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Deluxe edition includes two bonus tracks. The Industrialist is a vital chapter in the history of one of the most over-achieving bands in heavy music history. It is Fear Factory at its most confident and passionate; the band bringing every sonic weapon in its arsenal to the fore. Many have likened 2010 s Mechanize to Fear Factory's debut album, Soul of the New Machine. That said, in short time The Industrialist, is expected to be likened to the band's pivotal album, Demanufacture. Revisiting and refining the sweeping melodies and unforgettable songwriting that would forever distinguish Fear Factory from all others, the sound and creative storyline that is The Industrialist will without doubt carve itself a spot on the short list of Best Metal Albums of 2012.
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All the songs are good. I listened to the entire album on my way to work and I have a sore neck from head banging. I was not a fan of Mechanize (see my other review) but this album is for real. This album is an instant love affair. Some albums you have to listen to multiple times to get into but this one is not like that.
I've never been a fan of the albums with Wolbers playing guitar and it's good to see Dino back again! Dino, Burton, and the other two guys made an awesome album here. Go buy it! Support Metal!
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Brilliant, brutal, and catchy.
Mechanize put any worries that this reunion of Dino and Bell to rest immediately.
And now we come to the sophomore release of the newly formed FF.
Out is Hoglan and Stroud.
The core writing team of Dino, Bell and Fulber is intact with some very impressive results.
The disc stars out with the title track which simply crushes.
Up next is the single that was released a while back "Recharger" is everything a good FF song should be.
"New Messiah"...while not a bad song nothing about it really stands out either.
"God Eater"...probably my favorite song on the disc. Very experimental.
"Depraved"..The middle section of the song is great but a lot of it failed to keep my attention.
"Virus"...fast, brutal, memorable. Excellent track.
"Difference"...another song with a great middle part.
"Disassemble"...another kick in the face of brutal goodness.
The last two songs aren't really songs but more along the lines of robotic ambience...
"Religion" and "Human" don't really add anything relevant to the album and were not a good choice to close the album.
All in all, I'm actually very happy with this release.
There's enough variety and catchy songwriting to grab my attention and hold it.
Is it as good as "Mechanize"?
I'd put it in my top FF three of "Demanufacture", "Mechanize" and "Industrialist".
My only minor complaint is the subject matter.
FF have been writing about the whole man vs. machine subject for many years now and while this puts a slightly different slant on things it doesn't do enough to differentiate itself from past releases.
A solid follow up to "Mechanize".
Fulber's contributions are what make this disc really stand out.
I originally gave the album four stars.
I have since upped that to five.
It really did take multiple spins for this to properly sink in.
And now that it has, yes it may very well be FF's most well rounded album to date.
A few points I missed...
The digipack is simply incredible quality.
The two bonus tracks are kind of throw away but not bad.
New Messiah has definitely grown on me.
There are so many little subtle layers that require multiple listens to catch.
Awesome album when you give it a chance and really pay attention to just how well the flow, songwriting, vocals and everything else fits together.
Awesome album and sonic experience.
They're smart to open each song with an energetic blast of either speed or power/groove, then play some softer parts around the middle, then alternate back and forth. It gives even the tracks that have a little less punch an overall scorching impression. Fear Factory remind me of Machine Head in that they have grown over the years and found the perfect blend of the various styles they play, making their songs cohesive and confident instead of awkward and confused, as both bands have sounded at times in the past.
For this release, I think you'll get the most enjoyment out of it if you're a fan of Demanufacture. They went for that album's ultra-heavy, aggressive approach on Mechanize, but I could swear I heard some traces of Meshuggah on some of those songs. The Industrialist features a greater focus on their trademark, precision guitar-and-drum machine-gun attack established on Demanufacture, enhanced by the incredible drum programming done by John Sankey and resulting in a strong thrash presence overall.
Along those lines, this album also sees notable emphasis on the essential sound effects and keyboard work of Rhys Fulber, who I think of as a full-fledged member of the band. A highlight for me is the Fear Is The Mindkiller vibe he creates on parts of God Eater; awesome song! Make no mistake, The Industrialist is a fantastic album.
One warning may be in order, though. I'm betting quite a few people will be unhappy that this only has eight traditional songs, and that tracks 9 and 10 are both semi-instrumental ambient pieces with intermittent whispered or spoken vocals. I'm not crazy about this being the album's end, but honestly, the first eight songs smoke so hard that it's tough to complain.
