The 20 greatest goth-metal tracks

This column is an english translation of the this column “øksemanden anbefaler: De tyve bedste gothic metal numre


Gothic metal is a somewhat complicated term I had to acknowledge as I skipped through a series of list people have made as to which were their favorite gothic metal tracks of all time. They were several tracks that i myself would’ve never included my own. Tons of pompous pop-metal tracks with mediocre bands such as Nightwish, Withing Temptation, Evanescence and Lacuna Coil which left me feeling somewhat disillusioned. It is one thing to exsclude all the bands that are regarded as the builders of the genre but instead replacing them with mediocre mainstream groups is almost blasphemous.


As mentioned before, the term gothic metal is kind of complicated. The reason for that is among others, that the bands that are regarded as the ones who layd the bulding stones to the genre themselves do not claim the goth-label. I’m talking about bands such as the north-british trio The Peaceville Tree Paradise Lost, My Dying Bride and Anathema and swedish band Tiamat. Not that they deny the as such but they just never really claimed it. And the goes for the symphonic metal orchestras as well. Bands like Nightwish and Him dispute the term gothic metal. Thinking about it actually seems to be a common thing for bands associated with to dispute the term because even bands like The Cure and The Sisters of Mercy refuse the term even going as far as mocking it.

  For those reasons, they’re’s a bit confusion as to which bands who can be looked upon as having more “goth-authencity” than others. What is gothic metal to one person isn’t gothic metal to another. Personally I don’t associate bands like Nightwish or Evanescence with being pure original gothic-metal but rather being pompous and somewhat uninspiring metal groups with a gothic metal expression.


To me, gothic metal is a more aggressive type of goth-rock. A type of music where the melancholia and the perilous dark from goth-rock has been preserved while the aggressive elements from metal music has been added. It’s dark, heavy and theatrical but without getting so pompous that it loses its aggression. While its sound distance itself from Black Metal in it’s much slower pace, the visuel expression from gothic metal often looks much similar to Black Metal. It has the same elements of black color, darkness and occult themes though gothic metal tends to have a more feminine and romantic touch as opposed to the more masculine and aggressive expression in Black Metal and Metal music in general.

Dedicated to fans of gothic metal, people who’ve had it with symphonic goth or people who for other reasons have a passion for old school gothic metal, I hereby bring you my list of the greatest gothic metal songs ever!

1. Tiamat – Whatever That Hurts

Fra albummet “Wildhoney” (1994)

2. Anathema – Fragile Times

Fra albummet “Alternative 4” (1998)

3. Type O Negative – Black No. 1

Fra albummet “Bloody Kisses” (1993)

4. Danzig – Her Black Wings

Fra albummet “Danzig II – Lucifuge” (1990)

5. Paradise Lost – Elusive Cure

Fra albummet “Draconion Times” (1993)

6. Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath

Fra albummet “Black Sabbath” (1970)

7. Marilyn Manson – Sweet Dreams

Fra albummet “Smells Like Children” (1995)

8. Moonspell – Opium

Fra albummet “Irreligious” (1996)

9. The Gathering – In Motion #1

Fra albummet “Mandylion” (1995)

10. Tiamat – Gaia

Fra albummet “Wildhoney” (1994)

11. Danzig – Devil’s Plaything

Fra albummet “Danzig II – Lucifuge” (1990)

12. Type O Negative – My Girlfriend’s Girlfriend

Fra albummet “October Rust” (1996)

13. Paradise Lost – True Belief

Fra albummet “Icon” (1993)

14. Type O Negative – Christian Woman

Fra albummet “Bloody Kisses” (1993)

15. Paradise Lost – Embers Fire

Fra albummet “Icon” (1993)

16. The Gathering – The May Song

Fra albummet “Nighttime Birds” (1997)

17. Anathema – Inner Silence

Fra albummet “Alternative 4(1998)

18. Type O Negative – Wolf Moon

Fra albummet “October Rust” (1996)

19. Moonspell – Abysmo

Fra albummet “Sin/Pecado” (1998)

20. Paradise Lost – Christendom

Fra albummet “Icon” (1993)

21. Type O Negative – Bloody Kisses

Fra albummet “Bloody Kisses“(1993)

Want to listen to more gothic metal? If so, I warmly recommend these albums, who are truly maginificient!:

Tiamat: Wildhoney (1994) A Deeper Kind of Slumber (1997)

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Paradise Lost : Icon (1993)  Draconian Times (1995)

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Type O Negative: Bloody Kisses (1993) October Rust (1996)

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Anathema: Alternative 4 (1998)




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