Jesus when you think of Fear Factory what do you think of? Hard pounding riffs with machine gun drumming? Symphonic elements that make you think of being in a steel mill? Burton C. Bell being one of the best and most underrated vocalists in all of metal? All of these things ring true on the new Fear Factory album “The Industrialist.” From the opening track of “The Industrialist” and “Recharger” you know that the band is not here to play.
The Industrialist might be one of the heaviest and hardest Fear Factory albums in years. Song after song is an aural assault that will leave you wanting more and to find out what the next track will sound like. Dino Cazares is sure as hell there with those fantastic machine gun guitar riffs and just enough melody to change the song up and keep it interesting. Meanwhile Burton C. Bell roars through each song and croons his way through the chorus like nobody else in metal can. There is no doubt Fear Factory have perfected this sound and they in no way will compromise it.
“Depraved Mind Murder” and “Difference Engine” seem to have a sound similar to old school Pantera. That is to say there is a lot of groove and the vocal delivery is a little different than the rest of the album but it works for me. They are probably two of my favorite songs on the album. You know Fear Factory has had a pretty tumultuous career with members leaving and infighting but one thing they have never done is compromise their sound and you have to respect that.
“The Industrialist” is up there with the best of Fear Factory albums and it is one that new and old fans alike should be listening for years to come.