Soul of a New Machine
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When Roadrunner Records issued Fear Factory's "unreleased" first album, Concrete, in 2002, it marked the close of a long-incomplete chapter in the early history of this groundbreaking band. But as significant as that album was historically, it was even more important for another reason: it led Fear Factory to a deal with Roadrunner Records & the recording of their "official" debut album, Soul Of A New Machine, unleashing a new force in the world of metal. Combining both metal & industrial elements, Fear Factory laid a groundwork on Soul Of A New Machine & their subsequent remix EP Fear Is The Mindkiller (also included on this expanded remaster). The band paved the way not only for their follow-up albums - ultimately resulting in the Gold-selling Obsolete - but also for a whole new wave of bands such as Filter, Static-X & Stabbing Westward. With this newly expanded, remastered edition, fans can once again experience both the sheer brutality & inescapable beauty of this prototypical metal masterpiece.
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As you can imagine, I wasn't expecting their own material to be so heavy or abrasive. Their cover of Cars was fairly tame even though it was a heavy metal rendition, but there was no screaming, no jackhammer-blast beats, and no brutal guitar riffs. Now, I had never been very fond of death/thrash metal, but after letting some Fear Factory tracks grow on me, I was ready to make an exception. I finally settled upon their debut and eagerly purchased with a happy little smile on my face. There was almost sort of a gimmicky nature to what appealed to me about Fear Factory; never before had I enjoyed something so heavy, so earblisteringly loud and bombastic.
Now that I've given it some thorough listens over a course of a year, I can say that my appreciation was no gimmick in the long run. Although this album's tracklist is a stretch at a 17 tracks, you're never left with a feeling that Fear Factory was intending to write filler. In particular, I feel like "Martyr", "Scapegoat", and "Scumgrief" are the strongest ones here, but there are several other good tracks here as well. If you want to hear a more polished effort from the band, check out Demanufacture, which has more focused production quality and feels like an updated version of this album. Otherwise, dive in; its a strong debut, and one I recommend to those looking for a starting point in the thrash/industrial/death/extreme metal catagory.
Random samples from Full Metal Jacket and local media clips sprinkle and add flavor to these straight ahead sonic attacks. I'm still taking this record all in thanks to the thoughful inclusion of 'Fear is the Mindkiller.' This was a remix record before industrial remix wars became popular in the mid 90s. You get a lot of cool music for your buck with this record, and if you ever wondered where Fear Factory got their start or ideas from, it will all make more sense after you pick this record up.
FF's debut record is more a deathmetal record then anything else, it's not like Obsolete (which sounds more hardcore alternative) and nothing like Digimortal (less impacting and musically talented then Obsolete).
If you happen to own this record and don't like it, maybe you're simply not into the deathmetal sound or you just aren't listening enough. A lot of people discard deathmetal or all metal as just being mindless guitars and grunting uncomprehensible lyrics, but this is and isn't what deathmetal is. So do yourself a favor, don't listen to this disc in the car on your way to work, listen to it in your home, uninterrupted with lyrics in hand (this way you can follow along and understand the structures of the songs a lot better). You'll find that indeed not every song sounds the same and there are actually rhythmic melodies throughout you didn't know you've heard the first time.
The record starts strong and doesnt let up until about track 10. Every song until then is good. Now either you like deathmetal or you don't. What I mean is, a lot of these songs have deathmetal style, a good example would be a part of the song that seems uneven. Like, there would be a guitar and bass playing a repeated riff lightning fast, the drums would be pumping repeatedly w/ it, and the vocals wouldn't "fit" into this rhythem but instead just seem to climb over them unstructured to what the instruments are doing behind them, they would almost be talking over these instruments quickly. It sounds wierd but strangly good, a lot of deathmetal does this, this record in particular does that a lot. You really have to understand that Metal style to really appreciate this record, if you don't, you won't like it at all.
Well anyway, after about track 10 is where the songs start to seem somewhat recycled. There are a couple of guitar riffs that are pretty much the same as used in earlier songs, just played on a different scale. This is where I take away 1 star.
Aside from that, everything else I really enjoyed. And with an album of 16 tracks, about 11 good songs you'll like is something I'd definitely say is worth your money. FF made a good debut, and to me thier style definitely became more structured during the later albums. So in closing I'd like to say, if you got into FF late with Digimortal, this probably won't be the record for you, but I'd suggest you give it a try with an open mind.
Non metal/deathmetal heads need not apply.