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  • FF’s albums tend to be very hit and miss. You can take their 1st album which is very thrashy and speedy…. I feel they really defined their sound with Demanufacture, a totally awesome album. Their remix album [wasn't good] (why did they do this? remix heavy metal stuff don’t exactly sound good) and Obsolete just didn’t cut it.This album brings back the heaviness that every FF fan wants! I would say that this group has the heaviest sound for heavy metal or industrial. Prong can’t come close, Biohazard are a bunch of weenies (lack of substance and lots of yelling don’t equal good), Korn still sucks and don’t count on current metal to put up a fight. What makes good heavy metal is that these guys are out to be the heaviest damn band out there. They have issues with the world (errr, machines), they aren’t out to get chicks (ie; Motley Crue, Limp Bizkit, etc…), and they don’t have gimmicks (Slipknot, Staind, Mudvayne). This album, for me, has the same heaviness as Demanufacture did and that’s a good thing. They mix it up a little with the direction they were going in Obsolete (a bit of a heavy metal rap thing or something odd). They do have a ‘rap’ track and one might think it’s dorky, but really, it’s pretty cool. I think they are finally finding their place in heavy metal as well as their sound. I wish they would get more recognition because there are lamer heavy metal bands. Listen to the real stuff. It’s groups like Fear Factory, Slayer, Metallica (better duck to dodge tomatos), Iron Maiden, Ozzy, Judas Priest, Pantera and Sepultura that make heavy metal what is should be. MTV makes metal look like it’s hip and that isn’t a good thing. Break away from the normal stuff and dive into a group that will kick butt!

    Posted on January 8, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • As others have stated, the rap-rock song does not fit well with the rest of their music and even if you like the genre the song is farcial and silly. (It’s kind of hypocritical that Dino criticized Machine Head for doing the same thing.) – .5 star. -1.5 stars for rushing the album. All the previous albums they did meant something… The Industrial-death metal “Soul of a New Machine” touched on topics like racial profiling (Scapegoat) Religious hypocrisy (Pisschrist), and gun control (H-K) “Demanufacture’s” “A Therapy for Pain” was about near-death experiences. “Replica” was about the positives of abortion choice. On the heavy but more popular “Obsolete”, the song that everybody likes, “Descent” was about isolation/despondency, and “Hi-Tech Hate” was about the evils of weapons of mass destruction. Regardless of each song’s contexts, earlier albums were about the excesses of technology, shining light on the fact that one day we won’t control them but they may control us. I was expecting “Digimortal” to be a pilot to Obsolete’s Conception 5 (as it was claimed to be during production) but this is not so. There is no concept. Although the songs here (minus the rap song) were musically GOOD, lyrically they were BAD. A band known for profound words have gone to lyrics like “Take one more shot at me”, “Don’t let the time pass waiting for the answer” “you can’t change me”, and worst of all, “One step closer” (How many bands are going to have these three words in the same year?) The anticipated single “Invisible Wounds (Dark Bodies)” will probably play well on the radio, but unfortunately it sounds like an old Metallica song (Metallica before they became a boyband) and also suffers from repetitive or mean-nothing lyrics. The redeeming highlights would probably be “What Will Become” and “Hurt Conveyor” (stays true to their original style) and for the tracks with Bell’s somber chants I would say “Acres of Skin”, “Byte Block” and “Memory Imprints (Never End).” But all in all just an average FF album. If you’re new to FF and like this album I can assure you even if you don’t like music too heavy that you’ll like their previous works much better than this one.

    Posted on January 8, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • This album is not very good and is simply Fear factory’s attempt to to sell out, only they really haven’t done it very well. While this album is definetly more commercial than there past albums I get the feeling that Fear factory aren’t actually selling out and are just going through a sort of lull. Although there are some songs on here clearly geared towards the mainstream such as ‘linchpin’, it seems Fear factory don’t really want to sell out, giving the whole affair a sort of half heated feel to it. The end result is a rather confused album which I don’t think is going to please anyone; neither old-skool Fear factory fans, nor slipknot-hoodie-wearing green day fans. All in all this is just a crap album. It isn’t startlingly mainstream, simple and repetetive, but it isn’t really any good either. Compared to Fear factory’s previous albums it is quite plainly rubbish(however you must bear in mind how good fear factory arewere). Sometimes it does show glimmers of hope but is generally pretty dull.Needless to say if I had listened to it before buying it I would not of bought it. Either listen to old Fear factory like Demanufacture or listen to some ‘Dark Army’. Who are just like old Fear factory but with amusing lyrics and incredibly cliched song titles.

