A genre of music started by such bands as throbbing gristle. It is characterized by it's brutal and harsh sounding music wiht lyrics usually associated with pain and .. stuff like that. It's like goth but heavier. Many 'true' industrial fans like to call bands such as nine inch nains fakes. I do agree with the idea that nine inch nails is NOT an industrial band; but get mad at the dumb-ass fanboys who make it look like they're pretending to be industrial and not the actual band.
Wow, listening to industrial music is like a robot having sex with your head. In a good way.
by dr delicious March 26, 2005
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A style of music started in the mid-1970's by the seminal "band" Throbbing Gristle. Known for the painful noise and disturbed subject matter that seemed to spring eternal from their seriously crazed leader, Genesis P-Orridge (he was once threatened by the axe-murder Ian Brady... Prompting him to write a song about Ian), TG quickly claimed a name for itself. They were often described as "the wreckers of civilization." Industrial music was further explored by synth-whatever acts Suicide and Cabaret Voltaire, from New York and Sheffield respectively. Both shared a sort of skewed love for pop music, and both had a penchant for writing seriously weird songs, in the tradition of TG. Cab Voltaire especially was an enormous influence on the scene to follow. The Cabs were soon followed by the fledgling Einsturzende Neubauten, possibly the most notorious of the well-known industrial groups. With more members, no drum set, and a hatred for the guitar, Blixa Bargeld and his band of jaded Germans unleashed a wave of broken machinery and really cool-sounding German lyrics, and throwing in danceable beats, thus giving birth to (you can't blame 'em) the Holocaust that is modern-day industrial. With very little respect for the experimentation of their forefathers but a strong desire to somehow work machinery into their music, a whole host of over (I will NOT say über)-angsty Goths turned to the new genre of Industrial for sanctuary. Bands like Skinny Puppy, KMFDM, and many other groups who wore their hair like Goths but were really, REALLY angry, started coming out of the woodwork. J.G. Thirlwell was a notable exception, bringing some seriously needed humour to the genre with his whole host of aliases (most of them containing "foetus"). Things only went downhill from there, and before you know it, BAM! the Nine Inch Nails.
Just because it has the sound of a jackhammer in it doesn't make it industrial music.
by Owen July 23, 2003
A piercing of the ear that is composed of two holes connected by a long metal bar.
Q : Dude, that's an awesome industrial. Where did you get it done?
A : Oh, Micheal at the piercing parlor did it.
by Piercer November 07, 2004
1 - A philosophy about music started in the later 1800's by supposed father of industrial music Luigi Russolo. The first recorded piece being "Corale" in 1921 by Luigi and his brother Antonio. The philosophy included using means other than the traditional means of creating music. With such devices as intonarumori, or noise machines.

2 - A short lived genre revived from a philosophy by Throbbing Gristle and continued by bands such as Einsturzende Neubauten, Laibach and Skinny Puppy.

3 - A term wrongly used to identify electronic and electronic rock music. Fits in with terms like techno and electronica. Industrial rock evolved out of this.

4 - Word associated with electronic music because of the artificial way it is made.

5 - Music beyond music.
That can't be industrial! They used traditional instruments. Not an experimental instrument to be found!
by pr0ph3t January 10, 2006
An electronic genre originating with influential group Throbbing Gristle in 1970's, on their own "Industrial Records".

The genre was created and defined by TG based off a phrase coined by Monte Cazazza, "Industrial Music for Industrial People". Consisting of abrasive lyrics, dissonant and relatively abstract distorted melodies, drum machines/samplers and gratuitous use of delay and other effects, Industrial music often draws upon transgressive and shocking themes while adhering with absolutely no fucking established musical conventions In other words, it is music theory's worst nightmare.

Although first wave Industrial artists are generally considered by Industrial historians to be the only "true" Industrial bands (and even that is sometimes reduced to just TG), the genre gave birth to dozens of genre that generally fall under the umbrella term of "Post-Industrial". This includes the Electro-Industrial genre, comprised of bands such as Skinny Puppy and Front Line Assembly, the EBM genre (Nitzer Ebb, early Ministry, Front 242, etc.) and the Industrial Metal/Industrial rock genres (later Ministry, Pigface, etc.) just to name a few (the commercially lauded and probably most known post-industrial band, Nine Inch Nails, dabbled in a handful of these genres, but mostly stuck with an Industrial Rock sound in later years).
Industrial-influenced artists pass on a legacy of being agressive, loud and creative, as well as hold some of the most brutal live shows you could ever attend (seriously, if you were in the pit of a show during the VIVIsectVI tour there's a fairly good chance you were either trampled or had ringing in your ears for weeks to come). If you've never listened to Industrial music at all, I suggest you grow a pair and listen to as much as you can.

Except for Ministry's recent album "Relapse" that shit is total fucking garbage and Al is a pathetic shadow of his former self.
by Rod_Jonse January 12, 2013
The absolute best. Heavy Duty. Strong, Sturdy. Over the top. Fantastic
1. The industrial strength detergent cleaned better than the bargain brand.

2. I don't dance often; but, when I do it is industrial (slang for absolute best)

3. This saw is industrial quality.
by zantern January 17, 2012
A class of music that manifested in the late 80s during the post punk era and defined by emerging underground bands such as Ministry (pre-heavy metal i.e. Twitch, Land of Rape and Honey) (and other Alien Jourgensen side project bands), Skinny Puppy, Nine Inch Nails, KMFDM, Nitzer Ebb, Front Line Assembly, Front 242, Bigod 20, etc etc... mostly of American and European origins and became more refined by the early 90s. With a telltale trade signature characteristic of using samples of mechanical sounds found in real world industrial work places. Clanging sheet metal, grating circular saw and metallic crash sounds being typical. The drum machine, the sampler, the vocoder and the synth being tools of the business sometimes incorporating distortion amp/guitar as well. In addition the use of samples of well known movie sound bytes originating from old Outer Limits/Twilight Zone, horror movies, old westerns, cult films, etc etc were/are used. At times the pace of the songs are danceable i.e. clubby but at other times it is more of a mosh pit pace experience.
And was pretty much the music of a counter-culture group of stereotypes that were labeled as either punk, death-rockers or alternative; in addition to the anti-racist skinhead types.
Skinny Puppy's song "Smothered Hope"
industrial music, techno-industrial, death-rock industrial
by Night.Rider July 24, 2014
A style of music naming itself after a strong sonic association with warehouse machinery (see Einstürzende Neubauten). Arising from audio pioneers such as Kraftwerk and Throbbing Gristle, this genre crossed with punk in the late 70s, creating an idustrial sound heavy with guitars evidenced in such populsr bands as Ministry and KMFDM. Modern industrial music is performed and created mainly electronically with keyboards and synths, developing a strong resemblence to edgy dance music with aggressive vocals. Some unique mainstream artists (such as Trent Reznor, who has worked with Al Jourgensen and KMFDM)have more recently been labeled industrial due to certain characteristics of the sound they play, possibly derived from influences such as Throbbing Gristle. A subculture has developed surrounding the music constisting mainly of airy, bitter drugheads. Examples of industrial music combined with the goth subcultures include VNV Nation, and the Swans.
industrial, vnv nation, skinny puppy, throbbing gristle, ministry, young gods, the swans, front 242, your mom having sex
by Starlite November 08, 2006

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