Martial industrial

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This article is about the industrial-related genre. For the music used primarily in military settings, see Martial music.

Martial industrial is a term used to describe a syncretic post-industrial genre. Industrial noises, dark ambient atmospheres, neofolk melodies, dark wave tunes and neoclassical orchestrations are mixed with military marches, historical speeches and political, apolitical or metapolitical lyrics. Unlike other post-industrial genres, martial industrial is interested more in a particular worldview or philosophy than pure experimentalism.


Laibach were one of the first bands to incorporate military marches in their industrial music and display politically provocative aesthetics. Boyd Rice and Douglas P., the noise and neofolk pioneers, respectively, adopted such attitude at several occasions to its extreme. Allerseelen, either through ritual hymns or alchemical folklore followed in the same vein. Similarly militant but less provocative and more esoteric were the heroic choral outputs of ACTUS. Les Joyaux de la Princesse developed the genre further, offering a particularly mesmerizing style of dark ambient intermingled with historical samples, speeches and interbellum chansons. The Moon Lay Hidden Beneath a Cloud / Der Blutharsch enriched this tradition, adding darkwave medieval melodies to the mix. Finally, In Slaughter Natives and Puissance expanded the genre towards orchestral and neoclassical paths, respectively. Nowadays, the Wagnerian style of Triarii serves as point of reference for most martial industrial acts.

20 Milestone albums[edit]

  • Laibach - Krst Pod Triglavom
  • Ain Soph - Kshatriyas
  • Les Joyaux de le Princesse - Aux Petits Enfants De France
  • Der Blutharsch - Der Sieg des Lichtes ist des Lebels Heil!
  • Derniere Volonte - Commemoration
  • ACTUS - Das Unbennenbare
  • Sophia - Sigillum Militum
  • Blood Axis - The Gospel of Inhumanity
  • Allerseelen - Neuschwabenland
  • Die Weisse Rose - A Martyrium Of White Roses
  • Von Thronstahl - Imperium Internum
  • Kriegsfall-U - Kriegsfall-U
  • Karjalan Sissit - Miserere
  • Ordo Equilibrio - Conquest, Love & Self Perseverance
  • In Slaughter Natives - Purgate my Stain
  • Toroidh - Europe is Dead
  • Arditi - Spirit of Sacrifice
  • The Moon Lay Hidden Beneath A Cloud - The Smell of Blood but Victory
  • Turbund Sturmwerk - Turbund Sturmwerk
  • Wappenbund - Preußen


The term 'Martial' does not necessarily refer only to military drumming but in general to ominous/dramatic atmospheres and a particular thematology, style, aesthetics and Weltanschauung. Similarly, the term 'industrial' does not denote only old-school industrial music, but rather the broad spectrum of post-industrial scene (from neofolk acoustics to harsh noise). Thus, sonically diverse bands like Genocide Organ (power electronics), Oda Relicta (sacral), Stahlwerk 9 (industrial), N.K.V.D (industrial black metal), Die Weisse Rose (darkwave), Axon Neuron/Vagwa (dark ambient), Feindflug (EBM), Gae Bolg and the Church of Fand (medieval), H.E.R.R. (neoclassical) and Scivias (neofolk) can all be grouped under the umbrella of 'martial industrial'.


Martial industrial bands all around the world, from Venezuela to China have emerged. However, the scene is particularly strong and qualitative in Germany, Hungary, France, Poland and Russia.


Martial industrial deals not only with history and politics, but meta-history and meta-politics as well. Thus, besides WWI/WWII, Goebbels/De Gaulle speeches, Runic symbols and Iron Guard marches, philosophical themes like Nietzsche's overman, Spenglerian vision of history, Eliade's symbolism, Guenonian evaluation of the West and Evolian apoliteia are also the main sources of inspiration. Ain Soph were the first to introduce this esoteric dimension to their heroic/ritual music. Notably, Hungarian scene in particular (ACTUS, Kriegsfall-U, Scivias) is fond of such issues.


The apotheosis of Doric elements in Man and Society.

Accusations of fascism[edit]

Some bands (Von Thronstahl) openly declare fascistic ideology,[1] some others (Kraschau) favor monarchism but some others (Militia) are eco-anarchists. Some explore the erotic dimension of history and fascistic aesthetics (Ordo Rosarius Equilibrio). Many martial industrial bands (Skrol) do not even touch historical/political issues. Other bands that touch such issues and use politically incorrect imagery (Turbund Sturmwerk) refuse to disclose their real convictions.


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Further reading[edit]


  1. ^ Thorn, Malahki (2005-12-07). "Von Thronstahl Interview: The Search for Truth". 

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