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
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A genre of music incorporating heavy lyrics into machine noises started in the mid-1970's and continuing through the late 80's and early 90's. This genre of music has branched into other forms such as Nu-Metal, Electronic Industrial, etc., but all retain the essence of the original machinery and heavy guitar riffs.
Started by bands mentioned above, revived by Ministry's 'The Mind is a Terrible Thing to taste', which introduced both the band and industrial into mainstream music and carried on through the 90's by NIN, Filter, Fear Factory, Rammstein and many others.
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1) Of, or pertaining to manufacture.

2) A style of music combining techno and rock instrumentation.
Godflesh is industrial, Trent only wants to be.
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(noun) Mildly derogatory term referring to anyone working in a nightclub or bar (the 'Industry')

(adj) Descriptive term used to denote a style, fashion, or trait common to someone who works in a nightclub or bar
(example 1)
Guy 1: Why you still banging that industrial that gave you herpes?
Guy 2: Dude, we don't have to wait in line or pay for drinks when we goto the club she works at!

(example 2)
Woah! Check out that guy with the Affliction shirt and bandana tied around his wrist. He looks sooo industrial.

(example 3)
That chick is hot. Too bad she's an industrial and only dates losers that work in the Industry.

(example 4)
Girl 1: Why did you stop dating Billy?
Girl 2: He's a fucking loser without a real job! He's almost 30 and still working as an industrial.
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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.
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Blanket term used to describe any form of hard, dark electronic music.
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A genre of music that can be easily summed up as an electronica/rock n roll crossover, its follwers refer to themselves as Industrialists or Rivit Heads.
Originated from the Brittish band Throbbing Gristle who founded the record lable Industrial Records in the late 70's.
TG experimented with college rock and synths, distorting the original music with calming instrumentals and violent mechanical sounds.
Industrial later split into 2 forms: Electronic/Experimental Industrial (very similar to EBMelectronic body music in sound)and Industrial Rock/Metal.
Electronic Industrial can be summed up with VNV nation, a band that use no recognisable guitar and sounds like dark techno with angry/angsty vocals (It must be pionted out that any "True" Rivit Head must love this band even though they are almost dance music and whine more than Emo).
Industrial rock can be summed up by the band KMFDM, they use angry vocals, with political lyrics, heavy guitars mixed well with techno and dance beats.

Industrial has its own subculture that is very closely linked tot he Goth scene.
The America the Industrial scene (researched from visiting many websites) tends to be much more snobby towards the music they lsiten to, whilst the UK scene tends to mix more with the goth scene with less elitism.
Industrial has many sub-genres and cross over genres and cultures that have produced Cyber Goths (Followers of Industrial, EBM and Future Pop and sport UV cloths, hair and acsessories), Uber Rivit Heads (American Elitist Industrial fans who shun most guitar based and mainstream bands Nine Inch Nails, Rammstein and Marilyn Manson for not being "true industrial") and Mansonites (Followers of ONLY mainstream industrial and Nu-metal).
Experimental/Electronic Industrial Bands: Throbbing Gristle, Mesh, Front 242, VNV nation<c.r.a.p.>, Wumpscut and Skinny Puppy (Possibly the most well known Underground Industrial band and seen on the same level by Rivit Heads as Metallica are to Heavy Metal).

Industrial Rock/Metal: KMFDM, MDFMK, Gothminister, Pig, Dkay, Newleydeads.

Mainstream Industrial Rock: Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson, Rammstein.

Nu-Industrial: Fear Facktory (not very good).
by Mike November 26, 2004

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