Lord Byron: Gothic Bad-Boy Genius

Lord George Gordon Byron (1788-1824) is one of the greatest English poets ever. He was also a playwright, and had an inconstant life, full of excesses and an arrogant and rebellious behavior.

There are probably as many myths about him as historical facts, as much of what has been told about him may not be true. He died as a hero out of his stories, during a war in Greece against the Turks. The Greek version of his name Vyron is still popular in the country and there's even a suburb named after him, Vyronas.

Along with Mary Shelley, and John Polidori, Byron helped develop horror and gothic literature with several works, including his poem The Giaour, which is one of the first popular vampire stories. I've chosen two others as examples of his writing.

Stanzas (And Thou Art Dead)

And thou art dead, as young and fair
As aught of mortal birth;
And form so soft, and charms so rare,
Too soon return'd to Earth!
Though Earth receiv'd them in her bed,
And o'er the spot the crowd may tread
In carelessness or mirth,
There is an eye which could not brook
A moment on that grave to look.

I will not ask where thou liest low,
Nor gaze upon the spot;
There flowers or weeds at will may grow,
So I behold them not:
It is enough for me to prove
That what I lov'd, and long must love,
Like common earth can rot;
To me there needs no stone to tell,
'T is Nothing that I lov'd so well.

Yet did I love thee to the last
As fervently as thou,
Who didst not change through all the past,
And canst not alter now.
The love where Death has set his seal,
Nor age can chill, nor rival steal,
Nor falsehood disavow:
And, what were worse, thou canst not see
Or wrong, or change, or fault in me.

The better days of life were ours;
The worst can be but mine:
The sun that cheers, the storm that lowers,
Shall never more be thine.
The silence of that dreamless sleep
I envy now too much to weep;
Nor need I to repine
That all those charms have pass'd away,
I might have watch'd through long decay.

The flower in ripen'd bloom unmatch'd
Must fall the earliest prey;
Though by no hand untimely snatch'd,
The leaves must drop away:
And yet it were a greater grief
To watch it withering, leaf by leaf,
Than see it pluck'd to-day;
Since earthly eye but ill can bear
To trace the change to foul from fair.

I know not if I could have borne
To see thy beauties fade;
The night that follow'd such a morn
Had worn a deeper shade:
Thy day without a cloud hath pass'd,
And thou wert lovely to the last,
Extinguish'd, not decay'd;
As stars that shoot along the sky
Shine brightest as they fall from high.

As once I wept, if I could weep,
My tears might well be shed,
To think I was not near to keep
One vigil o'er thy bed;
To gaze, how fondly! on thy face,
To fold thee in a faint embrace,
Uphold thy drooping head;
And show that love, however vain,
Nor thou nor I can feel again.

Yet how much less it were to gain,
Though thou hast left me free,
The loveliest things that still remain,
Than thus remember thee!
The all of thine that cannot die
Through dark and dread Eternity
Returns again to me,
And more thy buried love endears
Than aught except its living years.

A Spirit Passed Before Me

A spirit passed before me: I beheld
The face of immortality unveiled -
Deep sleep came down on every eye save mine -
And there it stood, -all formless -but divine:
Along my bones the creeping flesh did quake;
And as my damp hair stiffened, thus it spake:

"Is man more just than God? Is man more pure
Than He who deems even Seraphs insecure?
Creatures of clay -vain dwellers in the dust!
The moth survives you, and are ye more just?
Things of a day! you wither ere the night,
Heedless and blind to Wisdom's wasted light!"

Sources: Wikipedia | Online Literature

Howard David Johnson: Mythologic Images with Realism

Howard David Johnson is an amazing illustrator, whose works have been exhibited in several galleries around the world. His works are very eclectic, done in various mediums, and are mainly about mythology and history.

Below is a selection of his artworks, visit his site for many others.

More info: Official Site

The Covenant: Swedish Synthpop

The Covenant is a Swedish Synthpop band formed in 1986 by Joakim Montelius, Daniel Myer, Eskil Simonsson. Their sound is a mix of Kraftwerk and a light-Front 242. Despite the cold sound of the synthesizers, their songs are melodic, have a strong beat and provocative lyrics. I've selected two videos to display here.

More info: Official Site


Merry Christmas!!

Goths  & Non-Gothlings, Happy Christmas!

