Fear Factory
The Industrialist (Re-Industrialized)


3.5
great

Review

by TerraIncognita USER (14 Reviews)
June 25th, 2023 | 24 replies


Release Date: 06/23/2023 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Another remaster... is there a point?

The original release of The Industrialist came about at a contentious time. Bassist Bryon Stroud had just left the band stating, “It was just time to leave, man. The way I put it to everybody is that life's too short to spend it with people that don't love and respect you.” Drummer Gene Hoglan also left the band during the recording of The Industrialist, but whether it was his own idea or not is still up for debate. While one side says Gene abruptly left during the recording, forcing Dino to use programmed drums, the other side says Gene found out Dino had gone with programmed drums behind his back, essentially forcing him to leave – either way, The Industrialist was the first Fear Factory original release to not use a real drummer.

If you’ve heard Fear Factory’s brand of mechanized industrial metal, you know the drums have always sounded programmed anyway, so The Industrialist didn’t really suffer for it finally being true. This leads to the obvious question: “What’s the point of Re-Industrialized?” The point, according to Dino, was to add the same drummer that did the last two Fear Factory releases, Genexus and Aggression Continuum, as well as provide a new mix by Greg Reely, new guitar passages, and five bonus tracks; fair enough. In practice, though, the live drums sound just as mechanical and programmed as the original album. Not only that, but their drummer clearly wasn’t given any room to display his own flair or personality, as the arrangements and beats are identical to the original (as far as I can tell). As far as new guitar parts are concerned, I don’t hear them. The guitars definitely sound different, but I figured that was due to the new mix by Greg Reely not because they were re-recorded in any capacity.

As far as the new mix is concerned, whether you like it or not will be up to individual interpretation, but I like it (with the caveat that I never had an issue with the original and never thought it needed any kind of overhaul). If there’s a brief way to describe the new mix, it would be ‘more powerful’. Again, the original sounded great to my ears, but the new mix beefs everything up. The bass drums sound fuller and are much less clicky and the guitar sound is much fatter with less of a hollow sound (which I never really noticed on the original until comparing it here). As for the bonus tracks, the remixes are typical Fear Factory – remove the drums, drop a rhythmic beat, add some electronic layers, and kind of force the vocals over the top. They’re not the best Fear Factory remixes I’ve ever heard, but they’re nice.

The cover songs are a different story. The cover of Pitchshifter’s “Landfill” feels like Streetcleaner-era Godflesh filtered through a modern lens, which shouldn’t come as a surprise considering early Pitchshifter sounded a lot like early Godflesh. “Saturation” (originally by Sonic Violence) also sounds a lot like early Godflesh, but since I’ve never heard the original, I don’t know if it was similar… I only know this version is positively crushing. “Passing Complexion”, on the other hand, is an upbeat grooving track that reminds me of Pandemonium-era Killing Joke (although it’s originally by another band I’ve never heard, Big Black), and that certainly can’t be bad.

I guess when it comes right down to it, the only question is which version I’ll listen to going forward. Honestly, due to the beefier production and bonus tracks, I’ll most likely prefer Re-Industrialized, but you can’t go wrong with either version. In my opinion, Industrialized is part of what turned into a four-album resurgence, and this subtle variation of the original, while certainly not needed, at least brings a live drummer into the fold, enhances the power somewhat, and adds a few decent bonus tracks. Essentially, however you felt about Industrialized will probably be exactly how you feel about Re-Industrialized as it doesn’t really change the overall feel much – but it does change enough to be a relevant listen.



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TerraIncognita
June 25th 2023


38 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The link to the Bryon Stroud Interview: https://idioteq.com/byron-stroud-talks-about-his-departure-from-fear-factory/

Recharger (Original): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHebPBvUdl0

Recharger (New): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1RYd4rugGY



Pikazilla
June 25th 2023


30477 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

You misspelled pandemonium



Pos'd



Also, I swear FF were supposed to drop a mechanize remaster as well - whatever happened to that?

TerraIncognita
June 25th 2023


38 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thank you for the pos and the error highlight.

It looks like Mechanize is still showing as a pre-order. It's not on Spotify or Youtube either. I don't know what happened to it.

https://shop.nuclearblast.com/en/products/sound/cd/cd/fear-factory-mechanize.html

Willie
Moderator
June 25th 2023


20217 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I think this album would be more relevant if they had given the drummer some creative license. That said, this does sound better.

Muzz79
June 25th 2023


3094 Comments


I didn’t love The Industrialist but more than happy to give one of my all-timers another go

Flugmorph
June 25th 2023


34643 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

calling this a remaster is a misnomer.

Flugmorph
June 25th 2023


34643 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

@pika i don't remember mechanize being announced as a remaster, it just got a rerelease under nuclear blast together with this album

DarkSideOfLucca
June 25th 2023


18342 Comments


Holy shit this sound so much better than the original

this makes me so happy

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
June 25th 2023


10829 Comments


-- I think this album would be more relevant if they had given the drummer some creative license

This is also the case for Mechanize

Curious to listen to this

Flugmorph
June 25th 2023


34643 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

its easy to ask for creative license but what does that mean, especially when you're a relatively new drummer getting tasked to breathe some life into an already existing collection of tracks. this style of music lives from its mechanic and collectively unisonic approach, theres not much room for individual fleurishes. don't ask fear factory to be something they aren't / don't want to be. I think the drumming on here is amazing and together with the remaster injects this album with so much energy and life which it always yearned for to really shine. and thats what it does now. this entered into my top 4 of their albums.

Willie
Moderator
June 25th 2023


20217 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

When I say 'creative license', I'm just saying a few rolls and/or a few fills... essentially just a little bit of flair. I know within the confines of a Fear Factory album, it's asking a lot, but within the context of a re-issue it would have been cool to try.

I agree with you about this version sounding really good. It definitely does what the original didn't.

Dizchu
June 25th 2023


569 Comments


I always found it weird how this album (the original, at least) ended with a two minute outro followed by a 9 minute ambient piece.

MO
June 26th 2023


24051 Comments


not feeling this

Panzerchrist
June 26th 2023


733 Comments


regardless of whether you think Dino is a pile of shit or not it's still cool to see old school Pitchshifter get some love. Those first two albums ruled

Muzz79
June 26th 2023


3094 Comments


Dino's a nice bloke, met him last December. Good on him for revisiting these albums but the songs on this one don't do much for me unfort

Willie
Moderator
June 26th 2023


20217 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

--I always found it weird how this album (the original, at least) ended with a two minute outro followed by a 9 minute ambient piece.--

I deleted those songs off my Apple Music. Much better.

--there was no drummer on this album tho--

Now there is.

--regardless of whether you think Dino is a pile of shit or not it's still cool to see old school Pitchshifter get some love. Those first two albums ruled--

Absolutely. I'm a bigger fan of their last few albums, though. Especially their final release.



80timesthe80
June 26th 2023


194 Comments


"Not only that, but their drummer clearly wasn’t given any room to display his own flair or personality, as the arrangements and beats are identical to the original (as far as I can tell)."

Its been a while since I heard the album, but I immediately noticed the changes in the drum tone and some arrangements.

TerraIncognita
June 26th 2023


38 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I did some side-by-side comparisons of a few different songs in preparation for the review, and I didn't catch arrangement differences (drum tone changes were pretty obvious). That doesn't mean there aren't differences, just that I didn't hear them.

pizzamachine
June 27th 2023


27395 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This sounds great, and the riffs still rule

pourradass
June 28th 2023


636 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Eh, it's not bad but it won't make me return to it, feels like a pretty "by the numbers" FF record



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