Industrial Metal

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Industrial Metal is a sub-genre of metal music that is known for combining industrial dance music and various other forms of electronic music with various forms of heavy metal. While it is known as being founded in the late 80's by artists like Godflesh and Ministry, the band Killing Joke are widely known as being the forerunners, starting as a post-punk act with industrial elements. The band eventually switched to the style they helped create during the 90's, which was the peak of industrial metal's popularity. Many critically acclaimed industrial metal albums were released during this time.

While Industrial Metal bands have made use of a wide range of styles of electronic and heavy metal, there are a few styles that are more notable:

Industrial Thrash Metal was among the first forms of industrial metal, being characterized in bands such as Ministry, KMFDM, and Varga. These bands combine varying forms of electronic and industrial music, with the rapid guitar riffing and frantic drum work of thrash metal.

Industrial Black Metal is a more recent form of industrial metal, the most notable act being Samael, who switched from pure black metal to an industrial-infused sound on their album "Passage". Industrial Black Metal combines raw black metal vocals with elements of both black metal and industrial thrash. Other notable acts include Aborym, The Axis of Perdition, and Dødheimsgard. However, many industrial black metal bands are more black metal than industrial, so many industrial black metal acts are placed under black metal.

Electro-Industrial Metal is among the most popular forms of industrial metal, often combining aggressive guitar riffs with more elements of techno, alternative rock, and glitch than other forms of industrial metal. The band Skinny Puppy is known as being a notable influence on these acts. Notable acts include Nine Inch Nails, Stabbing Westward, Celldweller, and Blue Stahli.

Neue Deutsche Härte (New German Hardness) is a music scene in Germany, which is known for combining the crunching riffs of groove metal with heavy dance beats. The most notable band in this scene is Rammstien, who are known for creating some controversial music videos. Other acts in the scene include Oomph! and Megaherz.

Trance Metal, sometimes known as Dance Metal, has a much more melodic style. It often combines uplifting electronic dance/pop melodies with fast guitar riffing and double bass drumming. One of the most popular acts is Amaranthe.

Cyber Metal, taking more influence from EBM (Electronic Body Music) and Aggrotech, is usually used to describe industrial metal acts that are on the more extreme side. Cyber Metal bands typically have more use of atmospherics and harsh vocals. Notable acts include Fear Factory and Sybreed with Static-X also having made use of Cyber-Metal elements.

Some bands, like Nailbomb and Strapping Young Lad, make use of a vast selection of influences with industrial being just one of those. The former is sometimes known as industrial death metal, which is less prominent than Cyber Metal which has death metal as only one of it's influences. Both bands are placed under industrial, as industrial extreme metal gives a good idea of the band's overall sound.

Industrial metal has shown it's influence throughout the genres of metal, so there are some bands that take influence from industrial metal while being mainly a separate genre. Bands like Prong, Voivod, Meathook Seed, and Ultraspank have taken influence from industrial, but have largely stayed closer to their respective genres. Electronicore (Electronic mixed with Metalcore), despite having characteristics of industrial metal, is placed under Metalcore.

- Genre biography written by Unitron.

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KMFDM UAIOE

Album · 1989 · Industrial Metal
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UAIOE is the fourth studio album from industrial metal/rock band KMFDM.

Only a year after the previous album, Don't Blow Your Top, KMFDM released UAIOE which began a trend of always having a five-letter album title. This would continue all the way until 2005's Hau Ruck. Also, this wasn't the only change for the band...

...as this shows the metal elements that have always been lurking in the band's sound come finally come upfront. Songs like "Thrash Up!", "En Esch", "Thumb Thumb", and to a certain extent "More and Faster" and the title cut are all headbang-ready thrash-y industrial metal which would characterize the majority of the band's following albums. This album isn't pure metal though, as there is quite a bit of variation here despite being just under thirty-four minutes long. There are some dub and reggae elements thrown in, especially the songs that feature Morgan Adjei on vocals. While that sounds strange on paper, it actually translates well into the industrial sound.

If some of the lyrics sound familiar, that's because some of the lyrics are taken from songs from What Do You Know, Deutschland?. "Loving Can Be an Art" takes lyrics from "Conillon", and "Thumb Thumb" takes lyrics from "Kickin' Ass". "En Esch" features some lyrics from Deep Purple's "Demon's Eye". As far as highlights go, the aforementioned "Thrash Up!", "Thumb Thumb", and "En Esch" are absolute killers. "Murder" is also worth a mention, as it has some killer middle-eastern guitar work and vocals.

If you aren't interested in funky industrial dance, this is a good album to start with if you're wanting to explore KMFDM. While not of Ministry's The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste caliber, this is still an excellent early industrial metal album that is definitely worth a listen. Hope you found this review helpful.

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ROB ZOMBIE The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser

Album · 2016 · Industrial Metal
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Rob Zombie - The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser

"The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser" is the sixth studio album from industrial metal musician Rob Zombie. One look at the incredibly long album title and tripped out psychedelic album cover, you may at first think this is some acid-fueled neo-psychedelic album but this is total classic Rob Zombie weirdness.

