The Savage Animal 10.30.13: Top 7 Goth Rock Bands
Posted by Mikey MiGo on 10.30.2013
It's Zombie season! In the 368th edition of The Savage Animal Mike takes a look at his favorite seven goth rock bands. This, a Hell in a Cell review, a review of Now You See Me, and more! Click it or ticket! It’s the law!
"Hell in a Cell 2013 Review": I'm going into this show with a bit of cautious optimism. I've not watched that much WWE programming in the past month so I've not been smothered by the WWE machine. My expectations for the WWE are so low these days that a three star match would get an applause out of me. I've seen tons of great workrate in the WWE in the past six months, but it's just not grabbing me as something "special". I feel turned off by the way Triple H and Stephanie's character's act and how Daniel Bryan's storyline has gone. It's made me uninterested in the entire WWE product. The NFL season is going full swing, the NBA season is starting, and the holiday hustle is upon on us. The WWE is not doing anything to make it "must see" for me. If you're into things these days, awesome! It's just not for me right now. I'm still watching and still keeping up though. That's the curse of being a lifelong fan. You just can't FULLY cut the cord.That said, I know a Hell in a Cell pay per view means we get at least one Hell in a Cell match. I'm a big fan of Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton so I looked forward to the match as much as I can knowing shenanigans would likely go down at the end. So I sat back and watched this show, armed with a loose Fast Forward button.
I had a decent time fast forwarding through this show. I ended up watching like an hour and half of it. I watch it before RAW the Monday after so I only have a limited amount of time. Just because I skipped it doesn't mean I hated it. I had to be selective. Sadly, this means I neglect the diva's division. I watched the opening Tag Team Title match. I'm still not sold on the Usos. They get over because they have no other choice. There just aren't many babyface teams so they're getting easy pops. They did good, but were still the weaker part of this solid three way. I really don't have any complaints. I wish the Usos would click with me. They just don't and I'm sure I'm not alone. As much as I enjoy Fandango, I have a long running tradition of not watching the Great Khali wrestle. Sadly, Fandango, Natalya, and Summer Rae were victims of bad match crossfire.
I really enjoyed Dean Ambrose and Big E. Langston. It wasn't perfect, but it told a good story and showed off what these two can do in a nice eight or so minute match. This is a feud that I can get behind. I don't want Ambrose to lose his US Title and would much rather see Big E. take the IC Title from Curtis Axel. But if I had to decide who I'd rather see Big E. wrestle and showcase himself with I'd go with Ambrose more times than not.
The Punk/Ryback/Heyman Cell Match was pretty much all spectacle. It was a lack luster match with really nothing memorable about it all. The only stuff that anyone will ever talk about is Paul's awesome "I am the devil" promo and Punk beating him up on top of the Cell at the end. I'm already forgetting what happened. It just wasn't fun for me. These are the tedious storylines that have turned me off.
Skipped right past Jack Swagger. I like Cesaro a lot and I'm still curious about Los Matadores, but I didn't need to see this five minute lame match. I could have lived without seeing Alberto drop his belt to John Cena for no reason or heat at all. It just happened and it sucked. John Cena already has the demeanor as if he's "just doing his part and rockin' the B-show belt". Like he's got this aura of smirky "yeah, I'm better than this" going on. It sucks and is already clearly in our faces. Alberto Del Rio is one of the best wrestlers in the company today. He needs to be working with a few younger talents for a little. I'd love to see him take on a Big E. Langston or Kofi or even Miz for awhile. Just something different.
Skipped the divas match and went right into the main event. I enjoyed the match, but of course there was "antics" at the end. That kind of stuff kills any potential for me of being a "match of the year". It could have very well been up there, but nope. Not after a Super kick and Triple H's bullshit. I have no issue with storylines moving forward and finishes being teased for a while, but when the storylines suck it might as well be static on a screen. You know that whole "if a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound" thing applies. If a great match happens and no one is around to give a shit about it does it even fucking matter?
Wrestling is broken. I'm getting my hammer ready.
Top 7 Goth Rock Bands
My Favorite Eyeliner Entertainment!The more we try to get away from high school, the more things stay the same. I think we all go through phases. Everyone bounces around in life finding new things to try and new social groups. We all eventually settle into who we are, but there is a constant evolution that makes life an interesting journey.
One phase I went through was my fishnets and black hair dye "Gothy" years. It was just good times, but it was never the "image" that worked for me. I know some folks, and even good friends who still rock the Goth look.
One thing I gained from all of this was an appreciation for Goth music. I like the darker tones, the haunting lyrics, and just the glamorization of the morbid and macabre.
Today I figure I might as well take this reflection back and tie it into the Halloween season. So, here's the rundown of THE BEST GOTH BANDS EVER... or pretty much my favorites.
If you agree it's "best of", if not then it's "my favorites".
Regardless, let's talk Goth!
