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Someone asks you what Gothic Metal is, you can give them one song - what is it?


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Interesting topic. 

If I have to nominate the most perfect example of gothic metal I'd go for: 

Theatre of Tragedy - 'Fair and Guiling Copesmate Death' from their 'Velvet Darkness They Fear' album. 

Here are my reasons: 

Medieval/renaissance sounding music, with harpsichord, keyboards and king's hall dance rhythm

The best of all beauty and the beast vocals. Raymond and Liv Kristine are perfect here. 

Early modern English lyrics that remind of Shakespeare, Marlowe and Samuel Pepys' damned diary! 

Guitar harmonies when required. 

Gothic metal has so many amazing songs, but I can't think of a better example of the whole genre than this song. 

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4 hours ago, NokturnalBoredom said:

Tristania "Widow's Weeds" even though I absolutely hate the cover of the album.

Possibly Cradle of Filth "Dusk and her Embrace" even though that's more Hot Topic black metal, but with a gothy backbone.

Why do you hate the cover? 

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3 hours ago, vampyrvem said:

Why do you hate the cover? 

I just don't like how it's a black and white photo of an old building with the name "Tristania" in red, sandwiched right in the middle of the building. I'm very biased toward Necrolord covers though, so that's probably a big reason as to why.

I feel like they could have done a better cover for that album, but I get that budget is something that has to be considered when recording and releasing an album.

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14 minutes ago, NokturnalBoredom said:

I just don't like how it's a black and white photo of an old building with the name "Tristania" in red, sandwiched right in the middle of the building. I'm very biased toward Necrolord covers though, so that's probably a big reason as to why.

I feel like they could have done a better cover for that album, but I get that budget is something that has to be considered when recording and releasing an album.

That makes sense! It does look a little plain. I personally like it. It reminds me of another band cover somewhat.

 

 

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5 hours ago, vampyrvem said:

That makes sense! It does look a little plain. I personally like it.

I'd have liked it more had the "Tristania" been bigger and not sandwiched between the parts of the building. The album is fantastic, it's just the cover design that turns me off because it looks like it was poorly slapped together for such an amazing record.

But hey, what the hell do you want for an independent label in 1998, you know? Goth metal wasn't as well-received then as it is now, so Napalm probably did not have a huge budget to work with when it comes to the cosmetics of a product.

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On 11/21/2021 at 6:26 PM, NokturnalBoredom said:

I'd have liked it more had the "Tristania" been bigger and not sandwiched between the parts of the building. The album is fantastic, it's just the cover design that turns me off because it looks like it was poorly slapped together for such an amazing record.

But hey, what the hell do you want for an independent label in 1998, you know? Goth metal wasn't as well-received then as it is now, so Napalm probably did not have a huge budget to work with when it comes to the cosmetics of a product.

You could be right they did not have the budget back then. Also they were just starting out so there's that as well. 

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