Nine Inch Nails – Pretty Hate Machine [1989] (2010 Remaster)

Posted in alternative rock,industrial,synth pop by deek on December 11, 2010

For many artists, a debut album can offer the purest statement of purpose, but for the bands that popularized industrial music, first albums typically served as prologue to a story that wouldn’t develop until later. Although Pretty Hate Machine, Nine Inch Nails’ 1989 debut, bore more of a resemblance to what the band became than, say, Ministry’s cringe-worthy 1983 new-wave debut, it still differs markedly from The Slip, two decades later. Newly remastered with a bonus track (a cover of Queen’s “Get Down Make Love,” a B-side and former staple of NIN’s live sets), Pretty Hate Machine sounds great, but remains the work of an artist just discovering his voice. Where subsequent albums showed more focus, Pretty Hate Machine bounces from the industrial rock of frontman Trent Reznor’s heroes in Ministry (“Head Like A Hole”) to dance-floor jams (“Sin,” “Ringfinger”) to quasi-rap (“Down In It”) to an electro-funk misfire (“The Only Time”). The two songs that most recognizably sound like Nine Inch Nails—“Head Like A Hole” and “Terrible Lie”—are unsurprisingly the ones that remained part of the band’s live sets until Reznor retired NIN as a touring entity in 2009. The remastering greatly improves the dynamics, letting the lows hit harder and clarifying the many sonic elements Reznor works into the songs. But remastering can’t help some of the synthesizers and samples age better (particularly in “That’s What I Get”), or make Reznor’s mopey lyrics less silly. (“Grey would be the color if I had a heart,” “Now I’m slipping on the tears you made me cry,” etc.) Reznor began to hit his stride on the 1992 EP Broken, and he fully reached it with 1994’s The Downward Spiral, which makes Pretty Hate Machine more of an interesting prequel than a pillar of NIN’s catalogue. Sure, Reznor needed to start somewhere, and Pretty Hate Machine has many charms, but 20 years later, it doesn’t warrant repeat listens like its successors. -A.V. Club

Rhetoric Disguise – Subliminal Lunchbox (2009)

Posted in industrial,noise by deek on August 21, 2009

Rhetoric Disguise – Greatest Hits (2009)

Posted in industrial,noise by deek on August 1, 2009





Many look forward to being part of it, but only a few enlightened can get in the rock Olympus through the front door. These are artists with a superlative talent that had the ability to sell a number of records as high as the incommensurable stratosphere, giving them the righteous pass to the very mesh of posterity.

“Greatest Hits” is, on one hand, a spontaneous tribute to some of these pillars of the rock record industry, and on the other hand, a useless attempt to understand those almost supernatural mechanisms based upon which the network of dreams is built.

Killing Joke – Killing Joke (1980)

Posted in industrial,post-punk by deek on March 22, 2009

Jesu – Heart Ache (2004)

Posted in drone,industrial,shoegaze,sludge by deek on March 22, 2009

Fever – Too Bad But True [1999]

Posted in experimental,hip-hop,industrial,noise by deek on March 10, 2009

Rome – Masse Mensch Material [2008]

Posted in folk,industrial,neofolk by deek on March 10, 2009

Nine Inch Nails – Ghosts I-IV [2008]

Posted in industrial,instrumental by deek on March 3, 2008


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Thrones – Sperm Whale [2000]

Posted in doom,experimental,industrial by deek on December 7, 2007

Godflesh – Pure [1996]

Posted in death metal,industrial by deek on December 6, 2007
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