The Industrial Realm: Where To Start

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Let me start by saying that I am 17 and that, outside of school, I’ve never really written anything. Certainly not an article for a super kool kvlt metal blog, so cut me some slack if you think this article blows.

I’m not an Industrial music expert, just an enthusiast. Like metal, there’s too much material out there to know everything [Speak for yourself. -MSD], but I know enough to give you an introduction to industrial music.

Is Motionless in White no longer scary enough for you? Look no further than the oldest industrial classic dating allllll the way back to 1979 — 20 Jazz Funk Greats by Throbbing Gristle. This album is so unbelievably dark and unsettling that it’s almost unreal. In fact, the picture used for the album’s cover was taken at Beachy Head in England; one of the world’s most notorious suicide spots. If you enjoy dark ambient creepiness (or totally trolly album art) then this is the album for you! Make sure you’re all alone in a dark room the first time you spin it. Like most great albums, listen to it in one sitting if you want to get the most out of it.

 

Now for one of my personal favorites: Skinny Puppy. I have Trent Reznor to thank for making great accessible music that would eventually lead me to other great but less accessible music. First off, Nivek Ogre’s voice is a little difficult to adjust to for most people. Give it a chance. Second, audio sampling is one of Skinny Puppy’s favorite thing to do, and they’re fucking perfect at it. Just listen to this:

Beautiful! If you don’t agree then there must be something wrong with you. It’s crazy how creative and talented these guys are, and every single album sounds different.

A tear comes to my eye! I could post Skinny Puppy songs all day, but I’ll just do two more. The best way to get into this band is to start with the singles, then go on to the weirder stuff once you’re tired of those but still hungry for more PuppyHere’s the closest they ever came to metal. And here’s what they sound like in 2013.

 

On to Ministry. I have some mixed feelings about them because Al Jourgensen is both a mastermind and a lunatic. I’m sure most metalheads, like Al himself, prefer their newer, more thrash-heavy work on the George Bush bashing trilogy, but I prefer old the Ministry.

Al may hate this album, but I will always prefer it to the repetitive thrash band Ministry eventually became. Here’s one from The Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Taste. Is it metal? Ehh, kinda? Either way, it’s awesome. So awesome, in fact, that even the great Limp Bizkit deemed it worthy to cover:

Most people consider Psalm 69 to be their magnum opus, and it’s where Al made the jump to full metal. Some say that Rammstein stole this riff for “Du Hast,” but I’m not sure I hear it. Do you?

 

The last band I’m going to touch on is the best of the best. Not just one of the best in industrial music, on of the best bands IN THE HISTORY OV RECORDED MUSIC. I’m talking, of course, about Nine Inch Nails. Trent Reznor is my hero. 1999’s The Fragile is the greatest double album of all time. Listen to the first track:

Industrial music is generally concerned with sounding like there are no humans involved, as if the synthesizers and drum machines just work it out on their own. Trent changed that. Nine Inch Nails changed industrial music, for better or for worse depending on who you are. Here’s a classic example.

I’ve listened to that song at least 500 times since the 7th grade and it hasn’t gotten old. NIN is catchy and accessible, but they have great fucking music to back it up. With a respectable amount of hits and several top 10 albums, they brought industrial music to the mainstream’s attention. Hell, even Johnny Cash covered them. This song, which is probably their most famous, is 20 years old and still gets major airplay.

Without them I — and probably many others — would never have ventured far into industrial music. I’ll will leave you with what might be NIN’s heaviest song, from their 1992 EP Broken:

(Via)

  • Negrodamus

    Drew this article is tight, nicely done.

    • Sponge Of Mystery

      yey

      • Mother Shabubu III

        Only one thing Sponge of Mystery, AKA Drew, YOU FORGOT THE
        EINSTUERZENDE NEUBAUTEN!

        • Death

          Don’t shout at the sponge or he will soil himself!

        • Sponge Of Mystery

          I’ve actually never listened them! And thank you for making that reference it made my day

          • Mother Shabubu III

            They and Test Dept. both were arguably the bands that started the term industrial due to them using electronics, actual machinery, and metal pieces to make their music.

