Aggrotech is a sub-genre of harsh electronic music that fuses elements of Electronic Body Music, industrial, Noize, Trance and/or Techno styles of music. Some of the features of aggrotech include screamed or distorted vocals, aggressive or militant lyrics, and a fast, danceable beat. It is a derivative form of Electro Industrial with a strong influence from the Hardstyle and Hard Trance music scene.
Aggrotech was also the name of a San Francisco club from the early 1990s, where DJs played industrial noise. There were various installations at "aggrotech" events that were created to encourage the people creating abstract art and computer generated artwork which, at the time, was beyond the budget of most underground music fans.
This club was one of the blueprints for many "Gothic-Industrial" nights to come, where the focus on dancing and music was shared with art galleries and physical performances. The club only lasted about a year, after which the owners of the now defunct club put out an aggrotech magazine for a few months in 1991. The magazine featured reporting on some of the early bands influenced by Industrial sounds, but no one involved ever referred to the music itself as "aggrotech", aside from the name of the club, it has very little to do with the sound that became dubbed as aggrotech.
Aggrotech regularly consists of harsh song structures, aggressive beats, and explicit, pessimistic, often militant lyrics. Typically the vocals are distorted and pitch-shifted to sound harsh, and synthetic.
Aggrotech artists associated with this genre include;-
- Wings That Bliss
Some relevant links within the rest of Altopedia;-
- Electronic Body Music
- Dark Electro
- Hard Trance
- Electronic Dance Music
- Electro Industrial