Bands/Musicians The Best Coldwave Bands  

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Coldwave artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good coldwave bands includes a filter so you can sort by the groups’s label and what albums they've put out. This list of the top coldwave bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Coldwave groups and artists are shown below along with any additional genres in which their music belongs. If available, you can also see information about where all coldwave bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest coldwave bands of all time, since the most famous coldwave artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best coldwave music.

You can click on the coldwave band names to see more information about that particular notable coldwave group. If they're near the top of the best coldwave artist list, though, then they should have at least some information available. All the top coldwave bands named on the list also have discographies on their pages if you click on the coldwave band names themselves.

Artists here include everything from Asking Alexandria to Angelspit. Make sure to upvote your favorite artists to see them get to the top of the list. What's better, Hanzel und Gretyl or Circle of Dust?

All important, significant and iconic names in coldwave music history deserve your votes, so make sure to choose wisely. You can only vote once on this list.

The list includes all new coldwave bands, and if there are any missing on the list, you can always add them yourself. Just make sure they aren't already on the list and check your spelling, because this is already an accurate compilation of the best examples of coldwave, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into coldwave music. Especially since the bands at the top of the list will at the very least be the best choices if you're looking for a list of good coldwave bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent coldwave bands.

This list answers the questions "who are the best coldwave bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest coldwave musician ever?"

If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular coldwave bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote.

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Genres (Music): Coldwave, Punk rock

Nationality: Poland

16 Volt is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Coldwave Bands
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16volt was an industrial rock band featuring Eric Powell and Mike Peoples with other performers added for live shows. The band is featured in the opening scene of the PlayStation 2 game Primal, and contributed nine songs to the game's soundtrack. Peoples announced his retirement in May 2014, with the band being placed on permanent hiatus in August 2014. ...more on Wikipedia

Genres (Music): Industrial metal, Industrial rock, Industrial music, Coldwave

Albums: LetDownCrush, Skin, FullBlackHabit, Demography > The Basement Tapes, American Porn Songs, + more

Labels: Metropolis Records, Re-Constriction Records

Career Began: United States of America

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Diatribe was an industrial rock group from San Jose, California which was active in the 1990s. They had a sound similar to 16 Volt and Chemlab, integrating synthesizers and vocal samples with more traditional rock instruments. Their song "Therapy" was used in the film Strange Days but does not appear on the official soundtrack album. ...more on Wikipedia

Genres (Music): Industrial metal, Industrial rock, Industrial music, Coldwave

Albums: Nothing, Diatribe, Therapy, Ultracide/Junkyard

Labels: Re-Constriction Records

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Hanzel und Gretyl is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Coldwave Bands
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Hanzel und Gretyl are an American industrial metal band, formed by members Kaizer Von Loopy and Vas Kallas in February 1993. In the 1990s, their sound was described as a genre-defying blend of sci-fi metal/electronic and experimental, but into the new millennium they invoked a heavier sound leaning more towards aggressive metal. Due to their heavy use of German lyrics, Germanic imagery, and German-sounding pseudonyms, they are often mistaken for being a German band, and are largely regarded as the only existing American Neue Deutsche Härte band of note. Contrary to a generalized public perception, Kaizer Von Loopy and Vas Kallas are based in New York City to which they are native, and ...more on Wikipedia

Genres (Music): Electro-industrial, Industrial metal, Electro, Industrial rock, Industrial music, + more

Albums: Transmissions From Uranus, Scheissmessiah, Ausgeflippt, Über Alles, Born to Be Heiled, + more

Labels: Metropolis Records

Career Began: New York City, New York, United States of America

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