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Encyclopedia > Industrial metal
Industrial metal
Stylistic origins: Industrial Rock, Thrash Metal, Hardcore punk, EBM, Noise Rock
Cultural origins: Late 1980s, United States, United Kingdom, Germany
Typical instruments: Electric guitar - Synthesizer - Drum machine - Drums - Sequencer - Keyboard - Sampler
Mainstream popularity: Enjoyed moderate commercial success in throughout the 90s and early 2000s. Attention from the mainstream is currently low on the USA, but is moderately sized on Europe.
Derivative forms: Nu metal
Subgenres
Coldwave - Neue Deutsche Härte - Cyber Metal
Other topics
List of Industrial metal musical groups

Industrial metal is a musical genre that draws elements from industrial music and heavy metal music. Industrial metal music is usually centered around metal guitar riffs and industrial synthesizer/sequencer lines, heavily distorted, very low pitched guitars, as well as harsh vocals, but in some instances can have clean vocals. This term is used quite loosely, describing everything from industrial bands sampling metal riffs to heavy metal groups augmented with sequencers and drum machines. Industrial metal encompasses industrial subgenres such as aggro-industrial and coldwave (see List of post-industrial music genres and related fusion genres) and often overlaps some elements of nu-metal and post-punk. Industrial rock is a musical genre which is a fusion of post-industrial music and rock music. ... Thrash metal is a subgenre of heavy metal music, one of the extreme metal subgenres that is characterised by the high speed and aggression. ... Hardcore punk, now commonly known as hardcore, is a subgenre of punk rock that originated in North America in the late 1970s. ... Electronic body music (mainly known by its acronym EBM) is a music genre that combines elements of industrial music and electronic punk music. ... Lightning Bolt Live at the Southgate House 2005. ... The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ... A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified with the purpose of making music. ... An electric guitar is a type of guitar that uses pickups to convert the vibration of its steel-cored strings into electrical current, which is then amplified. ... For other uses, see Synthesizer (disambiguation). ... A Boss DR-202 Drum Machine A drum machine is an electronic musical instrument designed to imitate the sound of drums and/or other percussion instruments. ... Bass drum made from wood, rope, and cowskin A drum is a musical instrument in the percussion group that can be large, technically classified as a membranophone. ... In the field of electronic music, a sequencer was traditionally a device or piece of software that allows the user to record, play back and edit musical patterns. ... Piano, a well-known instance of keyboard instruments A keyboard instrument is any musical instrument played using a musical keyboard. ... An AKAI MPC2000 sampler Playing a Yamaha SU10 Sampler A sampler is an electronic music instrument closely related to a synthesizer. ... For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ... Nu metal (also called aggro metal, or nü metal using the traditional heavy metal umlaut) is a musical genre that has origins in the mid 1990s. ... This is a list of electronic music genres and sub-genres, though for the latter not all possess their own article (in which case, see the main genre article). ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Industrial Rock. ... The Neue Deutsche Härte (New German hardness) is a direction in hard rock/metal music that developed in the German speaking world in the 1990s. ... Industrial metal is a musical genre which draws elements from industrial music and heavy metal music. ... // 16 Volt 2wo Aborym Acid Android Acumen Nation The Amenta American Head Charge Anaal Nathrakh ...and Oceans (only from 2001 onwards) Angelspit Apartment 26 Argyle Park ASP Atrophia Red Sun The Axis of Perdition Battery Cage Black Light Burns The Berzerker Betty X Bile The Birthday Massacre Bleed the Sky... Musical genres are categories which contain music which share a certain style or which have certain elements in common. ... It has been suggested that Chicago Industrial be merged into this article or section. ... Heavy metal redirects here. ... For other uses, see Guitar (disambiguation). ... Riff is also an alternate spelling of Rif, a region of Morocco. ... For other uses, see Synthesizer (disambiguation). ... In the field of electronic music, a sequencer was traditionally a device or piece of software that allows the user to record, play back and edit musical patterns. ... This article is about reusing existing sound recordings in creating new works. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Industrial Rock. ... The term Industrial music was first used in the mid-1970s to describe the then-unique sound of the Industrial Records label artists, a wide variety of labels and artists have since come to be called Industrial. There is much disagreement between members of the industrial music scene as to... Nu metal is a musical genre that emerged in the late 1990s which fuses influences from grunge[1] and alternative metal with funk music, hip-hop, and various heavy metal genres, such as thrash metal and groove metal. ... Post punk generally refers to the particularly fertile and creative period following the initial punk rock explosion. During the first wave of punk, roughly spanning 1976-1983, bands such as The Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Ramones and The Damned began to challenge the current styles and conventions of rock...