    • The Groke (Mörkö)

      For a sponge

  • The Groke (Mörkö)

    I don’t know if this works, because my embedding skills are pure shit.

    Paramnesia by Prevenge

  • Tyree

    Mind: The Perpetual Intercourse is my favorite Skinny Puppy album. It never gets old.

    • Sponge Of Mystery

      that’s definitely in my top 5 of theirs

      • Tyree

        Brap (Back & Forth Vol. 3 & 4) is a fantastic Compilation album too. The version of Love In Vein on that is scary as hell.

        • Sponge Of Mystery

          I still haven’t listened to their bsides yet, they have so much material, its so hard to keep up

          • Tyree

            Have you heard the newest offering by them? I thought it was meh.

          • Sponge Of Mystery

            yea, it’s a great album if you’re trying to get into them, so it was perfect for me when i found them. But looking back at it after I’ve listened to all their other stuff it is a little dull, but Wornin’ is still a killer track

          • Tyree

            Yeah, after Last Rights I started to loose interest in them. They got too dancy and popy sounding. I prefer the really dark, atmospheric, and haunting sounding Skinny Puppy more then anything.

          • Sponge Of Mystery

            so do i, but i’m a sucker for dancy poppy music (see Breathe Caroline, Owl City, Lady Gaga etc…)

  • The Groke (Mörkö)

    When it comes to Throbbing Gristle, I prefer D.O.A. Hamburger Lady.

  • while i may not agree that The Fragile is the greatest double album of all time, it CERTAINLY is my favorite NIN album of all time!!!
    (i mean, can it compete with The Wall or Quadrophenia?)

    • Sponge Of Mystery

      once again NIN is my favorite band and i’m a huge fanboy so i mean…..its’s the best double album of all time lolz

      • i respect your passion for that! how do you feel about Hesitation Marks?

        • The Groke (Mörkö)

          I didn’t hate hesitation marks, it had some good songs.

        • Sponge Of Mystery

          It’s my least favorite NIN album, but it’s still awesome and i’m glad to have Trent back doing NIN. I’m still hoping for a Year Zero pt 2 or another Ghosts album

          • Tyree

            Year Zero is pretty great. That’s the only NIN album I’ve ever bought besides Pretty Hate Machine.

          • Sponge Of Mystery

            Pretty Hate Machine was perfect in my book lol cheesy sad 80s Trent was the best

          • Tyree

            Agreed.

          • W.

            Love the new avatar!

          • Tyree

            It had to be done.

    • The Groke (Mörkö)

      Best double album is clearly Soundtracks for the Blind

      • HI NEGROD!!!

        • The Groke (Mörkö)

          I’m not him, I am death. I got fired by Jack.

          • Negrodamus

            aka Death’s Misanthropic / Metaphysical Anus.

          • The Groke (Mörkö)

            At one point I was Misanthropic Anal Fissure. You missed that one?

          • Negrodamus

            Ha, I liked your original being Metaphysical Anus with the weird baby avatar.

          • The Groke (Mörkö)

            Yeah, the baby. Maybe I should return to those days. I need to find that damn baby again.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            Thank you. Because of you, my identity crisis is over. Metaphysical Anus is back!

          • i’ll never forget Death. i was laughing so hard on Friday my co-workers probably thought i went nuts.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            I’m still gonna be basically the same thing. (You can blame Jack Bauer for the death of Death)

          • That one conversation between Death and God about Super Heaven and Super Death was one of the funniest things I’ve read on here.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            Super Death was a nice guy. Too bad God had to make me kill him.

          • Death

            Don’t worry bae, I’m back.

          • Wat. I didn’t realize Metaphysical Anus = Death.

            http://gifrific.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/mind-blown-classic.gif

          • The Groke (Mörkö)

            You didn’t?

          • I had no idea. Now I feel a little bad about taking your job.

            Just a little, though.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            YOU HEARTLESS BITCH (I don’t mean it. I love you bae)!

          • have you seen the whole sketch? it’s one of the funniest things ever.

