Best Industrial Bands

The Top Ten

1 Nine Inch Nails Nine Inch Nails Nine Inch Nails is an American industrial rock/metal band and, founded in 1988 by Trent Reznor in Cleveland, Ohio.

One of the most talented music projects who evolved through the ages and had its influence throughout music history.

Every album up to "The Fragile" is filled with state of the art music productions which incorporate strangeness, roughness, sensibility, experimentation, all that in a catchy style. Trent used to be present in every step of production. But since Trent decided to focus on arrangement and made Atticus Ross enter the equation on the production side with the album "With Teeth" (he was first coming as additional production), a slow decay has been sensed by many NIN fans. For now in 2015, "Hesitations Marks" is really the least interesting accomplishment.

Number 1.

Seems To Be A common Misconception about industrial music... Wiki it IdIots.!
Trent is the father of Pop Industrial.

nin did not invent industrial music. nin just made it popular and enhanced it.

First industrial band I listened to and still my favorite. - wrests

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2 Rammstein Rammstein Rammstein is a German Neue Deutsche Härte and Industrial Metal band consisting of Till Lindemann (vocals), Richard Kruspe (guitar), Paul Landers (guitar), Oliver Riedel (electric bass), Christoph Schneider (drums) and Christian Lorenz (keyboard), that formed in 1994 in Berlin . more.

Rammstein will always be the best out of industrial bands. Tool has a lot of non-fans which shouldn't be look at a "should be number one" opinion. To me.. Tool is okay but they have not gotten as much hits as rammstein. Their music even sounds harder live and they have and play a good show. They never do a concert where they don't put on a show and trust me I have seen many YouTube videos of their concerts and participated at their concerts as well. All the money you spend for tickets to see them is worth it. Even if you don't understand a thing they say it's easy to configure the meaning of it through his reaction and it most of the time resembles a word/words in English. They were and still will be my favorite band in general. I don't know why this unwanted trash "kmfdm" is on here.. What kind of band name is that? Hello? Depeche mode has more fans than you an your name is the reason why not one of their real fans will listen to that. Oomph deserves to be at ...more

Rammstein is the real deal! Even as someone who barely understands a word of the German language, the music itself stands alone! Please enjoy this band, for they are the ultimate in all genres of music. Being a Canadian citizen, I have to tolerate the Justin Beiber phenomenon everyday of my life through the media, the radio, the TV... etc! It is disgusting! Rammstein brings me into a world of pure want and enjoyment. They will only get better as the years progress.

Never like metal music at all until I chanced upon Rammstein. Problem with metal music is that those growling, constant swearing, bad singing and loud instruments just make me even more frustrated than stress-relieving. Rammstein is probably the only band that totally changes my perception of metal music and they even did it singing in a language that I do not understand just shows how good they are. Their music have great beats unlike typical metal music which really breaks all language barrier because you can still enjoy them without understanding the lyrics. I also like that their lead singer has this deep, baritone vocal which made him sound more like an opera singer than those typical metal singers who cannot really sing.

Though nobody knows what they are talking about, the music speaks for itself.

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3 Ministry Ministry Ministry is an American industrial metal band founded by lead singer and only original member Al Jourgensen in 1981. Originally a new wave synthpop outfit, Ministry changed its style to industrial metal in the mid-1980s.

I couldn't live without a Ministry disc in my car. No Ministry, no NIN. Tool are a great band but sure as hell don't belong anywhere near this list, nor do Bullet For My Valentine (Why they're here is an absolute mystery). Ministry, Rammstein, NIN, Skinny Puppy, Frontline Assembly, KMFDM, Stabbing Westward and Front 242 are my picks.


Not easy to choose between NIN, Ministry and Zombie (in his various appearances), but I give the edge to Ministry because...well, I don't know why. Is it good enough to just think they're the best?

Two different two-word phrases perfectly sum up their body of work: So what? And...

