Industrial music is something like Goth’s even darker, angstier brother, the yang to its yin. Whereas Goth music is traditionally brooding, contemplative, apolitical and often has feminine overtones, Industrial is loud, angry, anti-establishment and abrasive. Whereas Goth looks to the past (folklore, the Victorian period etc.) for its aesthetics, Industrial looks to the future, with its focus on electronic music and often sci-fi inspired imagery. And yet the two scenes, somewhere along the line, became intermingled, meaning that Industrial is now recognised by many as part of the Goth scene.
Industrial music is in fact a huge and bewildering genre, taking its inspirations from many other genres from experimental to metal to even hip hop. In this list of 13 different types of industrial music, I’ve tried to give a guide to some of the main kinds of Industrial music. I am indebted to the fantastic website Ishkur’s Guide to Electronic Music as a reference for this list (http://techno.org/electronic-music-guide), as well as Wikipedia.