List of gothic metal bands - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

This is a list of gothic metal bands. Gothic metal is a genre of heavy metal music. It is characterized as a combination of the dark atmosphere 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, doom metal, and gothic rock. 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 dark with inspiration from gothic fiction as well as personal experiences.


Official music video for "Élan", taken from the 2015 NIGHTWISH album, 'ENDLESS FORMS MOST BEAUTIFUL'.

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Nightwish is known for combining operatic vocals with bombastic, symphonic instrumentation.

Gothic Metal Bands | List of Best Gothic Metal Groups

Originating in the UK, gothic metal rose to prominence in the 1990s. The best gothic bands seamlessly blend doom metal and gothic rock (or even a fusion of doom and death metal) to create a heavy sound that's one of the darkest brands of metal. Band that are considered gothic metal bands have lyrics that are dark and introspective and generally draw from gothic fiction as well.


LACUNA COIL - Trip The Darkness (OFFICIAL VIDEO). Taken from the album "Dark Adrenaline". Century Media 2012.

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Lacuna Coil is another popular gothic metal band. In 2006, they were nominated for the MTV Europe Music Award for "Best Italian Act."
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