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This machine only know's death! - 72%

Funeral_Shadow, February 20th, 2006

Now let's talk about death metal when it used to rule. Case study here: Fear Factory.

This album pretty much defines early 90's style death metal. This reminds us of the young days of death metal when it was still a growing art. Everything about this album is old school death metal... just a very un-technical and unorthodox style of it.

Many consider Fear Factory as being one of the first death metal bands to incorporate clean vocals into their music as well as random samples and stock footage usage. I can't debate that necessarily, but from what I've heard from other bands, Fear Factory seems to be one of the earlier bands to experiment with death metal. This is what made this band stand out within the death metal community back in the days....

Well, minus the terrible production (those guitars sound so goddamn hollow!), this still stands the test of time as a well composed album. I like to look at it as industrial death metal for it's use of samples and diabolical growls. Some tracks on this CD are essential for listening like the classic "Scapegoat." It really defines how death metal was back in the 90's. Other tracks, like “Crisis” incorporate movie samples and have a huge use of clean vocals that give off this somber industrial feel. If you really want to hear Burton C. Bells sickest growls, turn to "Escape Confusion..." those first few growls through the beginning of the song must be some of the most heathen growls he's ever belched. If you would like to hear blast beats, then take a listen to "Suffer Age", which is the most intense track on the CD because of it's shift from blast to thrashy beats.

Though there are great tracks on the CD, there are some tracks which don't seem to play in full, at least, on my stereo. Those are not worth mentioning but if you do decide to take a listen to this CD, you'll realize what those tracks are (such as "Crash Test" and "Life Blind.")

Overall, this is essential for any death metal fan, it’s not the most technical death metal album, but it's definitely worth the money to buy and own. If you're interesting in getting into Fear Factory, then this isn't the best album to first get into. This is not what Fear Factory has been famous for; their next album is best to start with and shows what they will soon evolve into...

Ear Candy: Martyr, Leechmaster, Scapegoat, Crisis, Scumgrief, Big God/Raped Souls, Suffer Age...