Today is a special day to enjoy some time with our families and friends. I'd like to wish you a fun time with them. Cheers!

The Gathering: 20 Years of Progressive Rock

The Gathering is one of the best Rock bands from Netherlands. Their style is a unique mix of dark, moody and introspective melodies with Progressive Rock. The band's best-known songs are from the time of the singer Anneke van Giersbergen, and currently the band's singer is Silje Wergeland, originally from Metal band Octavia Sperati from Norwege.

Below is a selection of two videos, one from the time of Anneke and the other from their latest album with Silje.

More info: The Gathering

A. Andrew Gonzalez: Surreal Spiritual Art

A. Andrew Gonzalez is an American illustrator, who has won several awards. His artworks are very original, of an exquisite otherworldly beauty. Below is a selection of them.

More information: A. Andrew Gonzalez

Various 19th c. Eerie & Supernatural Paintings

The current Gothic Art we so love started out in the early 19th century, when writers, poets, painters and later on, photographers, first explored symbolist, supernatural and eerie themes. Painters like Edward Burne-Jones, Dante Gabriel Rosseti are well-known among Gothlings, but there were many others who also made some interesting artworks. Below is a selection of works of less known artists of the period.

Pierre Auguste Cot

Alexandre Cabanel

Ernest Board

George Henry Boughton

Giovanni Boldini

Source: Artmagick.com


Demether: Folk Metal from Serbia

Demether is a Folk / Goth Metal band from Serbia, formed in 2002, their style is on the lines of Nightwish. They have released only 2 albuns to date, both very good. Their sound is a mix of operatic vocals, fast Heavy Metal-guitars, sometimes Baroque and Medieval melodies, loud drums, and the predictable male guttural vocals here and there.

Below is a couple of videos of theirs. Enjoy!

More info: Myspace

December Suggested Reading: Meridian by Amber Kizer

Meridian by Amber Kizer

Meridian Sozu is a very unusual teenager. Since her birth, she attracted death like a magnet, insects, vermin, animals, they all appeared mysteriously in her bedroom, and every night she had to first clean up the carcasses before going to sleep. And also, when she woke up, she would still find others scattered across her room.

When Meridian witnesses a terrible traffic accident, causing her a mysterious pain, though she wasn’t injured, her parents decide to reveal the truth of what she is. Meridian is a Fenestra, and with the help of her aunt, she starts a journey to understand her talents.

A Fenestra is able to open a portal into the afterlife for the dying, and Meridian finds herself caught in an age-old fight between light and darkness for the souls of mankind, fighting the Aternocti, a group of dark forces who capture souls near death.The writer told in an interview what is her writing process and how she developed the story of Meridian:

“I do a mix of both outline and fluid writing. I have a box color coding system where I take characters and scenes and give them a color - write it all up in shorthand on a wipe board in a chapter box and have it to refer to as I work. With Meridian I wanted to answer the question of, “What if a girl looked human until someone died and then she became the light they transitioned through to Heaven?” And more, “What do people see when they see someone or something as they die?” [1]

If you like supernatural novels, you will certainly enjoy this first book by Amber Kizer.

Click here for a preview of the book. The links below have more information on Meridian and the author.

Learn more: Meridian # Amber Kizer


Cécile Corbel: Celtic Songs from Brittany

Cécile Corbel is a French harpist, born in the Brittany region in 1980. Her style is reminiscent of Loreena McKennitt, but a little darker.

Cécile Corbel was originally a student of Archeology, who left Pont-Croix dans le Finistère for Paris to study, and ended up playing the harp and singing in pubs and as a busker. In 2008, she played in Rangoon, Burma and donated a portion of her pay to Info Birmanie, a local French institution that fights for human rights. Besides her shows and workshops, Cecile has a part in the musical Anne de Bretagne, where she performs the main character.

She has released 3 albums to date, and is scheduled to release a new one next year. Cécile Corbel’s first album had a mixture of several different musical influences such as jazz, folk and pop.

Then the second album was more introspective, and Cécile commented about it that “Song Book (released Nov 2008) is more personal: I composed most of the songs and wrote most of the lyrics. It reflects who I really am, and my influences: Celtic music of course but also medieval, baroque, rock and pop/folk music. I loved the songwriting and the possibility to tell stories with my songs.” [1]

She told that her music “keeps an acoustic spirit, rooted in the imagination and legends of the Celts, but with a sound and arrangements, which I hope are modern.” [2]

Below are two videos. Visit Cécile Corbel’s site for more.

