Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Gothtober- the Top 10 Industrial Albums of 2022

Industrial music is the much-needed herald for the looming apocalypse, the news networks conveniently seem to ignore. This year industrial is getting its own list. In the past it was lumped into goth or electronic.  Much like in years past sort through the genre lists before making the overall top ten of the year list. The fact these artists made it on the list speaks to how great these albums are, so it's not a slight that the number 8 album is above the 9th album, there is something that just gives it an edge that makes me want to listen to it more. After all we can try to look cool and pick the hippest bands for a list, but at the end of the day what makes an album the best is that it makes you want more, you look forward to listening to it again. I do hope you can find your next favorite on this list and have included links to reviews of these albums if you want to check out audio on these guys. Anyways here are the top 10 industrial albums of 2022

10- Suicide Commando-"Goddestrucktor" 

The 10th album from Belgium's dark industrial aggrotech. With lyrics like " kill all humanity" opening the album I am onboard for the message they are spreading this time around.  I appreciate the use of samples on this album, it reminds me of Electric Hellfire Club. The darkness is reignited for this album. 

Abysmal Hymns: Suicide Commando : ""Goddestruktor"

9-Celldweller-" Satellites" 

Klayton is back with the fifth album from this project that's he has kept in motion since the 2003 debut. Almost 20 years of smartly written industrial strength electronic based hard rock. Sometimes cross over more into nu-metal in the early days but written with more finesse than bands who are household names now. This time there is a touch of metal in his mind, He barks out some of the vocals and sings other in a manner that is more familiar.  He is great at creating almost robotic vocal harmonies he can flip into a hook. A talent he has continued to refine on this album. 

Abysmal Hymns: Gothtober- Celldweller : "Satellites"

8-Rabbit Junk-"Apocalypse for Beginners" 

These guys are on the fun trailer park nu-metal side of industrial. The emphasis on fun. Very groove and hook oriented. Growled vocals collide with almost dub-step sounds. Industrial music should be equal parts apocalypse and catchy melodies contrasting the militant crunch.

7-Luminous Vault -"Animate the Emptiness" 

This is not merely just another sludged out metal band working in industrial, nor is it industrial revivalist fare, which tends to be less ballsy than what goes down here. The death metal rasp tends to give things a more metallic feel. They quickly prove the drum machines were not going to be weak, and they would not just be playing against the monochrome dynamics of a preset drum pattern.

6-Psyclon Nine-"Less to Heaven" 

The 7th album from the dark industrial projects, continues down a similar path though the focus this time around leans more toward gritty electronic beats and the darker vocals seething from the shadows rather than the almost black metal screeching we have heard from them on some of their past releases.



The band's 8th album came about as a result of their touring being cancelled due to the pandemic. The 9bum opens with synths overpowering guitars in the mix. I can appreciate that they are not just rehashing the classics

4-KMFDM- "Hyena"

22 albums later and KMFDM is doing it again. This might be the band's most rock n roll album. Yes, there are electronic elements in place. The guitars do not bring the synchronized crunch that once had them labelled as an industrial band. Sonically it has more in common with My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult, as it is more fun loving and less aggressive militant guitars

3-HEALTH -"Disc4 Part 2"

HEALTH is back with another collaborative album, the first part of this somehow flew under the radar here or I figured it to be a remix album so did not give it much thought. The choice of collaborators normally draws from the right of center names in heavy adjacent hipster electro you might expect. These kids are cool so they are not going to have guys like Slipknot or Motionless in White on their shit.

2-Black Magnet - " Body Prophecy" 

This project gets right what many of the industrial revivalists downplay at best, altogether ignore more often than not, which is the influence metal had in brining industrial music to the masses. There is far too little guitar in most. Here there is not only more guitar, but more aggressive vocals that pack a heavier punch with their anger. All of the iconic elements come together in perfect apocalyptic unison

1-Author & Punisher-"KRÜLLER"

This is a more organic and atmospheric feeling album than any of Shore's previous releases. The more experimental touches that detract from the song writing are balanced out by the songs where he really goes above and beyond by striving to push himself as a singer and a song writer rather than just being the guy who makes music with machines

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