¿Current Industrial Rock?
November 23, 2010 6:38 PM   Subscribe

What's the state of the art of Industrial Rock

I'm old and out of touch, but in my younger years I was quite taken by some of the more accesible and/or commercial industrial acts, like Ministry, NIN, KMFDM, Front Line Assembly, Pitchshifter, et al.
I was never into super hardcore or obscure bands, and wasn't really part of any scene or concerned with authenticity, etc.
What new music would fit into the same basic mindspace?
posted by signal to Media & Arts (9 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
I'm not an expert on industrial music in any way, but one band doing interesting things in this direction recently is 65 Days Of Static. Check them out, if you haven't already!
posted by mannequito at 9:35 PM on November 23, 2010

You might dig Left Spine Down. The commercial viability of industrial rock as a genre pretty much died with the 90s, though -- I haven't heard anything else lately that wasn't from a 90s band that kept on truckin'.
posted by neckro23 at 9:51 PM on November 23, 2010

Gary Numan.
posted by Brocktoon at 10:05 PM on November 23, 2010

Holy shit, can't believe I'm seeing Left Spine Down on the blue (well, green). Used to throw basement parties with those dudes almost a decade ago. They were pretty awesome though. Haven't heard anything from any of them for a few years though, wasn't even sure if they were still playing together.
posted by mannequito at 10:21 PM on November 23, 2010

The new album by Cyanotic is the best industrial rock I've heard in a really long time. Also: 16volt - Full Black Habit is really great.

Check out the "Escape from Earth" compilation from Cracknation Records, and the two Gears Gone Wild compilations on BitRiot. There's enough newer industrial rock on those three comps to give you a good heads-up of what's going on right now.
posted by Jairus at 10:51 PM on November 23, 2010

Not really new, but Funker Vogt is still going. I love them.
There's also Eisbrecher, Grendel, In Strict Confidence, De/Vision and many many more. Some of these lean more toward the synth than rock. It depends of whether you think Industrial Rock needs guitars.

There's a free podcast you may appreciate called Industrial Strength Nightmares.

There's still a viable industrial music scene. Even my smallish city has two industrial music nights.
posted by Kitty Stardust at 6:41 AM on November 24, 2010 [1 favorite]

As far as specifically industrial/rock crossover stuff (meaning with guitars), the above-mentioned Left Spine Down are absolutely awesome; imagine the industrial rock you used to like crossed with the Sex Pistols. Rabbit Junk is good, too, incorporating a lot more drum & bass and random craziness. Zeromancer are way more commercial-sounding, but they're pretty good. KMFDM and Front Line Assembly are still around, and so are 16volt and Acumen Nation, who are slightly more underground but absolutely awesome.

As it happens, I'm the assistant editor for an online magazine that covers this kind of stuff – the link is in the profile – but I don't really cover the rock/metal side that much, because it's kind of our editor in chief's specialty (I tend to cover the more obscure noise-related side of the industrial scene).
posted by infinitywaltz at 9:35 AM on November 24, 2010

Ah yes, I knew I was forgetting about something (Cyanotic), although they're less mainstream-sounding.

What Kitty Stardust is suggesting above is EBM and definitely not the sort of thing the OP is looking for. (Is post-80s EBM even "industrial"? THE DEBATE CONTINUES TO RAGE ACROSS THE INTERNET SINCE 1992 OR SO)
posted by neckro23 at 6:09 PM on November 24, 2010 [3 favorites]

Kitty Stardust's mention of Eisbrecher definitely counts, though. Also, speaking of Cyanotic, that band now features Metafilter's own Jairus.
posted by infinitywaltz at 10:05 AM on November 25, 2010

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