Industrial

Artist: 
The Bug Vs Earth
Label: 
Ninja Tune

I'm a big fan of Earth, only having a passing familiarity with The Bug, but from my point of view this album is a little boring. That isn't to say it's bad though, and the title Concrete Desert does a good job explaining the appeal. This music is slow, sprawling, and desolate.

Sounds Like: 
Earth
Sounds Like: 
The Bug
Sounds Like: 
the soundtrack to Dead Man by Neil Young
Name: 
Andrew Boring
Date Reviewed: 
04/19/2017
Artist: 
Kill the Precedent
Label: 
Minus HEAD Records

Kill the Precedent's recently released EP, Some Version of the Truth is an interesting collection of songs. It features seven tracks and each one is hard-hitting and relentless in terms of vocals and instrumentals. The vocals are mainly unclean and occasionally feature chanting but the way they are delivered is very appealing to me. The vocals in Some Version of the Truth have a more punk style to them compared to metal which is something I really enjoy.

Sounds Like: 
26000 Volts
Sounds Like: 
Deathlist 5
Name: 
Danielle Perry
Date Reviewed: 
03/21/2017
Artist: 
Ben Wash
Label: 
King's Head Records

The first track seemed like a chilled-out, slowed-down version of what hard style would sound if it was slowed down...Try to wrap that around your head. Now onto the next track, "Emma Watson Walks In". Now that's one killer title. But what about the track? I expect this to play every single time Emma Watson walks into some sort of room. It's this heavy, glitchy dub that's reminiscent of The Glitch Mob. Really heavy, but with some cerebral sound loops. It's really cool.

Sounds Like: 
The Glitch Mob
Sounds Like: 
Skrillex on Nyquil
Sounds Like: 
If Pendulum, The Glitch Mob, and Head Hunterz (hardstyle Head Hunterz, not mediocre progressive house Head Hunterz, sorry dude) had a musical love child, it would be Ben Wash.
Sounds Like: 
or...If Porter Robinson and The Glitch Mob had a musical love child.
Name: 
Karen Komine
Date Reviewed: 
03/25/2015
Artist: 
Pharmakon
Label: 
Sacred Bones

Pharmakon is an experimental industrial noise project from New York. After her debut Abandon received critical acclaim for being PRETTY DAMN BRUTAL, Pharmakon is back with a solid and thoughtful follow-up.

Sounds Like: 
Prurient
Sounds Like: 
Vatican Shadow
Sounds Like: 
Hanatarash
Name: 
Jakub Safar
Date Reviewed: 
10/24/2014
Artist: 
Laibach
Label: 
Mute

Laibach is an industrial outfit from Slovenia, mostly active in the mid-to-late- 80s. Their newest release, Spectre, sounds distinctly modern in it's sonic textures, but still takes cues from 80s industrial and the military marching music of the 30s and 40s. It's a very unique sound unlike anything I've heard before, blending alternative, electronic, metal and classical sounds and styles all into one wild and intriguing hour-long record.

Sounds Like: 
If the Axis powers were into electronic music
Name: 
Brett Botting
Date Reviewed: 
04/28/2014
Artist: 
Romain Remains
Label: 
Hype Machine

Roman Remains is the duo project of Liela Moss and Toby Butler. This album has a really cool, dark, industrial sound. I would describe it as electro-goth rock. They definitely explore some darker themes in their music, but in a way that makes you want to dance. It seems contradictory but it's actually awesome. Leila's voice is reminiscent of The Knife; or at least it is to me, haunting and ethereal--it floats and echoes above the crashy beats, which makes for really great contrast that is interesting to listen to.

Sounds Like: 
The Knife
Sounds Like: 
New Gary Numan
Name: 
Brittne MacCleary
Date Reviewed: 
03/30/2014
Artist: 
Xiu Xiu
Label: 
Polyvinyl

Xiu Xiu's Angel Guts: Red Classroom, released just a couple months after their Nina Simone cover album NINA, is a really scary album. Jamie Stewart has a kind of incredible vocal range that varies from everything between terrified whispers and terrifying screaming. The production on Angel Guts is very cool with some significant industrial or post-punk influence. Lots of electronic sounds and distorted synth blasts and some cool drum stuff.

Sounds Like: 
of Montreal; like the last couple tracks on False Priest
Sounds Like: 
what I've always imagined Nine Inch Nails sounds like but I've never given them much listening
Name: 
Jake Calegari
Date Reviewed: 
02/09/2014
Artist: 
Merchandise
Label: 
Night People

Totale Night is a challenging and interesting EP by the Tampa, FL, post-punk trio Merchandise. The EP is riddled with eardrum piercing noise, classic post punk snare sounds, and shines in the moments when the voice of frontman Carson Cox is allowed to move more to the forefront of the tracks as it does on the first single off the EP, "Anxiety's Door". Also notable is the slowed down, dreamy shoegaze ballad that is "I'll Be Gone". Themes of desperation and paranoia run through the EP lyrically, but are offset by an undercurrent of hope.

Sounds Like: 
Jesus and Mary Chain
Name: 
Michael Cullan
Date Reviewed: 
04/01/2013
Artist: 
Rammstein
Label: 
Universal

Admit it. You know you love them. Even if you only have one or two of their earlier albums, this is a pretty solid collection consisting of the band's classics from throughout their 17 year-long career. While it is missing some essentials ("Feuer Frei!?" "Sehnsucht?" and, let's be honest, "Te Quiero Puta?"), this is still a good way to discover some songs you don't know by them yet.

Sounds Like: 
KMFDM
Sounds Like: 
Korn
Sounds Like: 
Nine Inch Nails
Name: 
Alex Lopez
Date Reviewed: 
01/24/2012
Artist: 
The Naked and Famous
Label: 
Somewhat Damaged, Universal Republic

The Naked and Famous is a band from Auckland, New Zealand that formed in 2008 with a female and male vocalist.  They have a very electronic industrial sound with heavy snyth.

Sounds Like: 
Foster the People, Joy Formidable,Passion Pit,Two Door Cinema Club
Name: 
Maggie Dill
Date Reviewed: 
11/22/2011