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Industrial metal is a heavy metal musical genre that draws from industrial music and many different types of heavy metal, using repeating metal guitar riffs, sampling, synthesizer or sequencer lines, and distorted vocals. Founding industrial metal groups include Ministry, Godflesh and Fear Factory.

Industrial metal's popularity led to some criticism from other artists associated with the industrial scene. Subsequently, it is most well-known in various European permutations. Industrial metal groups have produced many acclaimed music videos.

Inclusive Industrial Metal Genres:

Neue Deutsche Härte (New German Hardness)

Trance Metal (sometimes alternately called Dance Metal)


Sub-genre collaborators:
  • Stooge
  • Unitron

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AMARANTHE The Nexus Album Cover The Nexus
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3RD MACHINE Urban Madness

EP · 2008 · Industrial Metal
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3rd Machine-Urban Madness

'Urban Madness' is the second EP by Industrial/Progressive metal band 3rd Machine. When I was searching for Industrial metal bands to add to the site, I came across this band. They were listed as a 'symphonic industrial' metal band. This was something that was completely foreign to me, none of the industrial metal bands I have heard previously have symphonic elements. On my first listen I did think they were good, but I guess I just dismissed it because I was focused on something else. After giving them listen after listen though, I became hooked.

The music on here I would call a mix of Industrial, Symphonic, and Technical Death metal. This unique combination creates quite the progressive sound. The first track, the title track, just kicks you in the face when the crunching guitar comes in. Soon though, a very melodic passage enters combining the industrial programming and symphonic elements beautifully. After the second melodic passage, John Ruiter's guttural vocals come in and they are simply stellar. The way that he just screams 'MY RAAAAAAAAAAAGE' at the end of these parts kicks serious ass. The next song is the song '3rd Machine', which is pure industrial crunching guitar bliss. Again, Ruiter's vocals are amazing on this track, this time reminding me a lot of Glenn Danzig. The electronic sounds act as a perfect accent to the crunching yet changing and flowing guitar riffing, creating a mechanical atmosphere.

The final song on the EP is the over seven-minute long 'Core of the Machine'. The song begins with the powerful crunch of the guitar, with Ruiter's vocals giving a great raw guttural performance. The balance of his raw vocals and his beautiful clean vocals is perfect here, his clean vocals coming in at the more symphonic parts. It's really interesting hearing this, the symphonic and industrial elements are kept within the same passages. It just sounds fresh and new to me.

Overall, after enough listens this band has blown me away. The seemingly strange combination of symphonic and industrial styles is nailed perfectly, and makes me so glad I discovered this band. I highly recommend this EP to anyone who wants some progressive industrial metal bliss.

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BLUE STAHLI Antisleep Vol. 01

Album · 2008 · Industrial Metal
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Blue Stahli-Antisleep Vol. 01

'Antisleep Vol. 01' is the debut studio album by Industrial metal/rock project Blue Stahli. At first glance, this may seem like an overwhelming listen when you see that there are a total of eighteen tracks on the album. However, all of the songs are very short at around the two-minute mark, the longest song clocking in at 2 minutes and 48 seconds. Along with all of the songs being short, this is an all instrumental album.

The album opens up on a strong note with the pulsing drum machine beats and guitar crunch of 'Overklocked'. This provides a great introduction to the album, however this is quite the varied album. You do of course have many heavy pulsing songs like 'Overklocked', '88 Rounds Per Minute', 'Accelerant', and 'Leadfoot Getaway', but you also have songs delving into Drum 'n' Bass, Trip-hop, Techno, and other styles. The Drum 'n' Bass is most heard on tracks like 'Shotgun Senorita' and 'Doublequick', while techno is heard on the track 'High Heeled Low-life'. Other styles include middle-eastern instrumentation, heard in one of my favorites, the industrial groove of 'East'. It perfectly combines middle-eastern instrumentation and industrial metal. Another really unique track is the melancholy 'Premeditated', with a very menacing guitar riff.

All instrumentation is by sole member Bret Autrey, and he plays all instruments very well. With how varied the album is, he's able to show many talents throughout. It is a bit inconsistent, but I find that to be one of the strong points of the album. You never know exactly what kind of track is going to come next, so it adds an element of surprise on first listen. I find this to be surprisingly enjoyable.

Overall, I recommend this album to any fan of industrial metal/rock and electronic music like drum 'n' bass. It's short, but one soaring ride of drum machines and crunching guitar.

