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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
  • Unitron

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ORGY Candyass

Album · 1998 · Industrial Metal
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'Candyass' is the debut studio album by industrial/alternative metal band Orgy. It's hard to have very high hopes for an album when it has such a stunning title like 'Candyass', but when I saw this used for a few bucks I decided to give it a try. After listening it is industrial metal in the vein of Nine Inch Nails, with it being a more distorted kind of industrial.

The album begins with the very noisy 'Social Enemies' which has that Nine Inch Nails-esque electronic noise and distortion and nasal-y vocals from Jay Gordon. I think there's a bit too much going on in the song for me to really enjoy it. The next song 'Stitches' is a bit better, with some nice Korn-esque bass-lines. The first half of the album is pretty mediocre to be honest, but thankfully the album picks up a little bit with the second half. My favorite song on the album, 'Blue Monday', kicks off the second half. This song stands out the most because it has a really catchy beat, combining new wave-type music and metal in a surprisingly good mix. Gordon's vocals are really strong on this track, perfectly complimenting the 80's Rush-like synth work and heavy guitar. 'All the Same' is my second favorite, beginning with some grooving bass and drum machines and Gordon's vocals soon coming in making it pretty catchy.

Overall, it's a decent album but nothing beyond 'Blue Monday' and 'All the Same' stand out to me. While I wouldn't say any of the songs are bad, there are quite a few that I would call mediocre. 'Blue Monday' shows me that Orgy's strong point is probably making dance-able industrial rock songs, and not Nine Inch Nails-esque pulsing metal songs. I recommend this to fans of Nine Inch Nails, and 'Blue Monday' would be a great song for a dance or something, but beyond that there isn't much special here. Hope you found this review helpful.

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MARILYN MANSON Smells Like Children

Album · 1995 · Industrial Metal
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SMELLS LIKE CHILDREN is the second release by shock rockers MARILYN MANSON. This is technically an EP but a sprawling one that clocks in at 54:43 and initially began as a simple idea to remix the single “Dope Hat” but due to the involvement of various outside sources and the band’s fertile mind’s the whole project evolved into this bloated behemoth of grab bag ideas, some of which are utterly brilliant and some that should have been jettisoned into the composting heap.

This EP was actually my first exposure to MARILYN MANSON when a friend of mine was obsessed with their cover of the Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)” which quickly got my attention and admiration as this is one of the most brilliant covers i’ve ever heard with MANSON’s industrial doom take on the new wave 80s pop hit augmented with their own shock rock imagery 2.0 following in Alice Cooper’s footsteps. The track is a masterpiece for effortlessly adapting the upbeat pop song into a depressive motif that changes the synth pop into down tuned guitars, darkened bass echoes and MANSON’s ability to leap his screams from one octave to another. The video has actually been deemed one of the scariest ever to exist.

While this EP gets a bad rap i have to admit that i don’t find it all that horrible. Sure there is plenty of filler whether it be the overlong intro “The Hands of Small Children” which is a weird mix of strange sounds with voices of suffering children or the total wastes of time “F**k Frankie” and phone call footage “May Cause Discoloration of Urine And Feces” where all we get is a boring phone call of some dude who hasn’t taken his meds and is losing it, but there are plenty of interesting moments on here including the track “Sympathy For Parents” which leads into “Sweet Dreams” and the actual remixes themselves such as “Everlasting Cocksucker” which sounds like NIN meets White Zombie doing a remake of “Cake And Sodomy.” The remakes of Jay Hawkins’ “I Put A Spell On You” and Patti Smith’s “Rock N Roll Nigger” are also strong tracks with the latter ending the set perfectly to usher in the pinnacle of MANSON’s shock rock 90s era.

Too long? Definitely. This set is as messy as MANSON’s makeup. As dualistic as his multi-hued contact lens that offer the best the band has ever attempted as well as some of the worst. The name after all is derived from MARILYN Monroe and Charles MANSON symbolizing dualities. This is a strange little beast that came out when it did but it was the one that got them noticed and despite the presence of skippable material that may have seemed like a good idea at the time this one is still a must own for me simply because of the strongest tracks on board. A strange album that deserves a whopping 3 stars.

