Shades of Black
Before Nine Inch Nails, before Ministry, before Circle of Dust...I
was in high school. And the local college radio station had a weekly show
that featured the strangest "music" this young lad had ever heard--clinks,
clanks, sounds of sledgehammers and steam, synthesizers-in-pain, power-drill
guitar samples, off-kilter beats, distant and disembodied vocals--in short,
real industrial music. Music imitating the cold, impersonal rhythms
and sounds of factories.
There's only one way and one word that is real
And when you're feelin' fly, and when you're feelin' real dapper
Remember clothes don't make the man - ayo - they're just the wrapper
I'm afraid I'm just too used to "fast food industrial," as Blackhouse calls it, because this is barely good for background noise in my book. The excited, thorough, and very human explanations of each song in the liner notes helped a great deal to add personality and make the album cool to listen to a few times while thinking about the themes and emotions behind the music. Ultimately, though, the repetitive rhythms of machinery just don't jump my battery, even with the freaky dance and hip-hop overtones.
By Josh Spencer