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Female Fronted Goth Bands (+some extra not-so-goth ones)

45 Grave (Horrorpunk, Deathrock, Goth rock)
Alice Moving Under Skies (electrogoth)
All My Faith Lost (neofolk, neoclassical, darkwave, gothic)
All About Eve (goth rock)
Ana Curra (post punk, synthpop, new wave)
Antiworld (deathrock, horror punk, punk rock)
Asrai (goth rock, goth metal)
Asphyxia (ebm, dark electro)
Aural Vampire (electronic, darkwave, industrial, synthpop)
Autumn (goth rock)
Ayria (futurepop, synthpop, electro-industrial)
Aythis (dark ambient, neoclassical, ethereal, gothic)
Belaboris (new wave, post punk)
Belgrado (post punk, deathrock, punk rock)
Bella Lune (darkwave, electronic, synthpop, gothic)
Bestial Mouths (post punk, deathrock, no wave)
Birdeatsbaby (dark cabaret, punk cabaret)
Black Ice (deathrock, post punk, goth rock)
Black Tape For A Blue Girl (darkwave, ethereal, gothic, dark ambient)
Blood And Roses (post punk, goth rock, deathrock)
Castration Squad (deathrock, punk, horror punk)
Catholic Spit (deathrock, post punk, goth rock)
Cauda Pavonis (goth rock, glam goth, gothic)
Chiasm (industrial)
Christ vs Warhol (deathrock, post punk)
Cindergarden (darkwave, electronic, synthpop, gothic)
Claire Voyant (indie pop, downtempo)
Closterkeller (goth rock, goth metal)
Cocteau Twins (dream pop, post punk, ethereal)
Collide (darkwave, industrial, gothic, electronic)
Crimson Scarlet (death rock, post punk, goth rock)
Dance Macabre (post punk, goth rock, new wave, deathrock)
Danielle Dax (experimental)
Dark Orange (post punk, gothic, ambient)
Darling Violetta (goth, dark pop)
Dead Souls Rising (darkwave, goth rock)
Deadly Nightshade Botanical Society (steampunk, darkwave, goth)
Devilish Presley (punk rock, goth rock, gothabilly)
Die Laughing (goth rock)
Diva Destruction (darkwave, goth rock)
Dreamgaze (shoegaze, dream pop, gothic, post punk)
Ego Likeness (darkwave, industrial rock)
Elvira And The Bats (deathrock, deathrock revival)
Esben and the Witch (electronic, post punk, indie)
Escarlatina Obsessiva (deathrock, post punk)
Esoterik (darkwave synth)
Ethereum (electro, industrial, gothic)
Eva O (deathrock, punk rock, goth rock)
Faith And Disease (darkwave, goth, deathrock)
Faith And The Muse (darkwave, goth rock)
Fangs On Fur (deathrock, post punk, goth rock)
Fear Of Dolls (goth rock, post punk)
Fever Ray (electronic, experimental, ambient)
Geisha (finnish 80’s synthpop, post punk)
Ghost Dance (goth rock, post punk)
Gitane Demone (goth rock, deathrock)
Guilty Strangers (post punk, goth, no wave)
Hannah Fury (dark cabaret, ethereal)
Hate In The Box (alternative rock, horror rock, goth)
I:Scintilla (indistrial, electronic, industrial rock)
Inkubus Sukkubus (goth rock, darkwave, pagan rock)
Jack Off Jill (goth rock, punk rock)
Johnny Hollow (electronic, darkwave)
Kanon Wakeshima (neoclassical darkwave, dark ambient, baroque pop)
Kitchen And The Plastic Spoons (post punk, new wave, deathrock)
Kristen Lawrence (halloween carols)
La Peste Negra (deathrock, goth rock)
Lesbian Bed Death (gothic rock)
Light Asylum (post punk, synthpop, darkwave)
Love Spirals Downward (ethereal, ambient, shoegaze, dreampop, darkwave)
Lucyfix (goth rock)
Lydia Lunch (post punk, no wave, spoken word)
Masquerade (post punk, goth rock)
Mechanical Moth (gothic, darkwave, ebm)
Mina Harker (darkwave, gothic, industrial)
Miranda Sex Garden (goth rock, darkwave, ethereal wave)
Mors Syphilitica (ethereal, darkwave, goth rock)
Naughty Zombies (death rock, horror punk, goth punk, psychobilly)
New Days Delay (deathrock, goth rock, post punk)
Novocaine Mausoleum (deathrock, goth rock)
Ophelia’s Dream (neoclassical, darkwave, ethereal)
Patricia Morrison (punk rock, goth rock, punk blues)
Penis Flytrap (deathrock, horror punk)
Persephone (darkwave, goth, ethereal)
Purple Fog Side (darkwave, electronic, synthgoth)
Qntal (electro medieval, ethereal, gothic)
Quidam (goth, deathrock)
Rasputina (cello rock)
Rats Kill Bats (deathrock, punk, post punk)
RazorBladeKisses (goth rock)
Reliquary (darkwave, goth rock)
Requiem In White (deathrock, goth rock, ethereal)
Rhea’s Obsession (darkwave, ethereal, gothic)
Rita Lynch (goth rock, alternative rock)
Rouge Fonce (dark cabaret. alternative rock)
Rubella Ballet (punk rock, anarcho punk, goth rock)
Rule Of Thirds (deathrock, post punk, goth rock)
Scarlet’s Remains (deathrock, goth rock)
Scarling (alternative rock)
Scary Bitches (deathrock, goth rock)
Silene (goth rock)
Siouxsie And The Banshees (alternative rock, post punk, goth rock, new wave, punk rock)
Skeletal Family (goth rock)
Sopor Aeternus (neoclassical darkwave, dark folk, neo medieval, goth rock)
Strange Boutique (goth rock)
Strawberry Switchblade (pop rock, new wave)
Subtonix (post punk, deathrock, goth rock)
Sunshine Blind (goth rock, darkwave)
Super Heroines (death rock, goth rock, punk rock)
Swann Danger (goth rock, deathrock, post punk, new wave)
Switchblade Symphony (goth rock, darkwave, alternative rock, symphonic rock)
Tapping The Vein (industrial, goth rock, goth metal)
The Birthday Massacre (synthrock)
The Clockwork Dolls (steampunk, neo victorian, symphonic)
The Creatures (more Siouxsie) (alternative rock, experimental)
The Divine Madness (alternative rock, dance punk, goth rock)
The Eden House (goth rock, darkwave)
The March Violets (post punk)
The Plague (goth, deathrock)
The Readership Hostile (deathrock, pst punk, goth rock)
The Shroud (ethereal, darkwave, goth rock)
The Spiritual Bat (goth rock)
The Vanishing (deathrock, death disco, electronic)
This Ascension (ethereal, darkwave, goth rock)
This Mortal Coil (dream pop, goth rock, ethereal wave)
Toys Went Berserk (post punk, alternative rock, goth rock)
TyLean (dark cello)
Unter Null (industrial, ebm, dark electro)
Unto Ashes (neofolk, gothic, ethereal, darkwave)
Unwoman (cello, ethereal, gothic, electronic)
Valentine Wolfe (neovictorian)
Vampyre Heart (goth rock, goth metal)
Veronica Lipgloss and the Evil Eyes (deathrock, post punk, no wave, synthpunk, avantgarde)
Voodoo Church (deathrock, goth rock)
Xmal Deutschland (Neue Deutsche Welle, goth rock, new wave)
Zadera (deathrock, post punk, goth rock)
Zeitgeist Zero (gothic, alternative, girly goth)

