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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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 136,993 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 6 Sep 2003
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 By "steve81" on 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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After Fear Factorys best album 'demanufacture', it would be hard for the band to release an album as classic as 'demanufacture. This album is not as good although it is only slightly worse which in turn makes this a great album. The album has a consistently good songs. The guitars sound awesomely menacing and driving and the drumming is rapid fire and precise. The vocals are good with Burton C.Bell screaming and growling along with some excellent melodic choruses. The melodic choruses fit in perfectly in track three 'smasher/devourer' and also in 'shock' 'descent' and 'freedom of fire' A good element to Fear Factory is the keyboard which adds a great dark atmosphere to the songs. It gives them an extra edge and it works really well. The turntable usage is ok also altho a big limp bizkit esq

A rating of the tracks is as follows:

SHOCK: 4/5 - Great intro with good chop and change
EDGECRUSHER: 4/5 - A hammer blow of aggression
SMASHER/DEVOURER: 5/5 - A classic song with great choruses and progression
SECURITON: 3/5 - Starts off slowly and is ok but chorus is not good!
DESCENT: 5/5 - A real dark song with great melody and crushing riff
HIGH TECH HATE: 4/5 - Great build up to the song and quick chop and change
FREEDOM OR FIRE: 5/5 - One of my fav intros ever and superb chorus/ riffing and drumming.
OBSOLETE: 3/5 - Very heavy and quick yet singing not so good
RESURRECTION : 2/5 - Too soft for me and slow!
TIMELESSNESS: 2/5 - Not much going on here
CARS: 3/5 - A cool remake of cars with good riffs
0-0: 4/5 - Very evil and death metal like. Good bonus track
SOULWOUND: 2/5 - Not much going on here either
MESSIAH: 3/5: Heavy and good guitar solos
CONCRETO: 2/5 - Not bad but not great
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "steven_reid69" on 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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Format: Audio CD
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. The subject matter is, on the surface, a little tired. Pre-millenial angst is so pre-millenial. As ever though, this is more about now than the future. Say what you like about metal, but you absolutely have to hear this just for the musicianship. For the record, I am not much of a "heavy" music fan (Tool is about it for me) but the volume and aggression of this carry it for me.
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