Checkout the below listed latest and best top 10 best Neoclassical Darkwave songs of all time 2017, Neoclassical dark wave refers to a subgenre of dark wave music that is characterized by an ethereal atmosphere and angelic female voices but also adds strong influences from classical music. With its origins beginning in the 1970’s, Darkwave took post-punk and Newwave and added dark introspective lyrics that differentiated it from other genres.
Neoclassical Darkwave is distinct from the art music form known as neoclassical music, a style of classical music dating from the early twentieth century. Neoclassical Darkwave has been widely adapted into martial industrial music. Another style that neoclassical Darkwave is often mixed with is Neofolk.
- 10. Cupid – Amber Asylum
- 9. Dark Age of Reason – Arcana
- 8. De Mémoire – Malice Mizer
- 7. Ondes de Sang – Elend
- 6. Midnight Syndicate -gothic
- 5. Dargaard -dark
- 4. Opus Dei – Laibach
- 3. Now We Are Free – Lisa Gerrard
- 2. Vigil – Nox Arcana
- 1. Musica Eternal – Dead Can Dance
Here we present the list of top 10 best Neoclassical Darkwave songs of all time 2017.
10. Cupid – Amber Asylum
Amber Asylum is a San Francisco-based music group that serves as a platform for composer, singer, and multi-instrumentalist Kris Force. Other members and performers have included Steve Von Till, Annabel Lee, Martha Burns, Charlotte Bolster and long-time collaborator Jackie Perez Gratz.
Amber Asylum’s music is largely neoclassical with dark ambient and bends towards the romantic, introspective, and brooding type. Violin and cello are the dominant instruments. Cupid is a dark neoclassical song in every essence.
9. Dark Age of Reason – Arcana
Arcana is Swedish neoclassical dark wave band formed in 1994 founded by Peter and vocalist Ida Bengtsson. Their music has a lot of instrumentals and is inspired by medieval music or the middle age’s more romantic aspects.
Dark Age of Reason is a song from their 1996 album by the same name. The album has an oriental feel accompanied by instruments such as dulcimer, finger cymbals, duduk and other oriental instruments. Dark Age of Reason is a beautiful song. And deserves a spot on this list.
8. De Mémoire – Malice Mizer
Malice Mizer was a Japanese visual rock band formed in 1992 by guitarists Mana and Kisi. Malice Mizer’s early music was greatly influenced by French and classical influences. They later incorporated gothic aspects after a change in the lineup.
De Mémoire meaning of memory is a song from their 1994 album Memoire and embodies classical music with a bit of darkness around it. Malice Mizer are famous for their live shows that featured profligate historical costumes and stage sets, short silent theater pieces preluding various songs. The band disbanded in 2001 after losing their vocalist.
7. Ondes de Sang – Elend
Elend is a neoclassical band formed in France in 1993. Elend means misery in German. Their music can be described as a combination of contemporary classical music and gothic. The band uses samplers and synthesizers to create a dense and horrifying orchestral sound.
Elend’s sound is aggressive, containing harsh dissonance, screaming and growled vocals in a manner associated with certain types of contemporary classical music. Ondes de sang which means wave of blood is from 2007 album. With vocals, spoken-word passages and occasional rock-like song structures lend the music elements from art rock and gothic rock. We love this song that is both loud and soft at time. A classical neoclassical song.
6. Midnight Syndicate -gothic
Midnight Syndicate is an American musical group that has its background in gothic music. However, their later albums are quite different, the songs are characterized by a blend of instrumental music and sound effects that are used to provide atmosphere of awe
A Watchful Gathering is a track from their 2013 album Monsters of Legend. The song is a blend of orchestral instrumental music, sound effects, and audio storytelling.
5. Dargaard -dark
Dargaard is an Austrian neoclassical darkwave band formed in 1997. The music of Dargaard presents a medieval and folk-like melodies, often orchestrated through the use of various instrument patches from a keyboard. Their music has a dark and somber feel to it.
Rise and Fall was released in 2004 and one great song full of medieval and folk themes beautifully composed and perfectly performed. It’s creates a melancholic atmosphere and is thought-provoking listening experience
4. Opus Dei – Laibach
Laibach is a Slovenian avant-garde music group associated with industrial, martial, and neo-classical musical styles. Laibach was formed on 1 June 1980 in Trbovlje, Slovenia. Laibach sound is richly layered with samples from classical music and industrial rock.
Laibach’s music is controversial often with hidden meaning leaving the listener to decipher the meaning. Opus Dei is such a song which opens to further interpretation. Listen to the song and try to get its meaning. The band has also sung interpretation to this song several times. This song with a rich message deserves a spot on this list.
3. Now We Are Free – Lisa Gerrard
Lisa Gerrard is an Australian musician, singer and composer who rose to fame as part of the music group Dead Can Dance with music partner Brendan Perry. Gerrard has received a Golden Globe Award for the music to the film Gladiator, on which she worked together with Hans Zimmer on Now We Are Free.
She can sing and play instruments, most prolifically the yangqin (a Chinese hammered dulcimer). She has done a number collaboration for a number of film scores, including The Insider and Ali and Gladiator. Of her music, Gerrard says she sings the language of the Heart, a language she invented. She has a rich, mourning voice that is so unique.
2. Vigil – Nox Arcana
Nox Arcana is an American neoclassical, darkwave duo formed in 2003.Nox Arcana is Latin translated to mysteries of the night. Nox Arcana concentrates in concept albums based on original stories, as well as gothic fiction and classic horror literature.
Vigil is a song from their 2005 album, Winters Knight. The song includes guitars, oriental instruments and classical sound. One of the best songs of this genre.
1. Musica Eternal – Dead Can Dance
Dead Can Dance is an English-Australian music group formed in 1981 in Melbourne by Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Perry. Their music can be described as constructed soundscapes of enthralling grandeur and solemn beauty; African polyrhythms, Gaelic folk, Gregorian chant, Middle Eastern mantras and art rock. The band broke up in 1998 and reunited in 2005 for a world tour.
Musica Eternal is a song from their first album in 1984. The sound is slightly different from their future songs. The instrumentation consisted of guitars, bass guitar and drums, with added percussion and the very distinct sound of the yangqin, as played by Gerrard.
If you enjoy classical music, then you will definitely love neoclassical darkwave. This genre is unique and the music beautiful. Listen to the above songs that we feel ate the 10 best of this genre and get to understand the genre better. Please tell us which are your favourite songs in the comments section below.