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Fear Factory
Mechanize

Company: Candlelight Records
Release: 2010
Genre: Heavy, Industrial
Reviewer: Ben McCraw

  • Where man and machine collide



  • The newest outing from Fear Factory is once again an example of what this band does best. Although original drummer Raymond Herrera has departed, the bands prevailing sound has been tightened by the inclusion of founding member/guitarist Dino Cazares (Brujera, Divine Heresy) who seems to tap into the very heart and soul of FF.

    Their overall sound has always been a combination of ultra-precise double bass drums and palm muted guitars behind Burton C. Bell's growls and clean vocals. This is a formula that no doubt served them well on past albums such as "Obsolete" or even "Soul of a New Machine", which introduced their unique vision to the world. "Fear Campaign", the first single from the album, features a refreshing guitar solo and a rawer sounding rhythm section; making it slightly different from much of their past work. "Christploitation" and "Powershifter" are onslaughts of mechanical aggression, based on the bands usual hatred of abuses of power.

    And although they are undoubtedly the best at what they do, there isn't much new to be seen here in the area of concept. The idea remains basically the same--a loss of humanity caused by people being transformed into machines. Don't get me wrong, using music to describe machines is brilliant, but this has been the prevailing concept throughout FF's 19+ year career, and can be at times repetitive. My beef is a small one at best though, because nothing will change the fact that Fear Factory are legends and pioneers of metal, and the fans that love or have come to love FF's trademark style will also love this album. "Mechanize" is once again where man and machine collide.



    Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
    5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
    4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
    3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
    3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
    2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
    1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
    0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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    ALL FULL REVIEWS FOR: FEAR FACTORY
    CD
    TITLE BAND
    DOR
    REVIEWER DATE
    ArchetypeFear Factory
    2004
    MM4/14/2004
    MechanizeFear Factory
    2010
    Ben McCraw9/30/2010


    ALL SUMMARY REVIEWS FOR: FEAR FACTORY
    TITLE BAND
    DOR
    REVIEWER DATE
    The IndustrialistFear Factory
    2012
    Greg Watson10/4/2012


    ALL INTERVIEWS FOR: FEAR FACTORY
    INTERVIEW BAND INTERVIEWER DATE
    Raymond HerreraFear FactoryMM4/21/2004


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