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  • Brutal, tight, furious. These are the proper words to describe this industrial-metal masterpiece. In my other reviews I’ve already stated that “Demanufacture” is one of the four albums that elevated industrial-metal genre from zero level to state-of-the-art perfection and spawned countless clones.Fear Factory style is different from what other icons of the genre like Ministry or Nine Inch Nails have to offer. After all, in the beginning Fear Factory played Napalm Death-style death-metal, and it shows. The music is built with incredibly catchy and rhythmically effective guitar riffs backed by similar sounding bass-lines. Think of the riff in Ministry’s “Thieves” and you get the idea. Drumming is absolutely superb. The speed and precision of those double-bass kicks is incredible, I even thought it was a drum-machine. But it was not. To add even more industrial feel to the sound, various factory noises are played in the background. Burton C. Bell varies his vocal tone from angry death-style rasps to clean anthemic singing. The latter, being sound-processed with a little reverb, makes the record sound kinda epic at times. The album is a relentless sonic attack, that, being played at considerable volume settings, has all the power to knock you off your feet and shatter glass windows.Conceptual lyrics add more depth to the album. They tell a story of a man who grew tired of government lies and started up a rebellion. In the end he turns into a killing machine, then surrenders to regret, but when death comes, it refuses to take him away, so he has yet another day to live. Not the finest story, but it mixes with aggressive industrial music perfectly.This album is one of the landmarks of rock, and surely Fear Factory’s finest hour. If you are even mildly interested in metal or industrial music, you must give a listen to “Demanufacture”.PS I found myself among those few people who actually liked the remix albums “Remanufacture” and “Remanufacture v2.001″. I think it shows the diversity of this band excellently, because I can’t think of anybody else who feel themselves perfectly at home as with death-metal and grindcore, as with industrial, breakbeat or digital hardcore. While the lyrical integrity is lost in remixing, yet the music is good. Underground dancefloor DJs might also take notice.

    Posted on January 30, 2010