Big Black was an American noise punk band founded in Evanston, Illinois, United States, that was active between 1982 and 1987. They were headed by singer, lyricist, guitarist, and co-songwriter Steve Albini.Source
They sought little mainstream success and found as much, but the group's piledriver drum machines and brutal, slashing electric guitars were widely influential, especially for industrial rock. Albini's vocal style and provocative lyrics garnered much attention.
They were a formative influence on industrial rock, but the band members have always described the band as punk rock; in the notes for Pigpile, a live recording of their final London performance, Albini explicitly describes Big Black as "punk."