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10 Modern Day Goth Artists You Need to Know: Miss May I, Prayers & More

Love the Cure? Get weak at the knees when you hear a Joy Division song? Don't worry, friend—here are a handful of acts dedicated to keeping morose music alive

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Chelsea Wolfe

Chelsea Wolfe teeters a line between ambient metal and goth in a way that's almost confounding, but mostly enjoyable. There's enough melody here to persuade the nonbelievers, and a certain heaviness to keep the industrial fans interested. Stream her brand new album, Abyss, released Aug. 7, right here.

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Miss May I

Okay, so Miss May I aren't a goth band in the traditional sense, but their relentless combination of melody and metalcore is enough to get our attention. If you're scared of most things filed under the "g" word but find yourself attending Warped Tour and loving Marilyn Manson, here's a place to begin.

You can stream Miss May I's fifth album, Deathless, released Aug. 7, now.

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Azar Swan

Kate Bush voice for the modern era. Of the bands on this list, Azar Swan is the most dynamic, crafting shadow-y electro pop with experimental structure.

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aTelecine is a New York City-based industrial noise band cofounded by former porn actress Sasha Grey. Their sound might feel unlistenable at first, but if you find yourself returning...well...you might be a closeted goth.

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When exploring the Southern California landscape for the latest and greatest in music, most people look to Los Angeles. They wouldn't be wrong, but that means they're missing out on the avant-weirdos of San Diego—namely Prayers. Don't waste any more time not checking 'em out.

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Dark Palms

There's nothing more goth than visual-heavy, chilling post-punk. Such is the sound of Olympia, Washington's Dark Palms. 

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Drab Majesty

Things that are goth: Confusion, space, an obsession with beauty, confusing the rando norms. Drab Majesty, and front-human Deb Demure is, and embraces, all of these things. The music is something straight out of a Robert Smith wet dream.

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Drama Club

From European night clubs to Warped Tour, masked band Drama Club are clearly not your run of the mill act. While their songs are more dance-y and industrial than anything else, we can't help but assume they're the kind to wear leather in the dead of summer.

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New York's Weeknight might refer to themselves as "dark pop" but they're totally goth. The duo specialize in heavy, asymmetrical sounds partnered with a certain Ian Curtis monotone. Go on, dance, dance, dance to the radio.

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Cold Showers

The best post-punk band going is Los Angeles' Cold Showers. They're bring a lost, beloved '80s sound and make it modern. What more could you ask for?


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