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goth·ic an adjective


Noting or pertaining to a style of architecture, originating in France in the middle of the 12th century and existing in the western half of Europe through the middle of the 16th century, characterized by the use of the pointed arch and the ribbed vault, by the use of fine woodwork and stonework, by a progressive lightening of structure, and by the use of such features as flying buttresses, ornamental gables, crockets, and foils.


Pertaining to or designating the style of painting, sculpture, etc., produced between the 13th and 15th centuries, especially in northern Europe, characterized by a tendency toward realism and interest in detail.


of or pertaining to Goths or their language.


of or pertaining to the music, especially of northern Europe, of the period roughly from 1200 to 1450, including that of the Ars Antiqua, Ars Nova, and the Burgundian school.


Pertaining to the Middle Ages; medieval.


Gothic Architecture

Music Sub-Genres

Gothic Rock

(sometimes called Goth Rock) is a genre of Rock music that originated during the late 1970s. Originally bands from the genre had strong ties to the English Punk and emerging Post Punk styles. The genre itself was defined as a separate movement from punk rock during the early 1980s. Gothic rock artists deal with dark themes and intellectual movements such as gothic horror, Romanticism, existential philosophy, and nihilism.

Industrial Gothic Metal

This is a term used to refer to bands who perform Gothic Heavy Metal while making extensive use of elements from Industrial Rock and Industrial Heavy Metal and bands that perform Industrial/Rock/Industrial metal that make extensive use of gothic metal elements. Often including some Electronica/Electro elements in to their sounds as well.

Some Bands & Artists

We are fully aware that not everyone will agree with our choices here, we are simply working with the idea of bands / artists that have been described within the context of Gothic by others, after all, isn't it all about freedom of speech and personal opinions?

Gothic Music 0-9

  1. 16 Volt
  2. 45 Grave

Gothic Music A

  1. Alien Sex Fiend
  2. Angelspit
  3. All About Eve

Gothic Music B

  1. Bauhaus
  2. Boyd Rice
  3. Birthday Massacre
  4. The Birthday Party
  5. Bella Lune
  6. Bella Morte

Gothic Music C

  1. The Cult
  2. The Creatures
  3. The Cure
  4. Cranes
  5. Christian Death
  6. Clan of Xymox
  7. Cocteau Twins
  8. Cabaret Voltaire
  9. Celldweller
  10. Chemlab
  11. Clock DVA
  12. Coil
  13. Combichrist
  14. Creature Feature
  15. Crüxshadows

Gothic Music D

  1. The Damned
  2. Death Cult
  3. Dead Can Dance
  4. Das Ich
  5. Delerium
  6. Death in June
  7. Depeche Mode
  8. Die Form
  9. Dope Stars Inc
  10. Deathstars
  11. Deform
  12. Dr. Steel

Gothic Music E

  1. Einstürzende Neubauten
  2. Emilie Autumn
  3. Ego Likeness
  4. Echo and The Bunnymen

Gothic Music F

  1. Fields of the Nephilim
  2. Faderhead
  3. Foetus
  4. Front 242
  5. Front Line Assembly
  6. Funker Vogt

Gothic Music G

  1. Gene Loves Jezebel
  2. Genitorturers
  3. Godhead
  4. Godflesh
  5. God Lives Underwater
  6. Gravity Kills
  7. Gothminister

Gothic Music H

  1. Hanzel und Gretyl
  2. Haujobb
  3. The Hiram Key
  4. Hocico
  5. The House of Usher
  6. The Hunters Club

Gothic Music I

  1. Icon of Coil
  2. In Strict Confidence
  3. In the Nursery
  4. Informatik
  5. Insurge
  6. Intermix

Gothic Music J

  1. Joy Division

Gothic Music K

  1. Killing Miranda
  2. Kommunity FK
  3. Killing Joke
  4. KMFDM

Gothic Music L

  1. L'Âme Immortelle
  2. Laibach
  3. Leæther Strip
  4. Love and Rockets
  5. London After Midnight

Gothic Music M

  1. Miranda Sex Garden
  2. The Mission
  3. Machines of Loving Grace
  4. Marilyn Manson
  5. Meat Beat Manifesto
  6. Mindless Self Indulgence
  7. Ministry
  8. My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult
  10. The March Violets
  11. The Marionettes

Gothic Music N

  1. Nick Cave
  2. Nine Inch Nails
  3. Nitzer Ebb
  4. Nosferatu
  5. Nurse with Wound

Gothic Music O

  1. Oomph!
  2. Ogre

Gothic Music P

  1. Pailhead
  2. Pain
  3. Pankow
  4. Peace, Love and Pitbulls
  5. Peter Murphy
  6. Pig
  7. Pigface
  8. Pitchshifter
  9. Pop Will Eat Itself
  10. Psyclon Nine

Gothic Music Q

  1. Q Lazzarus
  2. Quidam
  3. Queenadreena
  4. Qntal

Gothic Music R

  1. Razed in Black
  2. Rammstein
  3. The Retrosic
  4. Revolting Cocks
  5. Rotersand
  6. Rx
  7. Red Lorry Yellow Lorry
  8. Rosetta Stone
  9. Rob Zombie

Gothic Music S

  1. Siouxsie & the Banshees
  2. Siouxsie Sioux
  3. Specimen
  4. Sisters of Mercy
  5. Skeletal Family
  6. Switchblade Symphony
  7. Shadow Project
  8. Southern Death Cult
  9. Sister Machine Gun
  10. Skinny Puppy
  11. Snake River Conspiracy
  12. Snog
  13. Spahn Ranch
  14. SPK
  15. Stabbing Westward
  16. Suicide Commando
  17. Swamp Terrorists
  18. The Swans

Gothic Music T

  1. This Mortal Coil
  2. Test Dept
  3. Throbbing Gristle
  4. Theatre of Tragedy

Gothic Music U

  1. Uberbyte
  2. UK Decay
  3. Ultravox
  4. Umbra et Imago
  5. Unter Null
  6. Unzucht
  7. Usherhouse

Gothic Music V

  1. VNV Nation
  2. Vomito Negro
  3. Voltaire

Gothic Music W

  1. White Zombie
  2. Wumpscut

Gothic Music X

  1. X Marks The Pedwalk
  2. Xmal Deutschland
  3. X-Rx

Gothic Music Y

  1. The Young Gods

Gothic Music Z

  1. Z'ev
  2. Zombie Girl
  3. Zeromancer

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