Industrial Dance

Industrial Dance is a both a style of music and dance. The term “Industrial Dance” is a North American phrase which derives from Electric Body Music (EBM). It is a sub genre of Industrial music which, as opposed to 1970’s-1980’s experimental electronic rock music, is focused on a dance rhythm. The terms “Industrial” to describe music relates to music that was a part of Industrial Records, a record label. There was an album released called: Industrial music for industrial people. It was a musical movement that was a music spin on punk, more rebellious than the traditional mainstream rebellion. There were heavy uses of totalitarianism in imagery, songs and performances. Some early bands in this genre include Throbbing Gristle, Einstürzende Neubauten and SPK.

As time progressed, the music in this movement began to include more of a danceable beat. One influential band in this transition was Front 242. Their music was somewhat dance-able while still maintaining the darker themes, they used electronic elements more heavily and it was less experimental in terms of instrument choices. Over time other bands ventured into this realm of Industrial Dance and were commonly labeled as Electro-Industrial. These bands include Wumpscut, Leather Strip, Skinny Puppy and others. This movement was in the early 1990’s in Europe and somewhat in America.

Over time, in the later 1990’s to early 2000’s bands like Funker Vogt, Terrorfakt, Hocico and Accessory came to be. They were more beat focused and driven. This was a shift from experimental jazz-like music from the 1970’s because it was less oriented around live performances and more oriented around body beats. As the early 2000’s to mid 2000’s came about, bands such as Combichrist emerged. They were even considered to be by some a new genre, harsh-EBM.

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