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|Meatplow's Old School Industrial A To Z: #'s And Symbols|
A project i've been working on, trying to get a comprehensive A to Z list of every industrial related artist that released an album before 1993 happening. This year has been chosen because it is roughly where the roots of industrial and the myriad of post-industrial offshoots which characterised the 80's were truly beginning to be severed in favour of a largely industrial-metal and EBM dominated scene, much of which is of no interest to me. There is a lot of arguable inclusions to be had, and the list is probably missing stuff. If so let me know.
|1||...Of Tanz Victims|
Haunting the Empire
Haunting The Empire - 4/5. Some great first wave obscurity, that brings to mind the frenetic live energy of Einstürzende Neubauten, Missing Foundation, Test Dept. etc. Other notable releases: 110 Years Live
|2||1000 Homo DJs|
Supernaut - 4/5. One of Al Jourgensen's many side projects, this one is best known for a industrialised rendition of Black Sabbath's Supernaut which originally featured Trent Reznor on vocals instead of Al but was scrapped due to his label not wanting to clear it for release. They only released one single (Apathy) and the Supernaut EP which included this earlier release it in its entirety, the other 3 songs here are no slouches either. Other notable releases: None, this is essentially the groups discography.
Rock To The Beat
Rock To The Beat - 4/5. Technically not industrial in any sense of the word but vaguely related due to a connection with the Belgian New Beat scene and EBM, 101 released a few singles in the 80's and that was it. Rock To The Beat is the most popular of them, the title track and its B-side Saigon Nightmare pretty damn good stuff. Other notable releases: Just As Long as I Got You
Inaxycvgtgb - 3/5. More New Beat, this one is probably only notable for a dance rendition of (Ina) Gadda-Da-Vida. Not bad, wasn't particularly impressed by the same note. Other notable releases: couldn't find any
The Culling Is Coming
The Culling Is Coming - 4. Probably one of the most musical of the first-wave industrial groups, 23 Skidoo stood apart from their contemporaries through blending funk and jazz with post-punk rhythms (similar to A Certain Ratio) along with the unconventional use of a full gamelan setup. Still, they weren't afraid to dip into the worlds of sample based dark ambient and noise, very influenced by Krautrock these boys were. Each of their albums is fantastic, after disbanding for 16 years in 2000 they released one of the best electronic jazz releases i've ever heard in their self titled album. Other notable releases: Seven Songs, Urban Gamelan, 23 Skidoo
My Chromosomal Friend
My Chromosomal Friend - 4/5. Old school dark electro from Japan, this is some great stuff. Energetic, impressive. Other notable releases: couldn't find any.
|7||3 Miles From Here|
Heroes/Until Then - 3/5. Swedish EBM group who released one single then disappeared, it is a good one, however. Other notable releases: there aren't any.
|8||7 From Life|
Souls of Dead Sharks
Souls of Dead Sharks - 3.5. Old school noise and dark ambient in the vein of Maurizio Bianchi and Nurse With Wound, not bad. I wouldn't say it's particularly great either, but it is some worthy stuff if you are into that sort of thing. Other notable releases: Sting of The Honey Spider
Music for a Slaughtering Tribe
Music for a Slaughtering Tribe - 4/5. Electro-industrial which started out in dark ambient territory, don't really care for the first couple of releases but Music for a Slaughtering Tribe is really good. Other notable releases: Bunkerton 7
Popular Soviet Songs and Youth Music
Popular Soviet Songs and Youth Music - 4/5. Also know as :zoviet*france:, hence their inclusion here. This is a mysterious collective of artists known mainly for the unconventional packaging of their earliest releases, hawking off vinyl and cassettes in such materials as hessian bags, tar paper and ceramic. Their music is a sort of ethnic tinged dark ambient/drone/industrial project, with an incredibly prolific discography to their name they sure have some difficult material to wade through. Still, where it works it is quality stuff. Other notable releases: Norsch, Gesture Signal Threat, Misfits, Loony Tunes and Squalid Criminals, A Flock of Rotations, Assault and Mirage, Loh Land, Shouting at the Ground, Just an Illusion
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EinstÃ¼rzende Neubauten- Zeichnungen des Patienten O.T.
Birchville Cat Motel- Beautiful Speck Triumph
are the only real industrial albums I have. Where should I go from there?
|time to learn how to industrial now|
keep it up meatplow
|you don't have any Throbbing Gristle, Cabaret Voltaire, SPK, Boyd Rice/NON, Test Dept. etc?|
out of this list I would definitely check out 23 Skidoo and :zoviet*france:
|well I have NiN too ;)|
but ya I'll get on those
|Just find Willie's huge list of industrial everything. |
|Willie's list is good but completely excludes first wave industrial hence why I wanted to make something like this for a while|
|"but ya I'll get on those"|
|Killing Joke's 1985 album Night Time isn't strictly industrial, but definitely enough to be on an old school industrial list. They have some older albums, but I haven't heard them.|
|Post-punk overlaps with it a lot, you'll be finding plenty of that here.|
I'll start working on my A list soon.
|I haven't delved very deep into industrial, so for each list you should recommend just one for beginners of the genre to get. I'm assuming there will be 28 of these lists? One for each letter, one for symbols and one for numbers? So yeah, I'd rather not have to go through every artist to find the ones I really want, ya know.|
|well, the key groups are well documented elsewhere if people want to really get into the roots of industrial. For instance -
I would recommend anything off this list I rated above a 3 or so to newcomers and veterans alike though. For someone who doesn't really know the genre :wumpscut:, 2nd Communication and 1000 Homo DJ's are the only three that are closer to the modern sound people tend to associate with it, seeing as you mentioned Killing Joke though check out 23 Skidoo.|
|does anyone know how to format posts properly so they have spaces when you edit them?|
|Cool, I have :wumpscut:'s fuckit, but nothing from any of the others, so I'll check them out.|
|idk anything about :wumpscut: past 1995 or so but I liked Slaughtering Tribe and Bunkerton 7 a lot
the latter in particular should be more popular on here than it is|
|Wow, another ...OTV fan!|
|mmm I have to admit my interest in that album has kind of waned since I first heard it
I did notice a number of their albums seem to be uploaded to last.fm, of all places. I should get