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Goth Type 15: The Metalhead

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By Trellia   |   
Published: March 15, 2007
© 2007 - 2020 Trellia
Of course, the majority of Goths are unique in their style and music preferences. However, within the subculture there are certain "types" of Goth with particular characteristics. And it can be fun to classify them. Naturally, classifications for each "type" vary from person to person, so you may disagree with what I say here!

No doubt, some people WILL disagree with me here, with including the Metalheads into this collection at all. Nevertheless, I think that these days there is a link between Goth and Metal. And most of the people who watch this collection or have faved my work seem to like metal, so it wouldn't be right to leave them out!

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Mortchen's avatar
MortchenHobbyist Traditional Artist
This is my type.
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theSpinosaurusGuyHobbyist Traditional Artist
Cradle Of Filth would also fit since they're gothic metal lmao
Gennifer-Goncalves's avatar
Well, although all negative opinions about Gothic Metal by many people, I personally think Gothic Metal is a gothic music. But with some points to be explained: while DarkWave, PostPunk, Death Rock, Gothic Rock and other genres are the gothic music of the Gothic Subculture from the 80's, Gothic Metal is the gothic music of Heavy Metal. Gothic Metal doesn't want to destroy or claim the Gothic Subculture for itself. It just wants to use the term "gothic" to describe the atmosphere of its music, considering that this genre gets inspiration from Gothic Literature, middle ages, supernatural creatures, dark and romantic atmosphere... As an universalist student of Gothic universe (I want to embrace all the dark, obscure and deep arts no matter if it is from this ghetto or from that ghetto), I loved that you included metal in the gothic spectrum when many others try to refuse it.
SterbenObskur's avatar
This is the best explanation. Thank you.
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TearsOfLynxHobbyist General Artist
Well done work and great guide to Gothic style 😮🙂
Some people are calling us who listen symphonic metal Goths, but we usually aren't (through some like me still love Gothic subculture and love different styles of Gothic fashion, but I prefer to wear just ordinary black clothes so people won't notice me, wish I was more brave about it because I really adore it)
Don't know why people still call Nightwish a Gothic band, "The Angels Fall First" album may have some elements of Gothic metal but after it there is no longer such a sound, it became Power Symphonic Melodic Metal, so I agree there are differences 😉

Theatre Of Tragedy,on the other hand, is Gothic Metal band I like, Liv Kristine has so sweet and warm voice, still listening to her 😊
Kira-Doom's avatar
I listen to all kinds of different music, including metal. I was raised mostly by my dad, who listens to a lot of metal, so I guess it rubbed off on me.
BlackWolflord666's avatar
This is definitely where I stand for the most part. Love your job on the Goth series !
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doberman-66Hobbyist Artist
Ha!  If there is any subtype I may fit into then this would be it.   Found this page by accident, was intrigued by the types, and came to the realization that since I've moved I have not found a good club of any sort.   So, definitely time to look.  Any suggestions about the Cincy, Dayton, Columbus area let me know as well.

Anyway, in the 30+ years I've gone into any Goth club I've always felt comfortable and had a good time.   Never dyed my hair(when I still had that), never wore makeup, but for sure I always did enjoy the artistry that was always on display in attire, makeup, hair, and personas by those who are Goth.   Just me and my concert shirts, leather jacket, denim, boots, occasional chains and rings.  I never dressed as a Goth but still it was always a fun, friendly experience and always a good music mix when I went to the clubs.  Probably helps that I've always had Goth friends and in-laws to show even if I am a non-conformist/outsider; I'm still a kindred spirit.   Appreciation for the comfort of the dark, the mystical allure, and the 'go-your-own-way' attitude helps make a Goth club have that enjoyable ambiance when I'm out for a full night of music, drinks, conversation with those closest to me. 

So yeah, I still occasionally put in the Marilyn Manson- but make no mistake I'm not posing.   Still not posing when I say that my favorite group of the genre are the Sisters of Mercy. My tastes also range into Rammstein, NIN, and to now- Chevelle.   I may plink along to the Eagles, Anthrax and Pink Floyd on my Bass.  But in the end, I'm also just another person who finds a refuge in the Goth world.  I can embrace this Goth type as a label which is good since I have spent a good amount of time in your world in quite a few countries. So, from a Metalhead kinsman,  cheers!
Winged--Maned--Wolf's avatar
Winged--Maned--WolfHobbyist General Artist
Kinda reminds me of Jagger from Vampire Kisses
oshirockingham's avatar
oshirockinghamProfessional Digital Artist
hahah now i know why i've been 'labelled' as goth more than twice when i was wearing my LS t-shirt even though clearly my walkman is playing megadeth. :XD:
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Erica-SakuraHobbyist Digital Artist
I have a wide range of musical tastes, from typical Goth/gothic-like standards to some modern Pop songs. However, being a fan of many of the same songs and bands as my father, I kinda-sorta fit here.

And don't worry, it's no big deal you included the Metalhead in your collection; a lot of subcultures tend to overlap, and this is no exception.
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XMonochrome-NimbusXHobbyist Digital Artist
I think I match this quite well.
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Gentle-ShadowStudent General Artist
I ... guess this would be me? I don't know?
Jeannemarie13's avatar
Jeannemarie13Student General Artist
I used to be this type
Neggative0's avatar
Neggative0Hobbyist General Artist
Dethklok is all i have to say
Tkimcarolina's avatar
Like to add that the modern connection Metal has with Goth is through Doom metal. Bands like Paradise Lost, Anathema, and My Dying Bride were death/doom bands, but had Goth sensibilities. Ex. Draconian Times by Paradise Lost had strong Sisters of Mercy influence. 
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greatblade12Student Digital Artist
Marilyn Manson should be in here too. Not just baby bats listen to his music. id say the band fits inbetween th industrial subculture and metalhead. however neither one seems to want to associate him with their subculture except for baby-bats. XD
ichigo6798's avatar
I agree with this. I believe that back in the Spooky Kids days though, the band were kinda popular with goths but ever since then Manson has been seen as a joke and a sellout. Regardless, Manson has made one Goth Rock album in 2007, but should otherwise be referred to as a Metal/Industrial artist.
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greatblade12Student Digital Artist
yeah i totally agree
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AneirasilvermoonHobbyist Artist
A metalhead can only be considered Goth if they listen to Goth music and identify as Goth. I am one such person.
parappa69's avatar
This is meant to be said in a SARCASTIC way. Metalhead = Non-Goth.
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MortchenHobbyist Traditional Artist
nope
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