Donuts & CANTO: Steel Panther, Ministry, Eyehategod and more!

Steel Panther

July 18, 2017

Good morning, it’s time to metal. Here’s some news — mostly tour date announcements, but news nonetheless — you might have missed from yesterday:

    • Leading off, in “tour packages that don’t make sense,” we’ve got Stone Sour and Steel Panther! Because reasons. Anyway, they’ll be going around to these places in September and October.

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Donuts & CANTO: Ministry, D.R.I., Thou and more!

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Ministry frontman Al Jourgensen

July 12, 2017

Good morning, it’s time to metal. It’s a quiet week here at Nine Circles, but is that the case around the metal world? WE SHALL SEE. Here’s some stuff you might have missed from yesterday:

    • Leading off, Revolver (I know, I know) has a new feature on Ministry during which Al Jourgensen describes how the band blew much of their $750,000 advance for the Psalm 69 record on drugs. Let’s go live to San Diego for a reaction!!!

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Quickies: Holy ****, it’s our 300th post! That’s more than all of Dan’s old blogs combined!

Is our title perhaps a bit self-serving? Yes. But it’s also more news-worthy than anything that happened today, so you’ll just have to deal. Anyway, it’s a weekend, so let’s not waste any more time than we need to here, folks! Here are today’s Quickies–let’s see if we’ve missed anything in the world of metal, shall we?

That’ll about do it. Enjoy the weekend and we’ll see you back here on Monday!


Live. Love. Plow. Horns Up.

Subgenre of the Week: Industrial Metal

Metal Monday to everyone! It’s a new week and thus it’s time for a new Subgenre of the Week here on the Horns Up blog. So without further ado, let’s get right into this edition: Industrial Metal.

Berlin's Rammstein - one of the genre's best loved live acts.
Berlin’s Rammstein – one of the genre’s best loved live acts.

Industrial metal, per our friends at Wikipedia, is:

A musical genre that draws from industrial dance music, thrash metal and hardcore punk, using repeating metal guitar riffs, sampling, synthesizer or sequencer lines, and distorted vocals.

Drawing initially from more experimental English bands like Throbbing Gristle and Killing Joke, the industrial movement attracted pioneers from a wide range of backgrounds–Godflesh founder Justin Broadrick came from grindcore heroes Napalm Death, for example, while Ministry’s Al Jourgensen came from more of a synthpop background. (No, really. Check out the band’s first album, With Sympathy, if you don’t believe us.) By the late 1980s, the genre had begun to take hold all over the place, from the UK (Godflesh, Pitchshifter) to Germany (KMFDM) and even the US (Nine Inch NailsWhite Zombie).

Industrial hit its commercial peak in the early ’90s, with Nine Inch Nails and Ministry going platinum and picking up Grammy Award nominations. Next-gen bands like Fear Factory, Rammstein and Marilyn Manson attracted even broader audiences to the genre (so, too, did Orgy and Static-X, unfortunately)–so much so that even tired ’80s metal acts like Guns ‘N Roses and Mötley Crüe decided to get in on the fun, with disastrous results. Naturally, the increased exposure brought on a heavy backlash from critics and genre forefathers alike, but the genre continues to power on today, with bands like Stoneman and the Hypocrisy side-project Pain leading the charge. And in this week’s playlist, we’ve put together a little bit of everything for you to digest:

Dan’s Tracks:

  • Godflesh – “Christbait Rising”
  • KMFDM – “Juke Joint Jezebel”
  • Nine Inch Nails – “Head Like a Hole”
  • Fear Factory – “Self Bias Resistor”
  • Ministry – “Jesus Built My Hotrod”

Corey’s Tracks:

  • Rammstein – “Du Hast”
  • Stoneman – “Mord ist Kunst”
  • Pain – “Monkey Business”
  • Marilyn Manson – “(s)AINT”
  • White Zombie – “Real Solution #9”

Check it out below and start getting yourself up to speed on industrial metal!

Live. Love. Plow. Horns Up.