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  • Industrial Rock

    Industrial rock is a genre of music that emerged by blending industrial music and subgenres of the rock scene like Hardcore, Punk, Oi, and Hard Rock. Industrial rock bands will mostly utilize instrumentation found in almost all other forms of rock, including drums, bass guitar, and electric guitar, along with other electronic equipment such as synthesizers. While the drums and bass guitar can be, and usually are, played live they are also sometimes replaced by computers or other electronic instrumentation. One unique feature that separates industrial rock music from the rock scene in general is the use of mechanical sounds associated with industry. Bands from the 80s like Die Krupps, Z’ev, SPK, and others, incorporated metal percussion through the use of pipes and other suck industrial waste. It has been said that the use of such items and the music itself was meant as a cognitive effect to symbolize urban collapse and decay. This type of music, along with the lyrical content of most bands in the industrial rock scene, is convened in such a way that those who listen to the music may find it a bit unnerving.

    The industrial rock genre emerged in the later half of the 70s, in the thick of the Disco hype as well as the punk rock movement, and was embodied by bands like Cabaret Voltaire and Throbbing Gristle. It didn’t take long for other musicians to begin using industrial elements in their own forms of music, and industrial rock had its true inception in the middle of the 90s due to crossover bands being labeled simply as industrial. The terminology ‘industrial rock’ was used to refer to bands that were not only incorporating industrial influences, but also were apart of the rock scene. Early bands to be labeled as industrial include acts like Pere Ubu, PIL, Chrome, and Killing Joke.

    Killing Joke heralded industrial rocks first mainstream breakthrough and success in the commercial music scene with the album Night Time, which they released in 1985. The genres true entrance into mainstream success and commercial acceptance came with hit performers like Nine Inch Nails, Ministry, and Marilyn Manson. The industrial rock scene hit its peak in popularity in the later half of the 90s, with other such acts as White Zombie, Rammstein, and Spine Shank. But after the popular rise of the genre in the late 90s and early years of the 2000s, the industrial rock scene met with a large backlash in the American music scenes from certain parts of the music industry, namely the press. But, at nearly the same time this was happening, Europe emerged with its own form of electronic metal. Bands like Neue Deutsche Härte and Rammstein found great commercial success in Germany, and all over Europe, Rammstein having found great success in countries such as Austria, the Netherlands, Belgium, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and many others.

    Notable bands of the genre include 16 Volt, 51 Peg, Angelspit, Black Light Burns, Godhead, Hell on Earth, Hate Dept., Jakalope, Pretty, Skinny Puppy, Skillet, Collide, Dope, Megaherz, Synical, Kidneytheives, Das Ich, Mnemic, Static-X, Stabbing Westward, Lights of Euphoria, Cyanotic, VAST, X-Fusion, Two, N17, Pig Face, Electric Hellfire Club, Dope Stars Inc., Pailhead, Fear Factory, Velvet Acid Christ, The Shizit, Filter, Error, and Foetus, to name only a handful of artists on a very long list of great examples of this unique genre.

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