Industrial Metal

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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)

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Industrial_metal

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KILLING JOKE Pandemonium

Album · 1994 · Industrial Metal
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Killing Joke-Pandemonium

'Pandemonium' is the ninth studio album by Industrial metal/rock band Killing Joke. While Killing Joke always liked to dabble a bit in heavy metal, they never really made a heavy metal album until their eighth studio album 'Extremities, Dirt, and Various Repressed Emotions'. 'Pandemonium' takes it a step further creating a dark, pounding, and aggressive industrial metal album that really proves that they have their important spot in industrial metal history.

The album begins with the driving opening guitar work of the title track. Jaz Coleman's vocals are really varied, switching from clean goth rock vocals to guttural punk vocals that remind me a lot of Lemmy of Motörhead. A great start to a great album. The next song, 'Exorcism', brings you into crunching guitars and the moving beat of the electronics. Coleman's sickened coughs and screams fit well with the repetitious pounding guitars and electronics. Speaking of repetition, this is one of those songs that just pounds itself into your skull. The third song, 'Millennium', is a true classic of industrial metal. The crunching guitar compliments Coleman's guttural vocals, and the transitions into the melodic passages are performed perfectly. The industrial death metal band Fear Factory covered this song, but it doesn't match the quality of original in my opinion. 'Whiteout' reminds me of Acid House of the 90's combined with Ministry, with it's aggressive industrial-thrash combined with chaotic electronics. Like 'Exorcism', this song is another one that just keeps on repeating making you get lost in the pure raging energy.

While this album has perfect headbanging material, it's not without it's less aggressive moments. One of my favorites from the album is the meandering 'Pleasures of the Flesh'. Coleman's guttural vocals are still here, but there aren't any crunching guitars here. Instead, this song is a very atmospheric industrial track with very flowing guitar work. This album also has great use of middle-eastern instrumentation in the songs 'Communion' and 'Labyrinth'. 'Labyrinth' has a great combination of the menacing use of Phrygian scale and distorted guitar.

The lyrics are very thought-provoking on this release, 'Labyrinth' having some of my favorites. The lyrics are on the topics of society, politics, and religion. Some of my favorite lines from this track are 'All the role models, lost souls, false goods that I am shown.' and 'Mystery school of fools, great seats of learning.'

Overall, this is certainly an excellent pick for any industrial metal collection. A great start for anyone looking to get into Killing Joke or the genre. Recommended to fans of Ministry and the more aggressive side of industrial metal.

MINISTRY The Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Taste

Album · 1989 · Industrial Metal
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Ministry-The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste

'The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste' is the fourth studio album by industrial metal band Ministry. If I had to choose one industrial metal album that everyone should have in their collection, it would be this true masterpiece of an album. From the brutal 'Thieves' to the surreal dreamy finale 'Dream Song', this album has it all.

Starting the album off, we have the aggressive guitar shreds of 'Thieves'. Soon the drum machines and mechanical sounds kick in and give the song a great beat. Jourgensen's vocals sound even rawer and aggressive then the last album. Unlike the previous album, there are a lot of thrash elements on this release such as the thrashing guitar and pounding drums of 'Thieves'. I just love the contrast in this between the more mechanical industrial parts and thrashing passages. My favorite song on the album has to be the second track 'Burning Inside'. This song is a perfect example of how industrial thrash should be. Jourgensen's muffled vocals combined with the shredding guitar and pounding drum machines makes this perfect. Something I especially love is the fast bass grooves that appear after the thrash guitar.

This album is highly varied, having a great balance of the heavier thrash tracks and more surreal menacing songs. One of my favorites of the latter is the meandering basslines and drum machines of 'Cannibal Song'. Jourgensen's vocals change for this song, having a higher, yet haunting, tone fitting perfectly with the menacing bass. The album ends on a very haunting note with the surreal 'Dream Song'. This song uses a combination of chamber music influences, haunting female vocals, menacing mechanical drums, and disturbing spoken word.

The lyrics are varied as well, covering a wide range of topics. The song 'Breathe' with the chanting of 'Breathe you fucker' is about the dangers of pollution and nuclear war. 'Burning Inside' is about drug addiction, and 'Thieves' and 'So What' are about political corruption and violence.

Overall, this is my favorite Ministry album along with the following release. It's one of my favorite industrial metal albums, maybe even my favorite. It has so much variety, both musically and lyrically, so I really never tire of it. Essential for any industrial metal collection.

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STRAPPING YOUNG LAD Heavy as a Really Heavy Thing

Album · 1995 · Industrial Metal
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I am always amazed how some of the most unique sounding albums garner such a low rating in the metal world. Such is the case with the debut album by STRAPPING YOUNG LAD. This is the first album and group that Devin Townsend put together after his debut with Steve Vai on the album “Sex & Religion.” After a brief stint on tour with the power pop / rock outfit The Wildhearts, Townsend was ready to unleash all his inner pent up energy and that’s what we get on this debut album HEAVY AS A REALLY HEAVY THING. And heavy it is. This is some of the most intense and raw albums in the universe. It is relentless with an energy level that will literally drain your reservoirs after listening to the album in its entirety.

