A very dark and experimental genre of music. The genre was first created by Throbbing Gristle
in the 1970's. The sound is characterized by drone-like noises in an ambient style and frequent use of found objects and electronic instruments (mainly the keyboard and computer programming but electric guitars, bass, and drums are found in it). Industrial music became more well-known when the genres of Industrial Rock
and Industrial Metal
first came into being. Fans of Industrial music are called rivetheads
though Industrial is very popular with straight up Goths
Contrary to what some people say, bands like Nine Inch Nails
, and some works of Marilyn Manson
ARE in fact Industrial. Though these bands have had at least one period of mainstream exposure, they remain relativley underground compared to a lot of other musicians, not to mention a lot of them are back in the underground (while NIN and Manson have performed in stadiums before, they mostly play in smaller venues that barely hold more than 500-1000 people). Bands like the above mentioned ones are great for starting out with Industrial, though if you want to become serious about it you should also check out bands like Controlled Bleeding, Whitehouse, and Coil.
When you listen to Industrial Music, whether it be Throbbing Gristle's "20 Jazz Funk Greats" or Ministry's "The Land of Rape and Honey", you get a certain satisfaction and creative feeling you can't get from most other music.