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Darkwave is to Synth Pop what Goth Rock is to Punk Rock; This Is Your Premise On Goth. Basically, Darkwave is Goth's brooding angst but on synthesizers rather than guitars.

Darkwave is related to but is not a subgenre of Industrial. Whilst both genres are electronic and target the Goth market, Darkwave is generally softer. Naturally there is some overlap; some Darkwave artists will often put an EBM or Futurepop-style song on their album to broaden its dance-floor appeal. Industrial artists can also be heavily inspired by Darkwave; creating some utterly harrowing works of pure Angst/Wangst in the process.

Generally, however, it is fair to characterize Darkwave as Gothic New Wave or Synth Pop. Synthesizers will be the predominant instrument, although guitars can be used in moderation.

Notable Darkwave acts include :

  • ASP
  • Ataraxia
  • Attrition
  • Aural Vampire
  • Austra
  • The Birthday Massacre ( crossed with Alternative Metal. Definitely one of the more YMMV entries on this list.)
  • Black Tape For A Blue Girl
  • Blaqk Audio
  • Blutengel
  • Butterfly Messiah
  • The Cassandra Complex
  • Chiasm
  • Clan Of Xymox
  • The Cruxshadows
  • Collide
  • Das Ich
  • Deine Lakaien
  • Diary of Dreams
  • Diorama
  • Diva Destruction
  • The Frozen Autumn
  • Goethes Erben
  • Helalyn Flowers
  • Hungry Lucy
  • L'Ame Immortelle
  • London After Midnight ( crosses over with Goth Rock)
  • Love Is Colder Than Death
  • Love Spirals Downwards
  • the Machine in the Garden
  • Malaria!
  • Otto Dix
  • Pink Industry
  • Pretentious, Moi?
  • Project Pitchfork
  • Psyche
  • Schwarz Stein
  • She Wants Revenge
  • Sopor Aeturnus & The Ensemble Of Shadows
  • Switchblade Symphony
  • Wolfsheim
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