The Ten Best Denver Goth Bands — 2016 Edition

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5. Fiction 8
This lot sprang out of a band called Creeping Eruption, formed in Boulder in 1989. As the years went by, band members have come and gone, and they settled on the Fiction 8 name in 1993. Here’s a rule of thumb for you – if a Gothish band has a number in the name, the sound will incorporate electronic elements.

4. Necro Construct
Anthemic in that gnarly Rammstein sort of way that hooks you into the songs before you even knew that the song had hooks, these guys have names like Rivet and Xanthus, and the band says on Facebook that, “The Alien Space Vessel Necro Construct is a spacecraft designed for fighting eldritch threats throughout the universe, and is currently ported in orbit around planet Earth.” What else do we need to say?

3. The Silver Cord
“We are not pop – that is all,” the men of the Silver Cord say on their Facebook page. That’s not all though, because while the band might not consider itself "Goth," it does say that it conveys the darker side of the human condition. Which is true. There’s an element of Joy Division about the vocals, though this band is sonically richer — and suitably sombre.
2. The Siren Project
Polish singer Malgorzata Wacht is the not-so-secret weapon here, a woman with a set of pipes that pushes the band into the realm of the exceptional. It’s operatic, it’s industrial, it’s – fuck it, it’s awesome.

1. Toothgnasher
Definitely an industrial band but, hey, if it can perform at the Colorado Goth Fest, then who are we to argue? Sinister to the point of being nasty, these guys also score extra points for covering the Cure’s “Lullaby.”

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