          • I don’t think I have. That show is very hit or miss for me. I would say a good 75% of it isn’t funny to me.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            What show is that?

          • Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!

          • Metaphysical Anus

            Never heard of it.

          • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

            I would say because of the 10 minute episode length tim & eric are among the most rewatchable shows ever made. The same goes for tom goes to the mayor. Bass Fest.

          • does Jack have that authority??

          • The Groke (Mörkö)

            Apparently he does. Ann Coulter’s Flaccid Penis got the job, so now I’m The Groke.

          • i guess i’m late to the game. what was the job?

          • The Groke (Mörkö)

            Being death… I found about it when I was fired. He tried to get me to watch GoT and dr. who.

        • Negrodamus

          Sup McNulty!

          • Tyree

            Off topic here but I’m diggin that
            AUDITORxCROWHURST album you got on Bandcamp.

          • Negrodamus

            Tyree that made the whole mission for me to get you to follow my Bandcamp worthwhile lol.

            I picked up five albums yesterday, for the low low price of $17.50!

          • Tyree

            Lol, I’m checking your other stuff out too. That
            THEOLOGIAN release looks pretty gnarly.

          • Negrodamus

            Theologian is pretty gnarly. I am dipping my little toe into power electronics and he’s one I have found to be pretty listenable so far.

          • Death

            Wait, listenable power electronics? That must be an oxymoron!

          • Metaphysical Anus

            I got 10 albums for the low price of 0…

            I quite enjoyed this one

            http://nonsensepremonition.bandcamp.com/album/communion-of-fears

          • yeah, currently listening and enjoying!

          • Death

            Great to hear that, sweetie pie!

          • Christian Molenaar

            Dang it, you weren’t supposed to know about that until my review goes up!

          • Tyree

            Aw shit.

          • i’m so proud of our wittle guy!

      • KJM

        Seriously though, best double album ever?
        Only Quadrophenia comes close.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3iEgijyJbAg

        • Death

          Circle’s Golem/vesiliirto is better.

          • KJM

            Jimmy Page > Everybody else. If I were a Mathematician, I could construct a more accurate equation to show why this is true.

          • Death

            I don’t like Led Zeppelin, so you’re talking to blind ears. Robert Fripp (King Crimso) = Frank Zappa = Ulver = Swans > Everything

          • KJM

            I’ll agree about the Fripp part 100% but unless it’s “One Size Fits All”, a PMRC hearing, or a song where he promises to “shut up and play yer guitar”, I could care less about Zappa.

          • Death

            plz showe a cactus up ur anus!

          • KJM

            Hell no, that would hurt!

          • Death

            I don’t care m8! You defiled the name of Frank Zappa! If u wont do it, ill come there and showe it up ur ass and i wont be tender about it!

          • KJM

            “Help, I’m a cop!!”

          • Death

            Suzy?

          • you and i Death, we’re in the minority here of Zep dislikers.

          • KJM

            <_<

          • Death

            I thought I was alone! Just more reasons to love you McNulty!

        • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

          page/plant 98 is my third favorite concert after roger waters dark side & wall tours. So it’s a battle between gilmour and page for me.

          • KJM

            I can only say which of the two I prefer at the moment. I would never go with one over the other.

    • KJM

      Tales From Topographic Oceans or GTFO.

      • The Groke (Mörkö)

        Not even the best Yes album dood.

        • KJM

          They can’t all be “Close To The Edge”.

          • The Groke (Mörkö)

            Relayer is their best…..

          • KJM

            With respect, nuh uh. Sound Chaser & Gates are excellent songs, but far from their best.

          • Death

            I swear on me mum! Ill fuck u up.

          • Kevin Nash and Friends

            I think that the best Yes album is Fragile. Close to the Edge is a close second,

          • Death

          • KJM

            Cha cha cha, CHA CHA!!!

          • Kevin Nash and Friends

            Yes you are. I hated that album. It was too indulgent even for me.

          • Death

            Fuck you Kevin! (Don’t take this the wrong way, I still love you)

          • Kevin Nash and Friends

            It’s fine.

          • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

            the reason ELP is the best progressive group is because to my ears they are the only band that all seem to be playing a different song yet somehow produce something that is quite listenable. I find yes to be quite unlistenable a good portion of the time.

          • Not Vincent Bennett

            I like Yes, but the only albums I like from the non pop era are Relayer, Close To the Edge and Tales from Topographic Oceans and even Tales is a stretch because of its length. I prefer 90125 and Big Generator, hell I prefer Union compared to Relayer, Going For The One and the less said about Tormato the better. I mean Tormato has more copies than any other Yes album in most record stores and they’re all cutouts! I hated that album.

          • Death

            You like ELP! You can’t complain about something being “too indulgent.”

          • Kevin Nash and Friends

            I concede. I do think that people spend too much time on Facebook though. I deactivated mine for the final time as I want to stay away from the public eye. I consider Facebook excess beyond what ELP could ever imagine.

          • Death

            I never even made a Facebook account.

          • Kevin Nash and Friends

            You’re smart. I grew to hate it quickly. Too much bad has come out of it in my case.

          • i cancelled facebook a few years ago after a break-up. i was wondering, “do i stay friends with her friends? will she stay friends with my family? why am i thinking this? none of this is important!” so now i just use my McNulty account for the RHRC.

          • KJM

            A 6-disc version of “Yessongs” would be less pretentious and excessive than Facebook, killed my account 4 years ago.

          • Pagliacci is Kvlt

            So many great albums, it’s hard to choose a best. But Relayer is right there at the top for me. Tales from Topographic Oceans? Not so much.

          • Death

            What about Heaven and Earth? That… happened.

          • Pagliacci is Kvlt

            I haven’t listened to any new Yes since “The Ladder.”

          • Death

            Listen to some Heaven and Earth. It’s so horrible. I got haemorrhoids from it.

    • Mr. Bojangles

      My fav double is the living infinite (soilwork aka soiltwerk)

      • Sponge Of Mystery

        That album is awesome, one of my fav albums of 2013

    • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

      It’s definitely the wall, the who have a great bassist, drummer and vocalist but they are trumped by gilmour’s playing and roger waters overall vision which eclipses quadrophenia. The wall movie also blows quadro out of the water.

  • CÖÄL RÖLL FRÖM THE TÖILET BÖWL

    Props for being honest about being a young-un here. You’re on the right track Coal Roller JR

  • IronLawnmower

    Thanks for writing this. Next to metal industrial is my favourite genre.

  • The Groke (Mörkö)
  • Sponge Of Mystery

    Also i forgot to mention them but Front 242, Nitzer Ebb, and KMFDM are also awesome

  • The Groke (Mörkö)

    Oh man, talking about industrial gives me a chance to plug Swans again

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1MVD5_qbUQ

    • Have you heard ‘The Seer’ yet? Their best one, IMHO, and a pretty raw listen. Basically it’s every era of Swans rolled into one, which is saying alot.

      • Death

        I have heard every Swans album. I love the seer, but soundtracks for the blind is the best one in my opinion. To Be Kind is slightly better than the seer.

  • Howard Dean

    Nice article!

    I’ve never been much of an industrial fan. In theory, I should love it, but I just find myself reaching for other things. Even music that is predominately metal but with tinges of industrial (see: Blacklodge, Aborym, et al) hasn’t done much for me, with a few exceptions. Blut Aus Nord is the undisputed king of the industrialized black metal sound, and gritty mammoths like The Work Which Transforms God and Mort are fantastic (and downright disturbing). BAN is able to successfully blend the otherworldly mechanization of industrial music with metal. Thorns (the progenitor of the black/industrial marriage) is able to do this, too. Many bands of the “industrial black metal” ilk are just plain clunky and/or boring.

    • The Groke (Mörkö)

      Blut Aus Nord makes me so moist.

    • Negrodamus

      HD what did you think of Blut Aus Nord’s recent trilogy that had odd pop leanings on the last disc? I thought that shit was tight, I listened to all the albums at once which was quite the challenge lol

      • The Groke (Mörkö)

        I loved the trilogy. One of the best album trilogies in my opinion.

