Fear Factory
Digimortal


3.5
great

Review

by Jeremy Bentham USER (65 Reviews)
February 9th, 2010 | 52 replies | 13,650 views


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist

Review Summary: While Digimortal isn’t entirely average, there are some points on here that hint at the obvious decline in the Fear Factory sound.

5 of 5 thought this review was well written

When you release 2 superb industrial metal albums such as Demanufacture and Obsolete, there are going to be expectations for a decent follow up if anything. Furthermore, in 2001, a lot of metal bands were under the influence of the Nu-Metal movement. When these 2 things are considered, Fear Factory’s 4th album, Digimortal, isn’t all that bad. However, it isn’t all that good either. This is the last album to feature their “classic lineup”; and you can tell that there is a decline in the Fear Factory sound, for there are many errors throughout.

The album opens with the heavy assault of ‘What Will Become’. The catchy chorus with shouted vocals by Burton and a menacing riff from Dino get your head banging, but this is nothing compared to ‘Demanufacture’ or ‘Shock’ or even the frantic ‘Martyr’. You can tell right away from the opening track that Fear Factory have lost something, something that made their previous 3 albums so great. ‘Damaged’ continues the trend of catchy hooks, but the sound of the band is watered down somewhat and Burton sounds like he’s not putting a lot of emotion into his vocal delivery. Despite an average 2 tracks, a glimmer of light arrives with the title track. The Nu-Metal influence is apparent in the sampled turntables that were put into the song, but the awesome chorus is what saves this one. Burton really shines on this song, and the band does a great job of backing him.

The lead single from the album, ‘Linchpin’, is an obvious attempt to gain a more mainstream audience, but it still works well if you enjoy Burton’s clean vocals. Some of Dino’s most catchy riffs on the album can be found here, although they are rather simple and not as inspired as usual. This is something that you will find all over the album, and you can tell that he has done much better with his riffing then he shows on here. Christian’s bass lines are also very prominent during the verses and keep the song flowing along well. The bass also drives songs like ‘Back the *** Up’ and ‘Byte Block’, the former being one of the most horrid Fear Factory songs ever and the most Nu-Metal thing they have ever created (a poor collaboration with B-Real of Cypress Hill) and the latter being a heavy number that harkens back to the days of their previous albums. Raymond Herrera is very important to this album, as his drum work never disappoints and his skills behind the kit make up for the sometimes mediocre songs. ‘Memory Imprints (Never End)’ should also be noted for its attempt to make an excellent melodic album closer, but it still fails in comparison to the others, especially the recent ‘Final Exit’.

In many ways, this album could be considered a companion of sorts to Demanufacture and Obsolete, for the lyrics continue the story of man and machine and how the 2 have become 1. As a result, Burton’s lyrics have to do with the concept and aren’t bad, it’s what you would expect from Fear Factory. The electronics have also increased drastically from the last album and are very prominent on songs like ‘Damaged’, ‘Byte Block’, and ‘Memory Imprints (Never End)’.

Overall, while it’s not exactly a horrible album, Digimortal still fails in some aspects. It’s the sound of Fear Factory declining, as their trademark industrial metal has been watered down and the mainstream can appeal to them better. The Nu-Metal influence sort of brings this album down, and in the end the suspicions were proved when the band dissolved shortly after this album was released. A different Fear Factory would go on to produce Archetype and Transgression, and now the revitalized Fear Factory has crafted one of the greatest albums in their career. This might have been a swan song of sorts for the bands “classic lineup”, but there were still some good tracks on here. Its not an album you would listen to all the time, but you might find yourself enjoying a few songs off of it every now and then.



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BassDemon333
February 9th 2010



3350 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Since this only had one review and I have done Mechanize, Demanufacture, and Obsolete, I figured I'd go ahead and do this one too. Its not too bad of an album.

Willie
Moderator
February 9th 2010



15875 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Very good review. There really isn't a bad Fear Factory album. Even the two remix albums are better than your average release of remixes.

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BassDemon333
February 9th 2010



3350 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah I agree. Digimortal and Linchpin are my favorites off of this, there are some great tracks on here.

Willie
Moderator
February 9th 2010



15875 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I haven't listened to this in so long. I can't point out specific songs anymore. I do remember that the first half was better than the second half.

BassDemon333
February 9th 2010



3350 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah it is. The second half is where it gets pretty weak.

greg84
Staff Reviewer
February 9th 2010



7305 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I like this album a lot, but I'm a sucker for everything nu metal.

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Willie
Moderator
February 9th 2010



15875 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I've been inspired to listen to this again on the way to work.

BassDemon333
February 9th 2010



3350 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice Willie. Maybe its just because I love this band, but even though this album does have some Mu-Metal influence on it and some of the songs arent all that great to some, I still really like it.

Willie
Moderator
February 9th 2010



15875 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm ok with any nu metal I liked from back in the day. It's harder to be open to it now, even when it reminds me of a band I still like.

greg84
Staff Reviewer
February 9th 2010



7305 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sadly I must agree with this statement. There aren't any relevant nu metal bands these days. Ok, maybe Deftones, but they aren't really nu metal, are they?

fromtheinside
February 9th 2010



17678 Comments


this is my least fave, great review though!

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Willie
Moderator
February 9th 2010



15875 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

There's a band called (Sic)monic that I could reccomend. I found them a few weeks ago. They're like the band Flaw if they added some metalcore. To some that might sound like the worst combo ever (nu metal & metalcore) but they're actually pretty good.

greg84
Staff Reviewer
February 9th 2010



7305 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah. (Sic)monic are very good indeed. I've heard their last album, Somnabulist. They superbly combine nu metal with metalcore and India influences.

As for nu metal (or something alike nu metal), my favorite album of 2009 was Rootwater's Visionism. They combine metal with punk, folk and industrial.

Wizard
February 9th 2010



19206 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

When you release 2 superb industrial metal albums

Not to nit-pick too much, but I find it a bit more professional when you spell out numbers instead of literally writing them. Unless it's a statistical or date number, I usually write it out.

Your last paragraph is so bang on about this album. Love the review and I agree one-hundred percent hahahahahaahha (see what I did there?). "Damaged" is my favourite off this.

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PoodleRapist
February 9th 2010



249 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

digimortal has some really good songs, but you're right, it's anything but consistent

ThePalestMexican
February 9th 2010



2816 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah, I think they were under pressure from Roadrunner to release more mainstream music after they got some radioplay from Obsolete ("Descent").

It's not a bad album, though the B-Real and Fear Factory collab was a bad idea.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
February 9th 2010



30865 Comments


Album is incredibly underwhelming

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Apollo
February 10th 2010



10242 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

really enjoyed your review. I used to enjoy the first half of this album when I was 14.

BassDemon333
February 10th 2010



3350 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks everyone, and Deviant, its not THAT bad haha its not the best though...not even close.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
February 10th 2010



30865 Comments


I'd like this album more if it wasn't the album that came after Obsolete, if you know what I mean



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