I had the pleasure of seeing Voltaire and meeting him a few years back at a Fangoria event in Chicago. He isn't so much of a Goth musician, but a Goth artist who puts a tongue in cheek satirical approach to music. Yet at the same time at poking fun at Goths, nerds, and religious hypocrites he's putting beautiful and genuinely awesome music into the world. He's also an artist of other mediums. Voltaire is a professor, a designer, animator, director, and even a little acting. He's also responsible for the Brains song from the Gothy cartoon The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy! So that alone would be enough to be on the list, but he's bringing plenty of Goth and Gothish stuff to the table. Check him out! 6: TYPE O NEGATIVE
Type O Negative was a beast of a band. Peter Steele passed away in 2010, but that man lived every day like he was the king of the world. His voice is super deep and evil, but the tone of the band was often either overly sexual or really tongue in cheek. It was a fun and bizarre combo. I recently spent a day watching Type O Negative videos on YouTube and my mind was altered from the experience. They would end up being dubbed "The Drab Four", because of their depressing nature. If you've ever shown any interest in Gothic related music this is a band you need to spend some time with. At first it's unsettling and then it gets unsettling. 5: FASHION BOMB
This is a band that everyone should know. Based out of Chicago, this newer Goth band is more in lines with A Perfect Circle, Rob Zombie, Sevendust, or the like than anything overly campy. There is still a dark element to the music and their image is definitely Goth I'm just a huge supporter of these guys. Their two albums, "Devils to Some, Angels to Others" and "Visions of a Lifted Veil", are easily among the best rock albums I've ever owned. I know that sounds like I'm talking out of my ass, but it just goes to show how disgustingly criminal it is that Fashion Bomb isn't a household name. 4: THE CURE
It's weird to think this gloomy nu-wave Goth band is responsible for the best written love song of all time. Seriously. That is not hyperbole, folks. I'm talking about "lovesong". Read the lyrics, listen to the melody, and absorb the delicate brilliance that is this modern master piece. So, yeah... I'm a fan. The Cure is not a one hit wonder in the least bit. They have blown minds with "Boys Don't Cry", "Just Like Heaven", "Why Can't I Be You?", "Fascination Street", and a slew of others. Then there's the style impact Robert Smith brought to the table. It wasn't "spooky Goth" but rather "fashionably gothic". As if the 80's needed any more eye liner. 3: SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES
I really need to give myself the undoubtedly gift of Siouxsie. I'm not going to put up this façade that I know what's up here. I don't know all that much about Siouxsie and/or the Banshees. What I do know is that her voice is outstanding and these guys really innovated a post-punk dreary goth rock sound. This band pretty much had to carry the flag on their own for a while. In fact, many people would even say they were the actual inspiration in the genre existing to begin with. It's a haunting sound that I need to really get more into. From what I've heard and from what I've been told I would not be disappointed. 2: BAUHAUS
The thing about Bauhaus is that they are ridiculously outstanding on every level. Their stage show is engagingly creepy as Peter Murphy embodies everything that would make up a vampire. Seriously, I've said many times that Peter Murphy would be the number one suspect of humans that are really vampires.... You know… if that were possible. Then there's the music. Murphy, Mars, and company come together to make the sleekest of grooves comparable to a Bowie, a Cure with testosterone, or even Satan herself after a few stiff drinks and two tabs of ecstasy. When you listen to Bauhaus time stops and the shadows take over. All praise Peter Murphy. 1: MARILYN MANSON
Mr. Brian Warner is a Goth rocker who pushed the envelope when I was a teenager. Because of this, and the fact he's pretty much a genius, is why Manson is one of the coolest rock stars of all time. Manson's impact on music is heinously underappreciated but no one can deny the glory that was Manson's early albums like "Smells Like Children", "Portrait of an American Family", "Antichrist Superstar", and even "Mechanical Animals". Those albums and especially songs like "The Beautiful People", "Dope Show", the cover of "Sweet Dreams", "Get Your Gun", "Tourniquet", "Disposable Teens", "Man That You Fear", "Cryptorchild", "Coma White", etc. etc. etc. are more than enough reason for this guy to be a first ballot entree into not only the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but the most VIP exclusive areas of hell. During the grunge era Manson was throwing on a leather corset and smearing gorgeous shades of blood red lipstick on his dirty and vile mouth hole. For my generation he was the doorman to house of Goth No matter how much we grow old, we're always going to be spooky kids.
