I threatened to do this a few years ago when Erik and I were faggothing out with Diabolique, but here we are a ways in the future. Given that, let's just segue in reverse from gothic-tinged metal, backwards into the origins of it all. I cannot start this thread without a nod to where my sadjourney began. Thank you forever in eternal death and darkness to Type O Negative. Oh shit, I'm in a club and very sad about life but wow my hair looks great. Diabolique are amazing and I cannot recommend them highly enough. Too girly for you? Fine, here's something more sperm-producing and heavy, if thou wilt. Same band, but back when they were more METHULL. Great album, but the leadoff track is my choice. This song is the peak of all this madness. On Thorns I Lay absolutely nailed everything I have ever loved in the auditory ways of life with this tune. Love them or hate them, Cradle of Filth are the bridge. For an "underground" band they are very successful, and also really brought the Castlevania/Frankenstein thing to the forefront. Ignore their popular days. Ignore even the album I like best (the Bathory one with the terrible snare), and listen to this song. It's fantastic. I can't make a gothic/metal thread without these dudes/chicks I suppose. I cannot say they are my favoUrite, but well this song samples Vincent Price so I have to love them at least a little bit. PROCEED WITH CAUTION FOR HENCEFORTH THE METAL IS GONE AND ONLY GAYNESS REMAINS I wanted to have sex with Faith and the Muse, but my wife said no. So instead I have sex with her whilst we play their albums. Good enough! Somehow I missed out entirely on Fields of the Nephilim until about 2 years ago, and I bought two albums without hearing them. They are... stupendous. In fact I listened to them exclusively for about 3 months straight, and when you can get that excited for a new-to-you band in yer gorram 40s, well friends, that's livin' right there. L-I-V-I-N. Choose whichever Siouxsie album you want, I'll take anything on Juju and be happy. And by happy I mean sad. But dancing. The vocals may take some adjustment. It only took me 20 years to get there, but man, when I did, I realized how good this is. There's a reason why every sadgoth person covers this song to some extent sometime in their cold, dead existence. So good it hurts. Fuck New Order. Joy Division or GTFOoRC. Bela Lugosi's Dead. Have you seen The Hunger? If you've made it this far into my sadthread here and the answer is still no, go watch it, NOW!