- Audio CD (August 23, 2005)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Calvin Spain
- ASIN: B000A2H9IE
- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,368 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Transgression was produced by Toby Wright (Alice in Chains, Koran, Metallica) and is the long-awaited follow-up to last year's Archetype. Both Wright and Faith no more bassist Billy Gould contributed material for the album. Calvin. 2005.
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In particular if you are a long time fan of Fear Factory, as I am, you will very much appreciate this Album. It is not disappointing in its hard hitting, riff rich Metal/Industrial flavors, and the melodic vocals on top of the screaming vocals that you are accustomed to. This album shows much musical growth.
Even with the new line up, there is still a formula that happens here like in no other band. Very unique and texture rich music.
The die hard metal/grindcore/industrial fan can enjoy this, and there is the Power Ballad (I know, I hate that term too!) like track, "Echo of My Scream" that is accessible to the non-hardcore metal fan as well.
I loved this album. Like each of their previous works, the rich and full textures of the songs fall on my ears better with each listening. I am on my fifth time through the album, and still discovering a lot of awesome sounds and flavors.
Enjoy! Bravo, Fear Factory!
By the first several songs, I was thinking, "Well, this isn't so bad. Not memorable really yet, but not terrible. And by the end of the fifth song, "Empty Vision," I was actually getting into it, thinking, "Nice riff."
Then the next song started.
Not only is track 6, "Echo of My Scream" a ballad (fine, whatever), but it is a ballad complete with cheesy rock drums and canned synth violins on the chorus (so not fine). That was the end of the positive listening experience for me. It only goes down-hill from there. The next two songs are similarly poppy, in the worst way, and one of them had me thinking, "You know, I do own some Blink-182 if I am in the mood for that. I wanted FF." Two not-heavy-at-all covers in a row after that pretty much ensured that whatever the last song was, I wasn't going to care.
So disappointing. This ranks with Life of Agony's comeback in the form of a Velvet Revolver tribute band. One more band I liked has sold out. Sigh.
Well, at least the new Nevermore and new Opeth kick ass.
The organic, not so "cyber" production fits the experimental nature of the songs quite nicely, while the nu metal flair present on previous albums has been replaced with some welcomely progressive flirtations. Taking such chances in metal is rarely met with fanfare, but in this case I feel we're seeing actual growth.
Transgression is not a great album (who thought including two worthless cover songs back-to-back was a good idea?), but what it does right is well worth your attention. That this band had the gall to put something as heavy & weird as "Contagion" and something so blatantly Top 40 pop as "Supernova" on the same record is a badass move. It's a helluva lot more daring than the embarrassing Digimortal, that's for sure.
I know a lot of people feel the more recent "return to form" outings Mechanize and The Industrialist are "true" Fear Factory, but I feel Transgression is a testament to what talented musicians are capable of when they're free of the restrictions of doing simply what's expected of them so they can make a living. I wish more established acts would take a leap of faith like this once in a while.
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However, I think that the band will admit that Transgression was a mistake.Read more
I hardly recommend this album. Addy.