First off, try Crone (side project of sG from SotM) if you don't know them yet. From gothic bands I listen mainly to bands that mix gothic music with metal.., well Paradise Lost has some "gay rockish" (xD) albums like "Symbol of Life" and "One Second", Katatonia also had some lighter albums, there's also "Endorama" by Kreator, pretty bland but listenable. My favorite new-ish gothic band is Tribulation, they played death metal in the beginning but tbh they're better now. When it comes to some new acts you probably don't know, there's going to be a debut album by a band called Tomorrow's Rain, but they're not very gay. They play music inspired by very early Paradise Lost albums, there's even going to be Greg Mackintosh from PL and Aaron Stainthorpe from My Dying Bride in the guest list. It's going to be a heavy album, but definitely gothic, I pre-ordered it actually. Check them out and see if they're not to heavy for you :).
Thank you for those recommendations. I was already aware of the Katatonia, Paradise Lost and Kreator outputs, the other bands you mentioned are still unknown to me. I am going to check them out soon. Some final questions though: Are mid-Amorphis also considered 'Pretty gothic gay rock'? And are bands like Evanescence 'Handsome gothic lesbian rock', since their mastermind is a female? (God, this conversation is drifting towards the dreaded Opteh-shoutbox level, sorry for that.)
Finally, the pre-ordered hardcover copy of "Black House" arrived today (thanks to the corona-situation, there was more than a week of delay). I listened to the album once so far whilst reading the band's annotation to each song. Pretty interesting, I think the music has an melancholic, evanescenting aura to it. It's like SECRETS OF THE MOON wants me to forget about most of their songs and rather linger in the gloomy atmosphere ("Veronica's Room" and "Earth Hour" being exceptions - these two songs are catchy enough to stick). Definitely not a easy-listening output, but a worthwhile trip to dark places, once I decide to pay my full attention to the tracks.
Vocals are the only thing I liked about this album. For me it's everything else that ruined it. The overall sound and guitarwork lacks any kind of energy, as if they were forced to record this album. It's so bland that it's not unlike mere silence.
Fully agreed. Surprisingly deep and mature album for such a stylistic shift, and the amount of classic goth worship it has is astonishing, all the while sounding really fresh. I expected a ton of post-punk, sure, but then they enter straight up Fields of the Nephilim territory I couldn’t hell but grin. I want more of this stuff! Oh, and lastly; At times there seems to be some Judgement-era Anathema influence as well, which is unexpected but not unwelcome. Dope album.
I stumbled upon them by randomly reading a google feed which had angrymetalguy reviewing their album, never heard about this band before, so this was my first impression. To fans of gothic/post-punk music like myself, this album is a must. I hear a lot of Fieldss of the Nephilim, like you mentioned, but also a lot of The Chameleons. Didn't get the Anathema vibes, but the vocals sometimes also reminds me of Alice in Chains. I'll bet fans of this album will also love contemporany bands like Soviet Soviet and Last Leaf Down too
Agreed, I'd argue it's perfect for fans of goth rock and ambiental music. But I feel it's so much more, not easy to put a label on it. It sure as hell suits my mood perfectly. I can see where this shift came from, after hearing Phil's side project Crone, where he plays very depressive dark rock. I warmly recommend to listen to their album Godspeed if you are into Black House!
I have to agree. Their BM stuff was really solid but I couldn't really get into it as much as into some other quality black metal bands, but their new post punk sound is EASILY some of the best music in that genre in the past few years.
i checked out all their albums the other day, wasn't overly impressed. Antithesis and The Exhibitons EP were my favorites, they sound a lot like Satyricon from late 90s, early 00s. definitely will stick with farsot and ascension, i didn't think secrets of the moon sounded like them at all anyway. i guess those bands are in the similar artists since they're german...