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Customer Reviews

High-Tech Love

This was my first Fear Factory album. It's amazing. It's almost perfect. The opening scream in "Shock" brings the feeling of falling off a roof onto pavement. Only the feeling is more like you land feet first on the pavement and the jolt that you feel. "Edgecrusher", the opening, is somewhat apropriate, even though there may not be loads of language, the picture the songs paint and the lyrics are rather violent. However the message you can derrive from this is more of the rebellious hero type of message, it's still violent. There's a bit of a familiar feel to the guitar in "Descent", but not a repeatative familiarity, more of the sound of the song itself is remeniscent. "High-Tech Hate", now this is one you may not have been able to put a name to, you've probubly heard it if you have played The Terminator: Rise of the Machines..I may have gotten that tittle wrong, it was the game prequeling the first movie. Anyway, this song is one of my favorite because of it's growing sound in the beginning, bringing the effect of rising out of the way I could describe it. This entire album really does belong in a Terminator movie. "Obsolete", as said in the Album's professional review, has the drums that just antagonize violence. Timelessness" isn't the most creative with the lyrics, he just repeats the same verse four times, HOWEVER, they use the charismatic and powerful "Machines" speech made by Mario Savio in 1964, and it sounds amazing, I find myself constantly listening to this song for the music and the speech, not so much the vocals or the lyrics. And of course, "Cars", the infamous cover brought to metal. It brings an interesting end to the album, in my opinion it should have been somewhere else in the mix, sicne "Timelessness" brings the album to a much more fitting close. This song is also a nice touch. Sounds great and keeps to the name this band has made for itself with their ongoing fascination with the electronic sound of the 80's. This album does do a good job of keeping Fear Factory in check, and it deserves all four stars. Only reason I don't feel it deserves the full five is simply because there are some forgettable moments on this cd such as "Securitron (Police State 2000)"

I keep coming back to this album

When I started collecting metal I would browse through the albums and try to judge them by the covers. If there were any young gen-x'ers around I would ask for suggestions, something really hard, but intelligent. That's how I found this album. Never heard it before I bought it. Now it's the one I play through in the afternoon when my energy is flagging and I need an angst fix to stay awake. The energy of the playing is amazing, the story coherent, and the music and sonic textures are never boring. This collection of wonderfully complex tone poems reminded me of the feeling of Samuel Delaney's apocalyptic novel "Dahlgren" when I first heard it and still does. The biggest surprise for me is still the cover of "Cars". After the angry, driving energy of "Hi-Tech Hate", and the explosive despair of "Freedom or Fire", it's a delightfully whimsical way to fall back to earth.

Set your alarm radio clock to "Securitron"...

I doubt that you will be drowsy enough to hit the snooze button once the onslaught begins. Eye opener better than Coast soap.


Formed: 1989 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Fear Factory were one of the first bands to fuse the loud, crushing intensity of death metal with the cold harshness of industrial electronics and samples, producing a more varied sonic palette with which to express their bleak, pessimistic view of modern, technology-driven society. The group was formed in Los Angeles in 1990 by vocalist Burton C. Bell (formerly of Hate Face), percussionist Raymond Herrera, and guitarist and ex-Douche Lord Dino Cazares. Following their contribution of two tracks...
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