"To escape the horror, bury yourself in it."
In the mid to late 1970s a new musical movement, known as punk, emerged
in the United States and England, quickly spreading to other countries.
The history of Punk itself can, and has, filled volumes, and my purpose
is not to recount or critique it here. For our purposes, Punk is
significant for ONE reason: It blew the lid off established musical
forms and opened the door for a resurgence of innovation.
number of genres and sub genres that look to punk as musical forefathers
is vast. Post-Punk, Hard Rock, Goth, Death Rock, Industrial, EBM, Indie
Rock, Emo, Grunge, Metal, Future Pop, Power Noise, etc... all owe a
greater or lesser debt to the accomplishments of a rather small number
of people banging their fists against the mainstream for a couple of
years in the 1970s.
The purpose of this document is not to
explain all of them, or even to explain the rise and fall of different
bands, labels, individuals, and scenes within Industrial Music in depth.
For that I will refer you to the rather good Wikipedia
article on this topic. Here I am only providing a rough outline to
convey the basics of what different phases the genre has passed through,
from its origins, to its current parodic death throws.
This transformation can be appreciated by focusing on five distinct periods of development.
I) The First Wave of Industrial Music
II) Electronica + Sampling & The Golden Age of Industrial
III) Evolution + The Aggro-EBM of the late 1990s
IV) The Wilderness
V) Parodic Phase