Darklings, can anyone help me with a body mod dilemma? Today I bought a three-pack of sparkly nose pins in the hope of changing my pretty spike for a while (I want to change up my nose jewellery a bit more often. Spider nose studs are admittedly cheesy, but, well, I want one.). But can I get my spike out of my nose? Can I hell. Now, nose pins (like this, with a 'plug' on the end to keep it in) MUST be changeable, otherwise why on earth would they sell them in three-packs? I assumed I would just pull on it and it would pop out. What actually happens is that it just hurts rather a lot. My piercing is certainly not infected and I don't usually have a problem with it, and I changed my nose ring on the other side just fine (it looks cute ^^). So why can't I take this damn stud out? Any suggestions/experiences/advice, other nasally-pierced black-clads?
Ahem, in other news.
Stop rolling your eyes, you at the back. Many Goths enjoy metal music, which seems logical to me - it's dark, it's gloomy, it's often accompanied by darkly beautiful or dramatic visuals, and lyrics are often dark, melancholy or angry, focusing on the non-happy, non-sparkly side of life. Plus, many of us younger Goths discovered Goth via the path of metal music, so why should we not retain some affection for the genre?
However, some genres of metal and some bands in particular enjoy epecially immense popularity amongst the darkling throng. Apologies in advance if I mis-classify some bands here; feel free to correct/debate about which bands listed fit into which 'type' of metal. I'm going by online research which, as we all know, isn't always hugely reliable. I would say that the bands listed in this post are the key point rather than what genre they may or may not be.
With that caveat in mind, I didn't expect thrash metal to be an overly beloved genre of Goths - you say 'Goth', I don't think 'Megadeth'. I just don't. But two bands listed by Wikipedia as 'thrash metal', namely Sepultura and Slayer, do seem to enjoy some popularity within the scene, as evidenced by band T-shirts and patches that I have seen proliferating both in person at clubs and online. Also, whilst I don't like Metallica in general, Nothing Else Matters is a gorgeous song. <3
Speaking of 'classic' metal bands (the big names that come to mind when you think of metal), Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath are also enjoyed by many in the subculture.
Death metal sounds a bit more ooky-spooky than thrash metal, and not just in name only, giving the Goth fan of metal music such treats as Napalm Death, Amon Amarth, Arch Enemy, Cannibal Corpse, Cemetary, Dark Tranquillity and more. Both of the abovementioned genres are fast-paced and aggressive, although death metal lyrics tend to focus on 'Satanic' or somewhat homicidal themes and imagery.
Black metal is one of the most popular genres of metal amongst Goths. It places emphasis on a 'dark' atmosphere; vocals are often shrieked or growled. The corpse paint look that generates so much eye-rolling amongst Goths developed from this genre. There is also a lot of controversy related to this genre, re: devil worship, church-burning, etc. It must be noted that these reports are often greatly exaggerated and the actual influence of black metal upon such acts is probably very little. Plus, I don't know a single Goth who would take part in such activities whether they listened to metal or not.
Bands from this genre notable for their fanbase amongst Goths include Celtic Frost, Darkthrone, Dimmu Borgir, Dark Funeral, Graveworm, Samsas Traum and Cradle of Filth.
Power metal also boasts a reasonably sizeable Goth fanbase, mainly supporting the band Dragonforce. Its close relative progressive metal also gets a mention as I have lost count of the times I have seen Dream Theater mentioned on Gothy forums.
Doom metal is another very Gothy-sounding genre, which gave us Candlemass and Cathedral. A fusion of doom and death metal gave rise to possibly the 'Gothiest' metal bands (if such a thing is possible) in today's dark music scenes - Paradise Lost and My Dying Bride.
Gothic metal has given rise to much debate in the Goth scene - can it be considered 'Goth' or not? Well, no, not really, it's still metal, but I think probably even the majority of Goths have at least one CD from one of the following: Tiamat, Type O Negative, Theatre of Tragedy, Moonspell, Theatres Des Vampires, Lacuna Coil, After Forever, Nightwish, Epica, Sirenia, Within Temptation, Leaves' Eyes, Midnattsol, Bloodflowerz, Delain, Krypteria, Lacrimas Profundere, Mandragora Scream... I could go on and on.
Gothic metal combines the gloom of Goth rock with the aggression of doom metal, and nowadays has dozens of subgenres such as operatic metal and symphonic metal which capitalise on the lush, almost classical-sounding piano arrangements and angelic female voices that came to define some Gothic metal bands. Some bands from these subgenres are mentioned in the list above.
Whew! This is becoming quite a long post so I think I'll take a break for now. Time to go to KFC... ;-)