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Fear Factory – Genexus

Posted in CD, Industrial, Metal with tags , , , , on 3rd August 2015 by Pieni

Fear Factory
“Genexus”
Industrial metal
Release: 7th August 2015
Via Nuclear Blast Records

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Whatever breaks they may take, whatever line-up they may feature, you know that any Fear Factory release is an industrial metal one; with a more extreme approach or more mainstream-oriented, but industrial metal nevertheless. So you’re left with just one obvious question: is it good? This time it’s great!

In the year that “Demanufacture” celebrates 20 years, Fear Factory pay tribute to it in the form of “Autonomous Combat System”, the opening track of this “Genexus”. The violent drumming and cranking riffing embedded with such regal electronics sound like a version 2.0 of something that could have been featured in that breakthrough album of theirs. I’m still wondering how this didn’t make it to single.

The synths in “Anodized” are more vibrant and the chorus is more melodic, but it doesn’t make this track, as a whole, less heavy than its predecessor.

On a second thought, when listening to “Dielectric”, I understand why this was the third single and not “Autonomous Combat System” – its eager intro and richer structure are somewhat more compelling.

“Soul Hacker” – another single – has that nu metal vibe that earned them new fans during the “Digimortal” era. I’m already picturing a massive jumping crowd when played live.

“Protomech” is probably my personal favorite, having a killer rhythm combined with classy synths – the proverbial neon sign that glows “FEAR FACTORY!” in your mind. The same can be said of the title-track, hence the “probably” in my previous sentence – although with a distinctive identity, the adjectives to describe both songs are similar and are exactly what I like the most about the band’s sound, becoming hard to say which one I prefer. But that’s a good thing, as it is proof of the creative quality of the album.

“Church Of Execution” is yet another example of the more alternative vein of the band. Less sharp than “Soul Hacker”, but a lot groovier and catchier. Still, it’s “Regenerate” that represents the most melodic track. Of the regular aggressive songs, that is – the album finishes with a beautiful electronic ballad, “Expiration Date”. But before that there’s still room for one more straightforward electrical discharge that goes by the epic name of “Battle For Utopia”.

In sum, “Genexus” gathers ten tracks that deliver a little bit of everything that the band’s done so far. And therefore I believe it will please both old-school and modern fans, as the general outcome stands in-between the aforementioned extreme and mainstream styles.

4,5/5

Renata “Pieni” Lino

Bog – Morok – Industrialypse

Posted in CD, Experimental, Industrial, Metal with tags , on 21st November 2013 by izaforestspirit

Bog Morok
Industrialypse
Released 21st October 2013
Industrial Metal/ “Space Metal”
Released via More Hate Productions

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‘Industrialypse’ is the new album from the Russian industrial metal band Bog Morok. It is the follow-up to the self-released ‘Декаданс’ and the EP ‘Неизбежность’. Originally a doom/death metal solo project founded by Morok back in 1997, the band has gone through numerous changes in both line-up and their musical style. This album sees them move towards a more industrial sound and features a cover of Fantomas Der Golem.

First up is the title track which comes complete with electronica; programming and synths galore. The near nu-metal-esque vocal style and guitar patterns make me think of Digimortal-era Fear Factory. Hell, even the drumming style is similar… As the subsequent tracks show, these guys are not afraid to sing in their native tongue. A very bold move, though I’m not entirely convinced that it works to their advantage.

Не вижу зла (Stadiae III), is another Russian lyric track that stands out mostly due to the downright bizarre-sounding, eerie keyboard intro and some equally odd-sounding vocal samples. It makes you wonder what sort of drugs these guys took during the recording process. Oddly enough, the aforementioned track also features a handful of decent guitar melodies and solos sandwiched between the bizarre cacophony of vocals and space metal tunes. There’s even some techno elements on here such as the dance-friendly keyboard intro to Neizbezhnost. Other noteworthy tracks include the electronic ballad Shapeshifter ,which sounds like a bastard offspring of Fear Factory and The Kovenant, and IDDQD which features some pleasant sounding keyboard melodies towards the end of the track.

Overall I’m not sure whether or not the metal scene is ready for a Russian equivalent of Fear Factory. To say that this album is experimental would be an understatement. My advice would be to approach this with caution and prepare for the unexpected when the Bog Morok spaceship lands in your area.

2/5

Iza Raittila

Metal Heaven For Mexico

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 19th October 2011 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

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The line-up for Mexico’s biggest metal festival “Heaven And Hell” is now complete. Legendary thrash metallers Megadeth will be headlining the event on 19th November in Guadalajara, Mexico. Other acts confirmed for the event include Moonspell, Fear Factory, Overkill and Tristania. This is the second edition of the festival – the first one being back in October, 2010.

MaYaN have also been booked for the festival as part of their South American tour. Henning Basse [MaYaN, Sons Of Seasons] had the following to say regarding both the festival and the MaYaN tour: “Well, it’s definitely a killer thing to me – it’s just awesome and honouring! You know this whole tour will be an huge release of pure energy to me. I will show my skills every night and kick ass!”

For more details on the festival, go to: http://www.hellandheavenfest.com/

For more details regarding MaYaN’s South American tour, visit either their official Facebook page or their official website.

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