Saturday, 12 March 2011

Dark and Goth-friendly music part 6: Industrial and related genres

Welcome to part six of your Comprehensive Guide to Dark and Goth-Friendly Music... I am beginning to realise that this could take a while! Hopefully you guys will think it's worth it - I am doing my best to leave no stone unturned, and slowly the list of musical genres on my pretty spreadsheet is getting shorter and shorter.

I have already posted on Industrial music and its close ties with the Goth scene - however, Industrial itself boasts a whole bunch of related genres, spin-off genres and hybrid genres, so really it's a whole new can of worms on its own.

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To briefly re-cap from the post linked above, Industrial is a fusion of punk, rock and electronic music, which developed at around the same time as post-punk and is usually described in terms such as 'harsh' and 'experimental'. Lyrics are generally dark and/or disturbing and often include military themes. It has very close relations with the Goth subculture.

Industrial bands include: Skinny Puppy, KMFDM, Throbbing Gristle, Laibach, Wumpscut, Einsturzende Neubauten, The Grey Wolves, Klinik, Nurse With Wound, Boyd Rice.

Industrial rock
Industrial rock is a further fusion of Industrial music and specific rock subgenres. It is the progenitor of Industrial metal and is often confused with this genre. Fusions of rock and Industrial music were even played by some post-punk bands, such as Killing Joke.

Basic rock instrumentation such as electric guitars, bass and drums are combined with white noise blasts and synthesizers, sequencers and samplers. This genre often incorporates the sounds of machinery. In the early 80s, pioneers of this genre used metal percussion instruments made from pipes, tubes and other products of industrial waste.

Industrial rock bands include: Die Krupps, Dope Stars Inc, The Newlydeads, Mortiis, Funeral for a Clown, Forgotten Sunrise, Braindead Soundmachine, Die My Darling, Stabbing Westward, Makine, MINIM.

Industrial metal
Industrial metal is a heavy metal musical genre inspired heavily by Industrial music, using distorted vocals, repeating metal guitar riffs, and electronic equipment such as samplers and synthesizers. Its mainstream success has led to criticism from other artists in the Industrial scene as well as lessening its possible popularity within the Goth scene (although mallgoths tend to LOVE Industrial metal...). However, many bands from this genre such as Ministry and Nine Inch Nails still have a widespread fanbase within the Goth subculture.

Industrial metal bands include: Godflesh, The Young Gods, Pigface, Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Rammstein, Orgy, Static-X, Gothminister, Genitorturers, Hanzel und Gretyl, Deathstars.

There are many bands currently enjoying popularity within the dark music scenes who are playing music that draws on genres including Industrial rock, alternative rock, Industrial or electronic music, metal, and Goth. I am not going to try and lump these bands into one genre; however they are usually classified either as the highly vague 'dark alternative' or Goth/Industrial/metal/rock 'hybrids' or 'fusion'. Interestingly, most of these bands are female-fronted.

These bands include: Lahannya, Die So Fluid, Helalyn Flowers, I:Scintilla, Jakalope, Mankind is Obsolete, Kidneythieves, Left Spine Down, Hate in the Box.

EBM (aka Industrial dance) stands for 'Electronic Body Music', and gained popularity in the Goth scene following the rise of cybergoth, despite being hated by Goth rock purists and eldergoths, often derogatively referred to as 'oontz oontz'. It combined elements of Industrial with electronic dance music and developed in the early 1980s.

EBM is characterised by hard, sparse, but danceable electronic beats. Vocals are either undistorted, or shouts or growls with heavy echo effects.

EBM bands include: Front 242, Nitzer Ebb, Front Line Assembly, Spetsnaz, SITD, Project Pitchfork, Funker Vogt, Vomito Negro, Das Ich, Decoded Feedback.

Goth gossip: Following Trent Reznor's Oscar win, I heard that Skinny Puppy may be contributing to the score or soundtrack of a new Pixar movie... no details, titles or confirmations as of yet, but you heard it here first...

Oh, and for the anonymous commentor who wanted to see more of my outfits, this is what I was wearing yesterday:
You can't see very well in this pic, but my hair is in fishtail plaits and I coloured my fringe 'fairy green' with hair mascara.
Today I'm going to see the Chinese State Circus with Dan - I'm so excited! ^^


Ashlee said...

I'm actually pretty suprised you've been able to make six parts for the music posts. I know I probably shouldn't, but I am.

That outfit is pretty awesome.

Emily Lynn G. said...

Yes, your music archive IS well as your outfits! How do you make net tights and striped socks work? Whenever I try that I just look silly^^

SkullsCanBeGirly said...

hey sorry i havent been on for a while its just my computer hasnt been working but my computers working ( i call my computer "My Goth Baby" hehe, thx ur blog has helped me alot thx bye xx

Angel of Darkness said...

I have to say, I love being able to read something on here everyday and never get bored. I love you passion for the gothic subculture! And i can believe that there would be six parts. :)

ultimategothguide said...

@ Ashlee - believe me, there's a lot more still to come! I can bore you guys with music facts for probably the next decade... heheh...

Thank you! ^^

@ Emily Lynn - uh, luck? It doesn't work with every outfit, sometimes I have looked like a right idiot. If I had to guess, I would say it takes the right pair of tights. With my 'normal' fishnets, the stripy socks do look pretty ridiculous... XP And thank you <3

@ SkullsCanBeGirly - hello again, thanks and you are very welcome :-D

@ Angel of Darkness - aw, thanks! I'm glad I haven't bored you yet... =D

Anonymous said...

Yay! Moar outfits! I love industrial music lol my friend calls it "goth techno".

Anonymous said...

i like the outfit! more music posts!!

Anonymous said...

One thing I wanted to know, most of The Birthday Massacre songs sound goth, would you say they were a goth friendly band?

ultimategothguide said...

@ Anon - definitely, they're on my 'big list of Goth bands' in the sidebar I believe. ^^

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