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

Sub-genre collaborators:
  • Stooge

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STABBING WESTWARD Ungod

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.

Go give it a listen.

PROFESSIONAL MURDER MUSIC Professional Murder Music

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.

RAMMSTEIN Mutter

Album · 2001 · Industrial Metal
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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.

RAMMSTEIN Sehnsucht

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.”

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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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