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Archetype
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 19 April 2004
Being the biggest fan of Demanufacture, I was hoping by some small chance that Fear Factory, with their new line up, produce something that may even slightly match the aformentioned album. Well having bought the Archetype today, I have been more than suprised, Fear Factory seem to have done 'a Machine Head' and released an album that goes back to the bands' roots and then times them by ten. This screamed Soul Of A New Machine straight at me when i put it on, whereas Soul had its moments, this captures the great rawness and heaviness that Soul had and then adds the factors from previous albums (frankly i don't know how this album was produced, somehow its polished as hell but hasn't lost any of the rawness of the original Factory material, a firm slap on the back to the producer). This made me very happy, True, I enjoyed Digimortal and Obsolete but they lost the heaviness that this album rightly brings back.
If you decide to buy this, it needs more than a few listens like any good record, its not groundbreakingly new, but it sure as hell kicks some serious ass.
Buy It and Love It 5*
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 25 April 2004
After the disaster that was the last album ‘Digimortal’ and the departureof charismatic guitarist Dino Cazares, expectations were not very high forthis comeback by Cyber Metallers extrordinaire Fear Factory. No need toworry though, after hearing ‘Archetype’ it’s as if their last two recordsnever happened. Close in style to the band’s masterpiece ‘Demanufacture’,it blows the Nu Metalisms of the last two albums clean out of the water.The moving of Christian Olde Wolbers to guitar and the introduction offormer Strapping Young Lad bassist Byron Stroud have reinvigorated theband, and in some style. Listen to the lead-off song ‘Cyberwaste’, one ofthe most brutal songs the band have released since their DeathMetal-styled debut; massive double bass runs, enormous riffs, even ablastbeat and Burt Bell’s ultra-angry vocals on top. It’s classic FF andcould have come straight from ‘Demanufacture’. The rest of the albumcontinues in the same vein, albeit nothing else is quite as extreme, butthe intensity is the highest it’s been for years. The only exceptions arealbum proper closer ‘Ascension’ which is an ethereal electronic track, anda cover of Nirvana’s ‘School’ which stays pretty close to the original.All in all, anyone who reckoned that Fear Factory were doomed afterCazares left should take a listen to ‘Archetype’ and see how much betterthey are without him. Awesome stuff.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Archetype is arguably one of the years most anticipated albums of the metal/industrial genre. With the band reforming minus guitarist Dino Cazares (he was allegedly the cause of the break-up), many critics and fans alike were apprehensive about the new album, especially after their previous album, Digimortal was disappointing compared to their other offerings.
Fear Factory, with a line-up of Burton C. Bell (vocals), Raymond Herrera (drums), Christian Olde Wolbers (switching from bass to guitarist), and new boy Byron Stroud (bass, and formerly of the awesome Strapping Young Lad) a lot is riding on this album. But fans should not worry, for this is Fear Factory's best offering to date, and a top contender for one of the albums of 2004. In even eclipses their 1995 classic, Demanufacture, which many people consider to be one of the greatest metal albums of all time (me for one - I even have the front cover tattooed on my leg). Opening song 'Slave Labour' is I superb, with Raymond's double bass and Christian's guitar going full throttle instantly. Burton's vocals are as usual excellent switching from his menacing growl to his melodic vocals, its no surprise that many bands now copy this, although never beating Burton (a certain band called Slipknot spring to mind). Next song 'Cyberwaste' is Fear Factory at their heaviest, with a superb anthem-like chorus we can all sing along to ("Nothing! You Say! Matters! To Us! F**k You!), and surprisingly is their first single from the album, as usually they seem to have their most accessible songs released first - I can only think this that their new record label, Liquid 8, must be giving them more say than their previous label, Roadrunner.
The best songs are in the middle of the album, with 'Drones' and 'Undercurrent' being the best I have ever heard. Title track 'Archetype' is a scorcher too, with the lyrics having a stab at their former band mate ("The infection has been removed/the soul of this machine has improved"). Fear Factory also portray their softer side, with 'Bite the Hand that Bleeds' and 'Human Shields' really pushing Burton's vocal range to the limit. The album closes with a cover of Nirvana song 'School', and they actually make the song better, which is what they always do with their cover songs ('Dog Day Sunrise' and 'Cars' by Head of David and Gary Numan respectively).
Having been a huge fan of Fear Factory since the beginning I can honestly say that this is a superb album - the best of their career so far. For me the best thing has always been the vocals - no one does it quite like Burton C. Bell and no one has come close. I recommend this album to anyone, even if you don't like the genre of music, you will like this album. Welcome back Fear Factory!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 8 June 2004
Finally, another release from the monster kings of industrial/heavy metal/goth punk! Archetype takes the lessons that Fear Factiry have learned from their previous outings and have jammed them into one 13 track CD. And it is EXCELLENT.
