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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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Album · 1996 · Industrial Metal
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In 1992, Ministry made their ultimate breakthrough album with Psalm 69. While the band delivered some of the earliest examples of industrial metal back in the late 80's, Psalm 69 cemented itself as THE essential industrial metal album. The album blended the gritty atmosphere of the aforementioned genre with the speed and aggression of thrash metal, resulting in an instant classic in my book.

Fast-forward four years later, the band dropped Filth Pig. Filth Pig takes quite a different approach to the thrash-oriented industrial metal sound of the previous two albums. This album rather goes in the sludgy direction of fellow industrial metal pioneers Godflesh. Just take a listen to the groovy dirge of "Lava" and you'll see what I mean. Al Jourgensen's vocals are even more raspy this time around, his stark vocals contrast well with the grit of the music. "Crumbs" follows in the same mid-paced sludgy direction, with a bit more crashing percussion and dissonance. Paul Barker gets a short but neat little deep bassline in the middle of the song, which contrasts well with the almost black metal-dissonance that immediately follows.

The crushing "Dead Guy" may very well be my favorite on the album. Jourgensen's vocal attack on this track just bursts with attitude. The crunching bass/guitar interplay that opens up the track is absolutely killer. The following track, "Game Show" is a lot more misanthropic with downwards chromatic guitar licks and an atmosphere that expresses a strong sense of doom. Granted, most of the album does have a very stark gloomy atmosphere.

While not quite in the same league as The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste or Psalm 69, Filth Pig is a great album that showed the band trying something a bit different. The album title certainly fits, as I can't think of much else that fits the definition of filthy industrial metal quite like this one. Hope you found this review helpful, feel free to comment!

STATIC-X Wisconsin Death Trip

Album · 1999 · Industrial Metal
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Static-X's debut album came at a time when the nu metal subgenre was helping heavy metal get its foothold back in the mainstream, and whilst commonly labelled as industrial metal, Wayne Static and his lads were able to easily slip in with the rest of the "nu" crowd and stand out as one of the heavier acts the scene had to offer.

Sadly, that alone won't make them much good.

For all the hype and nostalgia around this release, it isn't really all that impressive, and certainly hasn't aged too well. It's very repetitive, and not very exciting. Almost every guitar riff sounds the same, and whilst there are some fat grooves dotted around, as a whole, it just seems like one of those albums you claim to like, but you're not really sure why.

Wayne Static's mostly incomprehensible vocals and guttural noises wear thin pretty quickly, and there's quite a few "slow" moments on the album that probably detract, more than add, to the dynamics. There are a couple of passable tracks, for example, 'Love Dump' (which to me, was the heaviest song ever when I first heard it way back in the day), 'Bled for Days' and 'Push It' aren't bad... but none of them are really all that memorable, either. Then there's complete tosh like 'December'. Who thought that "song" was a good idea?

'Wisconsin Death Trip' might be worth picking up for the sake of nostalgia, but you'll quickly remember why you forgot about it in the first place.


Album · 1991 · Industrial Metal
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Along with bands like Godflesh, Ministry, and KMFDM, Pitchshifter was among the first industrial metal acts to come around. Formed in 1989, the band released their appropriately titled debut "Industrial" in 1991. However, due to the band releasing their debut a couple years after Godflesh's groundbreaking Streetcleaner, Pitchshifter became commonly dismissed as Godflesh clones. Now, whenever a band does something new there's bound to be some copying, but like many of the thrash metal bands dismissed as clones back in the 80's, Pitchshifter simply wears their influences on this release.

The first thing to note, is that Pitchshifter is a bit more thrash-leaning than Godflesh. They've got the sludgy dissonance of Godflesh with the post-punk of Killing Joke also coming to mind, but they blend enough other elements to create their own sound. "Gravid Rage" is one of the highlights of the album, sounding like a clanking factory machine with Mark Clayden delivering gruff barks with much conviction. "Catharsis" stands out with the almost black metal-esque tremolo guitar picking that plays along with the sludgy dirge. "Skin Grip" has the forcefulness of Pantera, with a crushing groove that pummels the listener and vocals that sound straight out of the Fear Factory debut. "Eye" ends the album with an ominousness unique to the album, combined with the crushing riffing that is throughout the album.

