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Old 02-03-2009, 01:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default The Official EBM Thread.

I thought it was about time we had a dedicated thread to a form of music I really like and as it touches on Metal, Industrial and Experimental, it is surely worthy of it's own thread.

The early history was a form of Electronic music that used repetitive beats, distorted vocals, samples and sequences. With the rise of computer technology and Dance music EBM has been able to diverge and assimilate into many other genres. Early bands such as Nitzer Ebb and Throbbing Gristle were early forerunners as were the classic repepitive beats of Kraftwerk.

European bands such as Front 242, Cabaret Voltaire and later bands from father afield such as Frontline Assembly and Skinny Puppy were distorting Electronic music even further.

In the 90's and beyond many bands have toned down the extraneous samples and vocals and are playing an alternative Dance sound which appeals to both Metal, Goth and Dance fans alike. Icon Of Coil, Wumpscut and Cubanate are examples of this.

I know there are a few fans out there but if not, here is a few examples of the movement:

Front 242 - Headhunter:


Skinny Puppy - Protest:


Mindless Faith - Bound:
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Old 02-04-2009, 10:51 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Haha, that Skinny Puppy video was quite good.

It's not a genre I pay much attention to these days, but I used to make a lot of electronic music in my late teens and I took some inspiration from artists like cEVIN Key (from Skinny Puppy), Front 242, KMFDM and The Future Sound of London .. Some of those fit the bill.

One of my favourite songs was Front 242's remix of Juno Reactor's classic "God is God". If you like them, you should check it out. It's usually named something like "Juno Reactor - God is God (Front 242 mix)" or something along those lines.

I can't find a clip for it on youtube, but here's the utterly crazy video for the original song. The Front 242 mix is better though!

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Old 02-05-2009, 04:16 AM   #3 (permalink)
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You can add my name on your list.
The precursor Front two four two opened so many doors!

The video is crap but music keep his powerful.
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Great stuff! EBM and it's related forms of music has a huge impact on me when I was in my teens and I still love it today though I don't listen to it nearly as much as I used to.
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Old 02-10-2009, 04:03 PM   #5 (permalink)
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You guys are forgetting Front Line Assembly and Mister Leeb.

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Read the first post again.
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Old 02-23-2009, 01:52 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Great thread.

Skinny P is an awesome band-- we would not have
band's like NIN if it weren't for SP

They have a totally f#%*^d up history but
they always managed to put out great groundbreaking
mixes.

Think they got off dope and moved to Munich in the late 90s - what is so cool
about SP is they were into the loop movement which gave
birth to software technology that became mainstream--

Loved that video dude thanx 4 posting
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Clock DVA always had something worth checking out.
Their earlier material were more post-punk with hints of Jazz thrown around and only later did they evolve into one of those dark-ebm outfits.

YouTube - Clock DVA - The Hacker (full version)
YouTube - Clock DVA - Sound Mirror

Then there's Leather Strip as well, who follows a path similar to Nitzer Ebb and Clock DVA. Test Dept's "Unacceptable Face of Freedom" is worth checking out too.
Most of the others have already been mentioned. There are a few more, but my brain isn't working rite now.
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Old 02-24-2009, 09:29 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I have heard the name before but never heard anything. I have to admit to not really liking those tracks.
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You definitely wont like Leather Strip then . I love the darker mood these bands bring about. Oh well, what would the world be if everyone liked everything?
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