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 Xtort

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

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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!

KMFDM Nihil

Album · 1995 · Industrial Metal
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Nihil is the eighth studio album from industrial metal/rock band KMFDM.

Continuing on from the aggressive and snarky industrial assault of Angst, KMFDM once again releases another masterpiece and a classic industrial metal album. If you've heard KMFDM at all, chances are that songs from this album are the ones you've heard. Even if you're an industrial metal fan and never heard KMFDM, you've probably seen the iconic cover artwork which appears to be a parody of the famous Mona Lisa.

While Ministry brought industrial music to the mosh pits, KMFDM brought thrash metal to the dance floors as easily seen on this album. Nihil takes the crushing thrash and heavy metal of Angst and blends it incredibly well with the industrial dance of What Do You Know, Deutschland? Just listen to any of the songs on the album and you'll immediately want to head bang and groove to the crushing riffing and the infectious hooks. "Juke-Joint Jezebel" is a perfect example of this sound, and perfectly blends razor-sharp heavy metal and groovy thrashings with one of the catchiest choruses in metal.

"Flesh" is probably my favorite, and has showcases some of the best thrashings on the album. The vocals of Sascha Konietzko and En Esch once again present some of the best sneering vocals on the album, with the latter's performance on "Flesh" especially having a raspy viciousness. "Search & Destroy" is another thrasher with a killer guitar solo and Konietzko's commanding vocal attack. "Brute" showcases more of Konietzko's vocal commands, being somewhat reminiscent of Devin Townsend during the time of classic Strapping Young Lad. Take a listen to the lines of "BRUTAL-IZE ME, I WILL HEAL" and try not to scream along. Dorona Alberti provides excellent vocals on the melodic end, just listen to "Revolution" and "Trust" and you'll hear the best mix of industrial thrash and melody. Konietzko and Alberti's vocals play off of one another perfectly along with the kickass guitar riffs.

Nihil is in every way an industrial classic. This has great melody, crushing thrashings, infectiously catchy hooks, and pissed off vocal sneers all wrapped into one killer album. KMFDM were at the top of their game here, and this is an essential listen for any fans of industrial metal and open-minded thrash fans. Hope you found this review helpful, feel free to comment!

SURGICAL METH MACHINE Surgical Meth Machine

Album · 2016 · Industrial Metal
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"Surgical Meth Machine" is the eponymously titled debut full-length studio album by US Industrial metal act Surgical Meth Machine. The album was released through Nuclear Blast Records in April 2016. Surgical Meth Machine is a project founded in 2015 by Ministry frontman Al Jourgensen. The album features a two-piece lineup consisting of Al Jourgensen (vocals, guitars (rhythm and lead), bass) and Sammy D'Ambruoso (rhythm Guitars, programming, vocals).

Stylistically the music on the album is initially not miles away from Ministry, although it´s generally a bit less guitar heavy, and the use of sampler and voice samplings are maybe slightly more dominant here than on Ministry´s releases (which of course also feature heavy use of samplings). "Surgical Meth Machine" is a bit of an odd release though as it shifts gear about half way through the album. The first half of the album features tracks in a relatively harsh industrial metal style, with sarcastic humour, and dominant use of sampler and voice samplings, but after "Unlistenable" seques into the Devo cover "Gates of Steel", the remaining tracks gradually become more mellow, starting with industrial tinged melodic punk rock and then goes to full-on ambient rock mode. I can´t say I saw that coming, listening to the quite raw industrial metal of the opening tracks.

Stylistic diversity can sometimes ruin consistency of musical material, but Surgical Meth Machine actually pull it off quite well. They sound just as much at home with the harsher industrial metal as they do with the more mellow material. The album also features a very well sounding and detailed production, so upon conclusion Jourgensen has done it again. Created original sounding and pretty badass industrial metal with a twist. I wouldn´t call it his best output, but it´s certainly both adventurous and intriguing. A 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

KMFDM Angst

Album · 1993 · Industrial Metal
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Angst is the seventh studio album from industrial metal/rock band KMFDM.

After the band released their first masterpiece, Money, the band went on to release masterpieces again and again for quite a while. Angst is the second of these, and showcases not only KMFDM's great skills of variation but also some of the best industrial thrash metal out there.

Like always, the band delivers gritty hard-hitting industrial metal as well as catchy industrial dance tracks. "A Drug Against War" is both among my favorite industrial and thrash metal tracks, as it just stabs you with razor-sharp riffing and will have you chanting 'KMFDM is a drug a against war!' for weeks. Another killer thrasher comes in the form of "Glory", with fist-pumping guitar combined with some killer riff variations. "A Hole in the Wall" is a slow-tempo thrash cut of epic proportions. "Lust" is a top-notch catchy industrial dance number, and shows that the band can bring it to the dance floor as much as they can thrash your skull. There are also some times when they bring majestic heavy metal to an industrial setting such as "Move On".

Vocalists Sascha Konietzko and En Esch give some of their best performances on this album, just check out the stark screams on "A Hole in the Wall". Throughout the rest of the album they really perfect their sneering vocals and really sound pissed off and sardonic at the same time. The lyrics here are among the band's best as well, just look at the lyrics of "A Drug Against War", "Glory", and the humorous "Sucks" with the Primus-esque line of 'No doubt about it, KMFDM sucks'.

Want some killer industrial metal, do yourself a huge favor and check this album out. Industrial, thrash, epic metal, and catchy industrial dance is featured all in one so why not get it all with the same album. The greatness would only continue.

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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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