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4 Marilyn Manson Marilyn Manson Marilyn Manson is an American rock band from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Formed in 1989 by frontman Marilyn Manson and Daisy Berkowitz, the group was originally named Marilyn Manson & the Spooky Kids with their theatrical performances gathering a local cult following in the early 1990s.

I don't know what the hell Bullet For My Valentine, A perfect circle or Tool is doing on this list, none of these bands come close to Industrial.
1. Marilyn Manson
2. Rob Zombie
3. Dope - D2Demon

Antichrist Superstar is the only industrial album in terms of the actual music, but the lyrics in all albums are very industrial, as well as generally brilliant.

Now, This was tricky. I had to choose in between Rammstein and Marilyn Manson. In this case, I chose Manson because Rammstein are already at number 1! If Manson's votes can get him to second, then it'll be perfect!

He's the best

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5 KMFDM KMFDM KMFDM is an industrial band led by German multi-instrumentalist Sascha Konietzko, who founded the group in 1984 as a performance art project.

I listen to almost all these bands listed on here. The first industrial band I listened to was Marilyn Manson though he really isn't an all round industrial artist. I have never been a big Nine Inch Nails fan. The band that got me started in industrial was Rammstein though they are far from being the best. Rammstein is one of my favorites but I give props to KMFDM. KMFDM has been around longer than Rammstein by 10 years, and has an impressive history. They have released 17 STUDIO ALBUMS! In comparison Rammstein has released only 6. On top of that, KMFDM has released numerous singles and other songs spanning more than 200 SONGS ALTOGETHER! KMFDM has some of the greatest variety of all time. Plus KMFDM has some really cool album art. Being able to stick with a style for as long as they have and to release so much is an accomplishment in itself. Their album artwork has almost become associated with their band and the style is impressive and creative. KMFDM also sports songs not only in ...more

Better than the best, megalomaniacal and harder than the rest.

laugh out loud, there's a comment on Rammsteins vote that says:
"I don't know why this unwanted trash "kmfdm" is on here.. What kind of band name is that? Hello? Depeche mode has more fans than you an your name is the reason why not one of their real fans will listen to that. "

He does know that KMFDMs name doesn't REALLY stand for "Kill Mother F****** Depeche Mode" right?

Ah Rammstein, the novelty industrial band... But never fear REAL industrial fans, because KMFDM will always do what's right.

For one low price, KMFDM can blow your mind, rock your face off and jump-start your heart.

One must distinguish between early KMFDM and recent KMFDM. Prior to their temporary breakup, KMFDM truly stood apart from other industrial groups in their complete disregard of accepted musical norms (i.E., What Do You Know Deutschland), and their desire to genuinely embrace the spirit of industrial rock and counterculture. Not many bands - certainly not ANY ranked above KMFDM on this list - had the guts to do that, as shown by their overwhelming dependence on pop-like music. Other bands may be catchy, accessible, and easy to listen to, but KMFDM and Coil ought to be at the top of this list; anyone who thinks otherwise is simply a fan of pop-industrial.

Great band, as long as hormonal columbine fangirls don't mess it up.

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6 Rob Zombie Rob Zombie Rob Zombie is an American heavy metal musician, film director, screenwriter and film producer. His career launched in 1985 when he formed the heavy metal band White Zombie. Following their breakup, he began a successful solo career. Zombie began directing in the early 2000s. His most famous movies are more.

Been the best for damn near thirty years and always will be. Zombie is king!

Rob is the God of Industrial. Love him always!

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7 Skinny Puppy Skinny Puppy

Skinny Puppy, Front Line Assembly,
Numb, Controlled Bleeding, Diatribe, etc. Etc. They are true industrial. This is the worst list I have ever seen. Many of the bands on the list are not even close to being industrial!

