Taking a little inspiration from our podcast episode on Type O Negative, we decided to dedicate this week’s fashion post to gothic metal. Having primarily developed in the early ninetees, gothic metal blends elements of gothic rock, doom metal, and death metal. The genre often features dark, romantic, and melodramatic lyrics. The genre was pioneered by bands like Type O Negative, Moonspell, Theater of Tragedy, and Theatres des Vampires. The fashion of gothic metal often blends the look of medieval or romantic fashions with that of heavy metal. One might use a victorian shirt with leather pants- Peter Steele is a good example. Furthermore, gothic metal is often much more aggressive in its fashion trends, employing heavy use of leather and spikes. Bulletbelts do make the occasional apperamce. In general, it’s fashion seems far less oriented towards androgeny than traditional gothic fashion. Below are some images which we felt captured the image and essence of gothic metal and its fashion.