Fear Factory's debut album (Concrete was actually recorded first, but went unreleased for about a decade) is quite far removed from the FF sound that most listeners will be familiar with. While this album still has traces of the Industrial Metal sound that is the band's trademark, there is a far more significant grindcore influence on this album. This gives the album a much more organic feel than any that followed. Burton C. Bell's trademark ethereal clean vocals are present, but are still rather underdeveloped at this point. At 17 songs, the sheer amount of filler drags down the overall score, but not enough to really effect the listener's enjoyment of the disc. While it's not a particularly good introduction to the band, (unless you're a grind fan) it's still a worthy debut effort.
This album shouldn't be compared with the greatness of Obsolute and Archtype. Yes its brutal, but might repetitive and full of powerchords. The screams are bland. Not a good virgin album for anybody wanting to first listen to FF. Luckily I bought it for only $5. I guess you can say it was worth the money. Weak.