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My opinon of this album
on 31 January 2010
Soul Of A New Machine is Fear Factory's First official Album, released in 1992 and it changed the face of heavy music for ever.
Firstly the music is fast, heavy, and down tuned, it was aggressive and yet it contained some amazingly melodic singing from the vocalist who sounded like a gorilla.
The Guitars and drumming are played in what eventually became known as machine gun style, that is the bass drums and guitars blast out in patterns that sound like the rip of a machine gun being fired. the music sounds like a cross between industrial and Grind core/death metal. It is very heavy and agressive and it won't be to everyones taste but this is the first band to use singing and aggressive vocals in one go.
Stand out tracks for me would be
Arise above oppression
and Life blind which has really good examples of machinegun riffs.
while it is very different from the follow up albums it still contains all the elements though in an unrefined way that would make Fear Factory A legend. Better was to come though.