"The Industrialist"

By Professor Jocko

If you are a true metal-head and haven’t been living on the moon for the last twenty years, then you have surely been exposed to Fear Factory. With the music industry the way it is today; with so many genres of music and endless lists of gutless pussies putting out crappy versions of rip-offs, it is nice to see that one band is sticking to their roots and giving us what we want, which is emotionally raw, full-of-energy metal. "The Industrialist" is their eighth studio album, making them no stranger to popular (but not mainstream) metal music.  In 2010, Fear Factory released "Mechanize", which was their first album with veteran guitarist Dino Cazares after a nine year hiatus, and also launched their Fear Campaign US tour. With Dino and Burton back together, it was inevitable that the follow up, "The Industrialist", would be a full-on concept album. The last few years, we have been anxiously waiting for the next album from these metal gods, and at last it is finally here for us to put our hands on.

By first impression, I always felt that an intro is always cool for any metal group, and in my opinion, the opening track, “The Industrialist” captures that perfectly. The bleak sound effects and eerie vibe get you ready for something frightful yet exciting, sending a chill up your spine…I suppose that is why these elements are there; to scare you into a feeling of dismay and hopelessness. It’s the kind of feeling you get in a horror movie seconds before someone is about to get brutally murdered. Overall, it is these types of reasons why I say that Rhys Fulber did a fantastic job giving this album the shot-in-the-arm that it needed, bringing this LP to life. The remaining tracks are what you would come to expect from Fear Factory, with the machine gun-style guitar riffs, bone-crunching drums and scorching vocals of Burton C. Bell. As the album continues, it is obvious that this is of as extreme a quality as ever before, as the next track, "Recharger" is very forceful; kind of like a volcanic eruption. The vocals are phenomenal and are strongly backed by ripping guitar solos and head-pounding rhythm sections of John Sankey.

As much as I appreciate this album because of its dark, heavy and mysterious qualities, where the guitars are a fantastic compliment to the build-up of Burton’s vocal ability, I still feel that earlier albums such as "Demanufacture" or "Obsolete" that show more of what I truly enjoy from these guys. I do believe, though, this may top "Archetype", because of the diversity between each song where sound effects are concerned. However, songs such as "New Messiah" and "God Eater" are the epitome of what I love about Fear Factory mainly because both of these songs maintain the same energy all the way through to the very last note, partially due to the driving drums and blistering guitar solos of Dino Cazares. The tracks "Difference Engine" and “Disassemble” are probably my favorite songs on the album, as the vocals are just incredible, and the bridge parts are a nice change.