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Album · 1993 · Industrial Metal
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Industrial metal is a genre that has been led by Trent Reznor since his forming of NINE INCH NAILS in 1988. Many people seem to think that, seeing as Reznor so plainly and clearly advanced the generation in the pairing of technology and metal music, that he single-handedly brought the genre to the charts and into the mainstream. But there is another band that is filed under the same genre, and was formed three whole years before the formation of NIN, that is usually forgotten in the eyes of the public.

Ungod is the debut album by the Chicago-formed American industrial metal act, STABBING WESTWARD, released in 1993. Being the first release by the band since their 1990 demo release of "Iwo Jima", the band had taken very much time to develop a sound that appealed to them. A three year gap in recordings may seem a little ridiculous; I sure thought it was when I did some research on the band, but after listening to the album I have come to release that it was time very well spent.

After a few years of me listening to NIN, I have come to know Industrial metal as an extremely experimental genre, with several different sounds and tempo fluctuations that coincide with heavy metal guitars and bass (along with other instruments). But the main thing I gathered was that metal was embedded into the techno-like experimenting to make for still brutal but more artful grace in the way it was played. STABBING WESTWARD does it very differently.

In fact, this album is on the verge of me calling it alternative metal, because it's less electronic rhythms combined with metal, and more heavy metal that use different electronics to help the guitars and other instruments along, filling in gaps that they wouldn't usually fill alone. It's very interesting to listen to not traditional industrial all the time, because alternative industrial metal is a (sub)sub-genre that was pioneered by this band. Ungod really shows that quite well, and in a way better than a lot of Reznors releases.

Some highlights of the album that I would suggest is 'Lies', with very angry lyrics mixed with industrial, very cliche NINE INCH NAILS but it is a very familiar territory for metal heads. 'Throw' succeeds it, and is actually much better. Industrial experimentation has gone down quite a few notches to make way for heavier chords and bass/drum lines, but is quite good. 'Violent Mood Swings' takes the cake for my favorite song on the album and perhaps by this artist. It combines experimentation and quick riffing to make for a piece that is just right on the ears. Although very Reznor-like in sound, it is different when you listen to it with an open mind. The fantastic album closer 'Can't Happen Here' brings a more instrumental piece as opposed to an angry, heavy, and pounding one. Although it might seem a little 'mainstream', it is enjoyable, as I said before, if you use an open mind while listening.

So even though NIN may be your top pick as an industrial metal artist, I would highly suggest you give a listen to these guys. They are definitely worth their salt.

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Album · 2001 · Industrial Metal
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siLLy puPPy
PROFESSIONAL MURDER MUSIC in an industrial rock / metal band from Los Angeles, CA and could probably be fit into the glut of nu metal acts that were a dime a dozen at the time. Although i'm not super familiar with this band or many of the lesser bands of this exact sound, it turns out that their music has been used for many motion picture soundtracks such as “End Of Days” and also for countless Sega video games. The band has had some success touring with Rammstein, Fear Factory and others but I have only recently consciously been exposed to their music.

Their eponymous debut album sits firmly in the industrial rock and metal world with some tracks being much harder than others. The more metal sounding tracks have a clear Marilyn Manson influence to them while the less metal ones tend to emulate other industrial hard rockers like Nine Inch Nails. Lots of the percussion actually reminds me more of the big beat acts like Prodigy but if you ask me the lesser metal tracks remind me most of Linkin Park, especially the softer ones. The result of all these influences sounds like it should amount to something but on this debut album I don't think the band successfully fuses it all together to the point where they have their own identity.

All the tracks on here are actually well done and fairly catchy and anyone totally ga ga for anything remotely nu metal in the early 2000s will surely love this, but for me this album lacks the bite that I feel should be displayed given the band name insinuating blood and gore and all. The music feels like a slickly done pop metal album that was calculated to appeal to as many movie goers on one of those blockbuster summer hits. That is not a bad thing but they could have thrown in some real surprises to keep the listener engaged. Like I said, there are no bad tracks here but there are no outstanding ones either.

GODFLESH Streetcleaner

Album · 1989 · Industrial Metal
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This album is an absolute beast, but especially in the context of the year it was released. In 1989, any metal band using an electronic drum (with a hip-op beat!) would have been laughed off stage, yet this wasn't any metal band. Not by the long shot. Formed with former member of Napalm Death, Justin Broadrick, the music is equally innovative, yet a thousand times slower.

From the refrain of "Like Rats", to the machine gun fire of the title track (named after an Uzi), this album is relentless and punishing. Justin's demonic voice with the backdrop of sludgy guitars and mechanical drums creates this apocalyptic sound that even their later albums couldn't quite match.

This is a masterpiece of metal music and music as a whole because if nothing else, it created a genre.

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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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