Unearthing The Metal Underground: The Industrial Metal Scene Pt. 2
Recently, the respected Death Metal Underground site ran a brief synopsis of the new book "Assimilate: A Critical History of Industrial Music" by S. Alexander Reed. The tome came out earlier this year and is a recommended read for anyone immersed in the current huge wave of industrial bands or who has followed the genre since its inception in the early eighties.
The foreword is insightfully written by vocalist/bassist/keyboardist Stephen Mallinder of Cabaret Voltaire. The Sheffield seminalist and his fellow bandmembers were one of the earliest proponents of the dada/electronic sound that came to evolve into industrial music - albeit the moniker makes him cringe sometimes. Back in the Reagan years, bands such as his and Throbbing Gristle - whose "Industrial Music for Industrial People" played a part in naming the genre - laid the foundation for what was to come.
Disillusioned by authority, control, society and urban blight, the industrial sound conveyed its meaning while borrowing from electronic, dance and eventually metal to portray a bleak, dystopian reality. Politics, societal decay and rapid imagery of the news put to sound loops portrayed that dark, mechanized direction in which humanity as a collective was heading. Einsturzende Neubauten, Frontline Assembly and other primogenitors ushered in this dissentive spirit, along with record labels like Wax Trax and other indies. Explore the ideology and movement from Front 242 and Consolidated to the present day artists in this insightful book.
A couple of decades ago, some of the industrial genre took on the gravitas of metal music in its sound, retaining the lockstep fascist allegory of artists such as Laibach yet immersing itself into the cosmopolitan grime of the Revolting Cocks. The sheer number of bands that identify with this sound and mindset is growing all over the globe, as evidenced by the music of Turmion Katilot, Skrog, Sybreed and many other acts. Today on Metal Underground, we will look at three groups from three different parts of the Americas that play differing forms of cathartic industrial metal.
The industrial scene in Central and South America has gained incredible momentum in the past fifteen years. The Peruvian act Corrosion, Colombia's Humanoid and the Argentinians Chrysallis are some of the undisputed kings of the Spanish industrial genre now. 1999 also saw the beginnings of the cult Chilean act Rey Chocolate. Their sound evolved from some nu-metal elements to a more honed industrial sound over the years.The band is now on its fifth album, "Tripa," from which the video clip "No Respuestas" is taken. One of their other tracks, "Nueva Especie," was also made into an official video. The band is currently on hiatus, having played its last gig to date at the Teatro Teleton in Santiago over a year ago. The popular group has a history of taking a couple of years off here and there.
Rey Chocolate - "No Respuestas"
Rey Chocolate - "Suicidio"
Having started as a techno-industrial act in 2007, Kirche Gothika shifted gears a year later adding darker and more progressive elements to its endtime/rise of the antichrist themes. Cleveland multi-instrumentalist John Weekley, who performs all the music, now adds influences of death thrash into the mix. He is inspired by such acts as Pitchshifter, KMFDM and Arch Enemy to name a few. Kirche Gothika is now almost done with its debut album "Chaos Dimension," from which two tracks are streaming below.
Kirche Gothika - "Obamination"
Kirche Gothika - "Fallen to Sickness"
Mexico's dark/electric act Necrorder has a prolific amount of video uploads streaming online for those not familiar with their music. They go under the banner "...the main task...to spread the world of chaos, written since the conception of our kind...the human kind...the human pestilence..." on their facebook page. These three Cancun (now four) Skinny Puppy devotees Flesh (guitars, programming, vocals), Digitus Mortem (programming/sequencing) and Modus Operandi (live guitar support) formed in 2007 with a dark agenda. Stream their 2010 release "Slaves and Whores" over at bandcamp and listen to material from the "Sexual Deviant Intercourse" album and others below, including the new video "Asphyxia."
Necrorder - "Divine Slave"
Necrorder - "Asphyxia"
The industrial genre continues to grow with fans all over identifying with the bleakness and disassociative state that the music reflects from the world around it. Join us again next Monday when we unearth yet another genre or scene in the metal community.
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