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COMBO: Essential Goth/post punk/alternative bands + POCs in Goth/post punk/alternative bands masterpost

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Essential Goth/post punk/alternative bands

Hello weirdos! A lot of folks seem to be a little lost when first setting foot into the goth subculture and don’t know where to go for band recommendations. Here’s a list of important, influential bands that contributed to the goth subculture - along with several favs - I put together with Dean (angry punk pictured above).

In order to avoid classification issues, they’re categorized by sound rather than specific genre. Keep in mind that this list is personal, and most importantly, ever growing! If you would like to add a band, submit your recommendations to the list here. I would love to have your contributions. So, here we go:

Sounds dead or undead:

  • Bauhaus (1978-2008) “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” is a national anthem. Lead singer Peter Murphy has really pointy cheek bones.
  • Peter Murphy (1983-present) his solo work, not as angular as his facial features.
  • Love and Rockets (1985-present) Peter Murphy got stuck hanging upside  down on stage and the Bauhaus members formed a band without him.
  • Joy Division (1976-1980) Ian Curtis was an energetic dancer, to say the least. “Love Will Tear Us Apart” and “Transmission” are famous songs.
  • The Sisters of Mercy (1980-present) Andrew Eldritch is not goth, he swears.
  • The Cure (1976-present) lead singer Robert Smith is a giant cat with red lipstick. He cries on stage and his tears cure cancer.
  • Cocteau Twins (1979-1997)
  • Sex Gang Children (1991-present)
  • Wire (1976-1980) seriously underrated. Would recommend the album “Pink Flag”.
  • Lydia Lunch amazing female singer. Try the album “13.13”.
  • Clan of Xymox (1983-present) are you kidding no one’s voice is this deep.
  • The Chameleons (1981-2003) has the ability to sound woeful yet jolly.
  • The Mission (1986-present) “Into the Blue” is a good start.
  • Depeche Mode (1980-present) dark and gloomy synths. Known for “Personal Jesus”, “Enjoy the Silence”, “Never let Me Down Again” and a billion others.
  • Fields of the Nephilim (1984-present) vocalist Carl McCoy is a desert cowboy.
  • The March Violets (1981-present) listen to “The Botanic Verses”.
  • The Bolshoi (1983-1988) start with the album “Friends”.
  • The Danse Society (1980-present) try the album “Heaven is Waiting”.
  • The Southern Death Cult (1981-1983) has a song called “Fatman”. Ian Astbury teamed up with Billy Duffy from Theatre of Hate to create Death Cult which later became The Cult, another band worth checking out.
  • Play Dead (1981-1985) doesn’t like being called goth. Musicians that don’t like being labeled? Unheard of.
  • Corpus Delicti (1993-1998) name means “body of crime”. Just saying.
  • Nosferatu (1988-present) actual vampires making music.
  • Big Electric Cat
  • Rosetta Stone
  • Susperia
  • Mephisto Walz (1985-present)
  • The Wake pretty sure Eldritch’s cousin is in the video “Christine”.
  • Echo & the Bunnymen (1978-present) known for “The Killing Moon” which you might remember from the movie Donnie Darko.
  • The Jesus & Mary Chain (1983-present) known for “Just Like Honey”.
  • Children on Stun (1991-present) would recommend the song “Whiskey a Go-Go”, you’ll be…*lowers sun glasses* stunned.
  • Dead Can Dance (1981-present)
  • And Also the Trees (1979-present) the dictionary definition of “dark and brooding”.
  • Red Lorry Yellow Lorry (1981-present)
  • Magazine (1977-2011) listen to the album “Real Life”.
  • Concrete Blonde (1986-present)
  • Gene Loves Jezebel (1980-present)
  • Tones on Tail (1982-1984) Daniel Ash’s (Bauhaus) illegitimate child side project.
  • Curve (1990-2005) Toni Haliday’s seductive alto voice against a backdrop of layered guitars and drum loops; fans of Curve generally regard Garbage as having stole their shtick and made it pop-friendly.
  • Bella Morte (1996-present)
  • Leæther Strip (1988-present) with forays into industrial/ebm; Highly Recommend “Serenade For The Dead” and “Self-Inflicted”.
  • Love Like Blood (1989-2011) the Sisters of Mercy and Type O Negative’s German child.
  • The Merry Thoughts (1983-1998) another German band that sounds like the Sisters of Mercy.
  • A Pale Horse Named Death (2011-present) another Type O Negative offshoot, this band has the original drummer on vocals and their drummer on drums. Very dark and devoid of Type O’s black humor, but still a great listen.
  • The Cruxshadows (1992-present) an alternative musical start for many. The important thing: spiky hair.

