When Fear Factory released Soul of a New Machine in 1992, they began an interesting journey; one that would explicate man versus machine and machine versus man. The concepts surrounding their following albums spoke for themselves. You didn’t have to read between the lines to understand vocalist Burton C. Bell and guitarist Dino Cazares’ view of man’s reliance to machines/technology and its potential consequences. Their interpretations are something right out of science fiction…or were they? If we rely on machines too much do become dependent on them in such a way that it could possibly lead to the eventual destruction of humankind? Though most of that theory seems far-fetched, it needn’t take a rocket scientist to look around some see some validity is what they sang about. As a society, there is no doubt we are reliant on machines and technology. The ironic thing about these concepts is that on Fear Factory’s new album, The Industrialist, Burton and Dino opted for a drum machine instead of a person of human tissue, thought, and emotion.
I was hoping to post a new video from Fear Factory this week since they just released The Industrialist. It doesn’t look like they got around to it yet, unfortunately. Since I have Fear Factory on my mind and my mind on Fear Factory, I thought I would go with Replica off what I would consider the band’s best album, Demanufacture.
The album was released in 1995, right in the middle of the heavy metal Great Depression. Fear Factory held on for a while until they disbanded for the first time shortly after then turn of the millenium. Obviously they are back together again this time with Matt DeVries, formerly of Chimaira on bass. In case you missed, it they released The Industrialist on 5th June 2012 (review coming in the near future). Since there no new video I can find, here is a blast from the Fear Factory past for your video of the week. Enjoy and have a great weekend! Next week I will be reviewing my one-off day at Download Festival with Black Sabbath headlining. Peace!
I remember buying my first Fear Factory CD back in the early 90’s sometime. I think I was hanging out in Lawton, Oklahoma, sadly that is where we went for fun when I was stationed in the State. Soul of a New Machine was the CD and it was heavy…like really heavy. One of the things that I thought was different was Burton C. Bell’s voice. He growled as deep as any other death metal singer, but then also sang and quite clearly. At the time this was new to metal as far as I knew.
The band evolved from there to what most fans probably know as the more polished and industrial/mechanized sound of today. Today’s song of the day is Shock off the album Obsolete which is more than likely Fear Factory’s best-selling album…just my guess. It is a great metal album, but if you haven’t heard Soul of a New Machine I would check it out, it’s much heavier than any other Fear Factory album.
Here is a link to Shock Live somewhere in the world