Certain music is sometimes described as "dark" in a metaphorical sense. For example, "dark pop" is often indiscriminately applied to a wide range of disparate artists, but usually refers to popular music that incorporates synthesizers or a minor key. In Germany, the term "schwarze szene" ("black scene") has been "used since the 1990s to describe all the so called dark alternative music styles swirling around Goth: industrial, darkwave, electro, metal, neofolk and medieval, including BDSM/fetish culture".
Genres that begin with "dark"
- Darkcore, a subgenre of jungle
- Dark ambient, a subgenre of ambient
- Dark cabaret, a fusion between punk and cabaret
- Dark folk, an outgrowth of industrial music
- Dark psytrance, a subgenre of psychedelic trance
- Dark wave, a part of the new wave movement
Genres with related concepts
Other miscellaneous genres
- Williott, Carl (March 9, 2016). "Silent Shout: It's Time To Stop Calling Stuff "Dark Pop"". Idolator.
- Liisa Ladouceur, Gary Pullin, "SCHWARZE SZENE", in Encyclopedia Gothica (2011).