Deathrockers and undead punks:

  • Christian Death (1979-present) founded by Rozz Williams, but faced several line up issues (a second Christian Death featured Valor Kand rather than Rozz Williams). Known for “Romeo’s Distress”. Start with “Only Theatre of Pain” then “Catastrophe Ballet”.
  • Specimen (1980-present) features the cofounder of the Batcave. Best known for “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” and Johnny Slut being awesome.
  • Cinema Strange (1994-present) listen to the album of the same name. Known for their acts on stage.
  • The Deadfly Ensemble similar in feel to Cinema Strange with the same “story telling” aspect.
  • Catholic Spit
  • Voodoo Church (1982-present)
  • Misfits (1977-present) 1950s horror told by crazy guys with guitars and muscles. Personal favorite album: “Static Age”. Singer Glenn Danzig went on to create Danzig. Also make your day better by listening to the “Monster Mash” cover.
  • The Cramps (1976-2009) originators of “psychobilly”. Highly original and sleazy with class.
  • Alien Sex Fiend (1982-present) husband and wife that sound like legit extra-terrestrials. Proof that there is no such thing as taking yourself seriously.
  • The Damned (1976-present) lead singer, Dave Vanian, is a vampire.
  • Blood and Roses underrated. Listen to “Your Sin is Your Salvation”.
  • The Birthday Party (1977-1983) pretty jazzy. Nick Cave, vocalist, likes to wear suits and release bats from caves.
  • Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds (1984-present) this guys is so interesting he is set apart from the Bad Seeds and he has a movie.
  • Virgin Prunes (1977-1986) known for “Baby Turns Blue”.
  • The Psychedelic Furs (1977-present) remember the movie “Pretty in Pink”? Well there. Try the album “Psychedelic Furs”!
  • Anorexic Dread (1983-1985) short lived but worth knowing.
  • Flesh for Lulu (1982-present)
  • UK Decay (1978-present)
  • Lene Lovich “I Think We’re Alone Now”
  • Skeletal Family (1982-present)
  • Klaus Nomi (1977-1983) the late artist sounded like he looked: surprised and hauntingly original.
  • The Morgans (mid 1990s-1996) try “Half Girl Half Jesus”.
  • Xmal Deutschland (1980-1990)
  • XTC (1972-2006)

Angry about something:

  • Siouxsie and the Banshees (1976-2002) pronounced “Suzy”. I know you know, but I didn’t at first. “Spellbound, “Happy House”, “Cities in Dust”, plenty to listen to. And, Siouxsie Sioux rocks.
  • Killing Joke  (1978-present) where do I begin? Do I begin at all? You know what, it doesn’t matter if you skip this entire list and just listen to this one band. I’ll spare you the essay and recommend the album of the same name, “Laugh? I nearly bought one!”, “Democracy”, “Extremities, Dirt and Various Repressed Emotions” and “Pandemonium”. More than the sound are the lyrics, the members and the message.
  • 1919 (1980-present) underrated to the extreme. Similar to Killing Joke in sound and vibe.
  • Nina Hagen (1971-present) she’s wicked cool, in sound and style. And also she’s German.
  • Type O Negative (1990-2010) American metal band with widely respected singer/bassist, the late Peter Steele.
  • 45 Grave (1979-present)
  • Swans (1982-present)
  • The Stranglers (1974-present)
  • New Model Army (1980-present)
  • Public Image Limited aka PIL (1978-present) John Lydon’s [aka Jonny Rotten of Sex Pistols] post-punk band that created gems like “The Order of Death” and “Rise”.
  • Life of Agony (1989-present) Alternative metal band from Brooklyn. Had Type O Negative’s original drummer after he left. Slightly thrashy, but sludgy and dark as well.

Witchy, “psycho-delic” or heavily historical:

  • Switchblade Symphony (1989-1999) would recommend the album “Serpentine Gallery”.
  • Strawberry Switchblade (1981-1985) listen to earlier works.
  • Faith and the Muse (1993-present)
  • Soap & Skin (2008-present)
  • The Velvet Underground & Nico the album is known for the songs “Venus in Furs” and “All Tomorrow’s Parties”. Check out Nico, another wicked German artist.
  • Chelsea Wolf (2009-present)
  • Stevie Nicks (1981-present)
  • Japan (1974-1982)
  • The Legendary Pink Dots (1980-present)
  • Black Tape for a Blue Girl (1986-present)
  • Sopor Aeternus & the Ensemble of Shadows (1989-present) taken straight from the Grim Reaper’s playlist.
  • Inkubus Sukkubus (1989-present) check out “Call Out My Name,” “Vampyra,” and “Belladonna And Aconite.”
  • Rasputina (1992-present) historical influences with a storytelling twist.
  • Emilie Autumn somewhat controversial with fans, but excellent violinist.

Discombobulated former construction workers:

  • Skinny Puppy (1982-present) très important industrial band.
  • OhGr by Nivek Ogre of Skinny Puppy. ReCcoMeNd tHe AlbUm “wELt”?
  • Einsturzende Neubauten (1980-present) post Throbbing Gristle -PS try them out as well- industrial.
  • Ministry (1981-present) famous for “Every Day is Halloween”. Recommend earlier work and the album “Twitch”. Their newer albums are more metal oriented.
  • KMFDM (1984-present) perverse, angry and awesome.
  • Front Line Assembly (1986-present)
  • Thrill Kill Kult (1987-present)
  • Nitzer Ebb (1982-present) English guy shouts over drum machines.
  • Front 242 (1981-present) Belgian guy kinda sings over drum machines.
  • Nine Inch Nails (1988-present) American guy screams over drum machines [early NIN], sings over distorted synths and guitars [later NIN].
  • Everything off of the Wax Trax! label circa 1990

Presumably angry punks:

