|Front-man of Joy Disaster before his change of style. – Link|
Unfortunately while researching this band I found that the vocal singer, Nic, passed away April 27th of 2011. But that doesn’t change the amazing Goth Rock that they created in the past. They’re certainly a band you should check out. They combine typical creepy sounds with harsh guitars to create a great traditional sound that set them apart.
This band, which isn’t actually Trad-Goth but a French post-punk band,
caught my attention the moment I read it’s name. It’s derived and influenced by Joy Division – in particular Ian Curtis and the music really does do it justice without being a carbon copy. They had me at the first song I could find, Lobotomy (below). Unfortunately, the style has changed a bit but still remains under the Post-Punk tree. My favourite of their albums is J.D., their first official album.
If you want something catchy, upbeat yet reminiscent, Star Industry is certainly the band. Personally, I adore the vocals but not so much the guitar riffs. I find them too classic rock for my tastes, even bordering on Nightwish-esque. But there are a few gem songs that catch my eye – such as the one below.
You have no idea how long it took to
track down any of this band’s music. And in all honesty when I started
listening to them I was not a fan. But then the vocals started and I was
definitely in love.
Angels Of Liberty
This band doesn’t lack traditional theatrics. Even their website refers to them as:
“From the start the band wanted to present Goth as they envisage it; With
tense drama, atmosphere and theatrical flare whilst never forgetting
the importance of catchy hooks. Their style is about creating tight
intense grooves within a backdrop of creepy grandeur.”
might just be me but that is a very adorable introduction. Besides this
I like that they are dancy trad-Goth that relies on a heavy beat.
Strap on Halo
Female fronted, this band is definitely reminiscent of Siouxsie and The Banshees but at the same time not at all. Their bio itself explains their sound as “‘traditional gothic’ driven by howling guitars, resonating bass and a haunting female voice [Apparently originally stated in a review in Dominion Magazine].”
It’s no doubt that traditional Goth-rock is a very particular taste. But for those of you that adore or want to try out some traditional Goth rock I hope you enjoy. If you think this list is terribly written I would love to hear it below. Most artists above were suggested by readers, so feel free to suggest even more.