Cécile Corbel official site: http://www.cecile-corbel.com/

Jessica Galbreth: Fey Beauty

Jessica Galbreth's illustrations are some of the most used by gothlings on the web, in avatars, forum signatures, sites, blogs, you name it. She's very talented, and keeps a site in which all her artworks are available for purchasing in several formats, as Magnetic Print, Altar Tile, Canvases, and others.

Jessica Galbreth started her career in 1999, and specialized in illustrations of fairies, witches, vampires, Pagan goddesses and dark ladies of all kinds.

In an interview, Jessica Galbreth commented on her favorite subjects, she said “I love to paint goddesses and mythological subjects the most. However, these paintings aren't always what my licensors want from me...most of them prefer my lighter, more elegant winged women. I try to keep a balance between these and what I truly love to paint, which is my more mysterious, haunting images.”

In the same interview, Jessica gives some helpful advice for beginners: “I would tell them to be prepared to have tough skin and never give up on their dream. It is not easy for any of us to get there, and even more of a challenge to stay there. Be prepared to knock on a lot of doors, some of which will be promptly slammed in your face. If you don't have a good sense of business and marketing, align yourself with someone who does...you'll need it as much as you need your artistic talent.

“When the business gets you down, hold onto your successes. Be kind to others, and treat them how you'd like to be treated. Help other artists along the way...make friends with them. Never try to tear other artists down who are more successful than you - don't let the ugly side of envy get to you in this way or you will doom your own career with a serious case of bad karma. Spend your energy on positive things like creating your art.

“Develop your own style and stay true to your visions...however, be prepared to paint what are sometimes just "pretty pictures" if you want to do this seriously for a living. Always try to improve on your art, never get stagnant if you can help it.

“If you begin licensing your art to companies, be very very careful. Though most of them are wonderful and will have your best interest at heart, some won't and it's your job to protect yourself and your art.

“Most of all, enjoy it. Don't let anything get you down as you follow your dreams.” [1]

Below is a selection of Jessica Galbreth’s art; visit her site for more information.

Jessica Galbreth Site: http://www.enchanted-art.com/


1st Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Trailer!

Yesterday the 1st teaser for the penultimate Harry Potter movie was released, and here is the video. It looks great already! And to think we are still a year away... :( Enjoy!
PS: The other video was taken out, so here is a link that *still* works: teaser


Ladyhawke: A curse between a werewolf and a hawkwoman

Ladyhawke is a 1985 movie, directed by Richard Donner, with Michelle Pfeiffer, Matthew Broderick, Rutger Hauer and John Wood, among others.
It has a fantasy plot about a captain of the guard (Hauer) who fell in love with a young lady (Pfeiffer), who was loved by a bishop (Wood), who was a dark magick sorcerer (interesting twist that a priest was the story's villain), and cursed them so that she would be a hawk at day and he a wolf at night, keeping them forever apart. In the end, with the help of a thief (Broderick) and an exiled priest (Leo McKern), they find a way to break the curse.
The movie has a beautiful photography, with soundtrack by Andrew Powell from the Progressive Rock band Alan Parsons Project, and though the visual effects are a bit outdated (the werewolf transformation scene was done by superposing images of Hauer and a black wolf, as seen below), it still retains its beauty and interest.
Interesting detail: In Ladyhawke, the werewolf turns into a wolf not a "wolfman", which makes me wonder whether Twilight writer Stephenie Meyer got inspired by this movie...
Below is a selection of snapshots of the movie and the trailer. Cheers!

Delain: Soft Voice & Loud Guitars

Delain is a Dutch Symphonic Metal band, which has been around since 2002, and is a project from former-Within Temptation's keyboardist Martijn Westerholt. Earlier this year, they released the album April Rain, which is even better than their previous one, Lucidity. Comparisons with Westerholt's old band are inevitable, as Delain has the same style, still to underrate his new band would be unfair, as the songs are well-worked and powerful.

In an interview, Martijn Westerholt commented about Delain’s latest release that he “didn’t had any doubts about it whatsoever because we wrote our music already anyway and I know the capabilities of the band. For me it was only an improvement in the way of working, we know the weaknesses and strong points of all band members.

