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10/14/09 at 9:11am
I love Jarboe. Great stuff. Not sure why you'd list this Astarte band if he was looking for Goth music. Ohwell, oddly most people think that Goth music is basically dark sounding metal. Most Goths I know hate metal and lean more towards early punk and post-punk.
A lot of bands mentioned in the thread (outside folks like Siouxsie and Lydia Lunch) aren't really goth bands. Most of the stuff mentioned so far as I can tell is mostly Gothic Metal.
Anyways, if you're still interested good female fronted Goth bands include bands like:
Then you have individual singers that have been in Goth bands and have a bit of their own solo material or are not, strictly speaking, Goth acts, but are listened to by folks who listen to goth music.
Then there are bands with both male and female vocals that may or may not be goth bands but are also listened to by goths:
Faith and the Muse
Dead Can Dance
That should start you on the right path. OP, let me know if you need more.
Thanks very much! I love metal (I have a progressive metal band's logo as my avatar for Pete's sake) but the bands you've provided should give me lots to look for at my local used CD/record stores.
EDIT: Just a question, are any of the bands mentioned of the more "fun" type goth? Like the light-hearted goofiness that seems to follow Switchblade Symphony around?
Rasputina is heavily into that whole steampunk thing, creating an alternate reality through narrative lyrics. I find them fascinating, but in the same time what to me seems like technical shortcomings turnes me off (vocals sounds constantly a bit too stressed and instrumentation is uneven)
|I felt like mentioning a few more:
Miranda Sex Garden: very vocal, at times quite noisy, but always very beautiful
The Shroud: gloomy, dominated by heavy drums, bass guitar and tuned down guitar
Throwing Muses (Early stuff): lighter and more siouxi-y
Collide: dark wave, a bit too, umm… 'stereotypical' for my tastes, but preferences are preferences.
Mors Syphilitica: reminds me of Type O, just female vocals. Bit more down tempo.
Jack Off Jill: punky, playfull. A bit 'adolescent'
Die Laughing: rock with gothic undertones
This Ascension: shoegaze, very melodic and atmospheric
I'd rate Jack Off Jill over every band mentioned here, personally.
Sirenia is *absolutely* female fronted, and their most recent album, The 13th Floor, is terrific.
I love Epica - Divine Conspiracy is great, and the brand new one, Design Your Universe, is also really good.
I also love Nightwish, but they changed singers with their new album, and the new one isn't nearly as good.
Within Temptation, Leaves Eyes, Darkwell, and Tristania are all also terrific, IMO. I like Lacuna Coil, but the newest record was more rock that Goth, really.
All of the above are either true Goth Metal bands, or Goth Symphonic Rock. This is one of may favorite genres of "New Music".