Review - Industrial Strength Machine Music: The Framework of Industrial Rock (1978-1995)

Artist: Various artists


Why an industrial compilation, assembled and co-produced by Alternative Press magazine? Well, why not? The industrial story begins with Throbbing Gristle's "Hamburger Lady" -- poised to smack a listener in the skull with an ambivalent, gruesome drone -- and ends with a live version of Nine Inch Nails' "Gave Up." In between you get the disco clatter of My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult along with a rash of ear-blisters courtesy of Cabaret Voltaire, Ministry, Einsturzende Neubauten and Scraping Foetus Off the Wheel.

Industrial artists want to share their isolation with a one-way transmission. It's that sort of interesting and profoundly romantic brand of nihilism that keeps this music alive, albeit by artificial life-support. Providing a closer look at the music is where AP's documentary effort has done industrial music a far greater service than Filter or Orgy ever will.


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