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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)


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  • Stooge

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AMARANTHE The Nexus Album Cover The Nexus
4.88 | 5 ratings
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MINISTRY Psalm 69 Album Cover Psalm 69
4.43 | 17 ratings
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STRAPPING YOUNG LAD Alien Album Cover Alien
4.29 | 24 ratings
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RAMMSTEIN Mutter Album Cover Mutter
4.23 | 39 ratings
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NINE INCH NAILS Ghosts I–IV Album Cover Ghosts I–IV
4.33 | 15 ratings
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KILLING JOKE Killing Joke (first album) Album Cover Killing Joke (first album)
4.80 | 4 ratings
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STABBING WESTWARD Darkest Days Album Cover Darkest Days
4.77 | 4 ratings
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RAMMSTEIN Reise, Reise Album Cover Reise, Reise
4.20 | 32 ratings
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NINE INCH NAILS With Teeth Album Cover With Teeth
4.23 | 18 ratings
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WHITE ZOMBIE Astro-Creep: 2000 Album Cover Astro-Creep: 2000
4.27 | 10 ratings
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GODFLESH Streetcleaner Album Cover Streetcleaner
4.24 | 11 ratings
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MINISTRY The Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Taste Album Cover The Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Taste
4.45 | 5 ratings
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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.


Album · 2001 · Industrial Metal
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siLLy puPPy
After RAMMSTEIN gained worldwide fame from their album “Sehnsucht” and the single “Du Hast” being on “The Matrix” Soundtrack, they took a few years to create a more ambitious and sophisticated album in MUTTER (mother). Without sacrificing any of the elements that made their previous albums work so well, the music on MUTTER simply perfects everything laid out on “Sehnsucht.” The melodies are more epic and dynamic. The keyboards take on a more symphonic approach as opposed to the techno and the songwriting is much more varied and interesting. The songs have multiple parts and offer pleasant surprises within them. The metal aspects are just as intense incorporating plenty of thrash metal fury and Till Lindemann sounds like he got some vocal training because on this release he doesn't sound quite like a robotic drone. He has evolved into a passionate robotic drone with a broader range in his singing skills. All is still sung in that evil growly native German language.

This is my absolute favorite RAMMSTEIN album. MUTTER was really the peak of RAMMSTEIN's creative ingenuity for after this album they would begin the great recycling project and retreating to familiar ground, but on this fantastically diverse album we are treated to some of the best songwriting that the band ever churned out. Whether it's the symphonic bombastic “Mein Herz Brennt (my heart burns)” or the military march meets metal “Links (left)” or even the über-catchy robotic background chorus-drenched “Spieluhr (music box),” the formula results in a smashing success that keeps me coming back to this one more than any other of their discography. Unfortunately they would never hit on this perfect balance of their influences again but for this one album all the stars aligned almost perfectly. If not for the last couple of tracks that I find a tad inferior to the rest of the album I would give this a perfect rating.


Album · 1997 · Industrial Metal
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SEHNSUCHT (yearning) is the album where RAMMSTEIN really got their sound and image honed perfectly. The metal riffs are much tighter and more interesting than on their debut album and a new burst of creativity finds all kinds of interesting ways to usher those metal riffs in. Starting with the very first cut which is the title track we hear some cut-off yodeling followed by a high-energy synthesizer ushering in some serious danceable metal guitar riffing, electronic sounding percussion and ominous growling vocals in the German language! Although this formula pretty much stays the same throughout the album, many of the sounds that usher in the metal vary. On “Engel (angel)” for example, it starts out with a whistling melody, “Tier (animal)” with a snazzy drum riff with a cool guitar intro and so forth and so on.

This was my first RAMMSTEIN album and so enchanted by this unique sound that I have played this to death. The mix of the aggressive metal with the sensual additional sounds is very entertaining to say the least. You get the strange layering of growling aggressive male vocals with beautiful female background ooo's and aahhh's and full on metal riffing with heavenly melodic synth lines often reminding me of Kraftwerk. This album has some really strong tracks but unfortunately not all are created equal bringing it down as a whole. My version has a twelfth hidden track called “Stripped” which is a Depeche Mode cover sung in English. A huge step up from “Herzleid.”


Album · 1995 · Industrial Metal
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Although RAMMSTEIN was following in the footsteps of others bands like Schweisser, Oomph! and Die Krupps with their Neue Deutsche Härte (New German Hardness), a form of industrial metal, it is they alone who made it a worldwide phenomenon with their debut release HERZELEID (Heartache) by blending their take on industrial and groove metal with electronic dance music. The term “dance metal” applies here as well since almost all of the upbeat tracks have a steady 4/4 timing that makes some want to shake their booties while they bang their heads. RAMMSTEIN named their band after the town where the 2nd worst air show disaster in history occurred and is also notable for the majority of their lyrics being sung in German, an attribute that I find suits their sound quite remarkably and is a plus for me as a student of the German language.

I came to this album after all the others that followed and find this to be a bit of a proto-RAMMSTEIN. The metal riffs are here as are the electronic aspects, yet most of it is not as developed and catchy as it would become on the 2nd album “Sehnsucht.” For me the album starts off OK but doesn't catch fire until track “Du Riechst So Gut (You smell so good).” The songs are much stronger on the second half of the album and the track “Laichzeit” which means “spawning time” actually sounds like it WOULD fit in better on “Sehnsucht.” So in effect you can hear the evolution of their sound from the beginning of the album to the end. This is not my favorite RAMMSTEIN release yet I find it pleasant enough to listen to with a few strong tracks that are unlike their later work. Overall a decent release by one of the most popular bands of this subgenre.

RED HARVEST Internal Punishment Programs

Album · 2004 · Industrial Metal
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Intense industrial metal with a totalitarian atmosphere perfectly matching the foreboding album title. With angry, paranoid lyrics (literally - lead vocalist Ofu Kahn has a clinical diagnosis and everything) set to stormy, aggressive industrial metal without a hint of softness or nuance, this is industrial metal for those who want something darker, more violent, and less soft than the likes of Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson or Stabbing Westward. Hitting a good balance between more detailed workouts (Symbol of Decay and the title track) and briefer numbers, Internal Punishment Programs finds Red Harvest offering a bumper crop of sweet, delicious industrial produce.

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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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