“They said that the world was coming to an end. Well… it ended and it was caused
by our own hand. The world just kept on turning.” - anonymous
With those words begins The Industrialist, a new chapter in Fear Factory’s career of ideas and extremes. The follow-up to 2010’s critically acclaimed Mechanize, The Industrialist is a vital chapter
in the history of one of the most over-achieving bands in heavy music. It’s the Fear Factory machine
at its most confident and passionate, bringing every sonic weapon in its arsenal to the fore.
The shadow of the Los Angeles born band has loomed large, writing the book of industrial metal that has gone on to influence the likes of Rammstein and inform such stalwart noisemongers as Ministry. Fear Factory also merged the idea of melodic vocals erupting from death metal screaming long before it became modern metal’s de-riguer. Over the course of a many storied career that’s seen the success of five critically acclaimed albums plus a remix ep and album, Fear Factory has had a career of creative and commercial success, selling over three million records worldwide: they’ve also been plagued by bitter infighting and have emerged from it all in 2012 with a new alloy of aggression.
A NEW NEXUS.
Mechanize exorcised the demons that came with guitarist Dino Cazares and Burton C. Bell’s
reunion after an eight year split that saw Fear Factory recording and performing without Cazares. Those wounds healed, The Industrialist revisits and refines the sweeping melodies and unforgettable songwriting that’s also long distinguished Fear Factory.
“There’s definitely been an evolution from that record to this one,” states Bell. “It’s still familiar very familiar and still very Fear Factory but there are elements that we didn’t really get to on the last record for the sake of metal.”
Of course, Fear Factory aren’t about to lighten up as “Recharger” ignites the album with the same trademark ferocity as Fear Factory classics like “Edgecrusher” or “Replica”. Dino’s industrial-tinged riffing is all discipline, noise and fury while Burton’s trademark vocals bleed with desperation before exploding into enormous melodies. As the frontman screams “The future begins now!” at the top of “New Messiah,” there’s no mistaking just who is behind the ten-track apocalypse that is The Industrialist.
“This one is more Fear Factory than anything we’ve done in years,” says Dino. “Collaborating with Burt again was easy, it was like magic. It felt like we were back in our apartment with seven roommates trying to write songs with a drum machine.”