      • Howard Dean

        I actually enjoyed the “What Once Was… Liber” trilogy of EPs more than the 777 album trilogy. I thought the first, 777 – Sect(s), was the strongest of the three, and that each album after got increasingly poorer in quality.

        Though I enjoy “industrial” BAN, especially TWWTG, I’m a much larger fan of their more traditional black metal albums. Ultima Thulee, Memoria Vetusta I and II, and The Mystical Beast of Rebellion (which is sort of a transitional album) are my favorites. Vindsval can write black metal all over the board, but I think he does the “icy and majestic” variety the best.

        I imagine tackling the BAN discography all at once was daunting and difficult. Definitely revisit his more traditional bm albums in a more relaxed setting, and hear them as individuals (without being bookended by the rest of the discography).

        • Howard Dean

          Also, when MVIII gets released sometime in the near future (hopefully), I will byah! until the goats come home (for sacrifice).

          • Metaphysical Anus

            I really like Ultima Thulee, but TWWTG takes the evil cake.

        • Negrodamus

          Oh, well I just listened to the 777 trilogy in one sitting, three albums. I can hardly imagine listening to his whole discography at once lol.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            That would be quite the accomplishment.

          • Howard Dean

            Ok, I feel better now. I thought you meant that you listened to all of his albums at once. The thought of doing that made me shudder a little. I think you’d probably be in a straightjacket if you did that.

            The 777 trilogy front to back is a good listen. I just found myself enjoying the material on part 1 the best. I thought things went downhill afterwards (though I think the cover for part 2 is the best of the three).

            http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-2vxADeIrZV8/TyhyKjF74oI/AAAAAAAAAeo/c5rUI5uEQGw/s1600/08%2B777%2B-%2Bdesanctification.jpg

          • i so wanted to enjoy those albums (and i kind of do), but some of those songs are just so same-y to other ones. a little variety would have kicked it up a notch for me.

          • Negrodamus

            Each of the three projects has a very defining sound, it’s true.

          • Death

            I don’t wanna be offensive, but are you really black? If so, you’re my first black friend.

          • Negrodamus

            Ha, no, I am actually white.

          • Death

            Dammit, I’ll never get a black friend.

        • Randall Thor

          Ultima Thulee master race

          • Death

            Dude, do you want to see my corgis like I promised?

          • Randall Thor

            YES

          • Death

            I’ll get some pics tonight.

          • Death

            Here you go,

          • Randall Thor
          • Death

            My camera sucks, so the quality sucks as well.

          • Randall Thor

            This is everything I wanted

          • Death

            The other older one is a fluffy fucker. He has fluffier hair than corgis normally have.

          • Those are some fuckin’ adorable doggies. I can’t wait until my girlfriend gets back from her internship and I can get one.

          • Death

            Plz don’t steal my doggies.

          • I won’t. I do have a Corgi figurine on my desk that’s solar powered and shakes its head left and right. I love corgis.

          • Death

            Good, you flaccid penises are so unpredictable.

          • KJM

            DOGGIEZ!!!

          • Howard Dean

            Byaaaaaaaaaaahhhhh!

    • Sponge Of Mystery

      industrial metal for me usually doesn’t work and ends up sounding stupid and like the band that made it were a bunch of try hard badasses. Ministry, Fear Factory, NIN (kinda), and KMFDM do it the best i feel

      • Sponge Of Mystery

        and I guess Marilyn Manson does too but he was barely ever trve industrial

        • The Groke (Mörkö)

          Marilyn Manson?

          • Sponge Of Mystery

            yea, he may be a washed up douche now, but his first 4 albums were killer

          • mechanical animals was a fun dip into glam rock.

          • Death

            There are never fun dips into glam rock! NEVER!

          • DeeSnarl

            Glam rock is frickin’ awesome IMO. (Note: it’s not glam metal, which sucks.)

          • Death

            Your opinion is objectively wrong!

