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Cybergoth is a subculture characterized by its unique take on a post-apocalyptic worldview that is expressed mainly with fashion and music. Beyond being part of the larger Goth subculture, Cybergoth has also been heavily associated with the industrial music scene which can be typically seen in the form of the "industrial dancing" performed by members of the subculture.

Cyberpop would be a similar style but with a focus on retro-futurism and bright colors.

History[]

The term "cybergoth" was first used by Games Workshop in 1988 to describe their "Dark Future" - a roleplaying game set in a postapocalyptic world. However, the subculture and the fashion style known as cybergoth today didn't emerge until the late 90s.

Cybergothic as a subculture evolved out of the so-called "Gravers" (Gothic Ravers), ravers who began entering goth and industrial clubs due to interest in industrial music. It first spread in internet popularity in the early 2000s due to the Google Groups community "alt.gothic.cybergoth" where rave enthusiasts from the Goth scene all over the world would connect. The subculture received mainstream attention thanks to the music video for "Pong" by the German EBM band Eisenfunk as well as the viral "Cybergoth Dance Party" meme.

However, ever since Cybergoth has declined in popularity; something that could partially be linked to an overall decline in popularity of most goth-themed aesthetics in current times, but that doesn't leave out the possibility that Cybergoth could see a resurgence in the near future (a la the Club Kids resurgence), especially with Raver culture becoming more and more popular in the mainstream. but only time will tell in that regard.

Fashion[]

Cybergoth is based around fluorescent colors and uses PVC, vinyl, and other artificial-looking materials in order to create a futuristic looking style. The hair is dyed in unnatural colors and adorned with colorful hair pieces, also known as Cyberlox, which can be made of wool, foam, rubber or fabrics. Androgyny is also common. One could say Cybergoth fashion is a combination of Cyberpop and Rivithead fashion.

Also common:

  • Shiny/Glossy or matte fabrics
  • Brightly colored and extravagant hair, with synthetic hair locks
  • Brightly colored makeup
  • LED circuit boards
  • Body modification (tattoos/piercings)
  • Gas masks
  • Goggles
  • Platform boots
  • Tight black pants or vests
  • Fishnets
  • Leg warmers from faux fur ("fluffy")

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Genres commonly found within the Cybergoth subculture include:

  • Aggrotech
  • EBM
  • Electro Industrial
  • Dark Electro
  • Futurepop
  • Power Noise
  • TBM
  • Industrial-techno
  • Industrial pop
  • Synthpop
  • Synthwave
  • Witch House

Artists[]

  • Aesthetic Perfection
  • Angelspit
  • Centhron
  • Das Ich
  • Extize
  • Grendel
  • KMFDM
  • Noisuf-X
  • Phosgore
  • Psyclon Nine
  • Skinny Puppy
  • Terrorfrequenz
  • Wumpscut
  • XotoX
  • X-RX

DJ SiSeN[]

DJ SiSeN is a well-known DJ in the Japanese underground scene. The music consists mainly of a mix between Gothic, Industrial, and EBM, but are not limited to these genres, J-Pop is also mixed in on some occasions. In addition to being a DJ, SiSeN also serves as a model for Takuya Angel, who is also his friend and DJ colleague. Interestingly, SiSeN uses different aliases based on the genre of music being played, such as DJ 666Fox and DJ Violet. His clothes and hairstyles, as well as unusual accessories, have ensured his reputation as an icon of this style.

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External links to help get a better understanding of this aesthetic.

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