  • Dead Kennedys (1978-1986) featured living people and some unforgettable tunes, notably from the album “Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables”.
  • Sex Pistols (1975-2008) So punk, much anarchy.
  • Bad Brains (1977-present) a mix of punk and reggae, a genre within itself that redefined the scene.
  • Black Flag (1976-present)
  • Minor Threat (1980-1983) accidentally slipped and gave birth to straight edgers.
  • Fugazi (1987-2002) with vocalist Ian MacKaye from Minor Threat.
  • Adolescents (1980-present) pfff, these guys are totally adults.
  • The Clash (1976-1985) “London Calling” is trying to reach you.
  • Joan Jett a fine lady that doesn’t give an inkling of care about her unfavorable reputation.
  • Plasmatics (1977-1988)
  • X-Ray Spex (1976-present) featuring the ever so awesome and PVC’s opposite, Poly Styrene.
  • Television (1973-present)
  • Bad Religion (1979-present) - note: skip “Into The Unknown”, everything else is golden

Halloween Town escapees:

  • Voltaire evil top hat wearer that was featured in an episode of Billy and Mandy’s Grim Adventures.
  • Creature Feature did you know? Edward Gorey and Danny Elfman had kids.
  • Nox Arcana creepy soundtrack for your life…or afterlife.

More freaky people:

  • Tom Waits (1949-present) the essence of a Western.
  • David Bowie (1964-present) commonly referred to as “God”.
  • Leonard Cohen (1967-present) he’s Canadian.
  • John Cale (1965-present)
  • Propaganda (1982-2005)
  • Culture Club (1982-1986) just, Boy George.
  • Nico former Velvet Underground member, German ex-model singing songs titled things like “Janitor of Lunacy” off-key.
  • The Smiths (1982-1987) Morrissey is like the Charlie Brown of British pop music: he’ll never win, and therefore is One Of Us.

POCs in Goth/post punk/alternative bands masterpost

Here’s a list of bands featuring members of color. Most are influential, others new discoveries or future freak gods. Thanks to research and helpful readers, here’s a bit of sick sound suitable for all taste buds:

Goth, dark or industrial:

  • Creature Feature - Erik X is an evil composer and organ player with a special gift for raising the dead.
  • Plastique Noir -the Brazilian band that made the song “Empty Streets” that’s just too dark to handle.
  • O. Children - contrary to popular belief, Tobi O’Kandi is not, in fact, a black reincarnation of Ian Curtis.
  • Thrill Kill Kult - sick industrial band with several poc members.
  • Glorious Din
  • Android Lust - Shikhee is Bangladeshi, and she makes some of the best industrial music ever heard.
  • She Past Away
  • 13th Moon
  • Malice Mizer and Moi Dix Mois
  • Phaidia
  • Corrupted - awesome japanese doom/sludge band that are considered super influential in the scene.
  • Light Asylum - heavy dark synth primarily. It’s really fun and the front singer HAS A MIGHTY POWER.
  • Plastic Zooms
  • Hocico
  • Crowd Pleaser
  • Angelspit

Punk, hardcore or post-hardcore:

  • Bad Brains - why most of the bands on this list even exist.
  • Death - not to be confused with the metal band of the same way. Not that you could confuse the members in any way.
  • Rough Francis - founded by the sons of David Hackney of Death.
  • Pure Hell - afropunk taken literally.
  • X-Ray Spex - Poly Styrene was the energy and feel of the band. Actually, she was just energy and feel period. Fun fact: she was also bipolar.
  • Radkey - Rad.
  • TMGE - Japanese band named “Thee Michelle Gun Elephant” or as they prefer: JAPANESE BAND NAMED “THEE MICHELLE GUN ELEPHANT”.
  • Tamar Kali - powerful musician, especially known for “Boot”.
  • The Objex - Feloney Melony’s got a wicked hawk and voice.
  • Stiffed - Santi White now performs solo as Santigold.
  • Cerebral Ballzy
  • Suicidal Tendencies
  • Midori - great jazz-punk fusion band.
  • The Redscare
  • Le Butcherettes - Mexican garage punk band.
  • Atari Teenage Riot
  • NOFX
  • Stalin
  • The Bags
  • Dev Hynes - a British musician who started out in a punk band Test Icicles then went solo as a folk/indie musician as Lightspeed Champion and now is doing an electronic/R&B thing as Blood Orange.
  • L’Arc-en-Ciel - Okay, so these guys are Japan’s other most famous export. These guys got known outside of japan for doing some major anime theme songs (Fullmetal Alchemist, Gundam 00, NANA live action movie, etc) and were the first Japanese act to headline Madison Square Garden (Japanese rock bands really like New York for some reason). Their bassist tetsuya (formally known as tetsu) gets bonus points for being one of Japan’s only out LGBT celebrities (he’s Bi).
  • Doll$Box
  • Letlive
  • The Chariot
  • Trashtalk
  • Gogol Bordello - self described as “gypsy punk”. Singer Eugene Hütz is Russian-Ukranian with Romani heritage and born with a ‘stache. Nearly crazier than Little Big and Korpiklaani combined.
  • Blackfire
  • The Bots - punk duo made of two brothers.
  • Bow Wow Wow - IIIIIII Waaaant Caaandy!!!
  • Love Equals Death
  • Ritualization - blackened death metal from Orléans, France
  • Teengenerate
  • Ten Grand
  • Letlive
  • Martin Sorrondeguy - spoke out about US based Latino issues in many of his lyrics and was involved in bands Los Crudos, Limp Wrist and Needles.
  • Ghost Town

Metal, funk/rap/reggae metal fusion or core:

