FEAR FACTORY – GENEXUS
Release Date: 7th August 2015
℗ 2015 Nuclear Blast Entertainment
- Autonomous Combat System
- Soul Hacker
- Church Of Execution
- Battle For Utopia
- Expiration Date
The ninth studio album from our friends at Fear Factory is due for release on the 7th August, 2015 and what a gloriously triumphant achievement it is.
Doubtless marking the future of Fear Factory, Dino Cazares, Burton C. Bell, Mike Heller and Tony Campos are at their all-time best. The musical momentum, coupled with the majestic content of this album mark that Fear Factory are merely at the beginning of a new, refined sound destined to catapult them into a whole new era of popularity and success.
The cathartic qualities of opener Autonomous Combat System are doubtless placed to ease the FF fan into the ‘zone’ of new sound. The bands and their evolutionary journey recognise the requirement to take fans along, and this track does precisely that. The familiar ferocity, speed and skill of the group’s previous achievements are benchmarked in preparation for the aural assault and development to follow with subsequent tracks.
Could Robotic Progressive Metal be a whole new genre? Needless to say that this is where Burton, Dino and the lads are now most comfortable. Established, successful and now pushing the boundaries of futuristic contemplation made manifest in metal majesty.
Anodized really establishes the technical skill of relative newcomer Tony Campos and provides opportunity for him to shine. The same is true of Mike Heller whose percussive proficiency, speed and savagery add an innovative element to the group’s innovation. And there is no let up from Mike or Tony who stamp their authority firmly and fervently during this recording.
I have absolutely no doubt that Fear factory fans will be absolutely delighted with the new direction,
The album is co-produced by the known quantity that is Rhys Fulber and mixed by the brilliant Andy Sneap, giving credence to the concept that this album is the correct move for FF, and what a brilliant addition to the production they are.
I cannot help but reflect that perhaps this development and musical treatment is what Dino has aspired toward for a long time, but put the success of the band first and foremost. I could be wrong, as I often am being mere mortal and not metallic moshing mechanical automaton of the futuristic scene set by Fear factory.
Suffice it to say that the band are thoroughly outstanding in their performance of, and development that is Genexus. The range of musical complexity, coupled with the group’s attachment to their roots is self-evident, but this is one of those rare achievements of such gargantuan proportions that each music and Fear Factory fan must judge for themselves. I would be astounded if any Fear factory fan was anything other than excited and thrilled.