is to Synth Pop
what Goth Rock
is to Punk Rock
; This Is Your Premise On Goth
. Basically, Dark Wave
is Goth's brooding angst but on synthesizers rather than guitars.
is related to but is not a subgenre of Industrial
. Whilst both genres are electronic and target the Goth
market, Dark Wave
is generally softer. Naturally there is some overlap; some Dark Wave
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 Dark Wave
; creating some utterly harrowing works of pure Angst
in the process.
Generally, however, it is fair to characterize Dark Wave
as Gothic New Wave Music
or Synth Pop
. Synthesizers will be the predominant instrument, although guitars can be used in moderation.
Examples of Dark Wave