  • Blasphemy - Black metal, the biggest irony on earth as Caller of the Storms remains one of the rare black musicians within the genre.
  • Babymetal - this Japanese trio is more metal than a viking woman on her period in the middle of a battlefield drinking the blood of her enemies to the sound of Immortal…for some at least.
  • Wicked Wisdom - Will Smith’s wife get a band?? Yes she Will.
  • Unlocking the Truth - these 13 year olds played in the streets of NYC before they opened for Living Colour.
  • Absolace - amazing metal from Dubai.
  • Living Colour - better than Dead Monochrome.
  • King’s X - more hard rock, but hey.
  • Bionic Jive - one of the better hip-hop/metal fusions.
  • Skindred - check out the album “Roots Rock Riot”.
  • Ego Fall - a Chinese folk metal band and also Corbac’s fave. Mixing tradition with heavier sounds.
  • Static X - Japanese guitarist Koichi Fukuda & Mexican-American bassist Tony Campos.
  • Sepultura - the founding members are all Brazilian, currently their lead singer (Derrick Green) is black. “Arise” is a massive album of pure metal awesomeness.
  • Straight Line Stitch
  • Blood Stain Child
  • Sasamaso
  • Tenger Cavalry - a folk metal band based out of Bejing who describe their style as “Mongolian folk metal”. Like this and you’d probably enjoy Ego Fall.
  • Cthonic - Taiwanese metal band who’s lead singer is also the president for the Taiwanese branch of Amnesty International.Most of their music deals with their goal of an independent Taiwan and they’re really REALLY great.
  • Myrath
  • God Forbid
  • Invasion - a stoner/psych-metal band fronted by a valkyrie space wizard out of London.
  • Vodun - like invasion, marries punk, psychedelic, and doom metal influenced instrumentals with soul influenced vocals to create a unique and original takes on doom metal.
  • Sevendust
  • Animals as Leaders - most suggested band on this list and for good reason.
  • Veil of Maya
  • Oceano
  • Body Count - Ice T’s metal band rules. It would be a little tastier with ice cubes though.
  • Hirax - pioneering thrash/speed metal band (with hardcore influences). Katon De Pena is one of the most distinctive vocalists of the then-burgeoning California metal scene. Though they never achieved the success of some of their contemporaries like Metallica or Slayer, they have long been an insiders’ favorite and cited as an influence by bands ranging from Napalm Death to Cannibal Corpse to Darkthrone.
  • Infectious Grooves
  • Melechesh - an Assyrian black metal band originating from Jerusalem whose lyrical themes include Mesopotamian mythology and occultism.
  • Iron Man - American doom metal band with PoC members.
  • Sex Machineguns - Japanese speed metal band.
  • Hibria - Brazilian power metal band.
  • Metallica - their first lead guitarist was Lloyd Grant. Here he is in their first recording.
  • Gevolt - Yiddish band from Israel.
  • The Tony Danza Tap Dance Extravaganza
  • Gridlink
  • X Japan - Probably Japan’s most famous metal export. These guys are the reason Visual Kei (basically Japan’s gothic metal scene) exists. All those flashy JRock bands wouldn’t exist without X Japan. They also recently just played a huge show at Madison Square Garden.
  • Maximum the Hormone - Also known as “the guys that did that weird opening and ending to death note”, MTH do a fantastic combination of metal, punk, and even pop. The best part about MTH is that their lyrics don’t make sense even when translated so you can just have mindless fun listening to them even if you understand Japanese.
  • Suffocation - one of the most influential death metal acts of all time. Terrance Hobbs’ incredible mastery of the guitar allowed the band to blend complex technicality into the genre without sacrificing raw brutality.
  • Versailles Philharmonic Quintet
  • Suicide Silence
  • The Crimson Armada
  • For Today
  • Glass Cloud
  • Heaven in Her Arms
  • Here comes the Kraken
  • Issues
  • Periphery
  • Reflections
  • System of a Down
  • Fear Nuttin Band
  • Year of the Dragon - founder was a member of Fishbone.
  • Dir En Grey
  • Skyharbor
  • Spineshank
  • Coal Chamber
  • Ill Niño
  • Flagitious Idiosyncrasy in Dilapidation (FID) - Formed in Tokyo. Rad ladies playing some super hard grindcore.
  • Sarcofago - Brazilian band
  • Acrassicauda - Iraqi heavy metal. There is a film called “Heavy Metal in Baghdad”, about the band. Another documentary called Global Metal, which is by the same director as Heavy Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey, is highly recommended.
  • Sigh - one of the first japanese black mack metal bands led by a fierce lady.
  • Sabbat - Japanese black/thrash.
  • Blood Stain Child - rather epic sounding Japanese metal band with contrasting vocals and instrumentals.
  • Gallhammer - female Japanese extreme metal band of doom. The wickedest chicks, definitely recommend.
  • Avulsed - Spanish death metal band.
  • Necramynth - Korean black metal.
  • Crossfaith - japanese metalcore.
  • Subrosa
  • As they Burn - deathcore band from Paris, France.
  • Wolves and Jackals - blackened thrash/death metal from Atlanta, GA.
  • Infernal Revulsion - brutal death metal from Tokyo, Japan
  • Orange Sky - from Trinidad and Tobago.
  • Monuments - it’s got saxophone and it’s awesome.
  • Ego Likeness
  • Peelander-Z - watch the videos, you’ll be happy you did.
  • For Today - if you’re into Christian metal.
  • Dream Theater - John Myung plays in the influential prog metal band with the aid of his majestic hair.

Alternative or too cool to label:

