Fear Factory



by Horace USER (3 Reviews)
January 14th, 2005 | 17 replies

Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist

Fear Factory is:*
Burton C. Bell Resonating Biodroid/Vocals
Dino Cazares Energized Riff Traumatizer/Guitar
Christian Olde Wolbers Subsonic Assassin and Auxiliary Resonator/Bass
Raymond Herrera Automated Rhythmic Attacker/Drums

About the Music
Ah yes, Digimortal. Considered by many to be the worst Fear Factory album. The hardcore metal fans as well as the dedicated Fear Factory fans found this album to be too nu metal and mainstream. It's not difficult to see their point.
The band's style seemed to be all over the place ever since their 1992 death metal debut Soal of a New Machine. After an interesting remix EP (Fear is the Mindkiller, 1993), Fear Factory released what still seems to be their strongest, most powerful album yet: Demanufacture.
It turned out to be more of an industrial metal peice. But the dark follow up LP Obsolete (1998) wasn't bad in any sense. Nor was the most recent release Archetype. In 2001, Fear Factory's new studio album was released. While there was so much excitement at first, that quickly faded. As well as the number of Fear Factory fans.
People began to turn their backs on the band because they lost all hope for Fear Factory and the new style. Hatefiles and Concrete didn't help much either. But those who stuck through the thick and thin of Fear Factory's career in recent years were rewarded with Archetype. But enough about that. Let's concentrate on Digimortal.
I suppose I am one of the few Fear Factory fans that really enjoyed listening to Digimortal. Some of the songs came out weak, but there's a fair amount of strong tracks left. And the overall concept of digital mortality still interests me to this date.

And now onto the music...

What Will Become? 3:23
A pretty good opening for a metal album. But it's nothing compared to earlier openers "Demanufacture" and the kick *** "Shock" riffs. But overall, it's not a bad opener. It tells you right from the get-go, "This record you're about to listen to sounds like this!" The track enters with some odd beats followed by an explosive guitar riff with Burton's first yell. The keyboards on this track fitted well with the riff. When we hit the 2:13 spot on the track, we get a quiet bizzare plucking as wel as Burton whispering the main lyrics. It tries to sound eerie but never really does. The thing that messed this song up was the little "us" spoken by the kid at the end. It fits the message and album concept, but it just didn't work with the song. 3/5

Damaged 3:02
The intro riff doesn't really catch my attention. But when the keyboards came in, I got more into it. The drumming on this track was powerful and the chorus sounded cool with the keyboarding. But Burton's vocals on this track begin to get annoying after a while. When we get to the bridge, we get some screaming followed by another "quiet-hush-hush" part. I'm not a big fan of those types of bridges. I prefer an awesome breakdown which this song doesn't consist of. 2/5

Digimortal 3:02
The Fear Factorty title tracks usually come out to be one of the strongest of the album. Well in Digimortal's case... it's no difference. The track starts off with Burton screaming breathlessly until the riffs and beats kick into an explosive intro leading into a powerful verse with slammin' guitars. Even the melodic chorus works. There's some minor scratching though, but it doesn't really bother me. 5/5

No One 3:36
We start this track with what sounds like a mass of marching robots that need to be oiled. Then we get into the smacking of the double bass with the overlapping guitars. Something that bothers me is the constant dance club sirens that come up. Besides that, this track stands strong. But this song does include one of the greatest single parts of the entire album. At 2:44, Burt does a screamingly melodic peice that I just love. This track was great! Except for those ****ed sirens! :angry: 4/5

Linchpin 3:25
The single! This one opens with some KICK *** beats. Then it freezes as Burt comes in with "CAN'T KEEP ME APART!" I can tell why this song was released, it's so tight and has just the right amount of heaviness for the public ears to hear. :thumb: 5/5

Invisible Wounds 3:54
This song is so powerful. It's a slow melody with a rythmic chorus. This was actually the first Fear Factory song I ever heard. :D This was at one time going to be a single, but instead Roadrunner cut funds for the band and concentrated on their new band of that time Nickleback. Go figure. :rolleyes: Anyways, this track is one of my all time favorites but from what I understand, Roadrunner tampered with the track and made the band record it a certain way. I heard the original demo (which sounds way different in certain aspects) and I found this final version to be stronger than the two. The track features an awesome heavy bridge that I can't get enough of. 5/5

Acres of Skin 3:55
I never really had a liking of this track. It just doesn't have anything new that I'm interested in or looking for. However, the chorus sounds good. The lyrics create an atmosphere that I can imagine. However it is slow and sounds... out of it. 2/5

Back The **** Up 3:09
Back the **** up! The most forgettable (and hated) track in Fear Factory history. I know the band likes to experiment with things like techno and eletronica... but rap?!? C'mon, guys! They should've known that metal heads hate, hate, HATE rap! I like listening to hip hop and stuff, but this is so out of whack for the band. I thought the combination of rap and metal on this track worked (like on "Bring the Noise", remember that? :D). But it really didn't fit the album. They should've made it a b-side. B-Real from Cypress Hill does guest vocals on the track. Maybe they should've stuck it on a Cypress cd? 1.5/5

