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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Goth Rock / Post-Punk Band Masterpost

Siouxsie And The Banshees (Source)

Today I have for you a huge list of goth / post-punk bands I have been working on for a while.
It all started with recommending bands on Gothic Amino, so I made these ''tier levels'' of bands. Sadly I usually only have to use the beginner part of it. Goths usually know a lot of goth bands, obviously, haha. So anyway I thought I would make use of it by posting it as a blog post! That way I could just link to it every time someone asks about goth bands.
I also ended up including post-punk, which you will find further down in the post. For those who don't know, this is what goth rock came from. But sprinkled in the ''tier levels'' are different genres under the goth umbrella, so it would be easier for newcomers to become familiar with the different sounds there is in the world of goth music. There might even be some unknown bands here for more seasoned goths as well!

Tip: If you like a band, look up the members, cause most likely they will be in another band with a similar sound! Goth bands are pretty incestuous. I tried to include as many of these ''sister bands'' I could remember, but I have probably definitely forgot some bands. This is by the way a list of more old school bands, as I'm not very familiar with newer goth bands - But I'm getting there!

Now, without further ado, let's jump into the vast world of goth and post-punk music!

Bauhaus (Source)
BEGINNER
The Cure
The Sisters Of Mercy
Siouxsie And The Banshees
Bauhaus
The Damned
Switchblade Symphony
Dead Can Dance
Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds
Joy Division
Joy Division (Source)

INTERMEDIATE
Tones On Tail
The Birthday Party
The Southern Death Cult
Love And Rockets
Fields Of The Nephilim
Alien Sex Fiend
March Violets
Red Lorry Yellow Lorry
Specimen
The Mission
Ghost Dance
Dalis Car
Gene Loves Jezebel (Source)
The Creatures
Death Cult
Gene Loves Jezebel
Flesh For Lulu
Peter Murphy
The Lords Of The New Church
The Danse Society
Echo & The Bunnymen
The Chameleons
The Rose Of Avalanche
The Jesus & Mary Chain
Daniel Ash
Clan Of Xymox
Xmal Deutschland
Cranes
Miranda Sex Garden
Cocteau Twins
Clan Of Xymox (Source)
The Cult
The Bolshoi
Rubicon
Virgin Prunes
Einstürzende Neubauten
Throbbing Gristle
Kommunity FK
Christian Death
45 Grave
London After Midnight
Sex Gang Children
Skinny Puppy
The Misfits
Killing Joke
Ministry
Ministry (Source)

ADVANCED
Rema-Rema
Paranoia
Section 25
Clock DVA
UK Decay
The Associates
In Excelsis
Punishment Of Luxury
All About Eve
Folk Devils
Public Image Limited (Source)
Public Image Ltd
Danielle Dax
1919
S-Haters
Years On Earth
In The Nursery
Play Dead
Part 1
13th Chime
The Tempest
Screaming Dead
Bushido
Portion Control
Actifed
Adam And The Ants (Source)
Adam And The Ants
Balaam And The Angel
The Legendary Pink Dots
Artery
Salvation
Schleimer K
Lowlife
And Also The Trees
Siiiii
Tabathas Nightmare
Brigandage
Penetration
Nico (Source)
Furyo
Nico
In Camera
Dance Chapter
Ausgang
Sunglasses After Dark
Anorexic Dread
Blood And Roses
Threat
I'm Dead
Zero Le Creche
Sad Lovers And Giants (Source)
The Wake
Theatre Of Hate
Attrition
Sad Lovers And Giants
Gloria Mundi
Inca Babies
Modern Eon
Ritual
Skeletal Family
Bone Orchard
Hula
Rubella Ballet
Skeletal Family (Source)

