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Album Review: Fear Factory – Genexus

downloadAlbum:  Genexus

Label:  Nuclear Blast

Release Date:  7 Aug 2015

Songs:  12

Length:  60 Minutes

Genre:  Thrash / Industrial

Previous Albums:  Soul of a New Machine (1992); Demanufacture (1995); Obsolete (1998); Digimortal (2001); Archetype (2004); Transgression (2005); Mechanize (2010); The Industrialist (2012)

Location:  United States

A great and wise man said that the new Fear Factory sounds like the Slayer of the 90s.  As I pondered such a thought I was taken aback by this statement.  Was the great and wise man a fan of Slayer of the 90s?  In the 90s, I saw a Slayer headline with Fear Factory as the supporting act.  What an amazing coincidence, I thought.  Did the great and wise man know this?  Did he read my mind?  Hack into my computer?  Did he see that tour too?  I asked the great and wise Matt what he meant.  He said that “Slayer was consistent, but not really doing anything new” or something close to that affect.  He hit the nail on the head concerning Fear Factory’s latest output. Read the rest of this entry


Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2004 / #15 – #13

MetalCatHistory, technology and fantasy make up today’s three listings. Those sound like the ingredients for a modern religion.

Dark Metal Cat agrees. He say’s it’s high time humans started worshipping cats again. I gently reminded him that I already do.


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Reggie’s Top 25 Favorite Cover Songs #10 – Cars

10-McLaren-P1-Cars-to-Wait-For-jpg_235623Cars was originally recorded in 1979 by Gary Numan.  The song did quite well scoring #1 chart slots in both the UK and Canada.  It also scored in the top 10 in the United States.  An interesting fact about this particular album is that no guitars were used.  Numan created The Pleasure Principle album with synthesizers.  I remember hearing this song quite often as a child and thinking it was pretty cool and futuristic sounding though I had no idea what a synthesizer was at the time.  Fast forward to 1998 and Fear Factory’s Obsolete album.

Their cover version of Cars is a bit different from most covers.   What I find unique about it is that Numan himself was part of both the recording and the music video.  I thought that was pretty cool.  Based on the video it looks like Fear Factory relied on good old-fashioned instrumentation to make this cover which sounds much like the original.  The cover was released as a digipak bonus track for the Obsolete album.  Fear Factory had a habit of doing this which I found irritating because I had to buy another album to get their bonus stuff.  I guess that is one reason to be thankful for digital downloads. If I want just one song, I can pay for just one song.  At any rate, this is a great cover; one that even features the original artist.

Here is the cover version video by Fear Factory featuring Gary Numan.

Below is the 1979 Gary Numan original found on the album The Pleasure Principle.

21 Days ‘Till Doomsday #15 – Monolithic Doomsday Devices (Divine Heresy)

At some point Dino Cazares left Fear Factory and started a band called Divine Heresy.  Despite their similarity to Fear Factory, I thought this band was going to make more of an impact than they did.  Now it looks more like an ongoing side project since Dino has rejoined forces with Fear Factory.  The latest word is that Divine Heresy is still a band and we could possibly see some new material in the future.  The 15th day of doomsday song, Monolithic Doomsday Devices appears on the album Bringer of Plagues which was released in 2009.

Reggie’s Top 100 Favorite Albums of All Time #25-21

As we journey down the path to my number 1 favorite album of all time, you will likely see more and more classic metal albums appearing on the list.  Many of these albums have been my favorites for decades while some are relatively new….only came into my life in the last couple of years.  This all-time list is an ongoing effort started by our friends at The History of Metal page on facebook.  Each day we list another album until we get to the end which should take us just up to the end of the year.  Below is my next list of five as we near our way to #1.  Enjoy!

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Reggie’ Top 100 Favorite Albums of All Time #50-46

As we journey down the path to my number 1 favorite album of all time, you will more than likely see some classic metal albums.  Many of these albums have been my favorites for years while some are relatively new….only came into my life in the last couple of years.  This all-time list is an ongoing effort started by our friends at The History of Metal page on facebook.  Each day we list another album until we get to the end which should take us just up to the end of the year.  Below is my next list of five as we near our way to the top.

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Album Review: Fear Factory – The Industrialist

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.

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Video of the Week – Replica

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!

Song of the Day – Shock – 17 March 11

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

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Album Review – City of Fire – City of Fire

This is what happens when key members of Fear Factory and Strapping Young Lad join forces.  I don’t like it.  There, point-blank, I just can’t seem to get into City of Fire’s self titled debut release which was available to the public on 24 Aug 2010.  I was excited to hear what the possibilities could have been, but for me it fell short.  I never got into Strapping Young Lad, but I was a pretty big fan of Fear Factory throughout the years.  So based on that, I tried them out.  They got pretty good reviews on iTunes, but it doesn’t cut the mustard for me.  These songs just do not seem to flow for me.  I like songs that flow (see Megadeth and Overkill).  I like a well-defined beat or rhythm.  City of Fire seems to me to be just out there doing whatever they feel like.  I guess I can’t really explain the musical part of it because I am not a musician.  I just know what I like and don’t like.  I won’t say City of Fire is the worst band, but do review it or borrow it before you buy it.  Sorry Burton, stick with Fear Factory.

I give City of Fire – City of Fire 2 of 5 Devil Horns


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