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Album Review

Countless progressive metal outfits roamed the fertile heavy metal landscape of the early '90s (soon to be driven to extinction by the giant asteroid-like cataclysm imposed by the new regime of alternative rock hipness), but none could touch Thought Industry for sheer commitment to wild experiment and pure shock value. With their mind-boggling fusion of thrash metal, progressive rock, and various disparate musical styles, the Michigan natives did well to choose a Salvador Dali painting to adorn the cover of their first album, Songs for Insects. Tracks like "Third Eye" and "Ballerina" careen forward at a manic pace, spewing machine gun guitar, bass, and drum flourishes in carefully calculated fashion; even deceptively "normal" numbers like "Alexander Vs. the Puzzle" and "Blistered Text and Bleeding Pens" (which use acoustic guitar frameworks) eventually meander across outrageous time signatures — seemingly just for the hell of it. Less frenetic pieces like "The Chalice Vermillion" (their ten-minute pièce de résistance), "Cornerstone," and "Daughter Mobius" (featuring some kind of Russian line dancing thing...huh?) are even harder to describe and often verge on the atonal — no thanks to vocalist Brent Oberlin's limited range. Of course, all this madness results in a very difficult listen for all but the most serious progressive metal enthusiasts. Casual fans are therefore urged to start with some of Thought Industry's more disciplined and song-oriented late-'90s releases.

Customer Reviews

Thought Inustry

I played against these guys in a Battle of the Bands contest before I graduated High School. These guys were rad then and they are rad now !! I wish I tunes would add the album Outerspace is just a martini away !!

Most complex metal album of 1992

I've seen these guys live at least 3 times they are so precise and on time. If you like metal with alot of changes and a epic style of songs this is the one for you.

"I dont betray my country, I survive my government"

This album is once in a billion. It aims far above the heads of general people ...i guess? but anyone i have ever introduced it to over the years has either stolen it from me or just sat completely transfixed amazed. That it wasnt that popular back then is probably because people arent aware of it to give it a listen through at least once. I have never found an equivalent to its sound or its meanings. Even the following albums pretty much have nothing to do with this one, the band moved on from it toward something more conventional. I wish they could do one more that aims for this degree of sweet metal, wrenching ballad, sudden instant chaotic transition, and "did he just say...?" lyrics.

Just click preview on 5. If thats not enough to want more, stop listening to music.


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Hailing from Kalamazoo, MI, Thought Industry has established a reputation as one of the most daring and unpredictable exponents of progressive metal. A veritable stew of influences and styles which defies categorization, their music has remained highly original, staunchly non-commercial, and, by extension, has only been embraced by a very selective audience. Formed in 1989 by vocalist and bassist Brent Oberlin, guitarists Christopher Simmonds and Steve Spaeth, and drummer Dustin Donaldson, the group...
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Songs for Insects, Thought Industry
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Metal
  • Released: May 08, 1992

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