Big Black was an American noise rock band founded in Chicago, Illinois, United States, that was active between 1982 and 1987. They were headed by singer, lyricist, guitarist, and co-songwriter Steve Albini.
They sought and found little mainstream success, 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 have been classified as noise rock, and 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.