The Goth scene has been in full swill since the 1970’s, with its black clothes, Gothic Rock music and fetish tendencies. The music itself has many variations including Gothic Metal and even Electro Music. There are many Goth bands that originate from Europe, particularly the Netherlands and Germany.
But there are also many Eastern European Goth bands that are standing up to be counted. Many bands have been around since the 1990’s and have earned a lot of success.
• Female Vocals
There are many Eastern European Goth bands that have female lead vocals. Undish is a Christian Gothic Metal band from Poland that formed in 1991. Fronted by lead vocalist Ada Szarata, they have toured Germany, Switzerland and Austria in recent years.
Artrosis is another Polish group founded in 1995, they have had many past band members but lead vocalist Magdalena Stupkiewicz-Dobosz has been with them from the start. The band was nominated for a Fryderyk in 2001, which celebrates Polish music.
Croatian band Abonos were formed in 1999 by guitarist Jakša Vlahović and former keyboardist and vocalist Marta Vlahović. They have at present released only one self-titled album.
• Not Just Singers
There are quite a few female Goth musicians in bands who are not vocalists. Molly Sunrise for instance was a bassist in the Russian Goth band Abyss.
A fairly recent addition to the Goth Rock scene is Angel of Fire. They formed in 2007 and have one of the youngest drummers on the scene in the form of 10 year old Vlad Vučeta. However it is guitarist Magdalena Loborec that we need to mention.
Finally, Lithuanian band Liunuosna, formally Smolder, who formed in 1997. Band members included female keyboard player Zivile. When the band split up in 2001, she went with some of the former members to form Cyber Goth bans Xess.
The Goth music scene has never been more productive, there are big festivals in Europe which have given Goth bands a platform on which to perform. Also the success of Goth bands such as Evanescence fronted by female vocalist and pianist Amy Lee, has encouraged more bands to form and has also inspired female musicians to be part of this very diverse and rich scene.