“I’m really satisfied with the response so far, also with the press, I think our lowest rate I saw was a 6, and it was really an exception. The most is really well, so I’m really satisfied for that.”

When comparing working with guest musicians, which he did in the first Delain album Lucidity and working with band members, Westerholt said: “The good thing about working with guest musicians is that you get a very fresh approach and it’s also very surprising which is kind of cool, but the difference with working with band members is that you know exactly everybody’s specialty, everybody’s strong points.

“Therefore you can really plan it; you can use everybody’s good points and make the best album you can get. It’s easier. In the end the process went so fast that we barely had time to think about guests. It was really an easy and satisfying process also for the band members of course because they had time and space to give inputs.” [1]

Charlotte Wessels explained why guest musicians were used in Delain’s first album: “Well, when we started recording for Lucidity, Martijn was still struggling with some health issues. [note: Martijn left Within Temptation because of health problems] The choice for a guest musician project was a logical one back then because of course it’s interesting to work with a lot of people, but also because Martijn’s health was not good enough to tour and play gigs like a regular band.

“When the album was released we were so enthusiastic about it, and besides that Martijn was feeling a lot better, so the idea of having a band to tour with became a lot more realistic. We really hit the jackpot with the band members we found back then.

“When we started recording for our second album "April Rain," it was only logical that it would be just as much their album as it would be Martijn’s album and mine. They played a prominent role in recording and also in writing some songs on the album.” [2]

Watch below two videos from the April Rain album, and find out more about Delain on their official site.

More info: Official Site

International Volunteer Day: Take Action!

Today, December 5, is International Volunteer Day. Have you ever thought about being one yourself? Volunteering is not only about going to developing countries to help people in refugee camps (which to me is stuff for heroes), but working in a charity in your hometown, doing something you're good at, sharing knowledge and skill.

There are volunteers who serve meals at homeless shelters, others who teach languages to immigrants or care for destitute children, etc. It's certainly hard work, but it's very rewarding as you have the opportunity of evolving on a personal level, changing dusty outdated concepts, meeting some amazing people, and maybe most importantly, learning to value life, regarding yours and that of others from another viewpoint. In the end, the volunteer receives more than he gives.

So, open now a new tab in your favorite browser and google information about the nearest charities and institutes where you can offer your best. You won't be let down!

I’ve selected a few accounts of volunteers about their experiences:

“I did the short-term English teaching workshop in Guatemala this summer and had an awesome time! The GVI staff is extremely welcoming and helpful and all of the volunteers were really nice. The program is well run and respected in the communities they work with.

“You really feel like you're making a difference for the children who are really excited for you to be there and really eager to learn, and by staying with a host family you are really immersed in the culture.

“And you're free to do pretty much whatever you want in your free time; one weekend I climbed one of Guatemala's volcanoes and another I rented a beach bungalow with some other volunteers.”

- Kate Schroeder on teaching English in Guatemala [1]

“I considered the two weeks a great introduction to overseas life because it was the opportunity of a lifetime to do something more meaningful than simply study or be a tourist.

“I learned a valuable lesson from the Irish locals - to live a simpler way of life and enjoy it. Possessions are just things we set store on. We should instead focus on earning richness from the relationships we have and strive to make this world a better place for others, rather than on what success we can achieve for ourselves as individuals.”

Amanda Oswalt on volunteering at a nonprofit organization dedicated to building peace by bringing together citizens from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. [2]

“Stirling enrolled in Fundraising and Volunteer Management at George Brown College and started volunteering. Today, she offers her time to a local humanitarian organization where she serves meals for those who cannot afford one, helps the homeless during cold weather alerts and provides emergency response relief. She hopes going to college and volunteering will help her get into International Development Studies at the University of Toronto one day.

“But while working locally, Stirling got a taste of where she really wanted to be. ‘In five to 10 years, I’d love to be working overseas on the frontlines,’ she says. ‘Working to see progress and being a part of something. I want to bring the goodwill of Canadians to other countries.’”

Article about Bridget Stirling and her volunteer experiences [3]

More info: World Volunteer Web UN Volunteering For Our Planet

Julia Margaret Cameron: Ethereal Beauty In Pictures

Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-1879) was one of the few women photographers of the late 19th century. Her works are on the same level of other photography enthusiasts of the period, such as Alfred Stieglitz and Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (a.k.a. Lewis Carroll). She started late, when she was 48 years old, after her daughter presented her with a camera, but her experiments marked the history of photography and have influenced many artists.

