My introduction to shoegaze was through Trespassers William's "Different Stars", M83's "Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts", and Slowdive's "Souvlaki". All great albums, different eras, different sounds.
"Zephral. songs that sound exactly the same" I really disagree, shoegaze has features incredibly adaptables to other genres influences such as ambient, drone and black metal, which makes it so nice in my opinion
The Term "Newgaze" is about as meaningless as "Shoegaze." That is, "shoegaze," tells us nothing about the actual tone, quality, or mode of the music, only that the musicians themselves like to stare at their instruments/shoes. Those of you defending one and harassing the other amaze me.