The hardcoreness of the above bands varies from heavily influenced by synthpop/new wave and more toward the harsh, noisy sound. Really, though, what you should do is take a look around the official site for Metropolis Records and their accompanying web-store at [http://www.industrial-music.com]Industrial-Music.com. Metropolis the largest (and seemingly only at some times) Industrial/Goth label in the US, so they tend to have all the big name acts.
That pamshouse.com site was like someone chewed a mouthful of pink bubblegum and spewed it all over the screen. When I was finally able to find a link somewhere on that page to actual music, it was “PHuk” this and “PHunk” that. Yuck.
di.fm wasn’t much better. I listened to their hardcore stuff and it’s your typical huge gay dance party rave DJ-whatever re-mix crap. Blech.
Here are a few I like (some of which have already been suggested):
Icon of Coil
Informatik (they’re probably a little too “dancy” for what you said you want)
Sisters of Mercy
I own lots of Einstürzende Neubauten. Definitely like them. I’m somewhat familiar with Front Line Assembly, Cabaret Voltaire, and Nine Inch Nails. FLA & Cabaret Voltaire did some good stuff. I always thought 9"Nails was a bit grunge for my taste.
Not too familiar with Aphex Twin, Fear Factory, Rammstein, Strapping Young Lad, and Oceans. Have to check them out. I am familiar with the Rammstein name, but I’ve mostly seen it in the context of a Rammstein remix of someone else’s work. Didn’t know they were an actual band.
Its an online radio station. I only discovered it a couple of days ago, so I can’t inform on the overall quality of its selection, but it lists “gothic, electronic, ebm, industrial, metal, or anywhere in between” as its format.
And it definitely doesn’t have a froo-froo bubblegum atmosphere to it.
I suprised no one has mentioned Prodigy yet.
‘Fat of the Land’ is considered a classic and the new one ‘Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned’ is very good. Rammstein is good in a german/rob zombie kind of way.
Also try Juno Reactor . They did some of the heavier stuff for the Matrix movies. No lyrics, just music.
And if you want to go into some old classic headpounding industrial you can’t go wrong with classic Ministry .
I’ll recommend Miss Kittin: “Professional Distortion”. It’s quite subtle, just bear with it and listen, it’s a sly dig at the “showbiz” lifestyle. Here is a link to a page on Shockwave that has the video.
Electric Hellfire Club
Razed in Black
Pop Will Eat Itself
Dead Can Dance
Icon of Coil
London after Midnight
New Model Army
Tones on Tail
Red Lorry Yellow Lorry
**Orbital ** (Here is his official site, you can watch the video “The Box” there, which I love.)
Goldfrapp: “Twist” “Strict Machine” and “Train” (in that order) Warning, they are rather strange and push the envelope with their videos. Here is a link to their Yahoo Launchpage, and also a link to their official website with is NSFW at all. Benny Benassi did a couple of remixes of their song “Strict Machine” which can be found on their site if you click the “Black Cherry” link on their “scene one” page, then mouse over the houses until you find one labled Strict Machine 2004, then click “Audio Streams”.
While I would never not recommend someone listen to DCD, I would point out that they aren’t even remotely “hard-core techno / industrial”. More “ambient / gothic / world music / darkwave” than anything else.