Cyber metal can be easily distinguished from industrial metal because the latter tends to utilize very artificial, digital sounding guitars. While cyber metal does sometimes incorporate more industrial-esque beats ranging from dance to hip-hop in style, as a whole the rhythms are inspired by traditional metal.
Lyrical themes range from the heavily political to science-fiction. Note that the science fiction is of a darker, more realistic tone than the comic book schlock of power metal.
Key examples of cyber metal are Fear Factory, Obliveon, Meshuggah, Strapping Young Lad, Voivod, and early Circle of Dust before they went industrial.