Carpathian Dark Princess wrote:
I love neofolk bands, and we share an interest in many of the bands you listed. It is quite a vague term (like darkwave), which isn't a bad thing. I like the folkish stuff and the more martial industrial material. I think my favorite would be The Moon Lay Hidden Beneath a Cloud.
The only thing that makes me squint my eye a little would be all of the accusations that bands like Death in June and Sol Invictus are far right-wing neo-Nazis, and I think the thing that bugs me is that I'm black but I enjoy them anyhow (even though they might not hold those beliefs). '_'
I can understand your feelings, as my wife is Japanese, and I've also got Native American blood on my mum's side, yet there are quite a few bands in the black metal, martial industrial, and neofolk scene I still listen to who've espoused racist views in the past(listening to Graveland while wearing a Burzum t-shirt right now).
I try not to take it all that seriously, and try to take in only the part of the music/art that inspires me. I see nothing wrong at all with pro-traditionalism and anti-modernism, which is a belief I've come to adopt in the past couple years in the altruistic/romantic sense, but when it turns towards racism(which is actually quite modern) is when I draw the line.
The only connection to Death in June/Sol Invictus to National Socialism(beyond provocative imagery) is Tony Wakeford's(and Ian Reed's) past in the British National Front, which they've long since repented of.
As for where to draw the line between neofolk, neoclassical, and darkwave..... well, there's been lots of crossing over, with Ordo Rosarius Equilibrio being one of the main examples.
However, I think the difference is more in the roots. Neofolk was more directly rooted in the post-punk and industrial music scenes, while neoclassical darkwave I believe was inspired by neofolk, and added more dark ambient, classical music, darkwave(as in "dark new wave"), and 4AD-inspired ethereal textures.
Neofolk tends to be more acoustic/organic, while neoclassical darkwave tends more towards synthetic/electronic textures.