POST-PUNK
Ultravox!
Magazine
Wire
'O' Level
The Normal
Punishment Of Luxury
Tubeway Army
The Fall
Thomas Leer
The Tights
Fischer-Z
Scritti Politti
Gang Of Four
The Flying Lizards
Big In Japan
Fashion
The Homosexuals
Glaxo Babies
The Teardrop Explodes
The Passions
The Raincoats
Human League (Source)
Human League
Alternative T.V.
The Monochrome Set
Second Layer
Poison Girls
The Slits
Spizzenergi
Au Pairs
Fad Gadget
The Passage
The Pop Group
The Last Gang
The Adicts
The Psychedelic Furs
Mo-Dettes
The Deep Freeze Mice
Crispy Ambulance
The Durutti Column
The Psychedelic Furs (Source)
Swell Maps
Family Fodder
Clock DVA
Girls At Our Best!
The Membranes
Boots For Dancing
Ludus
Modern English
Thompson Twins
The Disco Zombies
Occult Chemistry
Art Objects
Josef K
The The
Blurt
...And The Native Hipsters
Blue Orchids (Source)
The Cravats
Dislocation Dance
Spöön Fazer
Colin Newman
Blue Orchids
Mass
Fire Engines
Blancmange
The Diagram Bros.
Repetition
New Order
Medium Medium
Steve Diggle
Five Or Six
The Laughing Apple
The Past Seven Days
Eyeless In Gaza
The Nightingales
My Captains
New Order (Source)
Notsensibles
New Asia
Marine
Tunnel Vision
Jah Wobble
TV21
The Sinatra's
Soul
The Drowning Craze
Dif Juz
Spider King
The Higsons
APB
René Halkett & David Jay
Maximum Joy
23 Skidoo
The Skodas
Biting Tongues
The Reflections
This Heat

And there we are! I think I did well by portioning it up into little ''bite sized pieces'' with pictures so it didn't seem too overwhelming. I hope I didn't mention some bands twice! I found one that I had. Anyway, I hope you enjoyed the list and got some new bands to discover, babybat or eldergoth!

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Throwback To Modeling For Dracula Clothing & My First WGT!

Hey! Hope you're having a nice weekend. Thought I'd pop in with some memories from when I was 18! Today I saw on facebook memories that it's 5 years since I modeled for Dracula Clothing! I had a nice time meeting the owner Truls in Oslo. Last time I saw him was at WGT last year, and we're planning to go to Prague this summer, where he lives, so we'll finally see that beautiful city!


God I feel I looked awful, hahaha.
What was he thinking?!

I also have another 2013 memory to share! A couple of days ago I was looking at WGT videos on youtube cause I missed it. Then I stumbled over this video, which was actually uploaded only 8 months ago. I didn't notice THAT I'M IN THE FUCKING THUMBNAIL. All the way to the right, with the light pink hair, holding a hot dog or something. The girl with red hair walking in front of me is my friend Ragnhild, who joined me as a WGT virgin. See us in a split second at about 6:09!

And then a photo of me taken yesterday.
I did my hair without hair products!
I'm pretty impressed.
Have a nice rest of the weekend!
See you soon.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Tragic Books By Isis Sousa Triple Review!

I was reading a back issue of Gothic Beauty, and noticed an ad about Tragic Books. The ad had the old blogspot url, which had ''.no'' at the end of it, which caught my eye. I checked it out, and turns out the author, Isis Sousa, lives right here in Norway! I contacted her, and she is really nice! I hope to meet up with her. She kindly sent me two of her books, so I will be reviewing those! I'm also reviewing a short story of hers that you can get for free on her website: https://tragicbooks.com/

THE NIGHT OF ELISA
This book is a great, modern victorian gothic novel. Elisa suffers tragedy and mystery, and we follow her while she floats between life and death, and all the people that she meet in both worlds.
The writing style is a mix between victorian and modern. It's an easy read, it's not heavy to read at all. If you're not used to reading victorian novels, this could probably be a good transition. It's written in third person, and doesn't focus only on Elisa, but other characters when need be, so we get to know them better as well. The descriptions are lovely and very romantic, without being too much.
The story picks up pretty fast from the beginning, then keeps an okay pace. Within the very first pages of the book you realize that Eliza will be in grave danger. Aside from the action, there is quite a bit of romance in the book, which reminds me of the classic young adult paranormal novel. I don't really like those types of books anymore, but luckily it's not overpowering in this story. Just a smidge too romantic for me - I'm not much of a romantic, haha. But the book has a nice, happy ending - I guess? Haha. I liked it, at least!
And I have to say; Isis, thank you for interpreting tarot cards the RIGHT way! It's such a pet peeve of mine when I watch a tv show or something where they draw the death card and they take it literally. So this book contains nudity, the occult and the supernatural. That is why this book is recommended for 16 and up. I'd say the same too. I'd recommend this for people over 16 who are interested in the gothic, and doesn't mind a bit of romance.
The book is just over 200 pages long, and the back of the book also has a short glossary and ''the making of''. Sprinkled throughout the story there are beautiful illustrations done by the author herself.
Links to buy: Paperback Hardcover Special Edition


