A sub-genre of metal music which employs melodic, slow electric guitars and often classical instruments with operatic and growled vocals. Gothic metal has no direct connection with the gothic sub-culture instead that many people with dark aesthetics tend to like it. Lyrical themes include Darkness, depression, dark fantasies, dark aspects of love, isolation, medieval themes. Gothic metal is mostly ruined by posers who think that bands like nightwish, within temptation, cradle of filth and every god damn female fronted band is goth metal.
'True' Gothic metal bands are not some posers with dark clothes and eyeliner pretending to be goths, like any other sub genre of music gothic metal also has its own atmosphere and appearance like black metal with corpse paint etc. Gothic metal musicians are not pretending to be goths when they wear black, they are just creating an atmosphere.
It is widely hated and ignored by old school goths mainly for being called "Goth" metal and they will never give it a chance to know that it actually has the dominant lyrical themes of gothic fiction and poetry.
· Female-fronted metal bands are not (all) Gothic Metal
· Symphonic Metal is not Gothic Metal
· Epic/Atmospheric Metal is not Gothic Metal
· Gothic Rock is not Gothic Metal
· Depressive/Suicidal Rock/Metal is not (necessarily) Gothic Metal
some Gothic Metal Bands : Tristania, Sirenia, (older) Theatre of Tragedy, Draconian (Gothic-doom metal), Darkwell, Lacrimosa, Theatres des Vampires, Avrigus, Fields of Nephilim (later works), Trail of Tears, How Like a Winter, Sins of thy Beloved, Octavia Sperati, The Vision Bleak, Beseech, Sonata Nocturna, Shroud of Tears