Fear Factory
Mechanize


4.5
superb

Review

by dismember55 USER (6 Reviews)
February 13th, 2014 | 21 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The gears of the machine turning once again.

"What will become?
What will we be?
When we can see our own eternity."

These lyrics from Fear Factory's "What Will Become?" very well define the band from their 2001 album, 'Digimortal' and onward.

The question remained evident through the off-sounding, Nu-Metal influenced 'Digimortal,' the departure of guitarist Dino Cazares, the breakup and rejoining of the band, the uninspired attempt of a return in 'Archetype,' and what seemed like the final nail in the coffin with 'Transgression.' No one knew exactly what to expect from Fear Factory.

They flew well under the radar until 2009, when vocalist Burton C. Bell announced the reconciliation of his and Dino's friendship. Upon this, they also announced a new Fear Factory album, though drummer Raymond Herrera and bassist/guitarist Christian Olde Wolbers out of the fold. Instead, Strapping Young Lad's Gene Hoglan (drums) and Byron Stroud (bass) entered the mix. Many eyebrows were (and still are) raised at the classic lineup not being on the album.

The final product proved any of those thoughts illusory. From the opening track to the "Final Exit," 'Mechanize' proves that Fear Factory is just that; Mechanized. The entire album plays as an endless onslaught throughout, not letting up until the last few minutes of distorted noise.

The opening track, "Mechanize" packs the intensity of previous album openers, such as "Shock," "Demanufacture," and "Martyr" (which on a side note, was re-recorded for the Japanese Edition of the album along with "Crash Test").
With the ominous mechanical noises building up, to the shouted/screamed chorus, the song immediately makes one forget of the last ten rocky years Fear Factory has endured.

The industrial sound Fear Factory once held has almost been abandoned entirely on this album. Instead, songs sound from sinister ("Fear Campaign," "Christploitation," and Oxidizer"), to almost thrash-like ("Powershifter," and "Controlled Demolition"). The lack of the industrial sound doesn't really take away from the album, though a long-time fan might be longing for it.

Instead, the true flaw is the lack of variety on the album. It isn't as much harkening to previous albums (the opening track, the epic closing the record, etc.) as it is the instruments. Throughout the entire album is machine gun riffing over fast double bass kick patterns coinciding with each other, with little reprieve. It begins to grow tiresome, though it doesn't make anything terrible.

After bordering a decade on mediocre albums, detrimental lineup changes and even breaking up through frustration, it seems Fear Factory have finally returned to the greatness they once achieved.

Recommended Tracks:
"Mechanize"
"Industrial Discipline"
"Christploitation"
"Designing the Enemy"
"Final Exit"



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Comments:Add a Comment 
erizen826
February 13th 2014


607 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This album is fucking great. Pos'd.

dismember55
February 13th 2014


58 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks for the pos man! It's the only one I can completely go through without skipping.

Ending
February 13th 2014


1919 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Your name is dismember but you've yet to rate any Dismember. :O

Also why'd you review this at a 4.0 if you have it rated as a 4.5? Pretty good nonetheless.

dismember55
February 13th 2014


58 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

And if anyone was wondering...

Martyr Re-Record: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=hjIfZqVhzXg

Crash Test Re-Record: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ZhIsuVmEvW0

dismember55
February 13th 2014


58 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

@Ending, may have to check out Dismember. Haven't heard of them until now. I didn't even see the two ratings were different... Weird. Better change this.

Ending
February 13th 2014


1919 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Oh I just figured you named yourself after them. But they're basically amazing, Like an Ever Flowing Stream is like the best death metal album of all time.

dismember55
February 13th 2014


58 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Well now you have my interest. I'll check on iTunes and see what they've got to offer. I've been looking for something new anyways...

tempest--
February 13th 2014


14411 Comments


this album rules, I was really surprised it's as good as it is.

Ending
February 13th 2014


1919 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sweet deal. I mean they don't really sound anything like FF or most of what you rated but who knows.

dismember55
February 13th 2014


58 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

From the sounds of it they don't, but as soon as I can, I'm gonna buy some of their stuff. Liking what I hear.

Ending
February 13th 2014


1919 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good good. You're already named dismember too so when you end up loving them you'll already look like a longtime fan.

And yeah when this came out I thought it was gonna suck but was pleasantly surprised.

dismember55
February 13th 2014


58 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The 55th longtime fan. I can't be number one just yet though.

This album pretty much surprised me too, only this time in a good way.

Ending
February 13th 2014


1919 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah I'm not a huge FF fan but I like some of their releases. Demanufacture is probably my favourite by theirs but this is a close second.

dismember55
February 13th 2014


58 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Pretty much. This one and Demanufacture are their best. Anything from 2000-2009 is practically avoidable

Ending
February 13th 2014


1919 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Basically yeah. Whatever they did between Transgression and this they should do again and again and again.

dismember55
February 13th 2014


58 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

That's exactly what I'm hoping for. Allegedly there's supposed to be a new one this year... Who knows?

therapy20
February 13th 2014


53 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Love his album. After the disappointment that was 'Transgression', the joy that Burton and Dino would do something again was amazing, I prefer this to 'The Industrialist'. I have a soft spot for 'Archetype' though.
With this album 'Oxidizer' is a belter!!

dismember55
February 13th 2014


58 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Personally, I agree with you that this is better than 'The Industrialist.' That album seemed compressed, and the drum machines didn't help much. I haven't heard Archetype too many times to like it enough though.

KILL
February 14th 2014


72090 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

archetype rocks

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

dismember55
February 14th 2014


58 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'd honestly have to hear it more... But I cannot find the CD anywhere.



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