FEAR FACTORY

(UNITED STATES)

OBSOLETE

(1998)
LABEL:

ROADRUNNER RECORDS

GENRE:

THRASH

TAGS:
Growl, Opera-Rock
"On "Obsolete", Fear Factory offers us a mix of Thrash and Industrial Metal, this time slightly more melodious and accessible."
NOISE (14.05.2013)  
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"Demanufacture" was a milestone for Fear Factory, who opened for Black Sabbath at the end of 1997. The pressure on the musicians' shoulders is high, as the band is perceived as one of the innovative bands of the 2000s. Three years later, the band releases "Obsolete", a direct conceptual continuation of the story of the face-off between man and machine at a time when the human being has become obsolete.

On this album, Fear Factory retains his identity with that famous blend of Thrash and industrial Metal, and with a more present concern for melody, making the whole a little more accessible. There are some excellent tracks, including 'Shock', with its powerful riff and unstoppable chorus, 'Edgecrusher', with its hip-hop ambience, 'Descent', a little marvel with ethereal atmospheres, and 'Hi-Tech Hate'. But if the band follows its recipe without deviation, not all the tracks are of the same level, with weak titles such as 'Smasher/Devourer', 'Securitron', 'Freedom Or Fire' and the ballad 'Timelessness', too classic and lacking soul.

"Obsolete" is a good album because it confirms certain promises, but it presents a band that is already resting a little too much on its laurels. Fear Factory has simply made us demanding, and we expected more from such a talented band.
- Official website

Did you know?

Fear Factory collaborated with electronic music artist Gary Numan on the album. Numan was invited to sing on the song "Cars", which is a reimagined version of his own 1979 hit.

TRACK LISTING:
01. Shock (04:58)
02. Edgecrusher (03:39)
03. Smasher/Devourer (03:34)
04. Securitron (Police State 2000) (05:47)
05. Descent (04:36)
06. Hi-Tech Hate (04:33)
07. Freedom Or Fire (05:11)
08. Obsolete (03:51)
09. Resurrection (06:35)
10. Timelessness (04:08)

LINEUP:
Burton C. Bell: Chant
Christian Olde Wolbers: Basse
Dino Cazares: Guitares
Raymond Herrera: Batterie
Rhys Fulber: Claviers
   
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