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Obsolete [Limited Edition]

Fear Factory Audio CD
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In the early ‘90s, many years before Killswitch Engage and Shadows Fall started combining strangled growls with catchy vocal melodies, and Static-X and Rammstein began blended pounding staccato riffs and jackhammer beats with electronic samples, Los Angeles future-thinkers Fear Factory were reinventing both death metal and industrial rock with an arsenal of sonic styles. After ... Read more in Amazon's Fear Factory Store

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  • Audio CD (30 Aug 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Roadrunner
  • ASIN: B00000I2QR
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,700 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Following on from 'Demanufacture' was never going to be easy. In the end, 'Obsolete' doesn't reach the heights of its predecessor, but still it remains an essential metal album. In fact, any criticisms of the album arise only when compared to 'Demanufacture'.
With each consequent album, Fear Factory gradually took a more commercial approach. The production is sharper, with less of an emphasis on the pulverising drumming and the riffs now have more of a staccato bounce to them. The song structures appear now to take a more traditional rock approach, and there are more samples, keyboards and sung sections. On the whole, this does lose a bit of the dark atmosphere of the last album, but makes for a more instantly accessible album.
There are nevertheless, as you would expect from Fear Factory, some nice innovative moments. For example: the use of scratches on the aggressive 'Edgecrusher'; the inventive rhythm behind 'Freedom or Fire'; the highly orchestrated 'Resurrection' and, perhaps most surprising of all, the haunting atmospherics of 'Timelessness', with its fantastic string arrangement.
The bonus tracks are actually very good as well. 'Cars' is a cover of a Gary Numan song, and features his guest vocals. 0-0 {Where Evil Dwells} is actually quite an inaccessible track: very slow, highly intense industrial music. The final three bonus tracks are all excellent, very heavy tracks which are more akin to Fear Factory's earlier stuff (Concreto is actually taken from the 'Demanufacture' recording sessions).
'Obsolete' is a must have, and is one of the key metal albums of the nineties. Just buy 'Demanufacture' first.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars impressive 18 Jun 2003
Format:Audio CD
having bought the industrial metal masterpiece that is Demanufacture, i was eager to hear some more FF material as they seemed the only band capable of creating a truly intense atmosphere, with a majestic blend of rapid, precise drumming, crunching guitars, and grinding electronics, not to mention the growling bass in the background.This album has a lot to offer in that it is a more mature and rounded sound than that of Demanfacture.Opening with the now legendary 'Shock', listeners know they are in for a treat.And when the next track 'Edgecrusher' bellows its futursitc sound, you wonder whether the album can get any better.Sadly not. Whilst all the other tracks are good, espcially 'Messiah', the intensity ofund in the Demanufacture is lost.
All in all though, an enjoyable record, easy to mosh to, which will keep your floorboards rumbling.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Concept? 4 Mar 2002
Format:Audio CD
Oh yes...FF do it again. This is a concept album with a stotyline running through the tracks. In the sleave, as well as the lyrics, there is narrative running alondside. FF explore man v machine. They play like machines, with the precision of drum machines and sampled guitars but they actually do it live. The tracks on this album are all the best, searing metal you can get. The only thing wrong is Slipknot would not exist in their presend form if it was'nt for FF. Burton C. Bell's vocal style and using samples and scratching on some tracks is what Slipknot does. But FF vocals are much better. He screams better and sings better. FF's music is so much more adult thanSlipknot. While I like Slipknots intensity and live performance, Fear Factory are in a different league altogether. Great stuff.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Difficult follow up album 14 April 2013
Format:Audio CD
Obsolete had a big act to follow in Demanufacture I feel it succeeded for the most part. For their second album Fear Factory wrote a concept album ( I will not go in to the story) suffice to say that it is about machines controlling man. The music on this album is very much similar to Demanufacture however it does seem a little bit less aggressive somehow, there is a slight feeling that it isn't quite as good as Demanufacture. The lyrics tell the story well and the booklet has scene descriptions which is really nice but something about the album just feels a little bit perhaps commercialised is the word. The vocals are a bit less gruff and the melodic vocals are slightly processed too with reverb and other things which I quite like give it an inhuman sound to a band that also sounds pretty inhuman. All in all the album is a good follow up to Demanufacture. Stand out tracks are

Resurrection and timelessness which go together
Descent with its really awesome opening and extremely heavy riff.
this version I have has a good number of bonus tracks which is always nice it contains a pretty reasonable cover of the song Cars and even Feature the original artist. Also Messiah is on here that song is very intense too all in all a fine example of Fear factory music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 90's metal classic 1 Jan 2013
By Z33D
Format:Audio CD
the album needs no introduction for metal fans - this was one of the most talked about metal albums of 1998 and is still today ahead of it's time and could easily smash newer metal albums coming out now.

for people who may not know, this was FFs 3rd studio album which was their biggest selling ever at the time, surpassing demanufacture. standout tracks are the now legendary shock, edgecrusher, smasher/devourer, and resurrection. all other tracks are excellent FF industrial metal mayhem and are all in their own way rocking on this album, but the ones that i do mention are just pure masterpieces of metal and musical production.

to really appreciate the sound of FF though, you must see them live. today they may be older and a bit slower on stage, but are still brutal as ever. if you live in the UK i recommend rock city nottingham, they have played there every year for the past 15 years i think, maybe even longer.

check out this video of shock to see the band in the flesh:

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5.0 out of 5 stars The unforeseeable future?
Ah the amazing album that is Obsolete.. For people that actually bother to buy the cd there's a booklet inside that tells a story. Read more
Published on 12 Dec 2011 by MCF Master
5.0 out of 5 stars A METAL CLASSIC
obsolete is a seminal metal album that stands the test of time. the person who gave this album 1 star is clueless, yes fear factory's songs (especially on the last album... Read more
Published on 15 Sep 2009 by J. A. Mccoy
After Fear Factorys best album 'demanufacture', it would be hard for the band to release an album as classic as 'demanufacture. Read more
Published on 19 May 2008 by rossrossross
4.0 out of 5 stars Obsolete
I've had this album since it came out in 1998, its was one of my first ever heavy records along with Machine Heads' Burning Red. Read more
Published on 31 Aug 2006 by Amplified Man
1.0 out of 5 stars Hmm, i think i've heard this before
Every time i listen to a fear factory album, i feel i have heard it before, i think for a little while and then realise, it was their previous album. Read more
Published on 22 Oct 2003 by J. Griffiths
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the best of the best!
This is the first metal album i ever bought and i am so glad it was as i heard the best of the best of the best giving me an unquenchable thirst for the music qenre. Read more
Published on 1 April 2001 by lottyro
5.0 out of 5 stars I believe the tumor caused the hallucinations...
Fast, loud, rythmic (the drummer is one of the best I have heard playing in a metal band. Up there with Rob Merrill) and actually pretty melodic. Read more
Published on 2 Mar 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars very nice
This CD sees Fear Factory expand on their sound to make a deeper and more challenging (intellectually) than there previous efforts. Read more
Published on 5 Oct 2000
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