Best Industrial Bands

The Top Ten
1 Nine Inch Nails Nine Inch Nails is an American industrial rock band, 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.

Choosing between Coil, Front 242, Gary Numan, Skinny Puppy and NIN is a too hard but in terms of everything NIN is the number one because you can't find a band with too many good songs and albums. NIN has this trait and Trent Reznor has had a huge influence on the other bands therefore it's my choice to be the number one. The other point is that too many band which have been mentioned in this list, can't be considered as Industrial for instance : Tool, Manson, A perfect circle and so on.

Rammstein number one... What has the earth come to? Bands like Cabaret Voltaire, Skinny Puppy, and Ministry were true innovators. Rammstein? Commercialized garbage. NIN is my personal favorite because he has really expanded out of industrial. (Glossed over, dark synth pop on PHM, complex sound textures and conceptual theme on TDS, drawn-out songs and more laid-back electronics on the fragile, straight up electro-rockers on WT)

Has any band ever showed the same power in their songs as NIN, think about it Sanctified, Sunspots, Abd Reptile all were unique and slightly frightening trips into Trent's genius mind what more could you want really?

2 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 .

Rammstein is one of Germany's most successful music artists, and one of the few that gained notable chart success and fame internationally. Since their debut album "Herzeleid", Rammstein's music has often been used in well known movies, including "Lost Highway", "The Matrix" and "Nymphomaniac", the first of which is often credited as the movie that brought the group to international recognition. 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 least before or after ...more

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.

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.

If you could get any more industrial, it wouldn't be a band. It'd be a factory. In terms of quality, just watch the music videos. Here is a band that places emotion, effort, double and hidden meanings in their music and videos in comparison to the sports cars and sunglasses that many other bands rely on (mostly outside industrial thankfully).

In regards to Tool, it's progressive metal that, like whisky, requires an acquired taste to get into. Great once you have it.

3 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. In late 1990s and after that, Ministry have explored other metal genres, most notably thrash metal.

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.

90s Ministry, Godflesh, Skrew, early Pitchshifter, Testify, and the only NIN 'Broken' EP - there you go when searching for the only true industrial metal music. Rammstain and copies = bull for kids who like dressing up and listening to cheap marching music with no intellectual drive behind. Sadly this 90s industrial metal has been dying, save memories when you can!

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?

Rammstein is great don't get me wrong but Ministry is the godfathers of industrial metal. No if, ands or buts about it.

4 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. more.

I like industrial music very much, and I actually love a lot of bands from the list, so It was hard to choose. I've chosen Marilyn Manson because (in my opinion) his music nearly perfect (my favourite albums are Antichrist Superstar, Mechanical Animals and Born Villain), plus he is far the best lyricist of all time.

Marilyn Manson has created an entire world of phantasmal freaks with just three albums. Heck, all of their albums are amazing! Love them!

5 Best Manson Albums:
Holy Wood
Anti Christ Superstar
Mechanical Animals
The High End of Low
Eat Me Drink Me

Manson's music and lyrics are hard to classify to the one music genre. In each Album MM shows us a different side of soul (ok, in the Pale Emperor it is not so good) and I think that his early albums should be taken here as his industrial face

One of the most successful Industrial band and with their masterpiece trilogy albums. I love this band I will love them forever. Marilyn Manson changed my mind about this world and religion that why they are my favourite band

5 Rob Zombie Rob Zombie (born Robert Bartleh Cummings) 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 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!

Rob Zombie always a king.

6 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.

These guys should be number 1. They've
Been around for 25+ years and have been pumping out countless gems throughout the years and they're still at it and as good as ever even with the line up changes and controversies

How is the band sitting at 36? Maybe a bit to dark and heavy not sure. But one helluva band, seen them live twice and wasnt disappointed either time.

On terms of industrial metal they are the best just listen to edgecrusher fear factory kills every band on this list with one word.

7 Skinny Puppy Skinny Puppy is a Canadian industrial music group, formed in Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1982. The group is widely considered to be one of the founders of the electro-industrial genre.

It's simple, really. Without Skinny Puppy, there is no Nine Inch Nails or Rammstein. Skinny Puppy's level of genius and talent in this genre of music has never been reached since, and their amazing use of controversial and sometimes disturbing performance art makes them much more interesting than a lot of the bands on this list.

SP's electronic industrial along with Neubauten is what I consider the best Industrial music.
Then there's of course Throbbing Gristle etc, but they were never a favorite. Merzbow is experimental noise but in my book would count as more industrial than most of this list, and Merzbow can be amazing (listen to Bariken)! Nurse with Wound is another favorite - check out Thunder Perfect Mind!

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, 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!

8 White Zombie White Zombie was an American heavy metal band that formed in 1985. Based in New York City, White Zombie was originally a noise rock band, and was known for its later heavy metal-oriented sound.

Why so low on this list?

9 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.

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

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

This is ridiculous. Number 16? Easily number 1 & it's not even close.

10 Static X

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!