  • Bat for Lashes - Natasha Khan’s songs are ethereal.
  • Skunk Anansie - Skin is a fierce woman with a fierce voice. Also, her eyes will pierce through your soul.
  • Fishbone - literally unclassifiable: ska, punk, crazy cool…
  • Dub War - often likened to Skindred. Not because the singer has dreads or anything. Or because it’s the same guy.
  • The Slack Republic - fairly new (2005), looking forward to more.
  • Pierce the Veil - they’re really more “Punk Pop” than anything else. All members are Mexican.
  • Coheed and Cambria
  • Alice in Chains
  • Boris - japanese experimental metal band highly influential in the doom, stoner, noise rock scene.
  • Bleed the Pigs - great band with a singer who has an awesome colorful fro.
  • Motherjane
  • Jimi Hendrix - duh.
  • Asian Dub Foundation
  • BIS (Brand-New Idol Society) - considered “alternative Japanese idols”, and have done some amazing things including recruiting a new member who was rumored to be a high school girl and turned out to be Junko Koshino, a famous fashion designer who is 74 yrs old. Their song + video for MURA-MURA is excellent.
  • Go Betty Go - chicano rock, “pop punk”. Several of their songs are in Spanish.
  • Melt-Banana - Japanese noise rock band.
  • Deftones
  • Rage Against the Machine
  • TV on the Radio
  • Rain Machine
  • Bloc Party - singer is gay and black.
  • Little Dragon
  • Asobi Seksu
  • Blonde Redhead
  • The Go! Team
  • CSS
  • The English Beat
  • Kenna
  • Mono
  • One Ok Rock
  • ELLEGARDEN - JAPAN’S BEST 90s/EARLY 2000s POP PUNK ROCK EXPORT I’M NOT EVEN KIDDING. Part of what contributes to this is Takeshi Hosomi (singer/rhythm guitarist) writing ¾ of the band’s discography in perfect english. Unfortunately they went on hiatus in 2006, but that spawned two more fantastic bands: Takeshi does experimental progressive indie in the HIATUS (its the same guy I swear), and guitarist Shinichi Ubukata formedNothing’s Carved In Stone which is basically a Japanese alt. rock supergroup.
  • The Hiatus
  • Nothing’s Carved in Stone
  • Shonen Knife - you can’t talk about japanese girl rock without the literal originators of the movement/popularity. Because Kurt Cobain said he listened them, a HUGE surge of all girl bands started popping up over Japan.
  • O’Brother
  • The Pillows - alt rock band from Hokkaido.
  • Set it Off
  • The Novembers
  • Shiva En Exil
  • Guns N’ Roses - Slash.
  • (Hed) PE - (or Planet Earth) original sound described as “G-Punk”, a fusion of punk rock and gangsta rap.
  • Soundgarden
  • She Wants Revenge
  • Skip the Use - with influence from various genres and a black lead.
  • Elsiane - Formed in Montreal. Fronted by Elsieanne Caplette. Trip-hop/downtempo.
  • Fall Out Boy’s bassist Pete Wentz English/German and Afro-Jamaican.
  • Sonic Boom Six
  • Cibo Matto - real cool duo.
  • My Vitriol
  • Buck Tick
  • Wormrot - grindcore from Singapour.
  • Toe - post rock from Japan.
  • Guitar Wolf - “Jet Rock n’ roll”.
  • Gazette
  • Kanon Wakeshima
  • The Coup - Yesssss.
  • Street Sweeper Social Club
  • Merchant Ships - post hardcore.
  • The Skints - reggae/dub/punk fusion.
  • White Town - bzangy deserves WAY more recognition! You’ve probably already heard “I Could Never be Your Woman.”
  • The Mars Volta
  • Drill Queen - Born Depressed is just the greatest song.
  • Death Grips - experimental rap.
  • Grateful Dead
  • Suffrajett

Remember that submissions are closed but you can still submit to Song a Day here (on diningwithdana.net/submit) to have your favorite sounds featured on the blog!

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 Birthstone Gemsonas

my friend zeshka requested I do zodiac magical girls or birthstone gemsonas and I thought it was such a great idea! 

I tried making gemsonas based off the 12 birthstones and also included details in their designs that echo the 12 birth flowers as well. 

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BOOKS BOOKS BOOKS

@sassyreads

Here is a list of books I have read this year that I have enjoyed so much I either will buy a copy for my shelves or already did.

Uprooted - Naomi Novik (What an adventure! I loved this book from beginning to end)

Deathless - Catherynne M. Valente (Ok, I can admit I didn’t understand a lot of what happened in this book because I didn’t understand a lot of the Russian literature references - BUT THAT DID NOT STOP ME FROM LOVING THIS BOOK! Holy smokes what a book - Instant Fave.)

The Bear and the Nightingale - Katherine Arden (’The Girl in the Tower’ is coming out in December and I am sooooo freaking excited!!!!)

Poison Study - Maria Snyder (I will try and pick up the other books in the series later on, but I enjoyed the first one and at times had a TOG feel)

The Night Mark and The Bourbon Thief - Tiffany Reisz (You can check my blog for my feels on these two books - quick and beautiful reads but prepare to be WRECKED by ‘The Bourbon Thief’ - I’m still recovering)

Blackwood and The Bad Guy - Celia Aaron (This author is magic! She writes erotica with plot so good! I buddy read ‘Blackwood’ with @propshophannah and we are both enthusiastic about it - it has a dark, mysterious feel and I could not get enough. My only complaint is that there is not more of it - I WANT MORE. So hot. SO HOT. ‘The Bad Guy’ was not AS good as ‘Blackwood’ but I still couldn’t put it down.)

The Arcana Chronicles - Kreslie Cole (I just really enjoyed them, not Earth shattering or anything but such an interesting plot with twists and turns and so many characters - I WAS SUCKED INTO THIS SERIES! And I need the next one pronto.

Labyrinth Lost - Cordia Zoraida (I didn’t finish this one but I intend to go back because it was really good but another book caught my attention more and put this one on Hiatus. If you haven’t already, pick up this book!)

Alex, Approximately and The Anatomical Shape of My Heart - Jenn Bennett (Both of these books were great, fun, quick reads that I LOVED the characters and locations)

Royally Screwed and Royally Matched - Emma Chase (Thanks @propshophannah for getting me into these two books of the same series - SO FUN. SO HOT. Ah I just loved them! You will have a huge smile on your face for most of these books. Looking forward to the next book ‘Royally Endowed’) also Hanna got me into the Off Campus series by Elle Kennedy and I breezed through them super hot super good.

Looking for sexy reads? PICK UP BOOKS BY CARA MCKENNA AND KYLIE SCOTT. I have read Curio and the Curio Vignettes, After Hours, Willing Victim and Brutal Game by Cara Mckenna and then the Stage Dive (4 books) and Dive Bar (still releasing, 2 so far) series by Kylie Scott and they are pretty much all panty disintegrating.

I’d also like to throw out there that anything by Morgan Matson has been a super enjoyable read for me. Starting with ‘Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour’ which sparked my Wanderlust but each of her books I read super fast because she has lovable characters, emotional conflicts, and great writing style. Check out also by her Second Chance Summer (Get your tissues ready though), Since You’ve Been Gone (Makes me feel young and adventurous), and The Unexpected Everything (So fun, Lovable).