Instead of the style the title and cover, the music is groovy industrial metal just like the majority of Zombie's solo albums. 'The Last of the Demons Defeated', 'In the Age of the Consecrated Vampire, We All Get High', and many other hilariously long titles are all groovy industrial with catchy hooks and crunchy grooves. However great those are, my favorite songs are the ones that mix it up a bit. My favorite, 'In the Bone Pile', has a surprising melodic chorus which really makes it stand out. The hilarious 'Well, Everybody's Fucking in a U.F.O.' sounds like the demonic spawn of Primus and Ministry, which in this case is great and some real fun. 'Get Your Boots On! That's the End of Rock and Roll' mixes in industrial groove with some classic hard rock riffing. 'Super-Doom-Hex-Gloom Part 1' sounds straight out of a 90's electronic album.

The album closes as epic as it begins, with both the aforementioned 'The Last of the Demons Defeated' and finale 'Wurdalak' both having a very epic feel to them, the latter ending with some mellow piano. The album has a very short running time, of only just over a half-hour, but that just cuts out any filler that may have otherwise plagued the release.Overall, if you like silly or b-movie horror related lyrics and groovy industrial metal, this is one hell of a catchy album that is a perfect way to satisfy that taste. Hope you found this review helpful.

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VARGA Prototype

Album · 1993 · Industrial Metal
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Varga - Prototype

"Prototype" is the debut studio album by industrial/groove/thrash metal band Varga. Varga started out as a prog/technical thrash metal band with the release of their first demo, but by the the time of the release of their first studio album they had adapted a more industrial/groove sound. While not overly successful, they did achieve some popularity with the music videos of the singles 'Greed' and 'Freeze Don't Move'. The former was featured on the popular MTV show "Beavis and Butthead".

While the music is based in the aforementioned industrial/groove sound, Varga combines many different styles of metal including thrash, classic heavy metal, and even rap metal on 'Freeze Don't Move'. "Prototype" is quite a varied release, so one song may be groovy thrash and the next may be a grunge-y heavy metal track. I really enjoy all the songs on the album, but my personal favorites would be the thrashing songs like 'Unconscience', 'Thief', 'Bring the Hammer Down', 'The Strong' and the groove of 'Greed', 'Film at Eleven', and 'Freeze Don't Move'. 'Freeze Don't Move' sounds like a combination of Ministry and Stuck Mojo, and the mix fits really well together. There are some really sweet riffs on the album, and no songs showcase that better than 'Unconscience', 'Film at Eleven' and 'The Strong', the latter two's punching riffs always making me want to throw my fist in the air.

The lyrics are really strong, mostly dealing with political/social issues. Joe Varga's vocals fit the music perfectly, and his almost protest chant-like vocal delivery couldn't be placed better. His voice reminds me a bit of Sebastian Bach of Skid Row, but with more of an edge. He gives an especially great vocal performance during the chorus of 'Unconscience'.

Overall, I highly recommend this album to any fans of industrial, groove, or thrash. It's got great riffs, great vocals, and great variety. Certainly a perfect definition of an underrated classic. Hope you found this review helpful.

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KILLING JOKE Pylon

Album · 2015 · Industrial Metal
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"Pylon" is the 15th full-length studio album by UK industrial rock/metal act Killing Joke. The album was released through Spinefarm Records in October 2015. It´s the successor to "MMXII" from 2012. Killing Joke formed in 1978 and has been through some lineup changes throughout the years, but after the death of long time bassist Paul Raven in 2007, the original lineup of Jaz Coleman (lead vocals, keyboards), Kevin "Geordie" Walker (guitars), Martin "Youth" Glover (bass), and Paul Ferguson (drums, vocals) reunited, with the addition of keyboard player Reza Uhdin. And as "Pylon" is now the third studio release featuring this lineup, it has turned out a long lived reunion.

Stylistically the music featured on the album is unmistakably the sound of Killing Joke. They´ve made adjustments to their sound over the last 20 years, but the more riff oriented and metal oriented sound they introduced on "Pandemonium (1994)" is still the blueprint on "Pylon". The band´s style has always been hard to describe, but hard pounding repeated beats, atmospheric guitars/keyboards (sometimes harder edged and raw riffing), a rumbling bass, and Jaz Coleman´s strangely monotone clean vocals and occasional more raw shouting ditto, is a valid description. At times it´s quite powerful music, but Killing Joke also masters a more atmospheric sound.

The material on the 10 track, 57:09 minutes long album is well written, and although slightly same sounding (which is not unusual for Killing Joke), quite catchy and for the most part memorable. Tracks like "Dawn of the Hive" and "New Jerusalem" set the high standard, but the remaining tracks are equal in quality. The deluxe version of the album features a second disc with more material recording during the same sessions, and those tracks are of a high quality too, and could easily have been included on the regular version of the album.

