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Industrial dance is a North American alternative term for electronic body music and electro-industrial music. Fans, who are associated with this music scene, call themselves Rivetheads.
In general, "industrial dance" was characterized by its "electronic beats, symphonic keyboard lines, pile-driver rhythms, angst-ridden or sampled vocals, and cyberpunk imagery".
Since the mid-1980s, the term "industrial dance" has been used to describe the music of Cabaret Voltaire (early 80s), early Die Krupps, Portion Control, The Neon Judgement, Clock DVA, Nitzer Ebb, Skinny Puppy, Front Line Assembly, Front 242, Ministry (mid-80s era), KMFDM, Yeht Mae, Meat Beat Manifesto, Manufacture, Nine Inch Nails, My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult, Leæther Strip or early Spahn Ranch.
A Rivethead or Rivet Head is a person associated with the Industrial dance music scene. Contrary to the original Industrial culture (sometimes referred to as “Industrialists”), which was not a coherent youth culture with a discernible fashion style, the Rivethead scene and its dress code emerged in the late 1980s on the basis of Electro-industrial, EBM and Industrial rock music. The associated dress style is militaristic with hints of Punk aesthetics and fetish wear.
Origins of the term
Initially, the term Rivethead had been used since the 1940s as a nickname for North American automotive assembly line and steel construction workers and hit the mainstream through the publication of Ben Hamper's Rivethead: Tales From the Assembly Line, which is otherwise unrelated to the subculture.
Glenn Chase, founder of
label Re-Constriction Records, is responsible for the term's meaning in the
1990s. In 1993, he released Rivet Head Culture, a compilation that contains
several Electro-industrial and Industrial rock acts from the North American
underground music scene. In the same year, Industrial rock group Chemlab—whose
members were close friends of Chase—released their debut album, Burn Out at the
Hydrogen Bar, which had a track called Rivet Head. Chemlab singer Jared Louche
said he did not remember where the term came from, although he states that this
song title was in his mind for years. San Diego
The Rivethead dress style has been inspired by military aesthetics, complemented by fashion “that mimics the grit and grime of industrial sectors in major metropolitan areas”. Additionally, it borrows elements of Punk fashion, such as a fanned and/or dyed Mohawk hairstyle, and fetish wear, such as black leather or PVC tops, pants and shorts (female Rivetstyle), embellished with modern primitive body modification, such as tattoos, piercings and scarification.
Some parts of the Rivethead scene emphasize a post-apocalyptic, dystopian influence, often inspired by movies, e. g. Mad Max (1979), Escape from New York (1981), Gunhed (1989), Death Machine (1994) or Strange Days (1995). Several movies, such as Hardware (1990), Strange Days and Johnny Mnemonic (1995), contain songs by Ministry, KMFDM, Diatribe, Stabbing Westward and other bands who are associated with the Rivethead culture. Other influences include sci-fi archetypes, such as Lupus Yonderboy of the Panther Moderns and Razorgirl from the Cyberpunk literature (characters from the Sprawl trilogy by William Gibson).
The main characteristics of the Rivethead dress style
As a divergence from the extravagance of youth cultures such as New Romantic, Goth or Steampunk, the idea is to make a statement with as few dress components as possible. The Rivethead look commonly is unadorned and epitomizes a direct reflection of the social environment (“street survival wear”).
Electro-industrial is a music genre drawing on EBM (Electronic body music) and post-industrial that developed in the mid-1980s. While EBM has a minimal structure and clean production, Electro-industrial has a deep, complex and layered sound. The style was pioneered by Skinny Puppy, Front Line Assembly, and other groups, either from Canada or the Benelux. In the early 1990s, the style spawned the dark electro genre, and in the mid-/late-1990s, the aggrotech offshoot. The fan base for the style is linked to the rivethead subculture.
Dark electro is developed in the early 1990s in central Europe. The term describes groups such as yelworC and Placebo Effect, and was first used in December 1992 with the album announcement of Brainstorming, yelworC's debut. The style was inspired by the music of The Klinik and Skinny Puppy. Compositions included horror soundscapes, and grunts or distorted vocals. yelworC were a music group from Munich, formed in 1988. They laid the foundations of the dark electro movement in the early 1990s, and were the first artist on the German label Celtic Circle Productions. In subsequent years, dark electro was displaced by techno-influenced styles such as aggrotech and futurepop. Other groups to practice the style included amGod, Trial, early Evil's Toy, Mortal Constraint, Arcana Obscura, Splatter Squall, Seven Trees, Tri-State, GGFH (Disease), and Ice Ages.
Aggrotech, also known as hellektro, is a derivative form of electro-industrial with a strong influence from the hardstyle/hard trance music (straight Techno bassdrum and oscillator sounds, especially Supersaw leads from Roland JP-8000) that first surfaced in the mid-/late-1990s.
Aggrotech regularly consists of harsh song structures, aggressive beats, and explicit, pessimistic, often militant lyrics. Typically the vocals are distorted and pitch-shifted to sound harsh, and synthetic. Aggrotech musicians include 2Bullet, Aesthetic Perfection, Agonoize, Alien Vampires, Amduscia, C-Drone-Defect, Cenobita, Die Sektor, Combichrist, Dawn of Ashes, Detroit Diesel, Dulce Liquido, DYM, Exemia, Feindflug, Flesh Field, Funker Vogt, God Module, Grendel, Hocico, Nachtmahr, Panic Lift, Project Silence, Psyborg Corp, Psyclon Nine, Reaper, Renoized, RIOTLEGION, Suicide Commando, Tactical Sekt, Tamtrum, Terrolokaust, The Retrosic, Unter Null, Virtual Embrace, Wings That Bliss and X-Fusion, among many.