    Posted on January 8, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • If taste didn’t exist, neither would variety. Yes, it’s true: Fear Factory has definitely change directions since “Soul of a New Machine”. After all, that album was pure death-metal, with barely any extra industrial spice. In my opinion, that disk was all-out DM, and eventhough some songs are good, we would never be able to compare it against the likes of Sepultura or Pestilence. Hell, some songs in there even sound like fillers. It’s the industrial and techno notes that add the interesting flavour to Fear Factory; thus when Demanufacture was released it was such a rush. Obsolete came next, and the techno base grew, along with the amount of singing instead of growling, and some other interesting addings, like “Edge-Crusher” rap-metal approach. Coming to the present we have Digimortal. By far, I haven’t found anything to call bad on the album. True, it’s not Death Metal as before, but it isn’t as soft as Obsolete either. Personaly, I see in this album their best combination of metal with techno and industrial. Now, why do I dare contradict the opinion of the other so-called “metalists” that write comments here? Simple: musicianship. Anyone that knows of musicianship knows that in metal, the best music is not the hardest, nor the speediest. It’s the music that is performed to perfection, no matter the speed, hardness, intensity, variation of rythms nor anything else. This disk is very consistent in terms of speed and intensity…perhaps not in hardness, but it is in power. It’s a concept album about the future posibility of “encapulating” the mind’s thougts into a digital chip, process that would allow the person to “extend” his life by adding his memory to another body. The question that remains would be: what about the soul?. This theme is analized throughout the album (reason for it to be a concept album, which is not something easy to build) with the usual darkness that could acompany the rest of the musical atmosphere. Burton’s singing as usual is terrific on both sides: hard-edged and crunchy during the intense moments of the songs, soft and melodic when the music has gone low tempo. And Raymond’s drumming…DAMN!!!…Whoever tells me that Raymond’s double-kick drumming got slower deserves a beating! Still as impressive as usual, and definitely one of Metal’s faster feet (right next to Lombardo of course). So then, my recomendation to the buyers: if you’re a Death Metal fan and afraid of changes in the direction of the musical style, thus proving yourselves to be an obtuse bunch that’s afraid of the word “Change”, then don’t buy this album. On the other hand, if you’re like me, and enjoy changes in style that are overall consistent and perfectly combined in melodics and tempo, and love the tightness of the construction, then you’ll love this CD.

    Posted on January 8, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • By now everybody has heard the somewhat dissapointing news of Fear Factory’s break-up…It was bound to happen and “Digimortal” was their cue for disbanding…As a huge fan of FF, I was very amazed but very dissapointed with the release of “Digimortal”. It had the Fear Factory sound, but the cybernetic and futuristic vibe was not there. That to me represented what Fear Factory was all about. The few songs that are great really are great and definately standout as a testimony what Fear Factory had built itself upon. Burton C. Bell’s vocals are still amazing, and Raymond Herrera’s drumming is still in fine shape…but Dino’s lack of brutality and Christian’s dull-sounding bass is what brought this album down. The lyrics are very simple and not that nerve-striking as on their first 2 albums. The song “Back The Fxxk Up” is really a huge dissapointment..I guess Fear Factory needed to cash in on the whole Rap-Metal/Nu-Metal trend that they help create, yet never really got the respect for. Still songs like “What Will Become?”, “Acres Of Skin”, and the damn-good “Invisible Wounds(Dark Bodies)” are their last few songs that fans can enjoy for years to come. Fear Factory is no more, and now their legacy of quality music now lies amongst other great bands such as Death(R.I.P. Chuck Schuldiner), Carcass, Brutal Truth, Possessed, and Terrorizer…and thus answers the question in the lyrics of the song “Linchpin”…”We will never see the end”…Hopefully never see the end of great quality bands such as Fear Factory.

    Posted on January 8, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now