Dark alternative music

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Dark alternative music[neologism?] is music that is "dark" (in the metaphorical sense of darkness) and "alternative" (in the sense of being a musical alternative to more conventional or popular forms). In Germany, this genre falls under the term schwarze szene, which "translates to 'black scene' and [has been] used since the 1990s to describe all the so called dark alternative music styles swirling around Goth: industrial, darkwave, electro, metal, neofolk and medieval, and for some reason also including BDSM/fetish culture".[1]

Types of dark alternative music include:

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Metal subgenres[edit]

other miscellaneous genres[edit]


  1. ^ Liisa Ladouceur, Gary Pullin, "SCHWARZE SZENE", in Encyclopedia Gothica (2011).