By Professor Jocko

Unless you’ve been living on another planet for the last 25 years, Fear Factory is a band that has surely crossed your greasy lips at one point or another if you are one of the many devout fans of the American metal scene.  Fear Factory is among the most notorious bands ever to storm the metal genre, and probably one of the most influential bands to emerge from the declining . metal Scene in the 1990s; an era when the filth of Seattle’s grunge scene polluted American minds with uninspiring sub-par music.  

Having evolved since then through an evolution of different styles, they are making another triumphant return as one of the true champions of heavy metal with their devastating ninth studio release,” Genexus”. With Dino Cazares returning as lead and rhythm guitarist, the elements of old school thrash, heavy groove, harmonizing riffs, epic guitar solos, dynamic death-style vocals and impressive bass work that make this latest release exactly what you want a Fear Factory album to be. 
You won’t find any soft singing here, but the energizing vocals of Burton Bell are decipherable throughout many tracks on the album, complimented by an industrial, metal-core influence. From the raucous opener ‘Autonomous Combat System’ to furious final track ‘Expiration Date’, there are no weak moments in any of the tracks to speak of. This entire album hurtles along without mercy with heavy guitar riffs, and riveting drum progressions which supplement the focal points of songs like ‘Dielectric’ and the title track ‘Genexus’. 

If you don’t find yourself banging your head along with the roaring vocals, you’re dead inside; it sounds like the kind of band you want to be in. The intensity of songs such as ‘Soul Hacker’ and the stomp of ‘Battle for Utopia’ are fueled by enormous rhythms with former Static-X and Soulfly bassist Tony Campos as part of the band teaming up with founding member, Raymond Herrera on the drums. 

Just as with any band that’s been around as many years as these guys have, will surely have some recycled musical elements; yes, that is a signature move for any band, which is what builds a true fan base…hearing what we like and expect to hear. I was a big fan of Fear Factory’s 2012 album release, The Industrialist, which had such a huge musical punch, which in my opinion started their unique trademark sound built with the LP, Archetype, from way back when I was first turned on to them. 
The scorching vocals of Burton Bell are predominant with every song, but are also complimented with more melodic backing vocals as seen with one of my favorite tracks called ‘Promotech’ which add more diversity and contrast to the song. There seems to be somewhat of an operatic influence with tracks such as this one which carry through several songs that are supplemented with technical precision of studio sound effects. Nonetheless, each track delivers something just slightly different than the one before it in one way or another, making Fear Factory one of metal's predominantly influential bands.