Fear Factory â€“ The Industrialist
Label: Candle Light Records
Release date: June 5, 2012
Review by: Gabe Wilkinson
HOLY SHIT! I thought Mechanize was a return to the Fear Factory that I loved after the brief break down between Dino Cazares and Burton C. Bell but The Industrialist could be the best record they have ever released as a band. Iâ€™m not even kidding about that. Iâ€™m as serious as a face eating cannibal in Florida about that.
What works about this album? Pretty much everything works about this album. Burtonâ€™s voice has never sounded stronger, Dinoâ€™s guitar playing has never been soÂ syncopated and well Fear Factory finally embraced their inner industrial band that has been hiding inside their walls since Demanufacture. Until this record Demanufacture had always been what I thought was the pinnacle of the Fear Factory catalog but The Industrialist makes Demanufacture sound down right simplistic. Seriously. I can not believe the amount of experimentation they do on this record with electronics. We all know that Fear Factory have always had electronics and they basically pioneered the cross over between extreme metal and industrial in the 90â€™s. On this record Rhys Fulber is let loose to do what he does best and he has created some of his most energized work with this band since his remixes on the first EP Fear Is A Mindkiller. This is an album by a band who know who they are, know what their fans want but want to grow, mature and push themselves into new territory as well. Another point I must make too about this record is the amount of tracks. With Fear Factory sometimes a little can go a long way and they have perfectly narrowed the amount of songs down to 10 tracks total. The run time is perfect, you arenâ€™t physically or mentally worn out by the end of the album and you are left in fact wanting just a tad more from the band. If you love Fear Factory, this album is a must have. I simply can not rave enough about this and what they have created here.
So what didnâ€™t work for me? The only thing that I found that was rather clichÃ© for me on this record was the lyrics. Fear Factory have been exploring the same ground since they beginning, technology versus humanity and the fall out of those two worlds crashing into each other. Thatâ€™s it, thatâ€™s my only complaint. Seriously that is the only thing about this album that I thought wasnâ€™t beyond my expectations.
This album is modern, contemporary and fresh (there is even some dubstep like testures that get messed around with to chilling effects). This does not sound like a band trying to regain their past glory but a band who want to re-establish themselves as innovators, pioneers and visionaries in extreme music. Simply put for me, this album is a masterpiece and is my favorite record from Fear Factory ever.
Final Verdict 5 out of 5 Stars.
1. The Industrialist
3. New Messiah
4. God Eater
5. Depraved Mind Murder
6. Virus of Faith
7. Difference Engine
9. Religion is Flawed Because Man is Flawed
10. Human Augmentation