It is difficult to distinguish many industrial metal artists and industrial rock because both genres leave much room for ingenuity and creativity. By convention, all industrial metal artists may be more vaguely described as industrial rock as well, but not all industrial rock artists are properly described as industrial metal. Industrial rock is a musical genre which is a fusion of post-industrial music and rock music. ...

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History

Early innovators

Though guitars had been used by industrial groups like Throbbing Gristle since the early days of the genre, it wasn't until the late-1980s that industrial and metal began to fuse into a common genre. The industrial metal scene was the result of the convergence of a number of different musical trends, although the British band Killing Joke is generally considered a pioneer of industrial rock and was a major influence on many industrial metal bands. Coming out of the late 70's/early 80's, their sound, considered post-punk at the time, combined dark punk/quasi-metallic post-punk with synthesizers and rhythms that alternated between dance (a disco influence), thrash, and tribal. Big Black can also be considered a great infleunce on the industrial metal sound. Finally, the band Chrome has been mixing punk with industrial and electronic music since the late 70s, and although they are considered to be very influential by artists within the genre, they are often overlooked by fans. Throbbing Gristle (formed on September 3, 1975, in London) are a British Avant-Garde group that evolved from the performance art group COUM Transmissions. ... The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ... This article is about the musical group. ... Industrial rock is a musical genre which is a fusion of post-industrial music and rock music. ... Post punk generally refers to the particularly fertile and creative period following the initial punk rock explosion. During the first wave of punk, roughly spanning 1976-1983, bands such as The Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Ramones and The Damned began to challenge the current styles and conventions of rock... Big Black was a noise rock band founded in Chicago, Illinois, United States, that was active between 1982 and 1987. ... Chrome was one of the first industrial musical groups. ...


A number of electronic bands had begun to add elements of metal to their music, with Ministry's The Land of Rape and Honey and Godflesh's self-titled EP at the forefront (both released in 1988). Previously a guitarless band, Ministry's inclusion of metal guitars on "Stigmata", "The Missing", and "Deity" proved to be a watershed event. Subsequent albums, The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste and ΚΕΦΑΛΗΞΘ (commonly referred to as simply "Psalm 69"), would establish Ministry as a premier industrial metal act. Godflesh went their own way, melding Sabbath riffs with The Swans's crawling pace, topped with Throbbing Gristle-like white noise blasts. Though not a top-seller compared to Ministry, Godflesh became hugely influential, their name regularly dropped by Danzig[1], Faith No More, Fear Factory[2], Korn[3] and Metallica[4]. Ministry is an influential, Grammy-nominated American industrial metal band founded by frontman Al Jourgensen in 1981. ... The Land of Rape and Honey is an album by industrial band Ministry. ... Godflesh was an industrial metal band from Birmingham, England, formed in 1988 by Justin K. Broadrick (guitar, vocals, and programming) and G. C. Green (bass). ... Godflesh is the eponymous first release by the pioneering experimental industrial metal band. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste is an album by the band Ministry. ... Psalm 69: The Way to Succeed and the Way to Suck Eggs is an album by the band Ministry. ... Godflesh was an industrial metal band from Birmingham, England, formed in 1988 by Justin K. Broadrick (guitar, vocals, and programming) and G. C. Green (bass). ... This article is about the British heavy metal band. ... Swans were one of the few bands to emerge from the New York, USA No Wave scene intact. ... Throbbing Gristle (formed on September 3, 1975, in London) are a British Avant-Garde group that evolved from the performance art group COUM Transmissions. ... Calculated spectrum of a generated approximation of white noise White noise is a random signal (or process) with a flat power spectral density. ... Ministry is an influential, Grammy-nominated American industrial metal band founded by frontman Al Jourgensen in 1981. ... Godflesh was an industrial metal band from Birmingham, England, formed in 1988 by Justin K. Broadrick (guitar, vocals, and programming) and G. C. Green (bass). ... The tone or style of this article or section may not be appropriate for Wikipedia. ... FNM redirects here. ... Fear Factory is a Los Angeles, California based metal band. ... This article is about the band. ... Metallica is a Grammy Award-winning American heavy metal/thrash metal band formed in 1981[1] and has become one of the most commercially successful musical acts of recent decades. ...


At the same time, KMFDM was bringing metal influences to its guitars in singles like 1989's Virus and 1990s Godlike. In 1990, Killing Joke released the explosive Extremities, Dirt And Various Repressed Emotions, which built the band's earlier dark, brooding sound and electronic experiments into an industrial metal sound. A final element was added by a number of technologically advanced bands within the metal scene, spearheaded by Canadians, Voivod. KMFDM is an industrial rock band and the brainchild of founding member Sascha Konietzko. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... Virus is a KMFDM single preceding the album Naïve. ... For the band, see 1990s (band). ... Godlike is a KMFDM single off of the album Naïve. ... Voivod is a progressive metal band from Canada. ...