Like I say, though, I know some people are going to gripe, but this is a concept album based on a story by singer Burton C. Bell, so I'm guessing that has everything to do with the decision to close it this way. If you get the digibook special edition, you can read the story and try to piece together the connections between the story's tone and those last two tracks. Bottom line is, if you like Fear Factory, you'll be pleased. They've put together a stunning effort that solidifies their return and ought to make any metal fan look forward to their next release. It's a 9.5/10 for me.
Fast forward to their next release, "The Industrialist", and we find that only Burton and Dino have made the trip, replacing some-might-call-legendary drummer Gene Holgan with a drum machine. However, at first glance, not much has changed. The opening track storms out of the gate with the same piss and vinegar found in most of "Mechanize", and we are certainly off to a good start. The chorus feels big and catchy, and hopes are high that we are in for a treat. This feeling remains after passing through track two(also the albums first single), "Recharger". Showing the "other" side of Fear Factory, this song keeps up some aggression, but puts on full display Bell's emotional and powerful clean vocal stylings, delivered in yet another catchy chorus. The album seems poised to join "Mechanize" and exceed what would be lofty expectations.
Unfortunately, the promise of the first two tracks does not even come close to being matched by any of their followers. Although track three, "New Messiah", is strong, it feels flat next to the first two, and is definitely the closest thing to competent from that point on. The rest of the album is littered in mid-era Fear Factory, delivering some aggressive verse riffs, but ultimately falling flat with choruses that are simply not memorable. And for all of the great album closers Fear Factory has unleashed over their career, the long pseudo-instrumental piece that is given on "The Industrialist" can only be viewed as disappointing, at best.
While I could spend time reviewing each of the middle tracks on the album and talking about them individually, I just don't see much point. The formula is simply repeated over and over, with slight variations, but nothing even coming close to the songwriting quality found on the albums opening salvo of songs. I'm honestly surprised at the relatively high reviews this album has been receiving so far - I cant for a second put this album in the same category as Mechanize, or any of the other Fear Factory classics. At this point, this album offers little but two songs to add to a playlist on Itunes, and the cd will probably end up on the shelf. Heres hoping the third time is a charm for this reunited(term used loosely) and often strong entity known as Fear Factory.
Nevertheless, though, fans everywhere should be hard-pressed to complain very much about "The Industrialist," because it is yet another example of how Burton C. Bell and Dino Cazares can still knock out some of the best industrial death/grind in the business. This 2012 effort, like all classic FF releases successfully blends together elements of industrial metal with brutal death metal, thrash, and even grindcore. Therefore, at its heaviest, "The Industrialist" is quite crushing. But it also comes with generally melodic vocals (from Bell), and several pieces of experimental material -- the kind that Fear Factory have always loved to throw-in. (See previous albums such as "Obsolete" and "Digimortal" for further proof of this.)
"The Industrialist" is short, sweet, and to-the-potent point. After all, only ten tracks are presented here, and out of those ten, only seven are actual, fleshed-out songs. The rest are trippy interludes. "God Eater," which is an interesting and futuristic-sounding interlude with electronic, new-wavy tinges, is the first of these types of tracks. And then, there is also "Religion Is Flawed Because Man Is Flawed," a serene and instrumental soundscape, and the closing "Human Augmentation," an ominous, nine-plus-minute long mood-enhancer with cool, distortion-laden vocal effects.
The title song makes for a strong opener, even if it does sound like prototypical Fear Factory, with its apocalyptic intro sample, chunky, punching, chugging riffs, and interlocking, machine gun-fast double bass'ing. But tracks like "Recharger" and "Virus Of Faith" are familiar FF fair, too , as they both sandwich really memorable and soaring melodic choruses between no-holds-barred brutality (including staccato blasts of blistering guitars and pummeling, grindcore-esque blasting). Elsewhere, "New Messiah" is an especially thunderous number; and "Depraved Mind Murder" punishing guitar/drum/bass interplay that successfully creates moving, lumbering, thundering rhythms. "Difference Engine," with its almost metalcore-ish breakdowns and cool, surging, stop-start tempos and blast beats, is also of note; and so is "Disassemble," as it practically screams "mosh-pit anthem."
It might not be as classic as, say, "Demanufacture" or the above-mentioned "Obsolete," but, when taken on its own, "The Industrialist" is a good, strong Fear Factory album. But when considering the fact that FF made it as just two-fifths of a band, it is made even better. It is an enjoyable, consistently very solid, and mostly-satisfying record, and one that is sure to get the pit going.