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Bloodstone
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Joined: Thu Mar 11, 2004 11:48 am
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 16, 2021 3:06 am 
 

I shouldn't have been surprised given how bad their last album was, but I guess all the lawsuits, band drama and delays resulting from them somehow made me expect something more than this total nothing single. FF I consider one of my favorite bands but I feel they're just done creatively at this point.

I will say this about Genexus: album closer "Expiration Date" is one of the best songs they've ever done, just a big pot of gold at the end of that shit rainbow. No metal album is a better example of "one good song" to me and I guess I'm still clinging on to some hope of Aggression Continuum pulling something similar.
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Turner
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 16, 2021 3:16 am 
 

Genexus was a solid enough album imo - Expiration Date is best-of material, but Regenerate isn't far behind. If this new track is the best they can give us as a teaser in 2021, things are looking pretty bleak.

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lordcatfish
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 16, 2021 3:49 am 
 

I thought Genexus was brilliant. If the new album is as good as that, I'd be delighted.

This new song is standard Fear Factory fare - solid but unspectacular. I felt they released the worst song first when they put out The Industrialist - hopefully it'll be the same here.
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snowpants
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 16, 2021 8:37 am 
 

I thought the song was ok, but I still have some cautious optimism for the rest of the record. I loved Genexus, and this track reminds me of Soul Hacker. Which, if I'm remembering correctly, was the first single from that album, and probably my least favorite track. So I'm hoping the same case happens here.

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Kalaratri
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 16, 2021 11:12 am 
 

Well here's the official video:


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Kalaratri
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 16, 2021 11:57 am 
 

As far as the new song is concerned, it's pretty average. Nothing particularly stands out and it feels like it doesn't really go anywhere.

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HR90
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 16, 2021 4:07 pm 
 

Generic song, 4 minutes, and nowhere I get hooked.

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Kalaratri
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 19, 2021 3:04 pm 
 

According to Dino they're in the final stages of finalizing the new vocalist:

https://blabbermouth.net/news/dino-cazares-is-days-away-from-deciding-on-new-singer-for-fear-factory-ive-found-some-really-good-talent/

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BleedingMoon
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 19, 2021 6:50 pm 
 

All that hype and build up, interviews, features, teasers etc etc....and that's what comes out at the end of it?

I mean....that could have been shat out in about 10 minutes by any no name semi industrial band.

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lordcatfish
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PostPosted: Thu May 13, 2021 12:46 pm 
 

There's a new song due tomorrow (Fuel Injected Suicide Machine), but it's already 'out there'. It's got a nice vocal hook, but the riffing is bog standard FF stuff.
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Oddeye
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PostPosted: Fri May 14, 2021 11:07 am 
 



It's better than "Disruptor" but unfortunately this song lacks energy as well.

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Unas
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PostPosted: Fri May 14, 2021 11:54 am 
 

I didn't have high hopes for the album, but the two songs are blander and less inspired than even I was expecting. I was hoping some of the energy that was prevalent throughout Mechanize, The Industrialist, and Genexus would come through, but it looks like this is going to be their worst album since Transgression.

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MikeyC
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PostPosted: Fri May 14, 2021 2:05 pm 
 

Oddeye wrote:
It's better than "Disruptor" but unfortunately this song lacks energy as well.

Unfortunately, this is what I think, as well. I think all the drama surrounding the band is sullying my excitement towards these songs, but I think overall this is going to be a bit of a let-down.
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Pitiless Wanderer
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PostPosted: Fri May 14, 2021 6:24 pm 
 

It sounds bland, yeah. I'll pass one this when it's released.

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Subrick
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PostPosted: Fri May 14, 2021 7:03 pm 
 

I shut it off at 3:52. It's just so...nothing. There's no urgency or energy or fun in that song. It's a boring piece of nothing.

