This one is a very touchy subject sometimes to discuss depending on who you talk to. While the easy answer is simply an individuals preference on what they like, I think that new Industrial has much more merit and should be regarded as a more important aspect of the genre than old Industrial.
Too many times I hear folks say that they don’t like new Industrial because it “all sounds the same” or “there is nothing new or good coming out”. First of all let’s take the first excuse, “all sounds the same”. While there are some exceptions, if you take ANY musical genre and play a bunch of songs from said genre then it WILL sound the same. Don’t believe me? Take 10 Doom Metal artists and play them back to back. Then you got the folks that say “there isn’t anything new or good coming out”. Anyone who says this simply put does NOT look for new music. There are dozens among dozens of labels that out consistently putting out amazing artists. Now more than ever we have great streaming services like Spotify or Apple Music that you can use to find new music. Ever heard of Bandcamp? If you go into Bandcamp and come out without finding a single new song or artists that was amazing then you are drunk and need to go home.
While old Industrial has paved the way, brought recognition to the genre, and helped place the music where it stands now, we would be dead in the water if it wasn’t for new artists keeping the music going. Old Industrial certainly needs the respect it deserves but if we want to see the music continue to flourish and break new grounds then it is the new artists and new music we have to support. The music has come a long way and evolved quite a bit since its inception back in the late 70’s. Industrial hasn't lasted as long as it has if it was just for ‘that one Skinny Puppy song”.