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.