Besides the obvious quality, the importance of Julia Margaret Cameron’s work is both due to her meticulous attitude towards her work, always registering her pictures with the copyright office and keeping records, which allowed the survival of most of them, and the uniqueness of them, as they are sometimes the only photographic record of several historical figures.

Julia Margaret Cameron was born in Calcutta, India, daughter of an official of the East India Company and a French aristocrat. She was educated in France, and when she returned to India, she married a jurist in Calcutta, who was 20 years her senior.

When he retired, the family moved to London, where Julia Margaret Cameron’s sister hosted a salon, receiving artists and writers, and she became friends with poet Alfred Lord Tennyson. By living there, she benefited both from access to the latest photographic technology and the connection with the local artistic community, but when she moved to Ceylon in 1875, she took very few pictures, none of which survived, because photography chemicals were very hard to come by.

Julia Margaret Cameron remains an accomplished photographer, as you can see in the selection below. For more information, visit the sites listed at the bottom of the post.

More info: Wikipedia Julia Margaret Cameron’s Trust George Eastman Collection


World AIDS Day

Today is World AIDS Day and to celebrate this date, I wanted to share with you some interesting information about HIV. Whatever you do, be careful and respectful of yourself and others. Remember the wise words of the Wiccan Rede: An it harm none do what ye will.
AIDS Today
In recent years, the response to the epidemic has been intensified; in the past ten years in low- and middle-income countries there has been a 6-fold increase in spending for HIV and AIDS. The number of people on antiretroviral treatment has increased, the annual number of AIDS deaths has declined, and the global percentage of people infected with HIV has stabilised.
However, recent achievements should not lead to complacent attitudes. In all parts of the world, people living with HIV still face AIDS-related stigma and discrimination, and many people still cannot access sufficient HIV treatment and care. In America and some countries of Western and Central and Eastern Europe, infection rates are rising, indicating that HIV prevention is just as important now as it ever has been.
Prevention efforts that have proved to be effective need to be scaled-up and treatment targets reached. Commitments from national governments right down to the community level need to be intensified and subsequently met, so that one day the world might see an end to the global AIDS epidemic.
- from Avert.org
HIV can affect anybody. Anyone who is sexually active or shares needles is at risk of getting or passing on HIV. However in the UK most people living with HIV are gay or bisexual men and black African men and women. Over 7,000 people are diagnosed with HIV in the UK every year.
Although gay men are most affected in the UK, more heterosexual people than gay men were diagnosed with HIV last year. On average most people diagnosed are in their 30s, but more than one in 10 diagnoses are among young people (aged 16-24); and five per cent of people diagnosed are over 55. There are also over 1,000 children living with HIV in the UK.
- from Worldaidsday.org
HIV Myths
You can tell by looking at someone if they have HIV
Often people with HIV will not appear ill. In fact, you generally cannot tell if someone is living with HIV.
It takes months before you can have a test for finf out if you are infected with HIV
A HIV test, that gives a reliable result, can be taken within a month of possible exposure to the virus.
Only gay men get HIV
Over 30,000 gay men in the UK have HIV but there are also heterosexuals living with HIV in the UK. And a third of people with HIV in the UK are women. Anyone who has sex without a condom or share needles when injecting drugs is at risk of HIV.
I don't need to worry about HIV because there are good treatments available
There is no cure for HIV. Although there are good treatments that mean people can live a long life with HIV, they require taking medication everyday. There can be side-effects. There are also long-term consequences of living with a long-term condition and sadly there is still a lot of stigma and discrimination.
People with HIV can't work
Treatments today mean most people with HIV who are working say it doesn’t affect their working lives. In a recent NAT survey 70% of respondents had taken no HIV-related sick days in the last 12 months. There are currently only a very small number of jobs that people with HIV cannot do (e.g. being a surgeon).
It's very easy for me to catch HIV from someone who is infectedIn the UK, you will only become infected by someone living with HIV if you have sex without a condom or share a needle or injecting equipment with them. HIV is not spread through day-to-day contact, touching, kissing or sharing utensils. In addition, being on HIV treatment makes people with HIV far less likely to pass it on.
There are no symptoms of HIV
It’s true that some people don’t show any symptoms of HIV infection until after many years of living with the virus. But the majority of people with HIV (70-90%) do show some symptoms soon after infection. Symptoms usually develop about 10 days after infection.
This is often called primary HIV infection or sero-conversion illness. Such symptoms disappear after two to three weeks and then a person can seem healthy for a number of years. The most common symptoms of primary HIV infection are fever, rash and severe sore throat all occurring together. This triad of symptoms is unusual and should indicate the need for an HIV test.

