Fear Factory
Soul of a New Machine


4.5
superb

Review

by TheDepravedPelican USER (9 Reviews)
October 6th, 2013 | 22 replies


Release Date: 1992 | Tracklist

Review Summary: As a first time review for this 21 year old album, I give it my utmost respect. I've listened to Fear Factory since 2009, death metal lover since 1997, but this album on its second listen as one of the biggest Fear Factory fans - shines through.

Fear Factory is definitely one of the most beloved death metal / industrial metal bands of all-time (note that this review doesn't say best of both, but they are the best of the combination). Ironically, aside from this album and Demanufacture - most of their work isn't even a combination of most of it. They usually either deviate more one way or the other. Obsolete is the sign of their slow transition into a lighter scene. Even though most of their work after Demanufacture is not only extremely heavy and catchy, their catchiest and heaviest parts still somehow don't compare to their first two albums. Upon the first glance at this album, most people will know from reviews to simply look onto Demanufacture for a more refined version of this album. While this is most certainly true, Soul of a New Machine has something else to offer.

Soul of a New Machine is not only heavier than Demanufacture, but it is in fact more raw. Don't misunderstand this review, however, Demanufacture is of course more superior to this album. The song writing and production are both definitely superior. However, this album isn't just more raw from a production standpoint - it is as well more raw from a musical standpoint. Soul of a New Machine is often forgotten as being released in 1992. Out of all the years of metal, we all most certainly remember 1991. This album was after Human by Death and Unquestionable Presence by Atheist - just to name a few. Of course those bands are of different genre's, but one should also note this was much, much heavier than anything previously released.

When Soul of a New Machine came out in 1992, there was nothing like it. Martyr remains to this day, the first song to include the unique style of Burton C. Bell - Fear Factory vocalist on every album since this one (their first). Not only is this album a milestone of accomplishments, but upon increased listens - one can easily see why this album deserves a little more praise. Not one single album, ever before, contains any of the riffage and drumming styles that show on this album. The triplet feel, similar to the verse of Self-Bias Resistor of the Demanufacture album originated here. No other band did this before 1992, and nobody did it better than Fear Factory.

This review doesn't advocate more praise than this album deserves, but this album is by FAR superior to anything else even close to the time (within the style of course).

Notable Tracks:
Martyr
Leechmaster
Crisis
Lifeblind



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hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
October 6th 2013


1702 Comments


Don't say this review or my review or anything like that when you review something. It makes the overally perspective of the review seem a bit messy and chopped up. Also the summary Is a bit long but idk some people like that. I won't neg but next time think about this.

thumbcrusher
October 6th 2013


3607 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

big god/raped souls is killer

Digging: Godflesh - A World Lit Only by Fire

Willie
Moderator
October 6th 2013


16131 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I remember the first time I heard 'Martyr' on the radio. There really wasn't anything like it at the time (as far as the clean/growled vocal dymanic). I thought for sure that there had to be two different singers and that it was probably a one-off collaboration.

Decent first review.

Digging: Kenn Nardi - Dancing With the Past

FrozenVain
October 6th 2013


2472 Comments


"Decent first review."

That's harsh, dude.

Willie
Moderator
October 6th 2013


16131 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Nothing Harsh. It is. Most first reviews kind of suck, but his didn't.

ViperAces
October 6th 2013


12485 Comments


pretty sure this is skele, and even if he isnt, this is his 8th review

DrHouseSchuldiner
October 6th 2013


5643 Comments


awesome album

KILL
October 6th 2013


72090 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

suffffffffeeeeeeeeeeeeerr

dndndndn

baaaaaaaaastaaaaaaaaard

Digging: Steve Hackett - Out of the Tunnel's Mouth

BigPleb
October 6th 2013


37588 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Wtf happened to Burton man, saw em last year and his cleans were some of the worst I've ever heard.

KILL
October 6th 2013


72090 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

prob sucked dinos pecker a lil too hard and damaged his throat, he was terrible when i saw em too

BigPleb
October 6th 2013


37588 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Dude like they slowed down shit like Demanufacture and Powershifter cos that shitty new drummer couldn't keep up.

Burton's harsh vox were poo too, he sounded knackered.

thespaceforthis
October 6th 2013


518 Comments


weird coming from u KILL, you should know Burtons cleans always sucked live.

BigPleb
October 6th 2013


37588 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

They didn't always man, during the Obsolete years he ruled.

KILL
October 6th 2013


72090 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

not rly lots of footage from and obsolete tour his cleans were spot on

BigPleb
October 6th 2013


37588 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Them cleans on the Digimortal t/t are def some of my faves from him.

They are on tour with Megadeth now actually, strange pairing tbh.

KILL
October 6th 2013


72090 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

both have terrible vox i guess it kinda fits actually :D

BigPleb
October 6th 2013


37588 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I want old Mustaine back dude, the one that was a dick and hit the drugs hard.

thespaceforthis
October 6th 2013


518 Comments


now dont get me wrong I always loved his vox on the albums..

TheDepravedPelican
October 9th 2013


118 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Dino doesn't change tuning for each song he plays live, does he?

That might be the problem, but Burton's getting a little old anyways and hasn't been that good live
since Obsolete.

Flugmorph
November 21st 2014


643 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

*** the nu metal ***! This rules



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