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Industrial Baby!

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It's possible that no contemporary musical genre endeavors to disrupt our musical comfort like the efforts of the Industrial movement. First cousins of hardcore, punk rock, of course, aggressively, and often monotonally, percussive, Industrial's roots are claimed from Finland to Chicago, Cleveland to Australia, and every dot on the map in between. Industrial Baby! makes a grand attempt to showcase many geographic as well as stylistic digressions within the form, with contributions by 36 artists almost exclusively prerecorded on independent small labels -- albeit without a single recognizable band listed, unless one is intimately involved with Industrial music subculture. The roster of band names and song titles read like a list of B-movies about the Apocalypse and obscure existential violence: "Marriage of Murder and Suicide," by Silence, TXT, "Zeitgeist" by Nein Creed, "X Approaching-1" by State of Being, "Headwound" by Dogmachine, and "CyboChrist" by Chaingun Operate, among many others. Many of the bands and their songs seem to depend far too much on hardmetal Roborocker attitude and take limited advantage of sheer soundmaking potential in the studio. Tucson's Cyclotron is a computer generated marvel with "Dimensions," and Industry Eleven's "Grieve" is an emotional cacophony worthy of underscoring some of the darker old Friz Lang films. The producers of this CD define Industrial music as "a style ... favored by neglected or delinquent youths often in need of supervision, restraint, and/or rehabilitation." Undue self given credit aside, this is a collection of tremendous and accurate scope, strictly in time with the clanging of the Industrial heart.

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