Byte Block 5:20
This song gradually swells into something that seems powerful at first but later turns out to get repetitive and quite boring. Especially at the slow, quiet "I got no more memories" bit. However, the lyrics on the rhythmic verses were pretty cool. "I am nothing more, nothing less, than a single peice of flesh!" 2.5/5

Hurt Conveyor 3:40
I don't really like it when Fear Factory uses samples from movies and stuff like that. But the sample on this track works. We hear a shotgun cock and fire whilst listening to fast beats with some simple guitaring and fastish drums. Not a bad song but not really that good. 2.5/5

(Memory Imprints) Never End 6:47
It seems to be Fear Factory to end the cd with a slow, yet powerful and lengthy song. This is my favorite of them all after Demanufacture's unforgettable "A Therapy For Pain." The lyrics are tight as well as the music itself. It's normal to expect at least 3 minutes of just sound effects at the end of Fear Factory cd. Same thing goes for this one. 3.75/5

To score this album overall, I think it was really good but had many flaws at the same time. It hurt Fear Factory's career and they have yet to fully recover from the damage and repurcussions of what is known as the mainstream nu metal Fear Factory album. While it's easy to recommend this to your nu metal fans, it's gonna be hard to find a true metal fan that's gonna really enjoy this cd. 3/5 smilies!

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Happy Listening!!

*Actually it should say, Fear Factory was because the line up has changed since this 2001 record. Today, Bell still does vocals and Herrera still does drums. But Dino left and was replaced by Christian and a new addition was made as Strapping Young Lad's Byron Stroud joined on bass.

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other reviews of this album
BassDemon333 (3.5)
While Digimortal isn’t entirely average, there are some points on here that hint at the obvious de...

TheDepravedPelican (2.5)
Sub-par for Fear Factory and Average for Nu-Metal; Digimortal proved incontestably that Fear Factory...

Comments:Add a Comment 
July 21st 2004


The only FF album I've ever listened to is "Obsolete," I did a review on it too! Do all of their albums follow some kind of concept or storyline like "Obsolete?"

July 21st 2004


This is my least favorite Fear factory album.

Penny Lane
July 21st 2004


I think their best album is demanufacture...
the new one archetype is great too...

July 21st 2004


[QUOTE=YDload]The only FF album I've ever listened to is "Obsolete," I did a review on it too! Do all of their albums follow some kind of concept or storyline like "Obsolete?"[/QUOTE]

I'm pretty sure Obsolete is the only album to follow an actual storyline, though all of their albums (that I've heard) seem to have a general lyrical theme.

Anyway, that's a very good review, but unfortunately a really bad album. Only one song stood out as any good.

July 21st 2004


Digimortal is a good album but obsolete is better, i thought Acres of Skin was very good and heavy :D and invisible wounds is also very good i like burtons vocals he can sing clean and also he cant do a good harsh vocals too.

July 21st 2004


[QUOTE=YDload]The only FF album I've ever listened to is "Obsolete," I did a review on it too! Do all of their albums follow some kind of concept or storyline like "Obsolete?"[/QUOTE]

Well actually, Obsolete is the only Fear Factory album that follows a story line. You know, cuz it has the script thing that goes into each song. The other records still have a concept of "Man vs. Machine", but doesn't follow in a story. Digimortal was the last concept from the band as they moved on to other subjects in this year's Archetype.

By the way, go buy Demanufacture and Archetype, you'll love them as much as Obsolete. :thumb:

July 23rd 2004


Digimortal was my first Fear Factory cd. After hearing Linchpin, I was like, 'fvck, this is good.' But I haven't listened in a few years, and it's one of my least favorite FF albums. Teh only ones I listen to now are Soul of a New Machine m/, and Demanufacture. Good review however. :thumb:

July 23rd 2004


Fear Factory is a solid band and none of there albums has let me down

Good Review

July 28th 2004


really good, but their old stuff is better. these songs arent as loud, less double bass, and arent as long.

Red Cap Brain
December 30th 2005


Album Rating: 4.5

Just complexer. Sounds like nu-metal but you can´t compare this with any nu-metal band. Great album.

Red Cap Brain
December 30th 2005


Album Rating: 4.5

The best after Archetype

September 2nd 2006


Album Rating: 4.0

this album has three or four awsome songs and the rest are crap songs

January 4th 2007


Album Rating: 3.0

good review.

Looking back this album is pretty awful, but i really digged it at the time.

I gave it a good strong three as it's the album that got me into metal.

September 5th 2007


Album Rating: 3.0

This album is pretty good for the first few listens but then it just... dies...

November 14th 2008


Album Rating: 4.0

I'm into this album way more then i used to be, favorite is Damaged

August 28th 2009


Album Rating: 4.5

excellent review! i love this album!!! "cant take me apaaaart!!!"

November 16th 2009


Album Rating: 3.5

I actually really like this album despite the nu-metal influence that everyone seems to hate. The title track is so damn good.

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