If you're a Godflesh fan, you'll most likely enjoy this. The band do show their influences, and they would develop their own sound better on the next album, but Industrial gets the job done for what it is. All bands need a start to make something really great, and for Pitchshifter that would come soon after. Hope you found this review helpful, feel free to comment!


Album · 1996 · Industrial Metal
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Xtort is the ninth studio album from industrial metal band KMFDM. After the band's groundbreaking and successful Nihil in 1995, frontman Sascha Konietzko felt the band got as close to mainstream popularity as he wanted and quickly wanted to have no more of it. Konietzko's friend Jim Nash, founder of the band's label Wax Trax!, was dying of AIDS. Adding on the lack of involvement of core band member En Esch, you can figure that Xtort would be a pretty different and darker release.

As guessed, Xtort certainly is a different and darker album from the previous releases. The band still retains their industrial thrash/industrial dance combo, but there is quite a bit of unique experimentation here. This experimentation is on the electronic/industrial end especially, such as the elements of glitch techno on the politically charged "Dogma". These unsettling glitched out electronics mesh well with the guitar crunch of the chorus and powerful spoken word. "Craze" is another quite experimental track, with more glitching electronics and one of the catchiest and best damn choruses I've ever heard.

The industrial speed/thrash metal of "Apathy" is probably my favorite on the album, and some of the riffing would not sound out of place on a Motorhead album. That combined with the gruff barks of Koniestzko makes this killer track rank up with the band's best. "Rules" is another favorite, and may very well be the band's best dance track. Along with the catchy as hell beat, it's blended with shredding and serene guitar, the two styles of guitar playing creating quite a nice contrast. Also there's some swingin' organ that really adds to the song.

Xtort marks the end of KMFDM's string of masterpieces that began with 1992's Money. Xtort also marked the beginning of a phase where the band would experiment with their electronic side more, whose results varied. While the band would keep going on to release great albums (and another masterpiece later on), Money, Angst, Nihil, and Xtort are some of the best industrial metal albums you'll find. If you want an industrial thrashing, you can't do much better than these. Hope you found this review helpful, feel free to comment!

3RD MACHINE Quantified Self

Album · 2016 · Industrial Metal
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Quantified Self is the debut studio album from Dutch cyber/industrial metal band 3rd Machine. After many EP releases, the Dutch cyber metal act is here with their first full-length album, and they continue on with their unique blend of industrial and symphonic metal.

Each song is filled to the brim with groovy guitar crunch, atmospheric industrial/symphonic blends, and gruff/melodic vocal contrasts. Comparisons to bands like Fear Factory, Sybreed, and Meshuggah wouldn't be wrong, but these guys certainly create their own unique cyber metal sound. "Reboot Initiate" is one of my favorites, and is a perfect example of all these elements coming together. The title cut is another favorite with some real catchy groove metal instrumentation, switching between crunching groove and pretty melodies.

With their blend of styles in mind, it may or may not come as a surprise to see Epica's Mark Jansen guesting on one of the songs featured. This song is "Ultimate Intelligence", which includes virtuoso-worthy guitar soloing and headbang-ready riffing. "Magnet", "System Idle", and "Petrified" are two other highlights, the latter a great choice as the first song released with its awesome guitar crunch and commanding vocals.

If you like brutal yet melodic cyber metal, atmospheric groove metal, and the melody of symphonic metal, this is definitely something to check out. These guys know how to perfectly balance brutality with melody. It's always nice to see albums that can appeal to multiple metal crowds, and this is certainly one of those. Hope you found this review helpful, feel free to comment!

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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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