Later developments

Industrial metal blossomed in the early 1990s, particularly in North America where it outstripped pure industrial in popularity. The original strain of industrial metal became known as aggro-industrial, while a new form featuring punk- and hardcore-influenced guitars and more pronounced synthesizer accompaniment became known as coldwave. Prominent coldwave bands included Chemlab, 16 Volt, and Acumen (later Acumen Nation), though more recently, Acumen Nation has nearly dropped all electronics in favor of a more metal sound. In Europe, some groups such as Young Gods and Swamp Terrorists would create industrial metal without live guitars, relying wholly on samplers. Many established groups adopted industrial-metal techniques around this period, either temporarily or permanently, including Skinny Puppy (on the Jourgensen-produced Rabies), Front Line Assembly and Die Krupps. For the band, see 1990s (band). ... North America North America is a continent[1] in the Earths northern hemisphere and (chiefly) western hemisphere. ... Punk rock is an anti-establishment music movement beginning around 1976 (although precursors can be found several years earlier), exemplified and popularised by The Ramones, the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned. ... Hardcore punk, now commonly known as hardcore, is a subgenre of punk rock that originated in North America in the late 1970s. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Industrial Rock. ... Jared Louche of Chemlab Chemlab is a coldwave and industrial rock (or machine rock) band formed in Washington D.C. around 1989 to 1990 by Dylan Thomas More (programming), Joe Frank (programming; not to be confused with the popular radio personality), Jared Hendrickson (vocals, sometimes credited as Jared Louche). ... 16 Volt is the one-man studio project of Eric Powell with other members added mostly for live shows. ... Acumen Nation is an industrial rock band based in Chicago, Illinois. ... The Young Gods is a Swiss band of Industrial music. ... The techno-industrial group Swamp Terrorists was started in the 80s by programmer STR (of Band Berne Crematoire, Nacht-Raum, and Strangler of the Swamp fame) and vocalist Ane H (formerly of Tierstein) who met at a Strangler/Tierstein show. ... Skinny Puppy is a prominent industrial band, formed in Vancouver, BC, Canada in 1982. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... Front Line Assembly (also known by the acronym FLA) is a Canadian electro-industrial band formed in 1986 by Bill Leeb and Michael Balch after Leeb left Skinny Puppy. ... Die Krupps is a German electropunk/EBM band, formed in 1980 by Jürgen Engler and Bernward Malaka in Düsseldorf. ...


More recently, groups like Rammstein and Oomph! have taken inspiration from electronic music as well as industrial and hard rock to create a new genre called Neue Deutsche Härte (New German Hardness)[citation needed] or what Rammstein describe as "Tanz-Metall" or "dance metal"[citation needed]. For other uses, see Ramstein. ... OOMPH! is a German crossover group. ... For other uses, see Electronic music (disambiguation). ... Hard Rock redirects here. ... The Neue Deutsche Härte (New German hardness) is a direction in hard rock/metal music that developed in the German speaking world in the 1990s. ...


The influence of industrial metal has permeated throughout the heavy metal genre, with a number of bands accenting their live instrumentation with industrial programming and sampling. Fear Factory is one of the most notable, incorporating electronic elements from a very early stage and often being produced by Rhys Fulber of Front Line Assembly. Devin Townsend's metal band, Strapping Young Lad, also features pronounced industrial-metal aspects. Many contemporary metal/nu-metal groups, drawing influences from industrial, hip hop, and electronica, have incorporated samplers and sequencers. As a result, acts like Rob Zombie, Static-X, Powerman 5000, Monster Voodoo Machine, Slipknot and Dope are often, though inconsistently, included in industrial metal. Fear Factory is a Los Angeles, California based metal band. ... Rhys Fulber was a member of Front Line Assembly and Delerium along with Bill Leeb. ... Devin Garrett Townsend (born May 5, 1972 in Vancouver, Canada) is a Canadian musician currently residing in British Columbia. ... Strapping Young Lad is an influential progressive extreme metal band from Canada, started by Devin Townsend in 1994. ... Hip hop music is a style of music which came into existence in the United States during the mid-1970s, and became a large part of modern pop culture during the 1980s. ... Electronica refers to a wide range of contemporary electronic music designed for a wide range of uses, including foreground listening, some forms of dancing, and background music for other activities; but unlike electronic dance music, is not specifically focused on the dance floor. ... Robert Cummings (born January 12, 1965 in Haverhill, Massachusetts), better known as Rob Zombie, is an American musician, film director, and writer. ... Static-X is an industrial metal band from Los Angeles, California, USA. Formed in 1994, they are signed to Warner Bros. ... Powerman 5000 are a Boston-based rock band formed in 1991. ... Formed in Canada in 1991, Monster Voodoo Machine was the modern metal brainchild of Toronto musician/vocalist Adam Sewell. ... Look up Slipknot in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Dope ordope (to fit their logo) is an Industrial rock/Industrial metal band originally from New York City, United States. ...


