Horror punk and deathrock fashions are similar to goth fashion. Black
is the predominant shade. Deathrock and horror punk incorporate "sexy"
items such as fishnet stockings, corsets and elaborate make-up for men
and women. The use of occult and horror imagery is prevalent on
T-shirts, buttons, patches and jewellery. Other common adornments
include band names painted on jackets or bleached into clothes, as well
as buttons or patches indicating cities. The initials D and R (for Death
Rock) is sometimes part of a crossbone logo, accompanied by other
initials, such as C and A for California, N and Y for New York, or G and
R for Germany. Hair may be in a deathhawk style (a wider teased-out
variant of the mohawk hairstyle), an angled bangs style, or a devilock
Horror punk (sometimes called horror rock) is a music genre
that mixes Gothic and punk rock sounds with morbid or violent imagery
and lyrics, which are often influenced by horror films or science
fiction B-movies. The genre is similar to and sometimes overlaps with
deathrock, although deathrock leans more towards an atmospheric Gothic
rock sound while horror punk leans towards a 1950s-influenced doo-wop
and rockabilly sound. Horrorpunk music is typically more aggressive and
melodic than deathrock.
are recognized as the progenitors of horror punk,
releasing a series of singles and EPs beginning in 1977 before releasing
their first full-length album Walk Among Us in 1982.
Deathrock is a subgenre of punk rock incorporating horror
elements and spooky atmospherics, that emerged on the West Coast of the
United States in the early 1980s. Deathrock songs use simple
chords, echoing guitars and prominent bass. Drumming emphasizes
repetitive, post-punk beats within a 4/4 time signature. To create
atmosphere, scratchy guitars are sometimes used. Lyrics can vary, but
are typically introspective and surreal, and deal with the dark themes
of isolation, gloom, disillusionment, loss, life, death, etc.
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