Industrial rock and metal was one of the most important styles of heavy music at the end of the 20th century. It was ultimately one of the genres that killed off the glam metal of the 1980s and it rose to huge levels of commercial success in the early 1990s, thanks to groups like Ministry and Nine Inch Nails. It received pretty heavy criticism and backlash from the conservative status quo, but that didn’t stop the genre from flourishing, and this resulted in some critically acclaimed albums, such as Ministry’s Psalm 69, Marilyn Manson’s Antichrist Superstar and Nine Inch Nails’ The Downward Spiral. Since the early 2000’s, however, the genre has declined and ultimately retreated back into the underground. Although there were some later success stories such as Rammstein, generally speaking, industrial metal hasn’t been a strong force in heavy music since its heyday in the 1990s.
That certainly hasn’t stopped 3teeth from making quite a high level of traction recently with their style of industrial metal. Hailing from California and being founded in 2013, they're still a fairly young band. Despite that their first two releases coming in the form of their self-titled debut and 2017 follow-up: shutdown.exe, have been causing quite a stir amongst the metal community. Enough of a stir in fact that it’s got them enough recognition that they are now touring with quite big names in the world of industrial metal, including opening for Rammstein as well as currently touring with legendary band Ministry.
Going into their 3rd album Metawar, you'd be justified in having high expectations given the band’s relatively quick rise in popularity. Fortunately, the material on this record definitely lives up to the standard of a band that have been able to open for Rammstein, and then some. Metawar is massive; a huge, slumbering mechanical mammoth of an album with some of the heaviest riffs you will hear this year accompanied by vocals that sound lifeless, devoid of hope and completely robotic, and in the context of an industrial metal album that is exactly the type of vocals you want to hear.
The material on here is some of the most political that 3teeth have written so far too, as shown by songs such as 'President X' and 'American Landfill'. The music perfectly matches the lyrical content, as this band have no shame when painting an incredibly bleak, dystopian outlook on the future of humanity, both musically and lyrically. There is no mistake that this is exactly how industrial metal should sound in 2019.
3teeth proudly wear their influences on their sleeve. Vocalist Alexis Mincolla has a voice that will remind you of familiar names in the industrial metal world, such as Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie and Jay Gordon of Orgy fame. Admittedly it’s nothing new, but his vocal delivery is exactly what you need for an album for this nature.
Overall, 3teeth accomplish what a lot of bands attempt to do, but few succeed in doing. And outside of the big hitters, they're one of the few bands in the last 10 years that have made this genre sound relevant. It may still be too early to say that the band are set to start a revival of industrial metal, but there are good things in store for 3teeth and hopefully other young bands who have their own unique twist on this style of music.