AS COLD AS THORNS
Forgot to mention this in my review of The Night Of Elisa; In the beginning of the books it says ''This story is a work of fiction. Any resemblance to a living, dead or ''undead'' person is a mere coincidence!'' That made me giggle.
This was published two years after The Night Of Elisa, and you can definitely tell Isis Sousa's writing has improved. The writing flows better, and the tone isn't as ''modern'' anymore. It makes the story feel more realistic, as this one is also set in the 1800s. That also makes this a heavier read than The Night Of Elisa, but still not very heavy.
Henrique is a royal tailor in the kingdom of Iberia who is in love with the princess Catelyna. Sadly she is betrothed to a man Henrique despises, Augusto. Strange things start to happen to Henrique. He becomes ill, physically and mentally. And it makes him do bad things. He struggles a lot, cause he wants to do anything he can to make the princess happy.
Like Isis told me herself, the main focus is what happens to Henrique, that makes you wonder what is it that makes him do these things. I might have an idea of what it is, but we'll see in the next book! This book is more intricate than The Night Of Elisa, a little romantic, but very different. It's interesting to see the author's abilities to write different stories! Her other books are completely different as well.
I was a little confused about the story arc itself, it didn't seem to have that normal story arc. For the most part it goes kind of like a ''slice of life'' story, which changes location depending on where things are happening. But there are also a few peaks of complete and utter shock and terror, so I have to mention that there is a little gore in this story. I would recommend this for young adults.
The book is 340 pages long, and the text itself is way more ''compact'' than in The Night Of Elisa. Nice illustrations, reminds me of Pete Venters' illustrations in Jillian Venters' Gothic Charm School.

Links to buy: Paperback Hardcover


ELEANOR'S GIFT
This was published in 2015, so in between The Night Of Elisa and As Cold As Thorns. So the writing is somewhere in between those two. This is a dark gothic short story, and it starts off abruptly, and it really gives me a Sleepy Hollow feeling. Lord Welton discovers that there has been a terrible carriage accident after a horrible storm, and takes the sole survivor, a young woman, to his home. Then strange things start to happen. All throughout the story things happen at a very fast pace, which I think is completely fine for a short story. It ended very suddenly as well! I was like WHAT. I would definitely read more about Eleanor! ISIS PLEASE WROTE MORE.

The story was a pretty easy read. I just read it in a PDF viewer on my laptop, and you could easily read this story in one sitting. I definitely recommend it if you're into gothic / horror / fantasy! This also has beautiful illustrations, but a lot different than in her other books. Contains a little nudity and descriptions of gore, so might not be suitable for younger teens.

Get it for free here!


So that was my reviews of three of Isis Sousa's works! Different stories, but all very dark and gothic. She also has art and photography books! Check out her website to know everything about her books!
Thank you so much Isis for sending me your books! And I hope we manage to meet soon!

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Alternative Outfits For Every Occasion

Hello, everyone! I don't know if anyone noticed or not, but I haven't blogged in a while. Mostly because nothing has really happened. I've spent a lot of time on the internet, and re-watching Murdoch Mysteries, one of my favorite shows of all time. I've also done a lot of online shopping lately! I plan to do a collective haul when everything arrives. There's tons of cool stuff!
But for now I thought I'd just give a little update and share photos from the past two weeks or so.

A photo I took for Gothicat. Today is world cat day, so you get 35% off with the code ''worldcatday''! I really recommend them, they have great stuff. Since I have shopped so much lately I won't buy anything today. But I'll go crazy at their stall during WGT!
Speaking of WGT, they have finally announced more bands! I'm so excited. It's now just under 3 months until we travel to Leipzig! If anyone else is going let me know, we can meet up!

