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Nightwish also integrated elements of gothic metal into their well-known mix of symphonic metal and power metal.

In the 21st century, gothic metal has moved towards the mainstream in Europe, particularly in Finland where groups such as Entwine, HIM, Lullacry and Poisonblack have released hit singles or chart-topping albums.

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Gothic metal is a varied genre with bands pursuing many different directions, from "slow and crushing variations" to "orchestral and bombastic".

The doom metal background of early pioneers like Anathema, while the symphonic metal approach of Tristania and Within Temptation can be found in other groups like Epica, Sirenia and After Forever.

We definitely worked for that gothic appeal, and I'm not really sure why.

The rest of the group "followed suit, setting aside any death metal influences, carefully using violins and keyboards to enhance the group's brooding excursions" into "fauna-wilting gothic doom metal".

The album "marked an important turning point in the band's sound" with critics drawing upon comparisons to Pink Floyd, "bringing new appreciation from a more mainstream band of listeners but also causing a withdrawal of support from hardened Doom fanatics".

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