My reviews for The Red - Tiffany Reisz (whooooooa) and Ten Days with the Highlander (Yipee!) are posted and I recommend.

I think I may have read these last year and previous years but I also loved loved loved ‘Vicious’ by V.E. Schwab, The Bungalow and The Violets of March will always be faves of mine by Sarah Jio, Pretty much ANYTHING by Libba Bray - The next installment of the Diviners series is coming out soon and I could not recommend that series more and her book Beauty Queens is so wacky but enjoyable. I will scream from the mountaintops about ‘The Night Circus’ by Erin Morgenstern for the rest of my life. It’s my thing. ‘The Bronze Horseman’ was epic (and the other two installments were OK and I read them to complete the story) but TBH was…..fantastic. The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud by Ben Sherwood  is an instafave. Also I think it goes without saying that ACOTAR and TOG novels are a automatic read that I always enjoy. aaaaaaaand TID,TMI, TDA, etc by CC are also instareads for me. I preorder/buy those babies immediately. The Wrath and the Dawn + The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh were so freaking beautiful that I had preordered and sucked down Flame in the Mist (and looking forward to the next installment). OH OH OH and The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah was so moving.

So I am probably missing a ton but this is a short list of books I will soapbox for.

Currently reading: Return to your skin by Luz Gabás , The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee and Geisha: A Life by Mineko Iwasaki

I am checking out your recommendations @sassyreads and if you have any others I’d love to hear about them.

Abandoned Flesh

Robert Smith is secure at his villa in France
Any child knows how to do the spiderweb dance
Siouxsie has enough hits to keep the bills paid
Every New Year’s in Los Angeles, you can still see Richard Blade

But the world forgot about Gene Loves Jezebel
Yes the world forgot about Gene Loves Jezebel

They charted once or twice
They were on a major label
When the singer went solo
He left money on the table
The two main guys are related
They’re at war with each other
Now there’s two Genes loving Jezebel
One for each brother

But the world came to agree
What you see is what you get and what you get is what you see
Whether you’re The March Violets or The Bolshoi
Bands who had to leave the darkness for the sun
Red Lorry Yellow Lorry were on Cherry Red I think
They’ve been playing clubs since 1981
To be fair to Gene Loves Jezebel
Billy Corgan brought them onstage
It was in 2011
It’s on their Wikipedia page
But for the most part
However big that chorused bass may throb
You and me and all of us
Are going to have to find a job

Because the world will never know or understand
The suffocated splendor
Of the once and future goth band

from Goths (2017)

I would just like to point out somebody actually added this to the Gene Loves Jezebel Wikipedia page.

anonymous asked:

do you have any good videos or audios of betsy singing, i really want to listen to her more since you talk so much about her but idk where to start

KDJSHDSK MY TIME HAS COME I HAVE SO MANY BEEPS VIDEOS/AUDIOS 

this is probably going to be long i’m sorry i just really love beeps and her voice is gorgeous lmao 

i’ll try and put them in chronological order but not all of them have dates so i am Doing My Best

Audios (credit for these to @callmeadreamer8 and her betsy post which Saved My Life)

The Crime of the Century (from Ragtime) - July 10th, 2005

The I Love You Song (from The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) - December 31st, 2006

Who Will Love Me As I Am? (idk what this is from oops) - June 13th, 2008

I’ll Be Here (from Ordinary Days) - April, 2010

Long Distance (idk what this is from either) - November 8th, 2010 

Paper Faces (from Tales of the City) - June 4th, 2011

Military Life (He Was A Jerk…) (from Stage Door Canteen) - November, 2011

I Want It All (idk what its from also someone else is singing this with her idk who though) - June 8th, 2012

The Next Ten Minutes (from The Last Five Years) - February 11, 2013

My Heart Will Go On (from Titanic) - February 19th, 2013

A Summer In Ohio (from The Last Five Years) - March 7th, 2013

I Found A New Baby (from Bullets Over Broadway) - May 21, 2014

pretty much everything after these have videos to go with them so 

Videos

Let It Sing (from Violet) - March 30th, 2015

Falling Slowly (from Once, w/ Darren Criss) - February 26th, 2016

Suddenly Seymour (from Little Shop of Horrors, w/ Darren Criss) - February 26th, 2016

Take Me or Leave Me (from Rent, w/ Darren Criss) - February 26th, 2016 

Maybe This Time (from Cabaret) - February 26th, 2016

Let It Go (from Frozen) -  March 11th, 2016

Something Bad Is Happening (from Falsettos, w/ Tracie Thoms) - January 27th, 2017

What Baking Can Do (from Waitress) - July, 2017

She Used To Be Mine (from Waitress) - August 14th, 2017

wow okay this was even longer than i thought it would be and this isn’t even all of them i’m sorry this is probably more than you wanted,,,, but i would 1000/10 recommend listening to these because her voice is incredible and beautiful and wow i love her a lot in conclusion i’m gay 

