Frank Mehringer | Cranford, NJ, Usa - Suburbia!!!! | 07/05/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Stark, dangerous, beautiful, challenging. The word industrial can be misleading. If you consider Killing Joke (whom I adore) a bit challenging, then stay away from this. If you're open to music as art, music being arhythmic and confrontational then try this. This is legendary stuff. I first heard Subhuman in 1982 and it gave me shivers. It's 2005, I'm now 41, and it has the same effect. There are pieces that can lull a baby into sleep and pieces that make you want to bite your nails. It's the type of music that makes me want to personally thank the band for doing what they did."
Good place to check out this most experimental of bands
Ludwig J. Pluralist | Beacon, NY USA | 01/24/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The Throbbing Gristle came out of the arts, particularly the fringes of the performing arts scene in the North of England. They were thus outsiders on many levels from the get go. Their initial marginalization and their total commitment to pursuing their own vision as artists informs everything that they do.
The thing about the Throbbing Gristle is that their sound greatly varies from song to song, and while some of their stuff is rather melodic and filled with dance grooves, other stuff by them - particularly on some of their live recordings - is a kind of all out noise assault. And then some things by them, while not entirely abrasive, are really strange. I like them when they are really noisy, but I think that is probably an acquired taste. They were simply an experimental band with a wide range of influences.
For newcomers to the world of Throbbing Gristle, I'd definitely suggest starting here, and sampling their work. I know that some are fans of their more melodic stuff and gravitate toward Chris and Cosey, others of their noisier/more abrasive work, and lean toward Genesis P Orridge. Me, I like a bit of everything."
Throbbing Gristle - 'Greatest Hits' (Mute)
Mike Reed | USA | 12/18/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Was never aware that Throbbing Gristle even had any hits. Decent compilation of Gristle's trademark experimental / industrial sounds for you to thoroughly 'take in'. Good thing about Throbbing Gristle is that most of their music is JUST barely too strange for most, while at the same time acceptable by many. Does that make much sense? Tunes here that I thought were fairly good were "Hamburger Lady", the just plain weird "Subhuman", the noisy "What A Day" and "Adrenalin". Might appeal to fans of Skinny Puppy, Controlled Bleeding, Nurse With Wound and KMFDM. Check it out."
Lovblad | Geneva, Switzerland | 02/18/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Bedhind this hilariously deceptive title is some really innovative music. It has not all aged very well but it was really groundbreaking and must be heard."