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... "

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

The Contenders
11 Oomph! Oomph! is a German industrial metal band formed in Wolfsburg, Germany in 1989. The band is considered the pioneers of the German Neue Deutsche Härte movement.

One of the best Industrial-Metal/EBM bands ever, coming from Germany! Die Krupps + OOMPH! were the founders of the Neue Deutsche Haerte -> Rammstein is a poor copy of them!

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!

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.

Their sound is great. And every song convey his soul. He has over 20 years of experience, and offer something new each year. I have never been disappointed by them.

12 Strapping Young Lad Strapping Young Lad was a Canadian extreme metal band formed by Devin Townsend in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1994. The band started as a one-man studio project; Townsend played most of the instruments on the 1995 debut album, Heavy as a Really Heavy Thing. By 1997, he had recruited permanent members; more.

SYL should be at number four instead of Manson.

13 Sybreed

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

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

Probably the most underrated band ever...

Sybreed is a cyber metal band.

14 Filter Filter is an American alternative rock band formed in 1993 in Cleveland, Ohio by singer Richard Patrick and guitarist/programmer Brian Liesegang.

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

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

Glad to see Filter here. Listen to Hey Man Nice Shot or Take A Picture.

15 Godflesh Godflesh are an English industrial metal band from Birmingham, England. The group formed in 1982 under the title Fall of Because, but did not release any complete music until 1988 when Justin Broadrick and G. C. Green renamed the band and decided to use a drum machine for percussion.

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

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

They are really good and they deserve better. Should be top 5 or higher.

This list is so bad, that it even includes non-industrial bands. 1st should be Turmion Katilot, 2nd - Godflesh.

16 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.

The best multi-genre dark music with a lot of outlet deep emotion. VAC varies from EBM tracks to hard industrial, and down into sorrowful Darkwave and Goth style. With intellectually stimulating and often powerfully informative lyrical skills and hearful vocals, as well as the occasional perfect touch of guitar or drums... Throughout the years VAC has continued to be one of the most talented musicians to ever be considered Industrial, with the most vast landscape of sound quality that takes you on a journey and a crisp, very well produced sound. Undoubtedly the best.

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.

Long time ago, when no one didn't heard industrial music in our town, when LAN was expensive toy, I heard zix-zix-zix, after that I plays The Calling Ov The Dead over and over again many... Tens or hundreds times, and if that wouldn't be happened, I wouldn't discovered that music as Industrial. It's changed my mind and became a part of my vision. Longlive Brian!

17 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.

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.

Depeche. Mode are alternative

Epic band... Top ten for sure...

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

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.

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

This band has been at the forefront of my playlist since the original Mortal Kombat movie in the 90's. KMFDM and Gravity Kills really opened my eyes. Empowering, Harmonic Industrial at it's Finest!

This band is the definition of great industrial. They have all the elements that makes for great energetic music. My favourite album by them is angst listen to it and it will change your life.

19 Combichrist

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!

Absolutely, the most underrated industrial band I have ever heard. Their music is an 'audio energy pill! "
Its difficult to run or workout to this music without feeling so 'amped, ' that I could either run a 5 minute mile, or end up in the emergency room!

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

Combichrist share with us magnificent music and strong energy on every concert that they perform. I'm wondering! Truly, power of they music wakes my senses. :)

20 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.

Gravity Kills is one hell of a band with a raw sound and they rock it hard by pouring their blood sweat and tears into their music! Perversion was an incredible experimental album with provocative themes and growling guitar and bad ass keyboards and Superstarved was an amazing ride as well. Gravity Kills needed to comeback to the scene YESTERDAY! *Ladyaslan

While each NIN album is a listening experience like no other, Gravity Kills will not challenge a listener, but they do have this genre down pat.
Their first debut album was quite a sucess reaching number 1 on Heatseekers Chart and hitting No.89 on the Billboard 200 in 1996. "Guilty" is one of the best songs out of their discography. "

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.

21 Powerman 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.

Fantastic Band. Definitely top ten for me.

22 Celldweller Celldweller is a Detroit, Michigan-based electronic rock project by multi-musician Klayton. Klayton creates a hybrid fusion of digital and organic elements: designed soundscapes that take cues from electronic genres like drum and bass, electro, and dubstep, woven together with aggressive rock/metal more.

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?

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.

Celldweller should be higher on the list. Klayton has consistently put out amazing material during his entire career. He is not the "new kid on the block" in terms of industrial music as he began with his project Circle of Dust in the early 90's.

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

23 Swans Swans are an American experimental rock band formed in 1982 by singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Michael Gira.

Swans aren't specifically an industrial band, but if you look into their output in the 80s with albums like Filth, Cop, Greed, and Holy Money, you can definitely hear those Industrial sounds that would later be cited as influence by bands like Tool, Godflesh, Earth, Sunn O))), and Neurosis. Incredibly influential, and definitely deserves a higher rating.

24 Deadsy
25 The Birthday Massacre The 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). 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.

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