The way this movie was promoted I thought it was a Christopher Nolan movie. It had a "Inception" look to it for some reason. I could just be weird though, but that was my perspective. Instead it's a movie from Ed Solomon. I currently have a "Bill and Teds Excellent Adventure" poster framed in my office so I definitely know who this man is. He's awesome. That's one good thing the movie had going for it. Another thing is the great cast. It's an amazing ensemble crew that sees Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, and Dave Franco play magicians of various skill and fame who are brought together for huge magic stunts. Along with these folks is Mark Ruffalo, a cop who is trying to figure their heist out plus Common, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, and Melanie Laurent. Elias Koteas shows up in a cool cameo and Conan O'Brien even appears! That's a whole lot of awesomeness. But the plot is what matters. Like I said, those four actors are a magic team. Their big stunt is being on one location and somehow robbing a bank in another location…. In a different country even! It's a really cool caper with tons of action and fun banter. Some of the dialogue is a little cheesy at times, but it's a movie about magicians pulling off crimes so who am I to ask for anything more. In fact, the snappy one-liner stuff they had Eisenberg saying is part of the fun. The movie has a surreal feel to it, but is still grounded in a bit of logic and reality. The twists and turns are fun and it's really worth watching and checking out. It's NOT "Inception" but I think that's a good thing. "Inception" is a great movie, but so is this one. The main difference is that this movie doesn't take itself too seriously. It tells a fun story in a smart and interesting way. Pop some corn, sit back, and enjoy the ride. This movie is going to really catch on in the post-theatre market. This is probably the most enjoyable movie I've seen in a few months. Check it out as soon as possible. A-
"Worst Case Scenario" is a new take on the concept of "fantasy booking". For years professional wrestling fans would spend endless hours of thinking up the coolest things that could happen. Why waste the energy? This only leads to high expectations. "Worst Case Scenario" flips that. Instead of looking through rose colored glasses, let's take a bi-weekly look at the worst possible scenarios in professional wrestling. I'm not going to be malicious or anything too mean, but I will not refrain from letting my brain come up with the worst possible shit I can. Sadly, it seems the writers and producers of mainstream TV wrestling and the mainstream iPPV level indies are doing the same thing but charging us for it. And now…
"WWE Indie Franchises!"
The WWE is pretty much a monopoly in professional wrestling. Unless a billionaire or a company with a lot of disposable funds decides to throw a handful of fortune at the wall it's just not going to change. Wrestling is weird in a way where ANYTHING is possible, but this one is just a little more far-fetched than one would think. TNA has gotten far and is a okay enough product, but it's not a real alternative. There is no Pepsi in this WWE-Coca cola world.
The WWE is a brand. It's like a Walmart, a McDonalds, or a Walgreens. People know the brand. If someone wants to watch wrestling they just say "WWE" or even still "WWF". When companies dominate their market and own the competition they offer franchises. The WWE has no fear of competition so soaking up every loose end of money is a priority. So, why not control the whole landscape, right?
Basically a franchise is when a name brand business licenses their name, likeless, and product availability. Someone puts money into a local Subway. In return the corporation allows them the name use, lets them sell the product, and includes them under their umbrella of not-quite-a-foot foot longs.
The WWE knows there are shitty indies out there. With this the WWE would OWN the indies. The second you start training to be a wrestler, the WWE is somehow getting your money one way or another. The WWE would provide franchise belts, a ring, a mini entrance way, ref shirts, and then added accessories like cages, ladder match set, backstage set, etc. etc. etc.
Under this, we'd have WWE-Nebraska South, WWE-Indiana South East, WWE-Texas North West, WWE-90210, WWE-60613, WWE-zip code here!, etc. etc. etc. Really bland and generic names, BUT it's the WWE so feel proud!
Don't you think they'd monopolize the venues, the promotion, and the normal avenues an indie would go to run shows and to promote those shows? Of course they would. This means the indies down the street are gone. These indies are often ran by people with day jobs and real lives. Competing with a corporate machine would not be in their best interest. So the majority of the indies would be gone. The wrestlers would have to pay MORE to be wrestlers, learn the WWE way right off the bat, and there would be no more talks of "the next ECW" ever again.
Then again, I'd like to see this…
This movie just looks like a lot of fun. It looks like one of those old throw back 80's action movies. Somewhere in the area of Van Damm, Arnold, or Chuck Norris. The one guy that I think actually carries this tradition properly is Jason Statham. Crank and Crank 2 are awesome movies. Statham IS the current action star, it's just that kind of action movie isn't as popular as it used to be. Regardless, these movies are fun. He is a low level DEA agent who gets mixed up with an evil meth kingpin played by James Franco! Yes, James Franco! I think he's trying to take over the roles that Dennis Hopper would take. He's everywhere and in everything. No genre or medium is safe. The idea that he's playing the over the top bad guy to fight Statham is really entertaining. Then the cast is rounded out by Winona Ryder, Kate Bosworth, Mishca Barton, and Vincent D'Onofrio. That's a really solid cast for a silly action movie so it makes me automatically think there's going to be more this movie. I'm for the fun, but there is a chance this could be pretty damn surprising.
That's all for now! Unless something crazy happens, the next few weeks are as secured as cement. I've written some fun stuff covering a lot of randomness. Next week I'll be sharing my top seven Guns N' Roses guitarists of all time. From there I cover the videography of Pantera and then a two part series on the most over-used songs in music and television. That's just November! Until next time… Have a Great Week!