Fear Factory
Obsolete


4.5
superb

Review

by Jeremy Bentham USER (65 Reviews)
January 24th, 2010 | 93 replies | 14,022 views


Release Date: 1998 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Picking up where Demanufacture left off, Obsolete shows Fear Factory perfecting their style of Industrial Metal and heading in a slightly darker direction in the process.

8 of 8 thought this review was well written

Demanufacture was a landmark album in the Industrial Metal genre. Fear Factory was and still are a band that emerged with a distinct sound that got them known around the world as a very promising band not only in the genre but in metal as a whole. Burton C. Bell had a great vocal range and when combined with Dino’s cold and machine gun-like guitar riffs and Raymond Herrera’s distinct drumming all backed by Christian Olde Wolbers pulsating bass lines the band was a force to be reckoned with. All things considered, it was evident that fans around the world were looking forward to the follow up to the amazing album they brought forth in 1995.

Beginning as most Fear Factory albums do, with dark mechanical noises building up, Obsolete sets a dark and brutal mood to the album with its destructive opening track, “Shock”. On it, Burton executes his vocals perfectly, shifting from his relentless screams to soaring clean vocals in a flawless manner. Dino and Raymond keep up the fast pace of the song with their great combination, and the song is infectiously catchy and addictive. Things get no different when “Edgecrusher” kicks in, proving to be another heavy number that gets you shouting along the chorus. “Descent” proves time and again to be one of the greatest Fear Factory songs ever recorded, featuring melodic vocals and a killer chorus. Dino’s guitar work in the song is very melodic and almost soothing at some points whereas it’s mostly crushing in all of the other songs and the bass lines keep the song moving along great. Christian also takes the lead from Dino in songs, driving the band forward in songs like “Freedom or Fire” and the title track where his bass lines are deep and heavy and propel the music forward. Raymond presents some great drum work on songs like “Hi-Tech Hate”, which along with “Freedom or Fire” are 2 of the most intense songs on the record. Across the 10 tracks of this album you will find that there is little to no filler at all, and that every song contributes to the concept of the record musically and lyrically.

There are some things about this album that you will find differ from the previous 2 Fear Factory albums. “Resurrection” is a 6 minute song that is not only one of the ‘lightest’ songs the band has recorded but also proves to be a highlight of the album. The title track features a chilling introduction before the bass line kicks in, with a mechainical voice speaking of how man has become 'obsolete' and setting the stage for the onslaught that is to come. Burton’s clean vocals start the track out and then the band blasts in and the song evolves into something incredible, with the final chorus being extremely powerful and heartfelt in a sense. Dino proves that he is a vital member to the band once more with his guitar work on this record. On every song here, his crushing guitar style drives the songs. For a true demonstration of how much of a range Burton has, look no further then the album closer, “Timelessness”. The rest of the band takes their leave and Burton is alone on the track with a depressing backdrop and a full string section backing him on the most amazing vocal performance of the entire record. He truly sings his heart out on this one. It serves as an even better closer than “A Therapy For Pain” off of Demanufacture did.

Obsolete doesn’t necessarily reinvent the Fear Factory sound; it builds on it and focuses it even more then the previous record and the band perfect their style here. The concept it’s also brought out even better than it was before and some of the best Fear Factory songs can be found on here. This album is considered essential by many fans of the band and of the genre, and even years later it still retains its originality and intensity. Truly a must for any fan of Industrial music or of metal in general, Obsolete is one of the best metal albums of the late 90’s and a gem in the Fear Factory discography.



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BassDemon333
January 24th 2010



3358 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I wanted to do another review to hold me over until I can drop my Mechanize review in a few weeks, so here it is, my Obsolete review. I still listen to this one all the time, always will be one of their best.

Wizard
January 24th 2010



19296 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Excellent work Bass. This badly needed a rewrite, glad you did a good job with it. I would have the mods tag this as the default review for the album. My favourite from this band. How is the new album compared to this?

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Willie
Moderator
January 24th 2010



15898 Comments

Album Rating: 3.3

The new album destroys every other album they've ever done... easily. (A preview of my review, which is done and could be dropped at any time...)

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Willie
Moderator
January 24th 2010



15898 Comments

Album Rating: 3.3

Double post, because I forgot to say that this is a good review and a decent album (I like all the albums before this one better).

BassDemon333
January 24th 2010



3358 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Wizard, the new album kicks MAJOR ass, easily better than anything they've done since this one. It sounds like a blend of Demanufacture and Obsolete. Gene's drumming is insane too, him and Dino combine perfectly in the new FF sound. It sounds like the old FF we all loved. Yeah, I thought this one needed a new review besides the track by track one. I've had my Mechanize review done since december...i'm waiting for it to stream or something before the 9th but I doubt it will.



XulOnerom
January 24th 2010



1818 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review. This is one excellent album.

Is the new one really that good?? I have high hopes for it because Dino is back

BassDemon333
January 24th 2010



3358 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah Willie is right, its incredible. The only slight problem is the bass is only audible a couple times throughout the album but that has nothing on all the positives it has. The track "Industrial Discipline" off of it is officially one of my favorite Fear Factory songs ever.

Dino Cazeres + Gene Holgan = fucking amazing combination

BigHans
January 24th 2010



26455 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Resurrection is one of the best metal songs ever written.

BassDemon333
January 24th 2010



3358 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I agree, its great

XulOnerom
January 24th 2010



1818 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The only slight problem is the bass is only audible a couple times throughout the album


That isn't really a problem. Which FF album has ever had audible bass??

BassDemon333
January 24th 2010



3358 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is true. I don't really see it as much of a problem either.

TheSpirit
January 24th 2010



17626 Comments


Good review, but i don't like this band.

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pizzamachine
January 25th 2010



12571 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"Good review, but i don't like this band."

Good review and album but I'm not crazy about bands like this.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
January 25th 2010



31047 Comments


Good review Bass. I'd be surprised if a stream didn't come out before the 9th though

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TheEnforcer
January 25th 2010



270 Comments


Good review looks interesting. pos

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
January 25th 2010



31047 Comments


So I count 3 Mechanize reviews to be dropped as well haha

KILL
January 25th 2010



71123 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

awesome

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Sound
January 25th 2010



3888 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice review, not quite a 4.5 though. This is a great album, can't decide between 3.5 or 4. Resurrection however makes me lean more toward a 4; such a great metal tune and probably their best song.


BassDemon333
January 26th 2010



3358 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Resurrection is awesome, but i dont know about it being their best song...

Wizard
January 26th 2010



19296 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The new album destroys every other album they've ever done... easily. (A preview of my review, which is done and could be dropped at any time...)

I won't believe it until I hear it, not that I don't trust your word or anything. I would think it's impossible to top this considering the concept of the record and the way the musicianship displays the story perfectly. Might bump the rating after I give it another listen.



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