Dark wave is a remarkable music genre that started gaining popularity in the late 1970s in Germany and. This genre of music was brought to the forefront in the early 1980s and it owed its success to the new generation of artists who dared to experiment with post-punk and new wave music. Dark wave music got bigger over that decade and remains as relevant even till this day. Over the 50 years, there were numerous solo Dark Wave solo artists and bands that boosted the Dark wave and brought it to the forefront. They have their own style and each has managed to put Dark wave music on the map. Here is a list of artists, who not only made a name for themselves as profound musicians, but gave the world a chance to experience the enigmatic world of Dark wave music.
Bauhaus was a popular post-punk band and is considered one of the first Dark wave music groups. Bauhaus was mostly known for their melancholy and brooding sound along with dark images. Though, the band was musically quite diverse. Throughout their reign, Bauhaus combined a variety of genres, ranging from funk to reggae. Bauhaus were influenced by glam rock, punk rock, art rock and funk that let them create earnest and gloomy music, which appealed to many fans.
- Asylum Party
Asylum Party was a popular French cold Wave and the post-punk band that was formed in 1985 by bassist-vocalist Thierry Sobézykand guitarist-vocalist Philippe Planchon. Keyboardist Pascale Macé was later added to the. Their music had gothic rock inspirations and was similar to many English post-punk bands. Asylum Party had a great impact on the Dark wave music.
Blutengel is a Darkwave band formed in Berlin, Germany in 1998. This group uses harmonious electronic tunes with both female and male voices. The topics of the songs cover a wide array of genres. Their hit tracks include Bloody Pleasures, Beauty of Suffering, Seelenschmerz, Children of the Night among others.
- Sopor Aeternus & The Ensemble of Shadows
Founded in 1989, Sopor Aeternus & The Ensemble of Shadows is from Germany and is one of the very few Dark Wave groups who has based their music on the expression of isolation, depression, pain, token suicides and the search for the ‘sacred reunion.’ Their hit tracks include The Feast of Blood, In der Palästra, The House Is Empty Now, Some Men Are like Chocolate and La Mort d’Arthur.
- Depeche Mode
Depeche Mode is a popular English electronic band and was formed in 1980 in Basildon, Essex. Depeche Mode released their record in 1981, Speak & Spell that brought the band into the British new wave scene. This band had a serious and dark tone in their songs, which catapulted them into the world of Dark wave music. Their themes included politics, sex and religion and were extremely bleak and dark at times. Some of their popular albums include Speak and Spell, A Broken Frame, Exciter and more among others.
- Clan of Xymox
Perhaps one of the most popular names in the Dark wave music scenario, Clan of Xymox was a Dutch rock band that was formed in 1981. The group is known for their melancholic and brooding music and has made a deep impact on the particular music genre. Some of their hits include Subsequent Pleasures, Muscoviet Musquito, There’s No Tomorrow and more.