Best Industrial Bands

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21Throbbing Gristle

One of the pioneers that created industrial music. Needs to be in the top 5!

Half this list isn't even real industrial. Just rock with synthesizers and edgy lyrics. What is this madness.

This list succeeds in irritating me on every level imaginable. First off, the first industrial band I've encountered on this list is at number 23. The preceeding 22 are extremely loosely associated with industrial, possibly just due to the fact they include synthesisers. True industrial doesn't need a beat, it isn't accessible. They play Rammstein and NIN in Hollywood movies! That's not to say they aren't good bands, they just aren't industrial. The other thing that irritated me was the people voting for Skinny Puppy, FLA, Front 242 etc, and complaining that the list was bad and that SP/FLA/F242 etc are real industrial. I love Skinny Puppy, but they are not industrial. Their early albums are a little bit, but not true industrial. Anyway, I vote TG, simply because they were the origins of the genre's name.

The title of the list is best INDUSTRIAL bands. Throbbing Gristle is the only band on this list that fits that category. - Fiend

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22The Birthday MassacreThe Birthday Massacre is a Canadian dark wave and synth rock band currently consisting of Chibi (vocals), Rainbow (guitar), Falcore (guitar), Owen (keyboard), Rhim (drums) and Nate Manor (bass), that formed in 1999 (even though the 2016 demo collection "Imagica" dates some tracks back at 1998). ...read more.

Talented group from Toronto. Chibi has a beautiful and ethereal voice, but I wouldn't consider TBM insustrial. Excellent they are, industrial they are not. They're goth if you want an easy label to describe them with.

23Combichrist

As much as I LOVE Rammstein, Combichrist has sort of surpassed them in the favorite industrial bands thing. But I still love Rammstein and I always will! Even though I haven't seen them live yet, I see just from watching concert footage of Combichrist just how awesome they are! Their music is just epic. No other industrial band gets my blood pumping like Combi does!

Best live band. They made the rest of the festival look like garbage by comparison.

I think these guys should be at least in the top 3 in my book

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24Front 242

There is a reason Front 242 - Headhunter is track #1 on the iTunes Industrial Essentials list. I saw Front 242 live at a small University venue in Stockholm in the late 90's and I couldn't believe how heavy and intense the concert was. They made other "heavy" electronic bands at the time come across like feather-weight players.

C'mon people... who made this list? Frat boys? Front 242 were reigning kings in the industrial world for quite some time! - star242

These guys or Skinny Puppy should be #1! And not just my opinion either. The first few top ranked in this list are not even true industrial bands! This has got to be the worst music list I have ever seen!

cannot believe that the absolutely Kultband Front 242 is not in this List - muetzi

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25Deadsy

There pretty good you should to em if you don't know who they are and you should check out there tom sawyer cover by (rush) its awesome

26Orgy

Probably the most favourite band of me. Orgy is not only about "Blue monday", they have such good songs. My favourite for example are: Stitches, Fiction, Pure, Grime of the century, Wide awake and dead...

They were great then n check them out now in Julien-K an ever better techno n EBM. They did one of the best covers ever beem made other than Manson covering Soft Cell, Depeche Mode & Eurythmics. Hopefully they get back.

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27My Life with The Thrill Kill Kult

Sex on Wheels is my Mantra. They should be first just because of their crossover to mainstream with this one song. It says a lot when others enjoy your work and they're not even Industrialites

Mostly love their song off The Crow soundtrack but it was bad ass.

The most killer band that has ever exited... it has everything you need from horror to sleeze... A higher quality of industrial music, it's simply the most satisfying band that has ever existed.

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28Celldweller

Oh... All you sad people who have never heard of Celldweller. I feel very sorry for you. As someone who has put "Industrial" to a whole new level that nobody ever got close to, Celldweller should be right up there with Nine Inch Nails and Marilyn Manson. Oh, and what is Bullet for my Valentine doing on this list?

Don't know why Maynard is on here with tool and APC as well as bullet (no diss to any off them but not there place) but for celldweller... Clayton is the "new kid on the block" in terms of industrial in my opinion, and this may sound weird but I like to think of him as a younger Trent (NIN) because like NIN its not really a band its one person

Just a truly great band I mean this is a list of truly amazing bands but I gotta vote for celldweller over these huge bands in just some small attempt to get at least one person to look them up. There truly a great band and klayton is a terrific vocalist with some great lyrics worth any ones time to listen to them cannot recommend this band enough.

Nobody is better than celldweller

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29Powerman 5000

An all-round amazing band. Great lyrics, great sound, great art, great energy. I love the sci-fi theme too. Definitely one of my all time favorites.

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30Killing Joke

Number 29? Only a few on your top ten come close this band for raw talent. Every album including the orange self titled Killing Joke and after are great albums. Their earlier albums are no slouches either.

How is this 54? I mean, they might not be considered 100% industrial but even so, they are legends of music history and they deserve to be on the top 10 list; maybe not 1# but still near the top!

1979 the template for most industrial bands still one of the best sounding and dub reggea too. Nin and manson are contrived rubbish like so many also rans

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31Nitzer Ebb

'Down On Your Knees' by these guys is the best industrial song EVER!

Should be #1 on the list... No question... Best bass rythyms of any band on the list

ARGH! Are you serious? I only checked this out of curiosity. But the greatest band the world has ever seen, an electro-body-industrial act and they're not top of the list? Agh piss off. is the top full of guitar music? Urghh you people... please please please try 'control I'm here' for industrial dance, 'getting closer' for THE GREATEST INDUSTRIAL TRACK EVER and chrsitknows the whole of 'that total age' for the blueprint. oh and go and clean out your ears.

32Grendel
33Big Black
34Pitchshifter

They should be in the top 20! I was looking at the list and was disappointed they are lower than so many bands who don't deserve their standing..

Wildly under-rated band. They deserve my tiny little ineffectual vote.

One of the most underrated bands.
They have been around for over twenty years and are still going strong.
The vocalist, J.S. clayden, is simply amazing

35Einstürzende Neubauten

The only actual industrial band on this entire list. Keyboards don't make it industrial.

Can't believe they are not in the top ten! And Manson and rammstein are up there? This is the most true to form for industrial music of all! This and throbbing gristle are the most accurate to the term "industrial"

They are possibly the most original band on this list. They were literally industrial in their choice of instruments. They were even an inspiration to Martin Gore.

God's favourite band. For good reason.

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36Die Krupps

They are the next in timeline (after LAIBACH). They are a great inspiration. In electro with the first years and in Industrial metal with all the other songs after 1990. Quiz Question: Just listen to the fourth song of DK. I (1992) "The dawning of doom" and tell me for which song Rammstein took the same riff (a bit heavier). - derekart

37Zeromancer

Excuse me... But Bullet for my Valentine is higher than ZMR on an INDUSTRIAL list? This cannot stand.

38Spineshank

The height of callousness was an amazing album, too bad it's not true industrial. I consider spineshank a hardcore-industrial band, the vocals are more hardcore in my humble opinion.

39Kraftwerk ?Kraftwerk is a German electronic music band formed by Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider in 1970 in Düsseldorf. The band was fronted by both Hütter and Schneider until Schneider's departure in 2008.

For 1970's its pretty sweet. Watch some of Kraftwerk's live performances on YouTube and they are really good.

40Megaherz

One of the most consistent and accomplished groups I've listened to. Their dance metal early on is very comparable to rammstein's and their later material, frankly, is better! They create fantastic atmosphere in their songs and know how to write killer hooks. Flawless.

Megaherz rocks and should definitely be above RAMMSTEIN!

Great... I mean AMAZING! Underrated band.

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