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I understood cottagecore and some of the other “-core” aesthetics, although I don’t see the reason to add “-core” to the end of the word any more than I understand the overwhelming desire to add “-punk” to every subgenre of genre literature (e.g., cowpunk, weirdpunk, splatterpunk, steampunk, etc.).

But I am drawing the line at goblincore, cluttercore, and ravencore.

That’s just plain silly. And, in the case of ravencore, terribly defined. Ravens are not any more particular about being in or out of the city compared to crows, so implying they are somehow more nature-based than their counterparts is absurd. They are opportunists and won’t eschew city life because there’s not enough trees or wilderness.

What is it with today’s social convention of creating ever-tinier boxes by which someone needs to define themselves? That’d be like me claiming to be a “Smithian Goth” instead of a “Nephilim Goth”; the “Eskimo” goths were already pushing it too far, in my opinion. Goth encompassed a lot of different ideas and that was, frankly, preferable. At least compared to people constantly sub-dividing categories into ever smaller ones instead of saying: “I like to collect shiny things, stones and bones”.

Ravencore… /eyeroll/

And don’t get me started on some of the other trends in eternal social subdivisions out there these days….

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3 thoughts on “Subdivisions

  1. OMG, don’t get me started. For 16 years, I was a music journalist in the metal and punk genres, though I got my cracks at Goth, alternative, electronic and rock. Punk has enough subdivision these days, when it was simply punk or hardcore back in the 80s, but even then, it had too many subdivisions, i.e. thrash, death, black, power, hair, etc. When Cattle Decapitation got big, you had that “cattle core” tag from their blinding speed, but it was also given to Hank III for likewise blazing velocity, only with more twang and rebel yell to it. Proto-core, emo-core, alt-core, math metal, oy… Even worse, all the press releases that I STILL get calling certain metal musicians “alchemists.” Barf. What posturing.

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      1. I’ve always just called myself a Goth. If pressed I might say I’m a Victorian or Romantic Goth. But tbh no Goth has ever asked me what kind of Goth I was and non-Goths don’t know enough about Goths to do so either (nor, I’m sure, do they care), and nowadays most of the younger ones just refer to all of us as Emo… which as I’m sure you can imagine, annoys me to no end.

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