140: N.K.V.D.

A wonderful thing about genres is you can read a combination of genres that youโ€™ve never seen combined and immediately see how that could work, and find yourself excited for the potential of this new sound. For example, industrial black metal.

N.K.V.D. (which stands for Narodny Komissariat Vnutrennikh Del, or People’s Commissariat for Internal Affairs – a Soviet Union government branch) are a French industrial black metal band who focus on themes of dictators, totalitarianism, and historic oppression. Their sound, as the industrial black metal label promises, is one of oppressive, robotic, darkly textured metal.

Musically, itโ€™s absolutely evil sounding. Sinister riffs and machine gun beats, marching forward at a steady, unstoppable pace.

The vocals are monstrous and evil, delivering lyrics about genocide, dictatorships, and war. The imagery and atmosphere is strengthened with a heavy usage of samples, with everything adding to a suffocating atmosphere.

I donโ€™t think Iโ€™ve ever heard another band like NKVD – theyโ€™re a unique beast. A terrifying, incredible, and fascinating beast.