          • DeeSnarl

            Well yeah, there’s that…

          • Sponge Of Mystery

            wait whats the difference? Like whats some bands as a comparison?

          • DeeSnarl

            Glam rock was a 70s thing with bands like T Rex, Bowie (then), Mott the Hoople, etc. It influenced punk. See also Glitter. Glam metal, you probably know, was an 80s thing comprised of bands like Poison, Winger, White Lion, etc., ad nauseam. It influenced acid-washed denim. See also diarrhea.

          • Sponge Of Mystery

            ohh ok i see what you mean lol

          • Sponge Of Mystery

            Yes!!

          • Sponge Of Mystery

            His first album is a super cool record

      • Xan

        I enjoy quite a bit of Fear Factory’s stuff. I’ve never really been blown away from their shit but I quite like this song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0TJVHHQW6aE

  • Check out the first two Eisbrecher albums, Drew.

    http://youtu.be/75bj8IN7FnM

    • Death

      Maybe not for me. Industrial metal is a genre that doesn’t appeal to me that much, even though I love industrial.

      • You like “non-heavy/more electro” stuff? I do a lot of that too.

        • Death

          By industrial, I mean dark, disturbing shit.

          • Ah, ok. “Industrial” has become sort of a blanket term like “metal”has. (The difference being that “metal” is currently “cool” and a lot of the more narrow fans of more extreme sub-genres are acting like they own the shit haha.)

          • Death

            Old-school industrial is the best industrial.

          • Probably have to agree.

  • Randall Thor

    Trouble did the best Psalm: http://youtu.be/_U9ZkIsCdLg

  • Kevin Nash and Friends

    My favorite industial album is the Downward Spiral by Nine Inch Nails. It’s so beautiful and haunting at the same time.

  • CÖÄL RÖLL FRÖM THE TÖILET BÖWL

    I prefer the old Ministry too

    • Death

      Do you mean this old Ministry?

      • Death

        ….

        • CÖÄL RÖLL FRÖM THE TÖILET BÖWL

          oops!

          • Death

            Disqus please!

        • Wizard Aura

          When I was like 15 I bought this just to see if it really was true

          • Death

            So it was a month ago. Did you… enjoy it?

          • Wizard Aura

            Well, I now paint my nails black, so…

          • Death

            Whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy?

          • Wizard Aura

            Ugh, why does e v e r y o n e have that reaction! I’m still developing my personal identity, ok?

          • Death

            You can develop it without paining your nails!

          • Wizard Aura

            I know, I know… It was just that I just read a tumblr post that said “Nails are the most true expression of the soul” like the same day I bought “With Sympathy” and the synchronicities were just too much to ignore. Like, my soul is soooo black, its not even funny! I just had to paint my nails black like my soul.

          • Death

            You boy! Stay the fuck away from tumblr! I am hated there, for I am a straight white male.

          • Death

            I don’t belive in souls

  • Mr. Bojangles

    Maow

    • Death

      Hello fat kitty!

      • Mr. Bojangles

        *hiss*

        • Death

          Did you know that cats die due to being fat?

          • Mr. Bojangles

            Death be not proud…
            though some have called thee might and dreadful, for, thou art not so.

          • Death

            What do you know? You’re just a fat cat!

        • CÖÄL RÖLL FRÖM THE TÖILET BÖWL

          Mr Bojangles is angry

    • CÖÄL RÖLL FRÖM THE TÖILET BÖWL

      ..

  • Needs moar GODFLESH

  • KJM

    Come on man, Relayer doesn’t even have Rick Wakeman!!

    • Death

      It doesn’t need him. It has Jon Anderson!

      • KJM

        Well, even 90125 has Jon Anderson…

        • Death

          Can’t we all just agree that Heaven and Earth was one of the worst things to happen ever!

