JULY 21st 2012
FEAR FACTORY: THE INDUSTRIALIST
Review by: Metal Mom

Well first I am going to tell you who put their heart and soul, and some damned good metal into this album. The artwork was done by American designer Anthony Clarkson with some additional direction from the band. Producer and programming was done by long time producer and collaborator Rhys Fulber, who has understood from the start what the band has wanted, but also been able to open their eyes to new things while still keeping the FEAR FACTORY sound. Some additional programming was done by Logan Mader (Gojira/Divine Heresy). Mixer is Greg Reely (Paradise Lost/Skinny Puppy/Machine Head). And now for the names of the guys in the band that complete The Industrialist, they are Burton C. Bell (vocals), Dino Cazares (guitar, bass and programming), and there is also John Sankey on drums (during demo sessions). There you have it , the team that is responsible for the latest FEAR FACTORY album.

This is the 2nd album written by Bell and Cazares since reuniting back in 2009. The album will be available on three formats, standard CD, limited edition deluxe digi book (featuring 2 additional songs), and 180 double vinyl. There are 10 heavy metal/industrial tracks, with almost 49 minutes to be enjoyed here:

1. The Industrialist
2. Recharger
3. New Messiah
4. God Eater
5. Depraved Mind Murder
6. Virus of Faith
7. Difference Engine
8. Disassemble
9. Religion is Flawed Because Man is Flawed
10. Human Augmentation

What can I say, this is true FEAR FACTORY, taking it back to the beginning, but bringing it up to a whole new level. Yes, sure they were previously bothered by some bitter strife within the band, but their true form has emerged in 2012 with much aggression and showing their fans just what they can accomplish. There seems to be more industrial influence that you can hear on this album, along with some solid extreme guitar riffing. The vocals are what caught my attention, they will make your ears bleed, only to turn around to some calm grand melodies, variety, and its what kept me listening. Technically interesting, with well written/composed song writing, that long ago established FEAR FACTORY, in fact this is a conceptual record based around a story written by Burton Bell. There is no mistaking the work that went into this album, I personally like to see/hear that in a CD. So what do I say….don’t sit on your laurels, get out there and purchase ‘THE INDUSTRIALIST’ from FEAR FACTORY. And enjoy some great music through the summer .