TOWNSEND was a bit ahead of his time. This album fuses elements of thrash, industrial, death and black metal all into one package. The riffs pummel your inner ears at the speed of light while the nice background frosting of synths sooths your soul simultaneously. At time Devin sounds like a black metal maniac complete with blastbeats, at others like Marilyn Manson or White Zombie. The thrashy parts can remind of Pantera, the electronic drums of Skinny Puppy. Most of the time though the influences are kept on a leash and Devin relentlessly delivers a his signatory wall-of-sound with the full backing of a caffeinated band. The music is both accessible and experimental at the same time. Usually one element of the music hooks you while the rest is free to go wherever it wants. The perfect example is “Satan’s Ice Cream Truck” where a nice groove sucks you in but weird sliding notes in all directions simultaneously sound like rabid bats flying over your head. I really like this album!

I have the 2006 remastered version and it sounds like a modern album. I have not heard the original so no comment. It comes with bonus tracks but i never listen to them because this album is so intense that when it is done, so am i, but i relish every energy infused second until that point. Not every track is of equal value but most are excellent and the remaining very good.

MINISTRY The Land of Rape and Honey

Album · 1988 · Industrial Metal
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'The Land of Rape and Honey' is the third studio album by industrial metal band Ministry. Now at their third studio album, Ministry finally turns into how they're known today, a raw and brutal industrial metal band. There are still some elements from the previous album 'Twitch', on here but it's morphed into something grittier, darker, and distorted.

The album opens with one of Ministry's most well-known songs 'Stigmata', which shows the mechanical drumming of 'Twitch' combined with industrial heavy metal riffing and Jourgensen's aggressive vocals. The drum programming on this track is awesome, sometimes imitating double-bass. The next track 'The Missing' is probably my favorite on the album, with thrashing guitar and some great bass by Paul Barker. Speaking of bass, the song 'Deity' is another track with great bass grooves. Another one of my favorites is the short yet awesome 'I Prefer'. Jourgensen's vocals combine perfectly with the foot-tapping groove of the bass and electronics.

Some of the songs on the album have interesting use of sampling. One example is 'Hizbollah', which samples the song 'Kad Ataka' by Arabic singer Fairuz. The way the sampling is placed in with the menacing electronic soundscape makes quite the interesting listen. The Arabic musical style fits in with the way the song is put together. 'Golden Dawn' has more good use of sampling, sampling quotes from the 1971 movie 'The Devils'. The samples used in the songs on this album are placed very well, and match the atmospheres of the songs.

The album has a pretty good balance of the really metallic tracks, and the more straightforward industrial songs. Most of the songs do have a similar feel, but the guitar isn't always upfront. Overall, This is a great beginning for a new Ministry. This album would only lead to what is, in my opinion, their best album.

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NINE INCH NAILS Broken

EP · 1992 · Industrial Metal
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In the late 80's, Trent Reznor originally envisioned a band that made subtle social commentary which was conveyed via. industrial rock. Thus, Pretty Hate Machine was released in 1989 to average popularity. However, Reznor himself believed that he had overdone it, and implied too much shameless self pity. Feeling that his point was ruined from the release, he planned another release and gave the public the EP Broken a few years later.

Trent, my god, good job with this one. Taking a metal edge instead of the indulgent mainstream industrial rock that the antecedent release was full of, this EP evolves not only the Industrial metal scene but also the band's structure. If I were to say, my favorite industrial metal band has always been Stabbing Westward. However, after finding and buying this little gem at a thrift store, I decided that Nine Inch Nails had thoroughly earned my respect as a whole.

The album ranges from flat out slamming metal to more complex, albeit stranger songs. The future Nine Inch Nails sound is still there, but if you are interested in such a raw version of this band then this would be definitely something for you. 'Wish' is a simple little tune, undoubtedly the most recognized from it, which follows a quick tempo as well as sudden bursts of angry static-style riffing. 'Last' is an absolute slammer, with giant hunky metallic riffs making for a pure ball of anger hitting you over and over. Simply excellent, and perhaps my personal favorite from the album. 'Help Me I'm In Hell' is an interesting bridge to 'Happiness in Slavery', another scream-filled song which Reznor pours his soul into. 'Gave Up' is more of an fast, alternative hard rock song with fewer industrial elements than the others. However, Reznor's voice has been modified which sounds like he's speaking into a fan. However, it does add some more feeling to the song.

Now, 'Gave Up' is perhaps where we would end, for the rest of the EP is simple blank space. But no, hidden at the end are two covers of two different bands. The first being 'Physical (You're So)', a cover of the post-punk band Adam and the Ants, is actually quite enjoyable. The band souped up the original to add more metal as well as more electronic influences and sounds. The second is 'Suck', a cover of the industrial rock band Pigface. It isn't as enjoyable as the former but it's still okay. I would call it more undoubtedly rock-y than metallic. Nice casual listen, though.

So, in the end, NiN's Wish is a fantastic EP. I would go so far as to say that this little gem is what undoubtedly got the band rolling. I suggest if you are any particular metal fan or even a fan of the band, get it, it'll be worth it.

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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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