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The Best Industrial Albums

Yeah, I'm a 90s wanker, so I'm pretty thick on the commercial industrial game, but here are rrrmy favorite industrial albums.
1Nine Inch Nails
The Fragile

The Fragile is abrasive, soft, angry, calm, atmospheric and emotional. And somehow it all feels cohesive. One of the best albums ever, in fact.
2Depeche Mode

Depeche Mode is a borderline industrial band, they're mostly electropop; but I think Depeche Mode got dark, depressed, and noisy enough to qualify on Violator.
3Nine Inch Nails
Pretty Hate Machine

Pretty Hate Machine is the epitome of late-80s Wax Trax industrial, heavy, angsty, and thick on the synthpop.
Horse Rotorvator

Coil somehow twisted the industrial that Christopherson helped developed into an oddly psychedelic, nearly post-rock affair.
Psalm 69

Riding the wave of gritty, heavy mainstream industrial metal, Ministry swooped in and offered a much heavier version of Nine Inch Nails for the industrial purists, Psalm 69 was this sound defined.
6Skinny Puppy
Too Dark Park

There's nothing like rolling down the windows and playing Convulsion, and watching the dumbfounded looks of people as you pass by. Too Dark Park is just...creepy.
7Nine Inch Nails
The Downward Spiral

The Downward Spiral's concept, intertwined with Trent's emotional angst, and the noisy production somehow became a massive commercial success. Unlike PHM which was a bit commercial, TDS twisted the mainstream to it's own sound.
Visual Audio Sensory Theater

Jon Crosby was a bit too late to the mainstream industrial game, but he sure closed it out in style with the choirs, the NIN-aping electronics, and the best vocals in the genre.

Angelspit hate you, and everyone else in the world. They're a bunch of the stereotypical weird, bondage-loving, violence-enjoying German people portrayed on TV. And they make some damn good music that, literally, exudes anger.
10Front Line Assembly
Tactical Neural Implant

Yeah, FLA sounds a bit too much like the Wax Trax/synthpop/Terminator soundtrack era, but not many bands did sampling and rhythm better than FLA did on this album. The Chemical Brothers owe their sound to FLA.
The Land of Rape and Honey

Industrial metal began here.
12Front 242
Front by Front

Headhunter has nearly 2,000,000 views on YouTube. And Front 242 is pretty traditional late 80s industrial. That should be a testament to how good this band was. They were abrasive, but danceable. Precursor to KMFDM.

Before Angst, KMFDM sounded like a really bad EBM band. After Angst, they became the premiere EBM industrial band.
14Nitzer Ebb
That Total Age

Nitzer Ebb's That Total Age, heavy on actual human vocals (even if they just chant), brought a definite need of humanity into the industrial genre.

What if Marilyn Manson was more abrasive?
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