A hybrid genre created by combining - wait for it - Industrial and Heavy Metal. The genre is characterized by electronics-heavy production, including looped, distorted guitar riffs, distorted vocals, drum machines, and relatively heavy use of keyboards and sampling. The genre was pioneered in the late 1980s by Ministry, Godflesh, and KMFDM, and rose to prominence in the 1990s with massive successes like Nine Inch Nails, Rammstein, White Zombie, and Marilyn Manson. Essentially died after that, with most modern bands in the genre (having no interest in electronic music) attempting to imitate the "death metal" sound found in Godflesh's Streetcleaner and Fear Factory's Demanufacture without understanding what makes those albums great, and failing spectacularly. One is extremely hard-pressed to name any good industrial metal bands formed after the '90s.

Industrial metal is often the source of endless online arguments about the definitions of "industrial" and "metal", usually instigated by people who only listen to one (or neither) of those genres but want to appear more knowledgeable about music than they actually are.

Not to be confused with Industrial Rock.
KMFDM, Ministry, Rob Zombie, Handzul und Gretel, Fear Factory, and Rammstein are industrial metal bands.
by TheRedSnifit April 17, 2015
Get the Industrial Metal mug.
A surprisingly rare breed of metal that includes some form of electronic or computer generated instrumentals or effects. NIN, Static-X, Fear Factory, Rob Zombie, are a few examples of bands whom are or have created industrial metal.
by NSM_13 August 21, 2005
Get the Industrial Metal mug.
Yet another wonderful variation of the metal word. It is heavier music that normally includes: a vocalist, bassist, guitarist, drummer, and a pianist(usually playing a keyboard). The music contains very much distortion and added sounds.
by Innanova February 7, 2004
Get the industrial metal mug.
Metal music with a mix of electronica. A very good example would be Clawfinger and Rob Zombie. This type of metal is known for the fast pased and heavy beats, also cocks.
Dude1: Yo man wana listen to my backstreat boys cd?
Dude2: Fuck you pussy, I listen to Rob Zombie.
Dude1: WTF is rob zombi?
Dude2: He is industrial metal.
Dude1: Thats prety gay!
Dude2: You have 5 seconds to leave before i cut your head off.
by OMGSAUCE December 12, 2006
Get the industrial metal mug.
a type of music with fast drum beats and loud guitar solos.
Some of Rammstein's songs are industrial metal.
by Max September 16, 2003
Get the industrial metal mug.