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Gothcore is an aesthetic that involves the themes and characteristics of the goth aesthetic with the metalcore aesthetic dashed in. Gothcore is a fusion of gothic rock, gothic metal and hardcore punk (or metalcore). Bands may have typical metalcore vocals, metalcore guitar structure with breakdowns, drumming implementing tribal and blast beats, mixed with gothic rock/post-punk inspired clean vocals, and gothic rock style synth lines.

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Fashion is a very central part of Gothcore. Gothcore fashion takes the goth fashion and combines it with the metalcore looks. Black skinny jeans and black t-shirt at the simplest of clothing choices. Optionally pale makeup and blacked out eyes or eyeliner are worn. For a female look, Misa Amane and for males Ryuk the shinigami from Death Note are figures inspiration for a gothcore look. Goth, but make it "modern".

A few examples are:

  • Combinations with fishnets, corsets, lace, chains and gloves
  • Goth band T-shirts or just regular darkly-inclined T-shirts
  • Platform shoes
  • Collars, lace chokers, spike necklaces
  • PVC/Vinyl clothing
  • Darkened eye makeup

Music[]

The blend of influences from goth bands such as Bauhaus, Siouxsie & The Banshees, and Christian Death with the hardcore punk bands like Black Flag, The Germs, Extreme Noise Terror, as well as metalcore bands like Bleeding Through and It Dies Today. The sounds of the music is a crossover of dark post punk, dark post hardcore and dark metal. Some bands incorporate darkwave and industrial influences as well. Key structures of the songs incorporate breakdowns to the structure of the Gothic Metal influenced sounds. The simple concept is Goth(ic)-(Metal)-Core.

Bands that influenced or have the sounds of gothcore:

  • AFI (pre-"Sing the Sorrow")
  • (Early) Atreyu
  • The Banner
  • Bleeding Through
  • Samhain
  • Mighty Sphincter
  • Old Wounds
  • She Past Away
  • Rx27
  • Christian Death
  • Motionless In White (during Creatures-era and partially still during Infamous-era)
  • Academy Order
  • New Skeletal Faces

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Gothic Academia
  • The Crow (1994)
  • The Lost Boys (1987)
  • Fight Club (1999)
  • Franklyn (2008)
  • Beetlejuice (1988)
  • The Fall (2006)
  • Sleepy Hollow (1999)
  • The Addams Family (1991)
  • The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

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Criticism[]

In popular media, gothcore was said to be a new trend in 2022, inspired by many celebrities, such as Kim Kardashian, Olivia Rodrigo, and Megan Fox.[1][2] The style's rapid resurgent was criticized by The Blogging Goth, stating that gothcore is nothing brand new. It was what the author refer to as "Dark Wash Recycle" — where the catwalk commandeers goth style for their Fall-Winter collections, and every journalist has to act like they’ve never seen huge boots or winged eyeliner before.[3] The said media also failed to mention thoroughly about the Goth subculture, especially the infamous style of Siouxsie Sioux.[4]

In the author interview with Catherine Spooner, Professor of Literature and Culture at Lancaster University, an expert in Goth style, quoting:

"Yes, mainstream fashion does flirt with commercially acceptable rebellion every season.
Fashion headlines proclaiming ‘Gothic is back’ have appeared since the mid-90s on a cycle of every 2-3 years. However, they seem to be appearing with particular intensity this year and I think this is due to what is sometimes identified as fashion’s 20-year cycle.[3]"

The original term "Gothcore" was coined in 2003 by Christopher Robert Cole aka "Batlord Carcas" whom was lead vocals of a Deathrock/Goth/Horror Punk band called One Last Caress as a means to describe the concept of Gothic Metalcore or as well the cross point of Goth and Hardcore Punk. The namesake received criticism amongst some of the Deathrock and Goth peers online upon the internet, both on Wikipedia and Deathrock.Org discussion boards. Oddly enough there was actually bands attempting to form the music style, and as well there had always been attempts to reflect the fashion.

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