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Near perfect metal,
This review is from: Demanufacture (Audio CD)
Often hailed as one of the all-time greatest metal albums by fans and critics alike, 'Demanufacture' is the best album of Fear Factory's careers.
Following the industrial-influenced death metal of 'Soul of a New Machine', and preceding the increasingly commercial 'Obsolete' and 'Digimortal', 'Demanufacture' sees the band getting all the elements just right. The aggressiveness of the debut remains, but with an altogether more polished production job and greater sense of melody (only not to the extent of later albums).
Besides the lyrical content of the album, the music too has quite a futuristic, sci-fi ambience to it, often leading to it being branded as cyber metal. The album caries a machine-like precision, particularly through the machinegun drumming of Raymond Herrera and Dino Cazares' pounding guitars. On top of this we have Burton C Bell's vicious vocals. Despite the drums being continually hammered even through the most tuneful sections, there are often times where melodic riffs and some excellent, soulful singing emerge from the music. The addition of samples and keyboards often provides the music with haunting atmospherics and Christian Olde Wolbers' bass adds extra depth to the proceedings.
There are so many superlatives that could be used in describing the album. Each track offers a unique experience, and many of them are classics (none are below average). On the basis of this timeless album, Fear Factory will always be remembered as true innovators of the metal genre.