(Sub-)Genre - blackgaze
Motto: In Soviet-Lovecraftian universe, black gazez you.
Yet another bm subgenre?
Blackgaze, perhaps better known as shoegaze black metal, is a controversial sub-genre of black metal (bm). The first issue is the necessity of yet another bm subgenre, since there is considerable overlap between blackgaze and depressive bm, atmospheric bm and, naturally, post bm. Unfortunately it's impossible to control the multiplication of musical tags, but despite this, my view is that the genre can be justified as a combination of shoegaze vocals with (insert above mentioned subgenre) bm music. Specifically, I mean the Alcest 2005 EP Le secret that shaped blackgaze as we know and love. The non-bm vocals and backing vocals on Le Secret are not characteristic of any other bm subgenre. Is this enough to justify the genesis of another tag? That's up to you to decide. It's beyond the scope of this text to go into the roots of blackgaze…