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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
Violator


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.
4Coil
Horse Rotorvator


Coil somehow twisted the industrial that Christopherson helped developed into
an oddly psychedelic, nearly post-rock affair.
5Ministry
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.
8VAST
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.
9Angelspit
Krankhaus


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.
11Ministry
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.
13KMFDM
Angst


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.
15Pig
Sinsation


What if Marilyn Manson was more abrasive?
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