Look for Sandra's 24th birthday.

Fancy drink art!


Tried ''absinthe'' for fun.
Proper absinthe isn't legal in Norway, sadly.
This was super weak, didn't louche and tasted minty.
The bartender didn't even know how to serve it LOL

A drink Sandra got!

Lazy outfit.

Chilling in bed watching Murdoch Mysteries!

Another simple outfit, but thought it worked well.

Now more badass!
Blazer - DIY
Necklace - Darkling Beloved
Top - Don't remember, might be second hand
Corset - Dracula Clothing
Skirt - Necessary Evil
Black stockings - Pierre Robert
Red fishnets - H&M
Boots - Demonia

This was also my valentine's look. Funnily enough I was wearing the same top last year, haha. What are the chances? We don't celebrate it, but we went out to eat with Simen's dad since he was in town. He gave me heart chocolates, haha!

Another simple outfit. I took in that shirt so perfectly to my body that I have a hard time getting it off over my boobs and shoulders, hahaha. The struggles of having a strawberry-shaped body.

And now the outfit I'm wearing as I type this!
It's the weekend, so why not dress up a little?
Necklace - Goodgoth
Crop top - No idea
Lace cardigan - Darxity
Corset - Dracula Clothing
Bustle skirt - Retroscope Fashions
Petticoat - Hell Bunny

Hope I didn't bore you! If I only have outfit photos on hand I usually don't like blogging, cause I feel it's just.. lack of content. I prefer writing bigger posts! So I'll just do it like this where I have tons of photos, hopefully it's more entertaining. Hope you still enjoyed it! Maybe you'll get some outfit inspirations. My outfits were the main topic of this post, so I'll just call it that. If you like that I do personal posts like this, let me know! Then I'll keep doing it and try to do more. Take care!

Friday, February 2, 2018

Supersoft Halloween Sugar Cookies!

Hello! Today I have something different for you. Many may not know that I love to bake (I hate cooking, so Simen does that). And for yule I got a Bodum food processor, so I thought I would take it for a spin by baking! And since Simen doesn't like chocolate, I decided to make something without that. I chose a sugar cookie recipe, featuring pudding powder, so I was really excited - and they turned out amazing! The recipe is from the book Love Manuela, which is only available in Norway.

You will need:
  • 230 grams softened butter (room temperature is best)
  • 230 grams powdered sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/4 deciliter sour cream
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sodium bicarbonate (baking soda?)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 450 grams flour
  • 50 grams vanilla pudding mix (I used 75 grams of caramel)
Take your corset off and put your apron on, and let's get started!

Process butter and powdered sugar in a food processor.
Add eggs and sour cream and mix together quickly.

Stir together baking powder, sodium bicarbonate / baking soda, salt, flour and pudding mix in another mixing bowl. Stir it into the butter and egg mixture. Knead the dough and make a big ball out of it. Cover it with plastic and put it in the fridge for at least one hour, preferably longer.

Roll out the dough with a rolling pin on a flour-covered working space. I needed A LOT of flour to do this, my dough was very sticky (might be because of the extra pudding powder). A metal scrape (I used a square metal spatula) is also very useful to gather the dough. Cut the dough into shapes, depending on what cookie cutters you have. I used halloween ones; a pumpkin, a bat and a ghost. Bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes (depending on how big they are, I did 10-12) at 180 degrees Celsius.

If you want to, you could decorate these with a light icing.
The cookies should be nice and fluffy.
We let them rest with a kitchen towel on top, until they cooled down and became slightly firmer.
They kind of taste like the vanilla muffins I usually make!
When we ate some more about 12 hours later they had the perfect soft cookie consistency.

So soft and airy! You could eat tons of these.
Which is good, cause this recipe gave me 4 trays of cookies!

So that was really successful! Not everything I bake turns out super great (plus I'm a perfectionist), so I was really happy that these turned out pretty perfect! SO worth the time and effort. Plus the shapes are incredibly adorable! Halloween every day! I really recommend this recipe. If you try it out, let me know how it went, and show me the shapes you chose by tagging me on instagram! Happy baking!
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