With no hesitation the should be lie on the top of the list because they are pioneer in this genre and they were the first band to introduce the meaning of weird sounds in music industry and even big Trent Reznor confessed that one of his songs (down in it) is an inspiration comes from the Skinny puppy's song called Dig it. another point in this list that is ridiculous is that the great big Gary Numan Can be lie at the top of the list not as an Industrial band but as a big inspiration to the other artist in this genre

This is a terrible list. A lot of these bands rn't industrial @ all. They've got tool as #4 which isn't industrial & static x which is just garbage @ #9... I love nin & mm but I would not put them up that high. Skinny puppy should w/o question b @ the top. 2 even put them @ number 5 is an insult. 2 anyone reading this, there is a rare, hard 2 find industrial band (as many are) called "transparent" w/an album called "bomb in the market square"- 1 of the best albums I've ever heard & I've been looking 4 them 4 months on the internet. I can't find them anywhere except on the nin tribute cd's. Y so hard 2 find?! Anyway, if you ever c it, buy it, no matter how much it costs!

Skinny Puppy are the only pure industrial band in the top 10 of this list.

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8 Static X

Absolute legends in industrial. Like anyone who has ever played games I got into them when I was really young and my love for them grew when I started buying their albums

Static X have taken influence from bands such as Ministry and Prong and have blended in a fuse of Korn influence, however this doesn't automatically make Static X Nu Metal. Their amazing catchy riffs (WDT) and their belly blasting guitar solos (Cannibal) are sure to knock Marilyn Manson's socks off.

So laugh out loud Rammstein fans! Classic Industrial all the way! - metaldude8

Static-X, you ever hear their music? God, their music should be up their next with Nine Inch Nails. They are very good with many songs, best album in my eyes is "Beneath... Between... Beyond... "

INdustrial EVIL DISCO AT ITS BEST!, Amazing like techno meets power metal

9 Fear Factory Fear Factory Fear Factory is an American heavy metal band that was formed in 1989. During the band's career, it has released nine full-length albums and has evolved through a succession of styles, including industrial metal, death metal, groove metal, and thrash metal.

I'm baffled on how these guys are so far down. They are heavy and dark, yes, but industrial wise, they've got the core down and know what they are doing. Great music, great band, deserves more recognition. - BloodyThunderX

Fear Factory should be in the top 10 they make all the other industrial bands to shame. (sorry) Fear Factory rules m/

These guys are amazing! They have had their ups and downs but they have certainly stood the test of time

Should be in the top five, everybody knows this. Well, apparently not everyone. SMH

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10 Mushroomhead Mushroomhead Mushroomhead is an American Nu Metal band from Cleveland, Ohio. Formed in 1993 in the Cleveland Warehouse District, the band is known for their avant-garde sound which includes influence from heavy metal, art rock and electro-industrial and their imagery which features masks and costumes as well as more.

The best industrial band of all time should rank way higher. Mushroomhead has dominated the underground for many years and deserves much better. They work very hard on what they do and are very good live they don't just have the looks they have the good sound to back it up.

Mushroomhead is easily the best industrial band, both thematically and sound wise.

The best. They are the most creative, using rap, metal, industrial and techno to create a sound that Is all their own.

Seriously one of the best band around here

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The Newcomers

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The Contenders

11 Gravity Kills

Gravity Kills is the only industrial band besides Tool and Ministry I can really get into, so I might not be qualified to say that they're the best one ever. Even so, the songs "Drown", "Alive", and "Guilty" had a very profound effect on me when I was a little kid, not least because two of them were in Test Drive Offroad 2 and I played the ... out of that game. Gravity Kills kills it.

One of my favorite bands ever. They are unique. Still remember the time when I bought MK soundtrack and heard Goodbye. It was like 'holy ..., who are those guys? '. 17 years with their music and I can't get enough of it.

Best industrial band out there. Very versatile, always coming up with something new. Lyrically talented, and right up there with my favorite bands of all time.

