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Dark Wave
Dark Wave 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.

Dark Wave 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/Wangst in the process.

Generally, however, it is fair to characterize Dark Wave as Gothic New Wave or Synth Pop. Synthesizers will be the predominant instrument, although guitars can be used in moderation.

Notable Dark Wave acts include:

  • ∆AIMON (crossed with heavy influence from the Witch House genre)
  • ASP
  • Ataraxia
  • Attrition
  • Autumn (also Goth Rock)
  • Aural Vampire
  • Austra
  • Bella Morte
  • The Birthday Massacre (crossed with Industrial Metal. Definitely one of the more YMMV entries on this list.)
  • Black Tape For A Blue Girl
  • Blaqk Audio
  • Blutengel
  • The Break-Up
  • Butterfly Messiah
  • The Cassandra Complex
  • Celldweller
  • Chiasm
  • Clan Of Xymox
  • The Cruxshadows
  • Collide
  • Cold Cave
  • Das Ich
  • Deine Lakaien
  • Delerium (side project of the industrial group Front Line Assembly)
  • Diary of Dreams
  • Die Form
  • Diorama
  • Diva Destruction
  • Ego Likeness (crosses over into Industrial)
  • Faith Assembly
  • Fockewolf
  • The Frozen Autumn
  • Future Perfect
  • Girls Under Glass
  • Goethes Erben
  • The Human League, excluding their New Wave Music pop-disco albums
  • Hungry Lucy
  • Illusion of Light
  • In Strict Confidence (also Industrial)
  • Iris
  • Johnny Hollow
  • Kirlian Camera
  • The Last Dance
  • Light Asylum
  • L'Ame Immortelle
  • London After Midnight (crosses over with GothRock)
  • Love Is Colder Than Death
  • Love Spirals Downwards
  • Lycia (Also DreamPop)
  • the Machine in the Garden
  • Malaria!
  • Midnight Resistance
  • Gary Numan, especially his later works
  • Opera Multi Steel
  • Otto Dix
  • Pink Industry
  • Pink Turns Blue
  • Pretentious, Moi?
  • Project Pitchfork (although their later albums are more in the realm of Hellektro/Aggrotech/Harsh EBM)
  • Psyche
  • Schwarz Stein
  • Seabound
  • Seeming
  • She Wants Revenge
  • Sopor Aeturnus & The Ensemble Of Shadows
  • Suicidal Romance
  • Switchblade Symphony (first album; later albums go for a Trip Hop sound)
  • Thou Shalt Not
  • Trisomie 21
  • Trust
  • Wolfsheim
Goth RockAlternative RockGrunge
M.I.A.Alternative DanceItalo Disco
Dance-PunkElectronic MusicGiorgio Moroder
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