Deathrock is a subgenre of punk rock incorporating horror elements and spooky atmospherics, that emerged on the West Coast of the United States in the early 1980s.
Of all the post-punk subcultures that sprouted at the beginning of the '80s, deathrock was most closely associated with Los Angeles in the US, where bands like Christian Death, 45 Grave and Kommunity FK were experimenting with dirgey guitars, tribal drums and overtly spooky imagery.
Deathrock artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes.
"Partytime" (1983) by 45 Grave
45 Grave were innovators of gothic rock and deathrock.
Listen to deathrock tracks and watch videos of deathrock artists. Top deathrock artists: Christian Death, Cinema Strange, Alien Sex Fiend, 45 Grave, All Gone Dead, Specimen, Bloody Dead and Sexy, Sex Gang Children, Skeletal Family, Virgin Prunes
Alien Sex Fiend was formed by Nik Wade (Nik Fiend), Chrissie Wade (Mrs Fiend), David James (Yaxi Highrizer) and Johnny Freshwater (Johnny Ha-Ha) in late 1982 at the Batcave club in London (where Nik worked).
Alien Sex Fiend are an English deathrock band that has been active since 1982.
In the ongoing narrative that is The History of Popular Music, the style colloquially known as "deathrock" was a blip, a flash in the pan, an evolutionary dead end. Specific to a small pocket of the Los Angeles punk scene in the late '70s and early '80s, it was quickly eclipsed by hardcore and goth, its dark energies absorbed into a much wider ocean of post-punk affect.