Lyrics are generally dark and introspective with inspiration from gothic fiction as well as personal experiences.Pioneers of gothic metal include Paradise Lost, My Dying Bride and Anathema, all from the north of England.During the mid-1990s, Moonspell, Theatres des Vampires and Cradle of Filth brought the gothic approach to black metal.By the end of the decade, a symphonic metal variant of gothic metal had been developed by Tristania and Within Temptation.Especially if you're like a lot of us who are not that attractive.Our Ugly Dating is geared towards people who may feel unattractive or uncomfortable in their own skin and is designed to help them succeed in meeting others who value genuine personality over outer appearance." "Did you know that there are millions of men and women who are currently incarcerated, just waiting for someone to write and exchange life experiences?) Found this site by accident and within a week was chatting with a fellowrnmetal head from the US.
In the 21st century, gothic metal has moved towards the mainstream in Europe, particularly in Finland where groups such as Entwine, HIM, Lullacry and Poisonblack have released hit singles or chart-topping albums.
Other pioneers from the first half of the 1990s include Type O Negative from the United States, Tiamat from Sweden, and The Gathering from the Netherlands.
Norwegian band Theatre of Tragedy developed the "beauty and the beast" aesthetic of combining aggressive male vocals with clean female vocals, a contrast that had been adopted by groups before them, but not as a regular trademark; several bands have employed the technique since.
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