Percy Bysshe Shelley: Dreams in Words

One of the great poets of the 19th c., a friend of Lord Byron and Keats, married to Mary Wollstonecraft (Frankenstein's author), Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822) was a genius. He had a tragic death by drowning, when he was 30 years old, but he left a wealth of poems, essays and plays.

Because of his unconventional life and opinions and his hard criticisms, only after his death were his works truly valued for their worth. Most of them weren’t published during his lifetime.

But his influence reached some of the brightest minds of the next generations, including those of George Bernard Shaw, Isadora Duncan, Henry David Thoreau and Gandhi.

Percy Shelley was son of a Knight and member of the Whig party, he had an idyllic life at home and a hellish one at school, mainly in the aristocratic Eton College, which he joined at age 12. One of the most characteristic events of his life was his expulsion from Oxford University in 1811.

Shelley was already writing stories and had very progressive political views, which most of his contemporaries frowned upon. That year, he published the novel St. Irvyne, or, The Rosicrucian and the pamphlet The Necessity of Atheism, and was expelled after confirming his authorship. His father then intervened to get him back into college, on the condition that he would recant the writing, but when Percy Shelley refused to do so, he not only left the chance of getting back to Oxford for good, but also fell out with his father.

Other examples of his uncompromising and unusual opinions are the following quotes:

“Death is the veil which those who live call life. They sleep, and it is lifted.”

“Fear not for the future, weep not for the past.”

“Government is an evil; it is only the thoughtlessness and vices of men that make it a necessary evil. When all men are good and wise, government will of itself decay.”

“Man has no right to kill his brother. It is no excuse that he does so in uniform: he only adds the infamy of servitude to the crime of murder.”

“Obscenity, which is ever blasphemy against the divine beauty in life, is a monster for which the corruption of society forever brings forth new food, which it devours in secret.” [1]

Below is an excerpt of the poem Alastor, or the Spirit of Solitude (which is almost autobiographical) followed by Queen Mab. Enjoy and dream a little....

There was a Poet whose untimely tomb No human hands with pious reverence reared, But the charmed eddies of autumnal winds Built o'er his mouldering bones a pyramid Of mouldering leaves in the waste wilderness: A lovely youth,--no mourning maiden decked With weeping flowers, or votive cypress wreath, The lone couch of his everlasting sleep: Gentle, and brave, and generous,--no lorn bard Breathed o'er his dark fate one melodious sigh: He lived, he died, he sung in solitude. Strangers have wept to hear his passionate notes, And virgins, as unknown he passed, have pined And wasted for fond love of his wild eyes. The fire of those soft orbs has ceased to burn. And Silence, too enamoured of that voice, Locks its mute music in her rugged cell.

Hath then the gloomy Power Whose reign is in the tainted sepulchres Seized on her sinless soul? Must then that peerless form Which love and admiration cannot view Without a beating heart, those azure veins Which steal like streams along a field of snow, That lovely outline which is fair As breathing marble, perish? Must putrefaction's breath Leave nothing of this heavenly sight But loathsomeness and ruin? Spare nothing but a gloomy theme, On which the lightest heart might moralize? Or is it only a sweet slumber Stealing o'er sensation, Which the breath of roseate morning Chaseth into darkness? Will Ianthe wake again, And give that faithful bosom joy Whose sleepless spirit waits to catch Light, life and rapture, from her smile?

More info: Percy Bysshe Shelley

#2 Accidentally Goth: Tori Amos, Seal and... Madonna?

Before you start sneering and groaning, let me explain. For those gothlings who like a more Darkwave sound, the songs below may not be that bad. They all have the basic elements of Goth Rock songs such as moody melodies, vibrant beat, thought-provoking lyrics, but in this case, with a twist of R&B in Seal's song, or Arabian beat in Madonna's, and Tori's angelic voice. In case you don't know them, take the risk at least for a few seconds, maybe you'll like them...