You're blown away by the classic Fear Factory head banging style track, Slave Labor as soon as you start up the CD. Cyberwaste comes next (Which I believe is going to be the next single or something?) is equally heavy, as with the next hard hitting track, Act of God. Then the melodic stuff comes in (the best of Fear Factory) with the eerily brilliant Drones track.
Next is the title track (if you have forgotten already, Archetype (the origin of everything)) blasts in, which is one the best off the album. Corporate Cloning shudders in next, yelling pure FF followed by the best track on the album (in my opinion), Bite the Hand that Bleeds, which is pure genius. Undercurrent follows this, a melodic-trash song which is next to the eye popping Default Judgement. Nesxt on the head banging agenda is the no holds bard hardcore track, Bone Scraper! Followed by the slow, eerie and frankly painful Human Shields, echoing distress. It is followed by (almost) instrumental, Ascension and the album (unfortunately) comes to close at Kurt Cobain's School.
Some may say it's not as good as Demanufacture, but I think Archetype hitd the spot that no other band can hit. Fear Factory are WITHOUT A DOUBT, the masters of music and this album proves it. In one word? PERFECT.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 22 May 2004
This album blew me away, right from the brutal opening track 'Slave Labor'. The entire album is totally skull shattering, and probably even heavier than their first few albums (which is saying something) This is thanx to an amazing production job, managing to stay totally raw and glossy at the same time! Other favorite tracks include 'Act of God' and 'Drones' (check out the machine gun sounding drum fills). This album definitely gets a lot deeper with further listens, and each track develops into it's own personality when you get to know them. Supreme album.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
After hearing Dino left Fear Factory I was convinced it was the end. Relieved in a sense, after the massive disappointment that was Digimortal. A friend then bought the album just on the chance that it MIGHT be okay. How wrong we were. The double bass was crushing and immediately reminded me of Fear Factory at their very best, during the Demanufacture and Soul Of A New Machine Days. And yes, it is that heavy! Start to finish, an absolute masterpiece. Even the cover of Nirvana's 'School' got the thumbs up!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 20 April 2004
Having read many reviews for Archetype, I couldn't wait to get my hands onit, as the reviews praised it in every respect.Claiming that Fear Factoryhad gone back to their Demanufacture(d) roots, and that this may well betheir heaviest release to date, I was greatly anticipated amasterpiece.Herrera's machine-gun drumming has taken a step forward fromall the other albums, Christian's guitar playing is a refreshingimprovement on Dino's slightly sludgy delivery. Burton's vocals onceagain slide from gut wrenching roars to almost operatic splendour.Althougha superb record, I still dont feel it lives up to the intensity ofDemanufacture, but it is certainly one of their best releases.Tracks tolook out for are Cyberwaste (awesome), Corporate Cloning and DefaultJudgement.Hopefully they can do these tracks justice at the London Astoriain June....I'll be waiting!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 10 May 2004
Wow! I can't begin to explain how good this album is! For anyone who got into Fear Factory from the start, ie "Soul of a new machine", then you are in for an absolute treat! This has everything you could ever want from a fear factory album. The Brutality of "Soul of..." with the depth and precision of "Demanifacture".
I was disappointed when Dino left and really though that it would signal the end of the band. How wrong was i to think that!?! With "Archetype" it seems Fear Factory have found a new lease of life and have returned with an album that mixes everything that made fear factory great and then some! Christian Olde Wolbers has done a fantastic job of switching instruments and has come up with some outstanding riffs. I would even be tempted to say this is their best record yet!
Buy this, you won't be disappointed!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 2 May 2004
Comebacks are usually very doubtfull at first, but when I first bought and heard 'Archetype' I was overwhelmed straight away. With the new line up on their side, it seems they have a lot of new inspiration aswell. From the madly melodic riffs of 'bite the hand that bleeds' to the screeching dirty riffs and blasting double bass drum beats of 'Cyberwaste' Fear Factory have made a comeback of extremely high proportion. People are always happy when bands return in their original style of when they first formed and this is exactly what they have done. You will not be disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 20 April 2004
Now this is an album! they have returned to form with this 'un, im suremany will rape me for saying this but i reckon its equal with'demanufacture.' I was lucky to get the dvd thing with the cd too, andthats cool, just shows them all hanging out and performing etc - also getthe cyberwaste video making (which is cool). Also, loads of crazy fansshouting at the camera! I definatly recommend this f*cking album, itsabsolute quality. standout tracks are, 'Cyberwaste, Drones, Act of God,Archetype and Human Shields (my fave). Please go and buy this album, itsquality! Love ya FF!
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