Metal Review: Fear Factory – The Industrialist

Fear Factory - The IndustrialistI am really not sure what to think of Fear Factory anymore. I will put this out there – I am not a big fan of this band. Their early stuff showed some promise, but it seems like they never realized their potential. The strange thing is that they have a huge following, so I know that I am in the minority. Of course, a lot of the newer mainstream metal bands out there have never done much for me either and they have huge followings.

If you listen to everyone harping about this album, they will tell you that The Industrialist is the new Demanufacture. To be honest, I do not want a new Demanufacture. I want something completely new and fresh, and it looks like, as with their previous release Mechanize, they seem to not be progressing at all. They seem to have taken a step back with their two most recent releases.

All in all, Fear Factory is a band that I should like. They are tight and the riffs play a major part in their music, but strong riffs can only carry you so far and when you are more melodic than a normal person can handle, then it starts to all sound the same (pretty lame). Like I said, they have plenty of strong elements to their music, but too many flaws to me.

So, if you like Fear Factory, then you will probably dig The Industrialist, but if you are new to the band, go deeper into their back catalog to hear something original.

Fear FactoryProduced by Rhys Fulber (Front Line Assembly) and mixed by Greg Reely (Paradise Lost/Machine Head), The Industrialist features additional tracking by Logan Mader (Gojira/Divine Heresy) and artwork by Anthony Clarkson (Devin Townsend).

The Industrialist is a vital chapter in the history of one of the most over-achieiving bands in heavy music history.  It is Fear Factory at is most confident and passionate; the band bringing every sonic weapon in its arsenal to the fore.  Many have likened 2010’s Mechanize to Fear Factory’s debut album, Soul of the New Machine.  That said, The Industrialist, in short time, is expected to be likened to the band’s pivotal album, Demanufacture.

Revisiting and refining the sweeping melodies and unforgettable songwriting that would forever distinguist Fear Factory from all others, the sound and creative storyline that is The Industrialist will without doubt carve itself a spot on the short list of Best Metal Albums of 2012.

The Industrialist tells a tale written by vocalist Burton C. Bell.  While the “story” is better spelt out in a companion booklet that is at the core of the special edition of the album, the plot is rooted both in forward thinking science fiction and contemporary events.

The Industrialist Track Listing:
1. The Industrialist
2. Recharger
3. New Messiah
4. God Eater
5. Depraved Mind Murder
6. Virus of Faith
7. Difference Engine
8. Dissemble
9. Religion Is Flawed Because Man Is Flawed
10. Human Augmentation

  • JamesD

    I am a Fear Factory fan, and I agree wtih your review. When I reviewed it, I had to keep reminding myself I am a fan. Fans each time a new cd comes out, want the new Demanufacture. No offense, that was almost 20 years ago.. it would be like asking Metallica for another Ride the Lightning. Those days are dead. The FF of today is un-motivated and really seem lazy to try and give us a great album. I blame Obsolete. When that cd made a dent for them, they seemed to have soften up a lot and did away with what made them special. Ascentions of the Watchers or whatever that side project was from Burton was awful. Dino is in, Dino is out. Raymond is in, Raymond is out, Hoglan is in this time, he is out. This band cannot keep a line up. Is it even a band anymore, it is just Dino and Burton. You want some kick ass Burton..go buy his side project with Geezer Butler debut album Plastic Planet that was amazing. With each FF cd, comes more and more disappointment and just pure disdain I am starting to get. Fear Factory really needs to get hungry again…