Whenever I first hear of a band, I get their newest album first, and then work from their first on. I don't know why, that's just the way I do things, and it usually works out well. In the case of Fear Factory and Archetype, I was buying a questionable album, since the band had recently undergone some changes. I was not disappointed, however:
"Slave Labour" 10/10 One of the best tracks, a terrific opener.
"Cyberwaste" 9/10 Probably the heaviest track on the album, the first few seconds alone will send metallic shivers down your spine.
"Act of God" 7.5/10 A good song, not quite as good as the first two, but still good nonetheless.
"Drones" 8.5/10 Still not matching Slave Labour, but an excellent track.
"Archetype" 10/10 The title track, in my opinion the best on the album.
"Corporate Cloning" 9/10 With a catchy but not annoying beat, this one shows off Burton's vocals in an interesting way.
"Bite The Hand That Bleeds" 10/10 Another amazing track, the most melodic on the album.
"Undercurrent" 9/10 Disliked it at first, but it definitely grew on me. Great track.
"Default Judgement" 9/10 Great, what more can I say?
"Bonescraper" 6.5/10 A nice heavy track, but just not on par with the rest of the album.
"Human Shields" 7/10 OK, but nothing too special.
"Acension" 2/10 This lyric-less track wouldve been OK at 2 minutes or so, but as it is the longest track(7 minutes), it drags the album down.
"School" 7/10 I figured at first listen that this wasnt a FF song. Not bad, but I'd say it's thankful this Nirvana cover is short.