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Gothic Metal is, naturally, a subgenre of Heavy Metal. It sounds dark, like Gothic Rock; it's got the sonic amplitude of Metal; and it's depressing, like Doom Metal. Many of the bands have female vocalists; many also use the classic Soprano and Gravel trick. There are few bands that have never used either, though there are some that have a male vocalist as the frontman.

Gothic Metal has its roots in Death / Doom, which is, as the name implies, Death Metal mixed with Doom Metal. "The Peaceville Three," (Paradise Lost, My Dying Bride, and Anathema) who served as the Trope Codifiers for Death / Doom, gradually incorporated several traits into their music (some traits being brought in from Goth Rock) that would shape the genre; keyboards, violins (in the case of My Dying Bride), female vocals, and deeper (often bass baritone) vocals. Around the same time as "The Peaceville Three," the American Type O Negative, coming from a slightly different musical background (i.e. not Death / Doom), started incorporating traits from Gothic Rock into their music also; to this day, it's unclear whether Type O Negative or "The Peaceville Three" did it first, but it's generally agreed to be one of those four bands that kickstarted the genre. Novembre also had some degree of early influence on the genre, but it can generally be agreed upon that their impact was minimal at best when compared to the bigger three. Lastly, Katatonia and Bethlehem's early work also had some minor influence, though they quickly moved away from the genre in favor of moody, prog-tinged alternative rock (Katatonia) and experimental rock (Bethlehem).

It is hugely popular in Europe, especially Scandinavia, where many of the bands are from. Possibly as a result of its popularity, and the stigma brought on by the false idea that "Gothic Metal = Metal for Goths," many bands have fought against being categorised as Gothic Metal, though it doesn't have the same stigma as other names would — namely, Nu Metal, Metalcore, and Emo Music. In addition to this, there are also countless arguments as to which bands actually count as Gothic Metal, due to the rather vague definition of what Gothic Metal is. Expect there to be arguments should you refer to: Evanescence, Lacuna Coil, Within Temptation, Nightwish, Epica, or HIM as part of this genre.

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Dark Sarah

Dark Sarah is a Symphonic Metal/Gothic Metal band from Kerava, Finland. It was formed by lyric soprano Heidi Parviainen in 2012 after leaving her former band Amberian Dawn.

Parviainen wrote a song called "Save Me" about a woman named Sarah who is left at the altar by her fiance, which turned into a crowdfunded Concept Album about Sarah's dark side, Behind the Black Veil, released in 2015. This was followed by two more albums continuing the story, The Puzzle and The Golden Moth.

The song example is "Dance With The Dragon".

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