A new industrial metal scene is developing in Italy, with many acts, including Dope Stars Inc. , T3CHN0PH0B1A, Ensoph and Kubrick.[citation needed] Dope Stars Inc. ... Stanley Kubrick in the late 1990s Stanley Kubrick (July 26, 1928 - March 7, 1999) was a Jewish-American film director born in The Bronx, New York City who lived most of his life in England. ...


Examples of industrial metal

American Head Charge (often referred to as Head Charge or abbreviated AHC) are an industrial metal and nu-metal band from Minneapolis, Minnesota USA, earning nominations at the Kerrang! Awards on two occasions. ... The term crossbreed or crossbred refers to a hybrid animal of two purebred parents created by means of crossbreeding. ... For information on emigration, see Emigration. ... Fear Factory is a Los Angeles, California based metal band. ... The Kovenant is a Norwegian band which has evolved from symphonic black metal to industrial metal on more recent albums. ... OOMPH! is a German crossover group. ... Ministry is an influential, Grammy-nominated American industrial metal band founded by frontman Al Jourgensen in 1981. ... Mnemic (IPA: ) is a Danish/French metal band, formed in Aalborg, Denmark in 1998. ... For other uses, see Ramstein. ... Robert Cummings (born January 12, 1965 in Haverhill, Massachusetts), better known as Rob Zombie, is an American musician, film director, and writer. ... Spineshank was an American industrial-influenced nu metal[1] band. ... Static-X is an industrial metal band from Los Angeles, California, USA. Formed in 1994, they are signed to Warner Bros. ... Voivod or (more common) voivoda is a Slavic term initially denoting first in command of a military unit. ... White Zombie is the name of: White Zombie (film), a 1932 film about zombies starring Bela Lugosi. ... Deathstars is an industrial band formed in Sweden in January 2000, known as Swordmaster prior to a change in direction and name. ... For the Jewish belief system, see Daat. ... // 16 Volt 2wo Aborym Acid Android Acumen Nation The Amenta American Head Charge Anaal Nathrakh ...and Oceans (only from 2001 onwards) Angelspit Apartment 26 Argyle Park ASP Atrophia Red Sun The Axis of Perdition Battery Cage Black Light Burns The Berzerker Betty X Bile The Birthday Massacre Bleed the Sky...

Record labels

The Dancing Ferret entertainment group is the parent company of Dancing Ferret Discs and Dancing Ferret Concerts. ... Dynamica was a record label, founded by Jor and Anna Rosen after the success of Machinery Records specificly to release industrial metal music, hence the slogan Metal-Hacking-Industrialism. ... Invisible Records is a Chicago based record label founded by Martin Atkins to support and distribute the works of artists who preferred to work with a smaller, artist driven label. ... Metropolis Records is a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania based record label, distributor, and mail-order store specializing in the electro-industrial, synthpop, futurepop, darkwave, and gothic musical genres. ... Wax Trax! Records was a record label in the United States. ... Nothing Records was an American record label, specializing in industrial rock and electronic music, founded by Trent Reznor (of Nine Inch Nails) and John Malm, Jr. ... Earache Records is a heavy metal-orientated record label based in Nottingham, UK and New York, USA. It helped to pioneer extreme music by releasing many of the earliest grindcore and death metal records, in the period 1988-1992. ...

Samples

Fracture - Epicentre (1998) Image File history File links Fracture_-_Epicentre_(1998). ...

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Sielwolf - Verstärker zerstört (1993) Image File history File links Sielwolf_-_Verstärker_zerstört_(1993). ...

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Old Lady Drivers - Marzuraan (1991) Image File history File links Old_Lady_Drivers_-_Marzuraan_(1991). ...

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Testify - You Gotta Have Brains... (1993) Image File history File links Testify_-_You_Gotta_Have_Brains. ...

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Notes

  1. ^ Blush, Steven (October 1997). "DANZIG - 10/97 Seconds Magazine #44". Retrieved on 2007-08-30.  Archived at www.The7thHouse.com.
  2. ^ YATES, Catherine. Souls of a New Machine. Kerrang! no. 871, p. 18-20, set 2001.
  3. ^ Same as the above.
  4. ^ ALEXANDER, Phil. Alien Soundtracks! Kerrang! no. 528, p. 52-3, jan 1995.

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