Always jammed the mess out of gravity since a child guilty did it for me that was a legit song and like KMFDM they stick to their style

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12 Godflesh Godflesh

Agreed. Godflesh should be in the top 3. That they aren't in the top ten is just indicative.

Wow.. Godflesh isn't in the top 10? Yeah, this is a valid list...

Godflesh after throbbing gristle? Okay this list makes no sense at all. I am done with this poser site. Life's too short.

Not in the Top10? Oh.My.God! - Strobo

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13 Sybreed

Probably the most underrated band ever...

That is in my opinion what Industrial Metal is all about!

Brilliant band from Switzerland. The whole Antares album is amazing. - NuMetalManiak

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14 Gary Numan & The Tubeway Army

Number 1 - Amazing career over 35 years and still showing us all how it should be done - The energy at the live gigs is phenomenal and keeps on giving - more of Splinter please Mr Numan

GARY! Gary is so amazing. See him live, even better.
I saw him play at the Forum in Melbourne, the acoustics were incredible.

How about the fact that gary is the father of NEW WAVE? Not industrial... Replicas is sooo amazing though

15 Oomph!

As others have said, Oomph! Deserve to be higher up on the list as they have actually inspired a lot of bands on this list, including Rammstein! They may not be as well known as some of the other bands here, but they definitely deserve more recognition. My life wouldn't be the same without Oomph!

Throbbing gristle and newlydeads. Enough said. The problem is that so many others have been influenced by the industrial sound that you can put a lot of people on here who may not actually belong

Oomph! Has inspired many industrial bands in this world

They're original. They're the first Industrial metal band. They created the NDH. They're Oomph! and many people should know them. Oomph! sounds completely different on each album and that's why they're so awesome. The best german NDH / Industrial metal band from my point of view.

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16 Front Line Assembly

They are great. Love their quite unique style. Should be 1st in my opinion.

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17 Filter

Discovered Filter years ago and haven't heard anything similar to their style since then. Richard Patrick is a god at songwriting, every single song so far just blew me away! Especially the first two albums short bus and title of record will make you love this band!

Filter is another band that should be on here. Richard Patrick from NIN quit and formed Filter which is an Industrial Alternative band. It should be on here and has been influential since the 90s - xaxismusic

Filter still is second to Skinny Puppy, which means they're the second god damn best band!

Very very loosely industrial if that

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18 Velvet Acid Christ

I love industrial music. I like it dark, and electronic. I like noise, and static.

A lot of these bands have influenced the industrial scene, whether or not they can be defined by a genre label is not for me to say. I will say that I consider most, if not all these bands industrial; some of these bands are more so industrial than others.

I found Velvet Acid Christ to be the band I feel I can relate to the most. The music is consistently, richly layered with a dark, electronic sound whilst continuing to vary and grow in each release.

Well rounded band that covers various moods and styles and keeps it fresh with attention to detail and a knack for the technical aspects of production!

VAC has always been a source of inspiration for me personally. I fell in love with the dark and anxious atmosphere the first time one of my friends played me a song called Crushed. Although it's a bit "ifferent" than most, it didn't stop me from listening to the entire discography. VAC has a truly authentic sound and will always be one of my favourite artists.

VAC is awesome, one of my favorite bands. I feel NIN should not even be in the list of industrial. They suck. Cabaret Voltaire should be within the top 10 if not #1 because without them there would be no industrial...

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19 Depeche Mode Depeche Mode Depeche Mode are an English electronic and synth-pop band formed in 1980 in Basildon, Essex. The group's original line-up consisted of Dave Gahan, Martin Gore, Andy Fletcher, and Vince Clarke.

Uh... Depeche Mode aren't industrial.

Of course they are industrial! You are concentrating on harder rock but DM were pioneers the f this sound back in the 80s and with Violater they have one of the best albums ever. So much narrow margin need comments on here and music snobbery.

Ehrm, no, you're not so knowledgeable if you call DM industrial. It would be like calling Aqua psychedelic trance.

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20 Throbbing 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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