Some of you probably never heard how a song sounds when metal meets electronic music. But the Industrial metal isn’t a new genre! It is possibly older than most of you. Fans of Ministry, Rammstein and Marilyn Manson will gladly admit that their favorite bands belong to this hybrid metal subgenre.
Al Jourgensen, leader of Ministry in action
If we get back to 80s we shall witness the industrialization of heavy metal, and its creator, the band Ministry from the USA. If you play their second album The Land of Rape and Honey in your CD player, you shall know that that release is regarded as a first industrial metal album. Along Ministry, bands KMFDM and Godflesh were mixing electronic sounds with heavy guitar riffs, building the foundation stone of this genre. Many considered Industrial Metal as futuristic music. By the beginning of the 90s, the genre developed significantly. Moreover, with the development of computer technologies musicians gain more opportunities in making electronic music. Samples could be made massively, and the usage of drum machines increased, as well. Artists and producers started using the various computer programs in adding samples into compositions and mixing them with furious guitar riffs and harsh vocals. Lyrical inspiration mostly came from science fiction, but as well as some themes from the common life of musicians. The bands which cleared their path in the industrial metal genre in the 90s were Rammstein, Marilyn Manson, Fear Factory, Laibach, Oomph! &c.
Marilyn Manson and his bandmates
Furthermore, in the new millennia, two Nordic bands marked this genre. The Kovenant from Norway and Deathstars from Sweden released their industrial mega albums and almost every song on them was a hit. Both bands created their own intergalactic image and songs rich of samples and heavy riffs. The success of Animatronic (1999) and Synthetic Generation (2002) was followed by Rammstein’s greatest album so far, named Mutter (2001). Marilyn Manson gained a huge army of fans by releasing Holy Wood (2000) and The Golden Age of Grotesque (2003).
The Kovenant from Norway created unique industrial albums
Germany had its own industrial scene, although Germany is a well-known country in which industry and mechanization were growing swiftly back in the days. So, it seems Germany was appropriate ground for the Industrial Metal, besides the USA. Some German exponents will be Oomph!, Megaherz, Einstürzende Neubauten, Rammstein. In America, besides Manson and Ministry, the industrial genre was marked by the bands such as White Zombie, Fear Factory, Static-X, Genitorturers, Nine Inch Nails, Hanzel und Gretyl. In the rest of the world, bands like Stoneman, Akado, Sybreed, Raunchy, Pain, Samael were recognized as Industrial metal!
German industrialists – RAMMSTEIN
In conclusion, I want to give the album recommendations to our readers who are willing to get into the industrial metal genre:
Ministry – The Land of Rape and Honey
Rammstein – Mutter
Fear Factory – Demanufacture
Deathstars – Synthetic Generation
Marilyn Manson – Antichrist Superstar
Godflesh – Godflesh
The Kovenant – Animatronic