29 December 2015
To me, this is the year of Industrial music past and present. First off, an excellent historical documentary on the previously under documented genre and scene. Then the reissue industry generated a welcomed slate of Coil re-issues via the Threshold Archives and more importantly Cold Spring released the final definitive version of the NIN associated Backwards album.
Nurse With Wound reissued the exotica-collage classic album of The Sylvie And Babs Hi-Fi Companion by Dirter Promotions. Vinyl On Demand reissued the early works of Clock DVA and associated acts in a sumptious vinyl box set.
Australian group Severed Heads also received their share of reissues of their more dance-based output of the late 1980s.
How about the present?
Without waxing lyrical about the more apparent Industrial influenced electronic music scenes across the various sub-genres of non-rock milieu, this year witnessed excellent spread of releases which informed us that Industrial music is well and alive.
PAN: Helm, M.E.S.H., Acre & Filter Dread & Kamixlo
Editions Mego: Thighpaulsandra, Anthony Child, Container, When
Tri Angle: Lotic, Rabit, Roly Porter
Posh Isolation: Damien Dubrovnik, Loke Rahbek & Puce Mary, Olymphia
Old guards Carter Tutti unleashed their second bulletin of motorik noise blitz with Void from Factory Floor this year too.
Shapednoise & The Sprawl
Besides the Industrial strain of things, here are the rest of the best: Deafheaven, two Keiji Haino releases, Bjork, Sunn0)))
Harbinger Sound: Sleaford Mods, Circuit Breaker, Consumer Electronics