DarkWave is to SynthPop what GothRock is to PunkRock; [[ThisIsYourPremiseOnDrugs This Is Your Premise On Goth]]. Basically, DarkWave is Goth's brooding angst but on synthesizers rather than guitars.

DarkWave is related to but is not a subgenre of {{Industrial}}. Whilst both genres are electronic and target the {{Goth}} market, DarkWave is generally softer. Naturally there is some overlap; some DarkWave artists will often put an EBM or Futurepop-style song on their album to broaden its dance-floor appeal. {{Industrial}} artists can also be heavily inspired by DarkWave; creating some utterly harrowing works of pure {{Angst}}/{{Wangst}} in the process.

Generally, however, it is fair to characterize DarkWave as {{Goth}}ic NewWaveMusic or SynthPop. Synthesizers will be the predominant instrument, although guitars can be used in moderation.

Examples of DarkWave acts include:

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* [[Music/{{AIMON}} AAIMON]] (crossed with heavy influence from the WitchHouse genre)
* Music/{{ASP}}
* Music/{{Ataraxia}}
* Music/{{Attrition}}
* Music/{{Autumn}} (also GothRock)
* Music/AuralVampire
* Music/{{Austra}}
* Music/BellaMorte
* Music/TheBirthdayMassacre (crossed with IndustrialMetal. Definitely one of the more YMMV entries on this list.)
* Music/BlackTapeForABlueGirl
* Music/BlaqkAudio
* Music/{{Blutengel}}
* Music/TheBreakUp
* Music/ButterflyMessiah
* Music/TheCassandraComplex
* Music/{{Celldweller}}
* Music/{{Chiasm}}
* Music/ClanOfXymox
* Music/TheCruxshadows
* Music/{{Collide}}
* Music/ColdCave
* Music/DasIch
* Music/DeineLakaien
* Music/{{Delerium}} (side project of the {{industrial}} group Music/FrontLineAssembly)
* Music/DiaryOfDreams
* Music/DieForm
* Music/{{Diorama}}
* Music/DivaDestruction
* Music/EgoLikeness (crosses over into {{Industrial}})
* Music/EmilieAutumn (just one of many genres she dabbles in)
* Music/FaithAssembly
* Music/{{Fockewolf}}
* Music/TheFrozenAutumn
* Music/FuturePerfect
* Music/GaryNuman, especially his later works
* Music/GirlsUnderGlass
* Music/GoethesErben
* Music/TheHumanLeague, excluding their NewWaveMusic pop-disco albums
* Music/HungryLucy
* Music/IllusionOfLight
* Music/InStrictConfidence (also {{Industrial}})
* Music/{{Iris}}
* Music/JohnnyHollow
* Music/KirlianCamera
* Music/TheLastDance
* Music/LightAsylum
* [[Music/LameImortelle L'Ame Immortelle]]
* Music/LondonAfterMidnight (crosses over with GothRock)
* Music/LoveIsColderThanDeath
* Music/LoveSpiralsDownwards
* Music/{{Lycia}} (Also DreamPop)
* Music/TheMachineInTheGarden
* Music/{{Malaria}}!
* Music/MidnightResistance
* Music/OperaMultiSteel
* Music/OttoDix
* Music/PinkIndustry
* Music/PinkTurnsBlue
* [[Music/PretentiousMoi Pretentious, Moi?]]
* Music/ProjectPitchfork (although their later albums are more in the realm of Hellektro/Aggrotech/Harsh EBM)
* Music/{{Psyche}}
* Music/SchwarzStein
* Music/{{Seabound}}
* Music/{{Seeming}}
* Music/SheWantsRevenge
* Music/SoporAeternusAndTheEnsembleOfShadows
* Music/SuicidalRomance
* Music/SwitchbladeSymphony (first album; later albums go for a Trip Hop sound)
* Music/ThouShaltNot
* Music/{{Trisomie 21}}
* Music/{{Trust}}
* Music/VernianProcess (sometimes crossed with steampunk)
* Music/{{Wolfsheim}}
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