What is dark electro music all about?
In this article we will explain you what dark electro is to us. This is what makes this piece different from most of the wiki-like colorless texts you can find on this subject elsewhere.
We are going to say some heresies proven to be extremely effective in wrecking chaos and holy wars on numerous discussion forums. We are going to offer some personal and totally subjective views on the topic of dark electronic music. Stay dark… or rather, stay with us.
Dark Electro, Aggrotech, Cyber-Goth and… EBM?
There is a level of confusion when naming this kind of aggressive techno-like music. There is a couple of terms used to describe this genre – dark electro, aggrotech, hellectro, industrial. You can also encounter phrases like “Cyber-Goth” or “Cyber-Industrial”.
Aggrotech as a name of the genre deserves a paragraph on its own. An attempt to merge words “aggresive” with “techno” backfired a little bit. This unfortunate name invariably brings farming to mind and is not very sinister, dark or aggressive. We just have to live with it.
Some people call this music EBM, however this term is a complete misunderstanding, as EBM (Electronic Body Music) is easy to distinguish from dark electro, even though both genres have a lot in common.
By calling say an aggrotech band “EBM” you are certainly going to be a subject of fierce attacks of seasoned EBM fans who dislike this genre name to be used for anything else, than pure, preferably old school ebm.
It happened to Bodycall to make a couple of EBM songs in the past, not pure EBM though. Best example in our player would be “Bodycall Again”. One of the most important EBM bands would be Nitzer Ebb (old school) – still alive and kicking. Ok, back to our subject.
Dark electronic – the subjective view
We are of the opinion that this techno-like aggressive musical genre appeared because of the need to give the alternative scene some music suitable for club setting. Metal is the kind of music that tastes best when experienced live – but it is not the ideal music to be played in clubs, not really a good music to dance to.