KILLING JOKE Killing Joke

Album · 2003 · Industrial Metal
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'Killing Joke' is the eleventh studio album and second self-titled album by industrial metal/rock band Killing Joke. Killing Joke had broken up after the release of their 1996 album 'Democracy', but eventually reformed in 2002. One thing that I found cool to see was that Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters played drums on this album.

Ever since the beginning of the 90's Killing Joke had turned industrial metal, and this comeback album continues that. However, this album has a much more natural feel to it compared to the mechanical atmosphere of 'Pandemonium'. I also hear a good amount of metalized-punk and hardcore akin to their 'Extremities' album. The opening song, 'The Death and Resurrection Show', has some of these heavy punk-esque riffs at the beginning. Jaz Coleman's vocals fluctuate between clean post-punk vocals to his signature raw Lemmy-esque vocals really well. While it is pretty repetitive for a seven-minute long song, it's really catchy and flies by pretty quickly. 'Blood on Your Hands' also has a punk feel to it, and The transitions from the driving punk riffs to the heavy pounding guitar are performed perfectly here. Probably my favorite on the album is 'Asteroid', which instantly reels you in with on/off crushes of aggressive vocals and guitar. After Coleman screams 'ASTEROID', the crushing guitar and pounding drums dominate the rest of this intense song.

Coleman's vocals are more varied on this release then previously, using a pretty equal amount of cleaner and rawer vocals. Also, on songs like 'Total Invasion' and 'Dark Forces' he has a snarl to his voice. His snarl really adds to the dark and brooding atmosphere of 'Dark Forces'. The lyrics are also especially strong on this album, having strong political themes. 'Blood on Your Hands' has some of my favorite lyrics with 'Poison the waters so that only GM crops grow' and 'Five corporations, earn more than forty-six nations'.

Overall, this was a great comeback album for Killing Joke. While Pandemonium is my favorite, this album did lead to another favorite album of mine by them. While there are a few forgettable tracks, this is still an excellent album for any fans of Killing Joke, or Industrial rock and metal. Hope you found this review helpful.

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MINISTRY Psalm 69

Album · 1992 · Industrial Metal
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'Psalm 69' is the fifth studio album by industrial metal band Ministry. Every sub-genre of metal usually has a defining 'classic' of the genre. While for thrash it may be 'Master of Puppets', or for death it may be 'Symbolic', whatever genre it may be, there usually is a definitive album. For industrial, most fans agree that Ministry's 'Psalm 69' is a perfect contender for a definitive classic of industrial metal.

The previous album 'The Mind', showed Ministry at one of their most varied moments featuring aggressive tracks like 'Thieves' and dark brooding songs like 'Cannibal Song'. 'Psalm 69' takes the aggressiveness of 'The Mind' and amps it up with even more crushing riffs and barrages of mechanical drums. The album opens up with one of Ministry's most well-known songs, 'N.W.O.' with it's strong political lyrics, pounding drums, crushing guitar, and Al Jourgensen's raspy vocals. This album has no shortage of Ministry classics, with the thrashing 'Just One Fix', the 8 minute long 'Scarecrow', and one of my personal favorites 'Hero'. Also featured is the humorous and catchy 'Jesus Built My Hotrod'. This song really captures the weirdness of some industrial metal bands, it doesn't get much better then a guy loving his car with passages like 'Ding dang a dong bong bing bong'. These lyrics wouldn't be too out of place on a Primus album.

It is true that 'The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste' has more variety, but 'Psalm 69' has something 'The Mind' didn't and that is guitar solos. Previously guitar solos weren't featured in industrial metal much, however Ministry really makes the guitar solos feel right at home on this album. The guitar solo on 'N.W.O.' is especially awesome, grinding perfectly along with the mechanical atmosphere.

Overall, this album is a masterpiece beginning to end. Like I said, if there is one industrial metal album that everyone should have in their collection it should probably be this one. This album and 'The Mind' really show Ministry and industrial metal at it's very best. Hope you found this review helpful.

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KILLING JOKE Pandemonium

Album · 1994 · Industrial Metal
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'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.

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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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