There are already many definitions of what is or supposes to be the gothic culture, versions of a movement or scene that are presented to us. In a way, already very distorted in its majority with personal definitions of how the individual sees his reality. It is presented to us as a counter culture, which in reality is far from what it was when it was born.
All types of Goth : How many different types of goth are there?
Gothics might want to be different from other people. People often condemn what they do not understand or do not belong. Consequently, a series of assumptions were made and several stereotypes were created. Let's dive in as much gothic different culture as possible and find out the caracteristics.
1. Blood Drinker
Many Gothic people identify with vampires. But very few based on drinking blood have a tendency to erotic sadomasochistic rituals, obsessed with life and symbolism. About a quarter of the Gothic section has drunk blood or let it "get sucked", usually with a close friend, during an erotic encounter, for ritualistic purposes.
2. Death Goth and Funeral Goth
Most of the death and funeral goth likes to be in cemeteries or backyards. Only very few has a real aversion to death and everything associated with it; they are captivated by the concept of death, they find cemeteries charming. Their interest goes to the gravestones (they have a kind of fascination with inscriptions). Normally the one who considers himself a funeral Gothic likes to dress in black bread-heels, priest's cassock of the 30s, black shirts and German "combat" boots.
3. Eastern Goth: School Girl, Baby Doll
They wear very almond shaped eye makeup...They use to wear "Susie Wong" dresses, chopsticks in their hair. They wear blanket skirts as well as Catholic school girls and wear PVC on top of their socks. It is one of the cutest Gothic sub-culture style. As Japanese say : Kawaiiii !
4. Cynical Goth
It represents most of the Goth culture. Those who were accustomed to deception and narrowness took to one side of the population and directed their way to another side, become "tired of people" at very early ages. "Trust no one" is a very popular slogan.
Being a full-time "cynic" becomes very tiring and irritating. But the glorious thing about cynicism is the humor it breeds. It takes a wound to produce a laugh, and the sensitivity that is a prerequisite for being Gothic, puts it to the preliminary work of a twisted view of life.
Futurists, full of wires, housed by a circuit, their fingers mixed with those of a keyboard, alive with the action of becoming, and condemned by an attitude of "the future above all", interested in sci-fi, internet, computers, futuristic scenes.
6. Dark Fairy Goth
Fragile, these guys are ethereal, helpless on the edge of thin air evaporation. Fairies can represent many things: sexual desire a desperation to escape reality, passion for the unknown that includes the spiritual and the occult, and a tribute to the power of female energy to enchant and seduce.
7. Elder Goth
Wise men...the original ones, were there in the mid 70's, when the Gothic finally came out of the chaotic mud of the punks and took the darkness as their property. The Gothic people who have been there for more than 20 years are also called like that.
8. Baby Goth
These are Goth kids under the age of 16, pressured by school, parents, religion and community. It's easy for big Goth kids to make fun of them or call them "newbies." Kindergoths struggle to get a taste of the dark world where they feel everything is fresh and new.
hey are still dependent on an environment where it is not possible for them to be fully trained. Many young Gothic are huge Marilyn Manson fans, they feel that Manson understands them.
Are metalhead a type of goth?
we see this question very frequently on the internet, some people say that metalheads and gothics are the same thing. In order to finally know the truth, we have made some information for you.
First of all, their behaviors at music gatherings or festivals, metalheads attend gothic parties and conversely goths attend metal concerts. This is very significant of their proximity. Metallists and gothics share the same attraction for the "uncommon", they tend towards the same prohibitions and frequent the same places.
They have clearly identifiable aesthetic proximities but also some differences. These are today, and this was not the case twenty years ago, two social facts that tend to come closer together, that borrow from each other, especially musically. Moreover, only the social and clothing practices that they engender help the observer to identify the increasingly tenuous differences between metal and gothic. Understanding one is a fertile gateway to understanding the other. They are two related social facts.
In conclusion, gothics and metalheads share some common point and has their own way of thinking such as R'n'B and Rap. The most important is that everyone love music!
What types of Goth music are there?
Gothic people listen to a lot of different styles of music, from batcave (Gothic rock from the origins of the movement) to electro-indus passing by a lot of stuff. But in general gothic people, when it comes to music are looking for original things, that are not on the radio or on MTV, inventive and different bands from their own universe. We listed couples of goth music with their origins.
1. From post-punk roots to the Batcave
The Gothic was born at the end of the 1970s in the United Kingdom, which was then in the grip of a period of musical effervescence: uninhibited by the rise of punk and its simple and fast rock, breaking the melodies, musicians sought to make something more elaborate, to which they added the use of synthesizers, which were becoming more and more popular.
The goth scene was established in the United Kingdom that played with the imagination of terror, often with grandiloquence and derision, with artists specializing in making three tons with a sense of provocation and humor inherited from punk.
From 1982 to 1985, these gothic artists had their lair, the Batcave, a London nightclub, where bands put on a lot of make-up, even more than was usual in glam rock, to counter the poor lighting; the scene was then baptized "batcave" in homage to its headquarters.
2. The Death Rock from America
The Gothic movement did not remain a British phenomenon for long, nor even a European one, since in the United States, a similar evolution was set in motion under the influence of horror punk, with the appearance of a scene that transformed punk into something much darker and more theatrical, called death rock.
The first band to lead the way there is Christian Death, particularly focused on provoking the hegemonic aspect of religion in the United States; others follow suit like Mephisto Waltz.
3. Gothic rock
A less theatrical gothic scene also developed in the 80s, which is related to the gothic by its dark aspect but is also part of the continuity of the more measured coldwave, based on a bass particularly highlighted and a deep voice, not to say from beyond the grave. The flagship band of this genre is the British band The Sisters of Mercy, often copied but never equalled.
4. Neoclassical Gothic and heavenly voices
This music mouvement result to a calmer and more mysterious music, which differs in many aspects from the Gothic as it was at the Batcave, but produces real gems, which find their audience in the Gothic milieu. The two best known groups of this genre are the Australian Dead Can Dance and the American Cocteau Twins.
The 1990s were above all the occasion for a profound renewal of Gothic music: at that time, the British scene, until then the heart of the reactor, began to run out of steam. It was in Germany that Gothic music found a new lease of life.
In fact, while Gothic had until then been mainly about guitars and bass, several artists from across the Rhine tried to resurrect its dark ambiances by going behind keyboards, mixing Gothic and electronic music, drawing inspiration in particular from industrial music. This is the darkwave (we used to talk about "dark wave" to designate the darkest part of the new wave).
As you can see, the gothic has now a very rich culture and music genre, from the rock guitars of Bauhaus to the keyboards of Project Pitchfork, from the punk spirit of the beginnings to things that have largely departed from it. So much so that we can wonder whether we should talk about gothic music in the singular or plural! May this article help those who want to explore the genre to find their way in the middle of this universe.
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