Also, I will always be astounded at Fear Factory's ability to make Mike fucking Heller into the most monotonous, boring drummer possible.
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MorbidEngel
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PostPosted: Fri May 14, 2021 7:06 pm 
 

You can always tell when FF is hitting their usual infighting; the album that comes out during it is usually janky; Digimortal, Transgression, this doesn't sound like much different.

I liked those two but they were definitely FF's weaker stuff.
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Shad_
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PostPosted: Fri May 14, 2021 7:31 pm 
 

I haven't listened to Fear Factory in ages, but these new songs suggest I haven't missed much. I sometimes wonder if a lot of big success by metal standards bands feel financially pressured to keep going eons beyond inspiration when musically-speaking everyone would have been better off calling it a good run and moving on to new projects.

At least there are a lot of Fear Factory-inspired bands out there creating tunes on a higher level. The new Mechina release this year is really great.


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MorbidEngel
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PostPosted: Fri May 14, 2021 7:48 pm 
 

Mechina is fine but also extremely bloated at the same time. If they didn't try to be so grandiose at all times they'd be better.
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Speed Metal Terror
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PostPosted: Fri May 14, 2021 8:55 pm 
 

I heard that new song today while cruising around and thought it was a track I forgot about from The Industrialist.
It sounded like Fear Factory, but otherwise didn't generate much of a thought beyond that.
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LithoJazzoSphere
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PostPosted: Sat May 15, 2021 3:49 pm 
 

MikeyC wrote:
I think overall this is going to be a bit of a let-down.


Maybe if it were released right after Genexus, but reading this thread it seems that most people think the album is going to be awful, so can it really be a letdown if everyone's expectations have already bottomed out?

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Paganbasque
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 08, 2021 2:30 am 
 

I think "Disruptor" was ok but not great but "Fuel Injected..." is great, is heavy and groovy and the chorus is good, I like the ending with the keys, its touching. I am surprised by the negativity around the new album. First reviews(yeah I know, maybe NB has given some money...) are great. Genexus was awesome, and the best songs, at least for me, were not singles so my expectations are still high.

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Metal_On_The_Ascendant
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 08, 2021 1:27 pm 
 

I heard that Fuel Injected Suicide Machine song the other day on YouTube. Not bad at all by any standards but it sounds inferior to anything off Mechanize and it sounded like it was mining from that album way too hard. I think the album will flow together well but individual songs are so damn nondescript.
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matras
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 12, 2021 10:12 am 
 

So, I've listened to the leak of the album a couple of times and I must say I'm actually surprised. Genuinely surprised. The album is really good!
Like better than anything post-reunion in my view.

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MikeyC
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 17, 2021 9:59 am 
 

Fear Factory are uploading all their songs right now to YouTube. I won't link them here as they may be geo-locked at the moment (it's midnight in eastern Australia right now). Listened to a couple of them right now. It's...alright. It's not too different to their other stuff but I'm starting to believe that the exit of Burton might actually be a blessing for the band. I can't imagine I'm going to get this one unless it's on sale somewhere.

Hopefully some others get better enjoyment from it than I am.
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lordcatfish
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 18, 2021 1:51 am 
 

First impression for me is pretty positive. Definitely think they put out two of the weaker songs prior to release (especially Disruptor). Riffing is a mixed bag, with some cool stuff mixed in with bog standard FF fare. Vocal hooks are the real highlight here - some really cool, catchy stuff. Some of the keyboard work is really effective too. Recode and the final run of Cognitive Dissonance, Monolith and End of Line are my early highlights.
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Paganbasque
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 18, 2021 5:28 am 
 

As a fan I want to listen to the whole thing when I get the CD, but I have checked out the first half and its pretty impressive. I would like to mention the homonymous song as a true highlight, what a brutal track! Recode is the perfet album opener and Purity is less melodic that expected, I mean, its melodic but taking into account the descriptions I had read, I was expecting something more closer to Descent that what actually is. If I can, and it will be difficult, I will try to wait until I have the CD on my hands to check out the rest.

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