Understanding Industrial Music
There are many different descriptions of this style of music but it is commonly described as being electronic or machine-like. The style of song can range from danceable to erratic. The lyrics and recorded vocals are sometimes digitally manipulated to match the harsh electronic sounds.
Other bands in this genre follow the machine-like sound, but with a less aggressive sound. Band who record in this style of music can include standard rock instruments (drums, bass, guitar) but also include keyboards as a primary instrument.
Lyrics can often include dark topics such as death and trauma as well as futuristic themes such as robots or machinery. It is often the subject matter that groups Industrial Music with Gothic Music.
To understand the music styles it is best to listen to music samples of well known Industrial bands:
Front Line Assembly
The Electric Hellfire Club