Fear Factory
Mechanize


4.0
excellent

Review

by Jurgen Prochnow USER (3 Reviews)
March 20th, 2010 | 39 replies | 2,422 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "Mechanize" might not be a return to form, but the boys of Fear Factory make their triumphant return. A solid album that mixes old with new, "Mechanize" is sure to please the longtime fan. Gary Numan has yet to be called.

3 of 4 thought this review was well written

After a lengthy hiatus, the metal scene thought Fear Factory was done. With the brutal Soul of a New Machine and the more polished and industrial-influenced Demanufactured, Fear Factory was set to take over the metal world. Nothing could stop them. But a foray into nu-metal and a cover of “Cars” featuring Gary Numan himself were mistakes that were awful hard to overlook. The band began to tear itself apart, with Burton having Dino fired and Wolbers and Herrera starting their own band Arkaea, which seemed to be a parody of Fear Factory itself. A return to form, hell, even just a return at all did not seem to be in the cards for the band, and fans were left with the feeling of what could have been.


Fast forward to April 7th, 2009. It seemed all was forgotten between Burton and Dino, who made an announcement that Bell, Cazares, and Stroud were reforming the band with Gene Hoglan (Strapping Young Lad, Death, Dark Angel, and Dethklok) on drums. After several live shows, hours of writing, rehearsing, and recording, and lingering legal disputes over the Fear Factory name with former members Herrera and Wolbers, and released Mechanize February 9th, 2010. The album pummels you from the start, and hardly ever lets up.


The opener “Industrial Discipline” immediately shows one how far the band has come in the 5 years since Transgression. Gone are the nu-metal/rap metal influences. Gone are the forays into 80’s pop/electronic. They leave all the experimentation behind and leave the listener with a satisfyingly beautiful mind-numbing and crushing listen. The gruff vocals mixed in the Burton’s beautiful clean hooks (if you want to call them that) are still there, but the return of Dino and the addition of Hoglan is what sets this album apart from the last three. Dino seems to bring an edge to the band that wasn’t found while he was away. The beautiful yet brutal riffs that continue to come out of his guitar are simply breathtaking, while Gene seems to bring out the best in every member of the band with his uncanny timing and rhythm behind his kit. Stroud isn’t a slouch on the bass, either. The bass lines are pulsating and can cause the listener’s hair to rise from his arms.

In the past, Fear Factory has had a recurring theme of “Man vs. Technology” throughout their albums. On Mechanize, however, the band seems to comment on every aspect of American culture. Whether it be religion (“Christploitation”) or politics(“Fear Campaign,” “Oxidizer”), the band seems to be angrier than ever. Like a snake, they seem to be shedding their old skin and growing new ones. Unlike the snake, though, the new skin is eerily familiar to the old. Herrera and Wolbers are gone, Gene Hoglan is in, and the lyrical content is different, but musically it’s all still the same. And damn, is this listener happy. Welcome back, Fear Factory.


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  • dismember55 (4.5)
    The gears of the machine turning once again....

    Garrett Will (3.5)
    Mechanize is a necessary rejuvenation, a re-alignment of the band's substance, that succee...

    Sean (4)
    A surprising comeback from a band that many thought were dead and gone, "Mechanize" stands...

    Trey Spencer STAFF (4)
    The evidence is simply too overwhelming. The court has no choice but to rule in favor of D...

  • Jeremy Bentham (4)
    Burton and Dino from a ‘new’ Fear Factory and give us an album that resurrects their o...

    Deviant STAFF (3.5)
    The soul of this machine has improved...


Comments:Add a Comment 
intothepit83
March 20th 2010



2316 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Forgive my writing style/grammar, not the best at it. But let me know what you see

BigHans
March 20th 2010



26455 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good job, album rules. Love Final Exit.

intothepit83
March 20th 2010



2316 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

it's a great closer to the album. i'd have to say that and "Oxidizer" are my two favorite tracks on the album

Brokenjewel
March 20th 2010



1247 Comments


I tuned out after Obsolete came out but this sounds like something I might like. Good review.

tinkrbel
March 20th 2010



1698 Comments


"Gary Neuman"?

and whats this:

"the band, and released Mechanize February 9th, 2010. The album pummels you from the start, and hardly ever lets up" ?

TheSpirit
March 20th 2010



17171 Comments


They recorded a Gary Neuman song a few years ago

Digging: Rx Bandits - Gemini, Her Majesty

Foxhound
March 20th 2010



4570 Comments


I've been meaning to check out this band for a while. I will today since I see another positive review for it.

intothepit83
March 20th 2010



2316 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

it's worth it..... avoid obsolete-transgression, go for their first two and this one and you can't miss

KILL
March 20th 2010



70599 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

also obsolete, and archetype is awesome

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Ire
March 20th 2010



41749 Comments


Good review


















I'll pos

LepreCon
March 20th 2010



3593 Comments


That hardly justifies the neg, tinkrbel

intothepit83
March 20th 2010



2316 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

she holds a grudge against me cuz i called her out

Inveigh
March 24th 2010



24800 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

great review homie. there's not really anything i would change, just maybe this:

"politics(“Fear Campaign,” “Oxidizer”), "

just put a space between politics and the "(". I still haven't listened to this, but I was never a huge Fear Factory fan. Eventually I'll get around to them, after I get out of this alt/indie/rock phase I'm in (plus I've been totally consumed by Option Paralysis and Diamond Eyes for the past week or so).

intothepit83
March 24th 2010



2316 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks inveigh, blake sir.... muchas graciaasss

Inveigh
March 24th 2010



24800 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

anytime my narnia

intothepit83
March 24th 2010



2316 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

aight my nigga... stay up. ONE!

Inveigh
March 24th 2010



24800 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

well now that's just offensive

intothepit83
March 24th 2010



2316 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ain't the first time i've heard that

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
March 24th 2010



8318 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

After several live shows, hours of writing, rehearsing, and recording, and lingering legal disputes over the Fear Factory name with former members Herrera and Wolbers, and released Mechanize February 9th, 2010
this reads very awkwardly
The gruff vocals mixed in the Burton’s beautiful clean hooks (if you want to call them that)
mixed with Burton's beautiful clean hooks


Other than that, nice review. Couldnt've guessed you had some writing talent in you ;)

Inveigh
March 24th 2010



24800 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

no, no i imagine it's not hah. hey, it appears from your shoutbox that you have a new friend



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