, Marc ...more
This system is utterly flawed. How are The Birthday Party at 82?
This band invented goth rock in the late 70s. Everyone has simply followed their blueprint. Without Nick Cave and Rolland Howard the genre wouldn't exist!
Yes! Saraband for dead lovers and skin must be my fave.
One of my favourites. Rarely do bands have so many good songs and be this exotic.
Andi Sex Gang and his followers were the first to be described as "goths"!V1 Comment
Simply the greatest! These guys have never made the same album twice. Always evolving & challenging the listener. The creators of gothic metal & sadly underrated.
One of the first and best GOTH METAL bands. Listen to "Icon"!
Seriously. This is just AWESOME.V1 Comment
This band is great but bands like Marilyn Manson, The Rasmus, Evanescence etc shouldn't even be here. You guys do not know Goth. You guys do not know emo either, most of you labelling Marilyn Manson "Goth" or "emo" really need to do some research.
Wow, shows how much the readers of this blog know. The Mission have just redefined Goth with their latest album (Another Fall From Grace), which is much, much darker and disturbing than anything the Sisters ever did. Effing stupendously good goth rock act, you're not a true goth if you've not got at least one of their albums in your collection. A true talent, and amazing live, more like a life changing religious experience than a gig. Phenomenally good. Check 'em out and find out what you're missing, not much you can go wrong with apart from Masque.
Message to the Evanescence fans : please listen first five Mission Uk albums and later we talk again what is Gothic Rock. (i can't believe Evanescence on the top)
Excellent! Excellent!V3 Comments
How is Dead Can Dance not higher? I know they're an older band, but 'Toward the Within' is a seminal album in the Goth genre. I suppose an argument could be made that the band was not 'rock enough'. But without Dead Can Dance, you would not have seen the growth of other female led Goth bands in my opinion.
Outstanding band, the greatest simply another class of music
Their songs bring me to the Space!
The atmosphere this band manages to create is the essence of gothic music. Period.V2 Comments
VERY different to Death Cult, even though the vocalist is the same person. The self-titled compilation album shows very well what gothic rock really is. I wouldn't expect them to be on the top 10, but Evanescence, HIM, Nightwish, and Marilyn Manson don't deserve to be on this list at all.V1 Comment
These guys are a strong resurgence of what is Goth. There is modern Goth and it certainly isn't HIM or Evanescence, It's Cauda Pavonis.
Truly carrying the flag for dark romantics. Go listen to their stuff and vote!
The REAL DEAL. NO masquerading as Post Punk or whatever the current hip buzzword is. NOSFERATU have been at the forefront of Gothic Rock for a quarter of a century.
HAVING HEARD THIS BAND I WAS BLOWN AWAY BY ALONE AND INVOCATION SONGS
HOPE TO SEE THEM IF THEY ARE STILL GOING.. BEST EERIE BAND AROUND BY MILES
Nosferatu is just absolutley amazing. Crysania is my favorite song by them. Their music has sort of the creepy and eerie sound to it, that I happen to just adore!
Great band, should be higher.V2 Comments
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