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The drummer (Raymond Herrera) and guitarist both play very well, tight, and inspired. Christian does a good job filling in for Dino, but Raymond is the real highlight here. He drives every songs' tempos, and he goes absolutely crazy back there on the drums. Every song is full of "boom-boom" beats, chugging beats, lightning fast double bass punches, and/or all over the place machine gun drumming.
"Slave Labor" grinds and chugs like a paint can mixer and it never lets up.
"Cyberwaste" is definitely a personal favorite. It grooves before exploding into a mosh worthy chorus, and there are heavy breakdowns throuhgout. Raymond drives the blindingly fast beat with a death metal blast and Christian lays down some blindingly fast, smoking guitar riffs. This is Fear Factory in their angriest mood, and I guarantee you'll want to jump around with this one.
"Archetype" has lyrics which may be a shot at ex-guitarist Dino ("The infection has been removed/the soul of this machine has improved".) It has a "boom-boom" beat, but it is also the first song to have melodic singing. A good, heavy breakdown, too.Read more ›
Cyberwaste is killer! One of my favorites, along with every other one; "Archetype" is the only not so great song here, but it grows on you. You can listen to this album all the way through, you don't have to skip any songs here. Also, Raymond's drumming is incredible, he's so fast and keeps great rhythym. His best yet!
I like Fear Factory's work on the more softer style songs here. Mainly because they don't resort to stupid "floaty" guitar effects used mainly for ambience and get you lost in a swirl of crap, (that junk on the radio). FF may be soft in a few areas, but they stay hard and still keep that original raw guitar sound throughout (Bite The Hand That Bleeds You).
I love Christian's Guitar sound better than Dino's. Christain's has less low end (compared to Dino) and is so much easier to hear and makes Fear Factory seem like they have definitely progressed into the future. His guitar has got good low end, low mids, and heavy upper-mid attacks goin on paired with tons of treble. Dino had that "scooped" sound with very little, if any, midrange, paired with tons of low end and tons of treble.
After reading some reviews, I have to say people expect too much out of musicians. So what if there are no guitar solos, that the guitar lines are made up of a few chords, that the bassist may not play complex stuff, WHO THE **** CARES! Ask yourself this question: DOES THE ALBUM SOUND GOOD? ARCHETYPE SOUNDS AWESOME! So people, judge a band on how much you enjoy listening to their music and not how much "technique" they put into it. Part of writing music is too make it fun and sound good. ARCHETYPE sounds good and is fun to listen to.
P.S. Anyone who dares say that Archetype is better than Demanufacture, needs to get their freakin' head checked. Listen to them both again, carefully, and you'll see I'm right. Demanufacture's just pure genius, and I don't know about anyone else, but in my opinion, it is their BEST. \m/
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I did,'t expect this to be very good without the original guitarist Dino C. around on this album. I was wrong. This is a great album and IMO, the second best album by Fear Factory. Read morePublished 11 months ago by CRAZOTOLOGY
Product arrived on time and in great condition as I heard that this was excellent music. This opinion actually came from my nephew and he has led me in the right direction many... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Jimmy C.
This is a great album, not my favorite of FF but on par with some of their other albums which means it is definitely worth buying and enjoying over and over.Published on January 2, 2013 by L. Smith