The Ultimate 80s Movie Soundtrack Playlist: TRACK LIST

i’m alright – kenny loggins [caddyshack]
magic – olivia newton-john [xanadu]
fame – irene cara [fame]
soul man – the blues brothers [the blues brothers]
9 to 5 – dolly parton [9 to 5]
lookin’ for love – johnny lee [urban cowboy]
let’s do something cheap and superficial – burt reynolds [smokey and the bandit 2]
xanadu – olivia newton-john and elo [xanadu]
everybody needs somebody – the blues brothers [the blues brothers]
out here on my own – irene cara [fame]
flash’s theme – queen [flash gordon]
for your eyes only – sheena easton [for your eyes only]
america – neil diamond [the jazz singer]
arthur’s theme (best that you can do) – christopher cross [arthur]
love on the rocks – neil diamond [the jazz singer]
blue lamp – stevie nicks [heavy metal]
open arms – journey [heavy metal and the last american virgin]
somebody’s baby – jackson browne [fast times at ridgemont high]
boys are back in town – the bus boys [48 hrs.]
eye of the tiger – survivor [rocky 3 and 4]
themes from e.t. the extra terrestrial – walter murphy [e.t. the extra terrestrial]
theme from tron – wendy carlos [tron]
long live the new flesh – howard shore [videodrome]
push it to the limit – paul engemann [scarface]
a million miles away – the plimsouls [valley girl]
love my way – the psychedelic furs [valley girl]
girls like me – bonnie hayes with the wild combo [valley girl]
i la la la love you – pat travers [valley girl]
get a job – the silhouettes [trading places, stand by me, joey and good morning, vietnam]
ain’t too proud to beg – the temptations [the big chill]
i heard it through the grapevine – marvin gaye [the big chill]
d.c. cab – peabo bryson [d.c. cab]
twist of fate – olivia newton-john [two of a kind]
the dream – irene cara [d.c. cab]
dr. detroit – devo [doctor detroit]
wild sex (in the working class) – oingo boingo [sixteen candles]
you’re the best around – joe esposito [the karate kid]
if you were here – thompson twins [sixteen candles]
almost paradise – mike reno and ann wilson [footloose]
together in electric dreams – philip oakey and giorgio moroder [electric dreams]
love light in flight – stevie wonder [the woman in red]
cleanin’ up the town – the bus boys [ghostbusters]
electric dreams – p.p. arnold [electric dreams]
body rock – maria vidal [body rock]
i just called to say i love you – stevie wonder [the woman in red]
one foot in front of the other – bone symphony [revenge of the nerds]
big bottom – spinal tap [this is spinal tap]
little bitch – the specials [sixteen candles]
beat street breakdown – grandmaster melle mel and the furious five [beat street]
if i ruled the world – kurtis blow [krush groove]
love theme from st. elmo’s fire – david foster [st. elmo’s fire]
separate lives – phil collins and marilyn martin [white nights]
only the young – journey [vision quest]
to live and die in l.a. – wang chung [to live and die in l.a.]
burning heart – survivor [rocky 4]
say you, say me – lionel richie [white nights]
hearts on fire – john cafferty [rocky 4]
fire in the twilight – wang chung [the breakfast club]
back in time – huey lewis and the news [back to the future]
gambler – madonna [vision quest]
no secrets – van stephenson [secret admirer]
the glow (extended version) – willie hutch [the last dragon]
eight arms to hold you – goon squad [the goonies]
dancing in heaven (orbital be-bop) – q-feel [girls just wanna have fun]
hard way – brock & davis [just one of the guys]
heart too hot to hold – jesse johnson and stephanie spruill [the breakfast club]
we don’t need another hero (thunderdome) – tina turner [mad max beyond thunderdome]
young & innocent – elefante [st. elmo’s fire]
good enough (dance remix) – cyndi lauper [the goonies]
dancing in the streets – animotion [girls just wanna have fun]
the last dragon theme – dwight david [the last dragon]
stand by me – ben e. king [stand by me]
you’ve lost that lovin’ feelin’ – the righteous brothers [top gun]
if you leave – omd [pretty in pink]
absolute beginners – david bowie [absolute beginners]
take my breath away – berlin [top gun]
lollipop – the chordettes [stand by me]
come go with me – the del vikings [stand by me]
please, please, please let me get what i want – the smiths [pretty in pink]
beat city – the flowerpot men [ferris bueller’s day off]
do wot you do – inxs [pretty in pink]
pretty in pink ‘86 – the psychedelic furs [pretty in pink]
but not tonight (robert margouleff extended remix) – depeche mode [modern girls]
magic dance – david bowie [labyrinth]
danger zone – kenny loggins [top gun]
feel the heat – jean beauvoir [cobra]
no promises – icehouse [modern girls]
cry little sister – gerard mcmann [the lost boys]
lost in the shadows – lou gramm [the lost boys]
slice of heaven – dave dobbyn and herbs [footrot flats: the dog’s tale]
i go crazy – flesh for lulu [some kind of wonderful]
miss amanda jones – the march violets [some kind of wonderful]
people are strange – echo and the bunnymen [the lost boys]
she’s like the wind ft. wendy frazer – patrick swayze [dirty dancing]
hypnotize me (innerspace mix) – wang chung [innerspace]
turn to the sky – the march violets [some kind of wonderful]
hungry eyes – eric carmen [dirty dancing]
i get around – the beach boys [good morning, vietnam and look who’s talking]
nowhere to run – martha reeves and the vandellas [good morning vietnam]
do you love me – the contours [dirty dancing]
i still believe – tim cappello [the lost boys]
meet me half way – kenny loggins [over the top]
colors – ice t [colors]
coming to america – the system [coming to america]
get outta my dreams, get into my car – billy ocean [license to drive]
cult of personality – living colour [say anything…]
in your eyes – peter gabriel [say anything…]
after all – peter cetera and cher [chances are]
birthday suit – johnny kemp [sing]

duration: over 7 hours if played nonstop.

*ghostbusters by ray parker jr., i’ve had the time of my life by bill medley and jennifer warnes, (don’t you) forget about me by simple minds and the power of love by huey lewis and the news are in DIFFERENT PLAYLISTS. I didn’t add them because I  I wanted to add songs that I didn’t have in other playlists. You would have to go to my past ones to look out for them.
*also, all things considered, there should be EXACTLY 110 songs in this playlist, which is also one of my ultimate playlists. If you experience any problems or hiccups of any kind, PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO CONTACT ME. I will take care of them accordingly.

Enjoy!
Michelle

Listen here for the playlist.

March 22, 2017
  1. Virgo
     Violet
     Black

  2. Capricorn
     Cafe au lait
     Green

  3. Taurus
     Movies
     Green

  4. Cancer
     Bathroom
     White

  5. Scorpio
     Art collection
     Gold

  6. Pisces
     Pudding
     Orange

  7. Libra
     Ethnic cuisine
     Red

  8. Sagittarius
     Striped pattern
     Yellow

  9. Aquarius
     Shopping district
     Navy

  10. Aries
     Mixed rice
     Beige

  11. Gemini
     Planetarium
     Light blue

  12. Leo
     Fuki no to
     Blue