Saturday, October 27, 2012

Fear Factory "The Industrialist" CD Review


Reviewing a Fear Factory record is a intimidating task. I find it difficult to rationalize in my mind how I could possibly convince anyone to seek this band out who hasn't already accomplished this or decided they don't like them (my daughter doesn't like the "singing parts"). So I have been listening to this disc relentlessly for the last 5 months. It is so heavy, punishing, creative, hypnotic, aggressive - typical Fear Factory - that I have also gone back and been re-listening to their back catalog heavily this year. 

Fear Factory released a video for the title track on October 25, 2012. Check it out below. 

I was on target to finally see Fear Factory live twice this summer, but both times fell through. Damn it.

"The Industrialist" is fittingly a "concept" album. Vocalist Burton C. Bell states, “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.”

By 2012, you know about Fear Factory. By November of 2012 you should have "The Industrialist".

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