The album is relatively well produced although I could have wished for a slightly more sharp and edgy sound. Overall "Pylon" is a very well sounding release though. The musicianship is as always strong and upon conclusion "Pylon" is yet another high quality release by Killing Joke and a 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.

ROB ZOMBIE Educated Horses

Album · 2006 · Industrial Metal
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Rob Zombie - Educated Horses

"Educated Horses" is the third studio album by industrial metal musician and former White Zombie vocalist Rob Zombie. "Educated Horses" was seen as a disappointment among fans back when it came out, as it was somewhat of a departure from the techno industrial metal of the previous two albums. There's still industrial to be heard, but it's only one sound among others as this is a pretty varied release.

The album opens up in a way that you would not expect from a Rob Zombie album, with 'Sawdust in the Blood' featuring melancholic piano playing over crashing drums before opening into the first full song on the album. More of this new sound is heard on '100 Ways' which is somewhat of an intermission with a very atmospheric sound. The classical guitar work here is dark yet gentle at the same time, and it's a shame it only goes on for a bit under two minutes. More classical guitar is featured in the beginning of the song 'Death of it All' before it gets a sort of blues-y feel. The opener 'American Witch' has an addicting classic heavy metal sound, with a really driving march of a guitar riff. Like I've said before, I'm a sucker for the Phrygian scale, and '17 Year Locust' has an awesome Egyptian-sound throughout the song combined with heavy guitars and a real foot-tapping beat.

For those missing the White Zombie sound, check out the song 'Let it All Bleed Out', which is a really driving thrashing track that is kind of reminiscent of White Zombie. The last three songs on the album are all probably the heaviest songs on the album along with the aforementioned song. 'Ride' begins with dark piano before being assaulted with a crushing guitar riff. 'The Devil's Rejects' has a really dark yet catchy guitar riff and drum beat throughout, and the contrast between the dark heavy guitar and the quieter parts really fit well. The finale 'The Lords of Salem', has an industrial-twinged doom-y riff, and the lyrics wouldn't sound too out of place in a Black Sabbath album.

Overall, I feel like this is a really underrated album, and it's especially great if you're looking for something both relatively short and varied. It's not a long album, but that just keeps it from getting boring. One of my favorite Zombie albums, and I highly recommend it for any fans of Rob Zombie who are open to variation. Hope you found this review helpful.

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MARILYN MANSON Guns, God And Government Live In L.A.

Movie · 2009 · Industrial Metal
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Marilyn Manson may divide opinion, he may be taken too seriously by some and not seriously enough by others and it just makes sense that if you don't already like Marilyn Manson then this Blu Ray isn't something you should buy. I'm not going to get into a debate with anyone about whether or not Marilyn Manson albums have been declining in quality over the years but I will say that if you think they have, then the track listing of this concert is perfectly suited to you, with all the material dating before the divisive 'The Golden Age of Grotesque' album.

You may already know this; but for those who don't, this Blu Ray is not a simple transfer of the previously released DVD 'Guns God And Government,' which featured footage from all around the world on different nights. The Blu Ray is taken entirely from one concert in LA during the same tour but also features the same bonus features as the original DVD (chiefly a documentary/montage entitled 'The Death Parade')

The concert is just over and hour and a half in length and features sixteen tracks, including the unreleased 'Astonishing Panorama of the End Times,'as well as seven tracks from the then new Holywood album in addition to a selection of live favorites from older albums. The band features John 5, Twiggy Ramirez, M.W. Gacy and Ginger Fish, in what many fans have come to consider the classic line up.

The video quality is pretty incredible and its surprising just what a huge improvement this is over the previously released DVD, especially when the house lights are up. When the lights are up, this 2002 concert looks better than many live Blu Rays filmed as recently as last year and the team behind this Blu Ray have clearly done an excellent job. In addition to the sterling video quality, the sound is utterly fantastic and as with the video it honestly rivals the majority of modern concerts on Blu Ray.

The performance is excellent, right from the start you know you are in for a theatrical and over the top experience as Manson arrives on stage in a chariot pulled by bikini girls to a stage featuring huge backdrops of crucified fetuses, crucifixes made of various rifles and revolvers, a tonne of dry ice and even naked dancers. The set also contains the infamous slit walk and 'growing,' as well as several costume changes for Manson and one or two minor costume enhancements for the rest of the group.

If you didn't already know, while the band do perform live Marilyn himself sings over a prerecorded live vocal track when he is doing anything theatrical such as the stilt walk or standing behind the pulpit and from repeat viewings I have begun to think that while he sang live over the track on the night, these vocals were erased from the mix and replaced with the live track entirely although I am not 100% certain.

The Blu Ray specs are as follows: 1080i HD Widescreen (1.78:1) LCPM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS HD Master Audio.

In summary this is an absolutely excellent product in and of itself, doubly so if you prefer this period in Manson's history, and an extra star is warranted if you aren't put off by the vocal track not matching up to Manson's mouth movements.

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