Einstürzende Neubauten is a rather interesting {{industrial}} group from Germany. Originally formed in 1980, they were a major influence on the experimental end of the genre, due to their [[EverythingIsAnInstrument extensive use of various non-musical objects as instruments]], often to the exclusion of conventional instruments. While always having a heavy emphasis on percussion and un-tuned sounds, Neubauten's music covers a fairly wide range of textures and styles, ranging from pulverising noise and ambient soundscapes to mechanistic dance tracks and understated ballads, their more recent albums being especially hard to classify.

Currently, the group consists of Blixa Bargeld, Alexander Hacke, N.U. Unruh, Jochen Arbeit, and Rudolf Moser.

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Provides examples of:
* BilingualBonus: Bargeld has mentioned that many of the group's early lyrics rely heavily upon German-language puns and idioms which are functionally untranslatable; conversely, he does the same with the band's few English songs.
* BizarreInstrument: Pretty much the point of the band from when N.U. Unruh sold his drum set before making a new one out of bricks and metal.
* BrokenRecord: "Weil Weil Weil", "Hirnlego". Bonus points for the latter for actually having the vocals and instruments skip like a broken record (as opposed to the chanting in "Weil Weil Weil").
* CarefulWithThatAxe: Blixa invoked this a lot in the old days.
* ContemptibleCover: The cover of "Haus der Lüge" features a rather obviously male horse ejaculating.
* DarkerAndEdgier: ''Alles Weider Offen'' breaks the trend of LighterAndSofter taken by the band for its bleak and somber tone and lyrics, and ''Lament'' is also this trope since it was composed for an 100th anniversary Main/WorldWarI memorial in Belgium.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The obscure 1980 album ''Stahlmuzik'' featured a traditional drum kit, but its followup ''Kollaps'' had none of that. Both releases are known for being more intense and noisier than subsequent efforts.
* EverythingIsAnInstrument: They often use things like scrap metal, jet turbines, and other various things in their songs. (Also includes "nonstandard" playing, e.g. playing a guitar with a violin bow.)
* GenreRoulette: Neubauten gradually calmed down from the metallic percussion and noisy intensity of ''Kollaps'' in exchange for increasingly quiet conventional styles while maintaining the usage of custom musical instruments built out of found objects. Nonetheless, they still showcase a wide range of textures.
* IndecipherableLyrics: Intentionally in the song "Was ist, ist". It has decipherable lyrics for the vast majority of the song, however, some parts are scrambled with static. When performed live, the band relies on a choir or their audience to fill those parts of the song with words made up on the spot - or in other words, "canon" lyrics simply don't exist there.
* LighterAndSofter: The band went down this path with each single post-''Kollaps'' album.
* MeaningfulName: The cover to ''Halber Mensch'' ("Half Man") has half of the band's logo (a cave drawing of a human) scratched out.
* MinimalisticCoverArt: The front cover of ''Kollaps'' consists of only the band's logo and name with a background color being a shade of brown. Many other Einstürzende Neubauten albums like ''Strategies Against Architecture '80–'83'', ''Fünf auf der nach oben offenen Richterskala'' and ''Ende Neu'' have this as well, the latter using the band's name over a human's eye and skin color.
** ''Halber Mensch'' is almost literally the exact same thing as the cover of ''Kollaps'', just with a different album name and half of their logo scratched out.
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: The band started out often performing level 10 material, but most of their post-1990s works usually average on levels 1 to 3.
* NewSoundAlbum: ''Zeichnungen des Patienten O. T.'' introduced a wider range of moods, melodies, and sounds than the generally intense abrasiveness of ''Kollaps'', a direction taken further into detail on ''Halber Mensch'', which was succeeded by the dark ambient of ''Fünf Auf der Nach Oben Offenen Richterskala''. ''Haus der Lüge'' includes elements of electronic and rock music but is less diverse than ''Tabula Rasa'', that in turn is louder and more unconventional than ''Ende Neu''. ''Silence is Sexy'' disposes most of the noise aspects found in previous albums in favor of restraint, resulting in softer songs. ''Perpetuum Mobile'' continues the relaxed and mature nature of ''Silence is Sexy'' while reducing the SensoryAbuse heard in the band's previous works. ''Alles Weider Offen'' remained smooth despite being a slightly bleaker album. The World War I-centered concept album ''Lament'' is based off archived research and accompanied by odd instruments chiefly composed of objects related to the war and a string quartet.
* PunnyName:
** A literal translation of the band's name would be "Collapsing New-Buildings". [[note]]For non-German tropers - since the pun doesn't carry well to English without an explanation: The name isn't meant to conjure up the image of intentionally destroying newly made buildings, however, but rather that of "new buildings" falling over. A ''Neubauten'' specifically refers to one of the cheaply-constructed "modern" buildings erected following 1945 in multiple German cities after many of the ''Altbauten'' (old-buildings) were destroyed during WWII. The ''Neubauten'' had a rather unfortunate reputation for being very structurally unsound, which gave the band some unwanted attention within two months of their formation thanks to the roof of Berlin's former city hall (one of the most famous ''Neubauten'') collapsing, which killed one person and injured many others. Think of a hypothetical NYC based band which formed in July 2001 that called themselves "Destroy the WTC", and you'll get a pretty decent idea of what the band had to deal with.[[/note]]
** ''Ende Neu'' ("Ending New") is a pun gathered from the band's name - Einstürz'''ende Neu'''bauten.
* SensoryAbuse: Einstürzende Neubauten's output, especially in the 1980s, primarily constitutes of noises and textures made from using random objects like scrap metal, construction tools, et cetera.
* ShoutOut: Their logo is an apparently meaningless old [[Main/NativeAmericanMythology Mesoamerican]] petroglyph Bargeld discovered in 1980 when he searched for mythological symbols.
* VocalEvolution: Blixa Bargeld's vocals went from chiefly screaming in ''Kollaps'' to the quiet, low-toned singing in newer albums.