          • KJM

            Yes, yes we can.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            Let’s wait for the Jon Anderson/Jean-Luc Ponty band to release their debut before we make any rash decisions

          • Death

            But Ponty is a great violinist mate.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            Yeah, he is. Also Jon used to be a wonderful singer (still ok at least) But I don’t believe into that project for one hairy second

          • Death

            It can’t be worse than Heaven and Earth.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            Well you may be right about that… As much as I’d like to deny it because of The Fish
            I mean h&e IS pretty abominable

          • Not Vincent Bennett

            Was the new one that bad? I haven’t listened to it yet and I enjoyed the last studio album.

          • Death

            The songs sound like stale pop rock, their new vocalist tries to imitate Jon Anderson etc. It really was bad. Here’s a good review of it
            http://www.sputnikmusic.com/review/62981/Yes-Heaven-and-Earth/

          • Not Vincent Bennett

            Oof. It’s that bad? I want to listen to it, but now I’m scared to.

        • Not Vincent Bennett

          I loved 90125! I see it as not a Yes album, but another group named Yes and in the context it’s pretty damn good.

  • The Black Dahlia Burger

    I love Nine Inch Nails! Seeing them live this past October was like a spiritual journey, anyone who likes them even a little bit should check them out if they come near you.

  • Guppusmaximus

    Personally, I love what O.S.I. have been doing. It’s kinda like Pink Floyd meets Industrial with a tinge of Pop. “Fire Make Thunder” was absolutley phenomenal!

    *Warning* you need a decent Hi-Fi system to hear the depth & “wideness” of the electronic layers they incorporate into their songs. If you ever truly listened to “The Downward Spiral” then you’ll know what I’m talking about.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYtMrtDX0Gw

  • Gurp

    I gave industrial a bit of a go after hearing “Pro-Test” by Skinny Puppy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aS-gGYaA8F0
    I thought it was a rad track and went through the rest of their discography hoping it would also be filled with 90s/early 00s breakdancing tunes, but… I frankly found them to be kinda repetitive.

  • Scrimm
  • W.

    No hard feelings, Al. Also, NIN made a snuff film. You sickos should watch it.

  • Cock of Steele

    I’ll be honest, when I listened to Just one Fix, Buch Dich was the first Rammstein song to come to my mind.

  • Xan

    The article was really well written but I just can’t get into industrial music. It bores me too easily (real rich from a person who listens to funeral doom). Keep writing away. Perhaps I shall find an industrial bands that I can stand some day.

  • Call the Slambulance

    I’m shocked that I haven’t seen any mentions of Kraftwerk…

    • Wizard Aura

      Because they are not an industrial band.

  • Wizard Aura

    I always had a soft spot for Atari Teenage Riot
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfDN1Prpj64

    • Not Vincent Bennett

      I loved the song with Slayer off the soundtrack for that terrible Spawn movie. That song was the only good thing to come out of that abomination.

  • Not Vincent Bennett

    Did any of you try those Cappuccino potato chips that Lay’s is selling? I tried them and this quote from a French general says it best: “Nous sommes dans un pot de chambre, et nous y serons emmerdés.”

    • Heard about em, but can’t find them anywhere. Crazy and strange enough for me to try out!

      • Not Vincent Bennett

        I’m begging you, do not try them. They made me get sick they were so bad. I never want to eat those abominations again.

  • SMOHLG

    Drew… I don’t know who you are but you just pretty much became my best friend. Ministry, Skinny Puppy, and NIN were my favorite bands before going head first into metal. Somewhat damaged is my favorite NIN song (except for maybe Reptile) and Assimilate… fuckin assimilate. Great stuff.

    • Not Vincent Bennett

      I like Nine Inch Nails, preferably Downward Spiral era. I also have no problem with Ministry because Al is one of my favorite people and I liked Skinny Puppy back in high school when I went through an industrial and Gothic music phase. I still like the Gothic stuff but not as much anymore. I still love industrial though. I also gave Laibach a chance but his stuff wasn’t my cup of tea. I love Combichrist though for kicking that abomination that I don’t even want to name off their tour this year. If you want to know the abomination find out yourself, I don’t want to bring it up here as it’s not worthy of the Toilet.

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  • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

    I’ve not looked through all the comments but someone better have mentioned SPK. Seriously, this may be the greatest thing ever https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZWmYEUoweg