Ten goth albums everyone should own

October 29th, 2019

Consequence of Sound recently did an article on the top 10 goth albums everyone should own. Read it here then we'll continue.


Done? Good. While I definitely agree that these are all great albums that everyone should own, I'm a nerd and don't think they're all goth albums. Bear with me, its about to get nerdy. Goth, post-punk, and new wave are 3 different things to me. I don't see Joy Division or the Birthday Party as goth bands. That's post-punk to me. Two bands I love for sure, but not goth. So, here's a by no means definitive list of 10 goth albums you should know.


1. The Sisters Of Mercy - Floodland 

-It's hard to overstate the importance of the Sisters to goth. They've always resisted the goth tag, but lets face it, they are undoubtedly one of the single biggest influences on this sound. Floodland is the album to start with, but the First and Last and Always album and Some Girls Wander By Mistake comp are also essential.



2. Bauhaus - In the Flat Field

-Bauhaus codified the look and attitude of goth. 'Bela Lugosi's Dead' remains a standard for the genre. A band who only released essential albums, In The Flat Field is the best place to start.



3. The Damned - Phantasmagoria

-While I wouldn't consider the Damned a goth band per se, when Captain Sensible left the fold in the mid 80s and left Dave Vanian to his own devices, the Damned released a damn near perfect goth album. Pun fully intended.



4. Christian Death - Catastrophe Ballet

-Many folks will point to Christian Death's debut album, Only Theatre of Pain, I prefer this second album. Its dark and cold sounding. This is Rozz Williams at his best. Gitane Demone's voice adds the perfect foil for Rozz's baritone. 



5. Red Lorry Yellow Lorry - Smashed Hits

-The Lorries had a sound similar to the Sisters of Mercy, but more aggressive in my opinion. This collection of early singles is perfect.




6. The March Violets - The Botanic Verses

-The March Violets were the first band signed to the Sisters of Mercy's Merciful Release label. They admittedly got quite a bit of their sound from the Sisters, but added a killer female vocal to the mix. The Botanic Verses collection will give you everything you need.



7. Siouxsie & the Banshees - Juju

-The Banshees leaned hard into the dark stuff on their debut, Juju. While the band would tackle a number of styles over the years, this record nails early ethereal goth.



8. Fields of the Nephilim - Elizium

-The third album from the Nephilim is where I started with them. The first two albums are a little more hard hitting, but the atmosphere of Elizium is unbeatable.



9. Screams for Tina - S/T

-Probably the least well known group on this list, Screams for Tina were spawned from the early L.A. deathrock scene that also produced Christian Death, 45 Grave, and Kommunity FK. I love this record. Killer second wave goth.



10. Dead Can Dance - Within the Realm of a Dying Sun

-The third album from Dead Can Dance is where they struck the perfect balance between neoclassical, ethereal, and goth sounds. The cover art is goth AF as well.