Originally Deathrock was a term used for certain bands that came out of the Los Angeles and New York Punk scenes in the late 70's and early 80's. These were bands that were morbid, darker, and maybe even esoteric when compared to the more straight forward Punk bands. It was essentially America's counterpart to England's Positive Punk (later called Gothic) scene. In the 90's the term "Deathrock" disappeared as more and more American bands adopted the Euro Goth look and sound. Positive Punk, Deathrock, and Gloom & Doom merged under the "Goth" banner. But from the late 90’s to present day, the Goth scene became polluted by Techno, Cyber Culture, EBM and Nu-Metal. Goth had all but lost its Underground rock & roll roots as well as it's meaning. It became another watered down trend to the mainstream, and Techno Disco to the underground. Deathrock became a world wide term for traditional Goth as a response to all this. New guitar based bands sprouted up all accross the globe, continuing the legacy of Bauhaus, Joy Division, Christian Death and The Misfits. Deathrock returned as an alternative for modern Goths fed up with the tainted modern Goth scene.
West Coast Deathrock: Christian Death, Kommunity FK, 45 Grave.
East Coast Deathrock: Samhain, Mourning Noise, New Math
Positive Punk (Early Goth): Ausgang, Southern Death Cult, Sex Gang Children
Modern Deathrock: Bloody Dead and Sexy, Cinema Strange, The Brides
What goth music originally sounded like before the mopey set took over. A combination of horror-themed post-punk and rock music. Such bands as Christian Death, The Birthday Party and Bone Orchard helped create the sound, while bands like Cinema Strange and Bloody Dead And Sexy continue the tradition today.
In the early 80's, you could go to the Batcave to hear deathrock and post-mortem glam.
A style of post-punk rock music which came into being in the late 1970s and early 1980s in the Los Angeles area, and later in Europe.
Some popular bands of this genre are Christian Death
, 45 Grave
, Kommunity FK
, Radio Werewolf
, and Voodoo Church
Basically, this music was post punk rock with a spooky or occultic edge to it which would later influence gothic rock.
Radio Werewolf is a good Deathrock band.
This is a response/question to 'Juanelo'. If you know so much about what the 'real deathrock' scene was about from 'back in the 80s', what was it then? Explain yourself if you can. And how does that differ from your definition of what it is today?
Quite frankly, your definition of what deathrock is today is absurd, highly offensive, prejudiced, incorrect. Your self-esteem is obviously so low that you need to put other people down who are different than you in order to feel good about yourself (see lame). Not to mention that 'deathrock' is a just a frickin' name that people came up with in order to define the sound of the music that ARTISTS
produced and the ARTISTS
(see individuals) who produce such music today usually only use the definition as a reference point to a name that helps describe the types of music that influence their sound. No-one in '1998' just arbitrarily decided to bring the 'genre' back. People who identify with 'deathrock' do so because it resonates with who they are.
As to your claims of 'closet faggotry' and homosexuality: It is not even fair to say that 1/2 the people in the 'deathrock' scene are homosexual but it is accurate to say that most 'deathrockers' and 'goths' in general ARE anti-homophobic
. Again, most p...
Death rock is a type of music that originates after the first punk movment.Many punk musicans were teired of angry loud and fast music so thoses bands got darker and more emotive. thus it was dubed death rock.
Death Rock Bands:The Flesh Eaters, Vodoo Church ect...
Deathrock (or goth punk as some call it) deals with themes of death and mortality, sorrow, despair, surrealism, fantasy, the darker side of the life of society, the supernatural, the occult, romanticism, the effects of psychological terror and trauma - just to name a few of the basics. The music of goth punk, (as opposed to the more traditional extremely fast and anger-based hardcore punk), usually exists within the realm of medium-fast, more danceable rhythms often including tribal tom-based drum sections for the verses. The music also often includes a synthesizer to accompany the drums, bass and guitar, which again, is something more traditional hardcore punk usually refrained from including. The result is more of a moody, introspective sound that takes one into the realms of imagination. The classic, essential deathrock bands include: Christian Death (the original lineup with vocalist Rozz Williams), early TSOL, UK Decay, The Damned, 45 Grave, Alien Sex Fiend and The Cramps.
Keep in mind that there were also several 'dark punk' bands around the same time that, while not maybe being quite as 'gothic' in some regards, still had enough stylistic similarities to be worthy of mention. They include bands such as: The Adicts, The Adverts, The Mob, False Prophets, Wipers, Chrome and can't forget classics that bridged the gap between hardcore and darkpunk such as Black Flag, Dead Kennedys and The Misfits. One should at least check out the classic deathrock bands befor...
(Not to be confused with Death Metal) A fusion genre of Goth and Punk rock, founded primarily in Los Angeles in the late 77s with acts such as Christian Death, 45 Grave, and then spread to the UK with the sounds of Specimen and Alien Sex Fiend. Modern deathrock bands include Cinema Strange and Bloody Dead and Sexy.
Dinah Cancer is a goddess of Deathrock.