High Plains Underground Archive

A Guide to Denver's Goth and Industrial Scene

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Perhaps properly belonging with ambient or experimental electronic music, nervesandgel did plenty of playing in the Goth scene in his early days and the Legendary Pink Dots is certainly one of his main influences. Here Johnny Wohlfahrt performs with the talented vocalist Allison Young now of Orbit OK and host of the karaoke night at Hamburger Mary's on Monday nights.

Since the '90s, Orbit Service has been creating some of the most fascinating psychedelic ambient rock around. Also arguably not a Goth band, Orbit Service, like nervesandgel, has its roots in the dark, atmospheric psychedelia of the Legendary Pink Dots.

More a performance art act than a strictly musical one, Psyborg Death didn't exactly make the kind of music you'd want to listen to separate from the live show. But it did look the part.

A melodic EBM band, Requiem In Black was active in the second half of the 2000s while the live Goth scene was at an all time low and it never seemed to connect with many other like-minded artists.

One of the most popular of the Gothic-industrial bands from Denver, Seraphim Shock has evolved from its mid-to-late '90s theatrical, vampire-culture/Satanic melodic industrial phase into a more dark glam rock band but whatever its iteration, its shows have been dramatic and entertaining affairs.
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Tom Murphy is a writer, visual artist and musician from Aurora, Colorado. He was a prolific music writer for Westword and a documenter of the Denver music scene.

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