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Black Box: WaxTrax! Records - The First 13 Years

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AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Wax Trax! was the definitive industrial label and the three-disc box set Black Box is the definitive overview of their peak years. The label's artists -- including Ministry, Trent Reznor, and KMFDM -- developed the corrosive guitars, synths, distorted vocals, and jackhammer beats that became the signature sound of industrial. Blackbox gathers nearly every worthwhile song to emerge from the Chicago label, including many rare singles, and provides an excellent summary of some of the most cutting-edge dance music of the 1980s and '90s.

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