Best Industrial Albums


By Stephanie Bajzik

With the violent union of electronic and rock, the sound we know as industrial music was born. The term industrial music came to be in the mid 1970's which eventually built to the explosion of the 1980's bringing about the formation of great bands that are still recording and touring to this very day. Three of which will be discussed momentarily. Below are three industrial albums from bands who have had been a very influential entity to my musical preferences as well as those of a wide range of individuals all around the world.

Nine Inch Nails “The Downward Spiral”

The Downward Spiral, released in 1994, has been one of the most influential industrial albums I have had the pleasure to listen to throughout my musical journey. Nine Inch Nails, which was formed in the mid 80's by Trent Reznor who writes, records and produces his own music, have become the a household name when industrial music was the topic.

The album was recorded at 10050 Cielo Drive which was Sharon Tate's house, who was brutally murdered by Charles Manson. Reznor took all the negative energy from this famous crime scene and put it into The Downward Spiral. With its foreboding undertones, barely audible screams and Reznor's mind blowing energy and emotion. The Downward Spiral should be a blueprint for up and coming industrial acts to follow.

My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult “13 Above The Night”

Another act which has been very influential to me has been My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult. Having toured with Ministry in 1987, My Life formed out of mutual relationships in 1988. Their album,”13 Above the Night”, which never got commercial success is the epitome of industrial music. From its sexual innuendos, remarks of Satan and their seductive beats, 13 Above the Night is sure to entice the most avid and selective of industrial fans. It's like a musical orgy. I would even go so far as to say I’d like to conceive my next child to this album.

Whether you are a rock fan or an electronic enthusiast, industrial music should be on your playlist. Plug in, turn on and tune in to one of these great albums. Not one of them will disappoint. From total chaotic release to tear stained lyrics, industrial music is sure to interest every music enthusiast. Listen to these albums and see for yourself what a release industrial music can be for you.

Nine Inch Nails “The Downward Spiral”