Fear Factory – The Industrialist

Never being a fan of Fear Factory's material their all new release "The Industrialist" has its tale to tell. Buton C. Bell says it's a concept album with a story written around the entire thing. Bell notes, “The protagonist (The Industrialist) is the incarnation of all industries in the form of an automaton. The mechanical, technological, and scientific advances through the industrial age led to the creation of The Industrialist. In the story, the automaton becomes sentient as it collects memories with each passing day. Through observation and learning, it gains the will to exist. What was meant to help man will eventually be man’s demise.”

So with that said I thought I'd give this album a listen and put forth my two cents worth. Working yet again with product Rhys Fulber with mixing by Greg Reely whose done work with Skinny Puppy, Machine Head, and Paradise Lost, this album is flooded with melodies and raw energy everything just falls into place when listening to it. For instance "Recharger" builds this solid ground with pulsing guitar riffs and thunderous drum beats that really ejects the music's ability to keep it moving. While "Depraved Mind Murder", continues this energy but enhances it just a tad allowing a heavier exposure that really drives the music even further. The lyrics are done well than 2010's "Mechanize” having them being more creative and thorough. "Dissemble", continues the same flawed, ruthless, and rough housing energy just as the previous tunes had done so no difference there.

It can go without saying that Fear Factory to me is a work in progress.

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