Soul of a New Machine - 1992
with the release of FF new album Mechanize, a look back to their still standing achievement is overdue. Soul of a New Machine was Fear's first studio album, released in 1992. a re-released version of it is out with remastered songs(honestly, i've listened to both types, and they sound exactly the same) and it also comes with their EP Fear is the Mind Killer which is just remixes and demos of stuff like Scapegoat. i personally have the original 1992 release that is rare as fuck these days(go to ebay, buy for $0.99 lol) and mine had to be special ordered from ENGLAND. anyway, the album itself is a huge masterpiece. everysong up until the last 3 are great. and the only reason the last 3 arent great, is because they're too short. this album paved Fear Factory's way into the hearts of metal fans everywhere with its death metal and melodic scores. this album was, quite literally, before its time. if you ever hear someone say a certain band(like Atreyu.....little fags) pioneered the Melodic Death Metal genre, tell them to go fuck themselves because these guys were THE FIRST to do it, on this album. every song flows flawlessly and even adds aspects of life. Crash Test has to do with the mistreatment and testing of animals, Scapegoat deals with Guitarist Dino Cazares trial in Canada for something he did not commit, and Big God/Raped Souls deals with the government. some of the songs even feature tidbits from Full Metal Jacket. lines like, "hey soldier, do you know who's in charge here? Mother Fucker" in the song Crisis, and "i want more life........fucker" in the song Flesh Hold. Scapegoat even has a line from Dino's court appearance. Burton C. Bell does an outstanding job in his vocals. and Raymond Herrera meets each drum beat perfectly. unfortunately, at this time Christian Olde Wolbers wasnt in this album on Bass, even i forget his name, but i think it was Alex.:confused: anyway, this album is a great accomplishment. 5/5
Demanufacture - 1995
the follow-up to FF's critically acclaimed "Soul of a New Machine". this album is, supposedly, where the fans' loyalty lies. a very well-rounded album, and my second favorite album that they've done. people say that "Replica" is their most famous song. its okay but come on, MOST famous?? no. anyway, i love listening to this extrememly pounding album. it grasped me from start to finish like a crackhead shaking a baby. the intro to Piss Christ was featured on Terminater 2, while the song "Zero Signal" was on Mortal Kombat. Demanufacture shook the ground every time Burton would shout, "ive got no more, goddamn regrets. ive got no more, goddamn respect" this was the album where they started a more melodic approach to music with their first soft song, "A Therapy for Pain". this definately was as groundbreaking as "Soul" 5/5
on a side note, this album was remade on a "remix" edition, dubbed "Remanufacture". i didnt even bother putting on the list. its not a fear album, and their arent any good songs on it.
Obsolete - 1998
a more industrial twist was added on this album. the very controversial "Edgecrusher" was featured on here. the reason i say controversial is because of the turntable sound effects, this turned off many loyal fans because they saw where Fear was headed while signed to Roadrunner. a multitude of good songs were on this album: Shock, Smasher/Devourer, Descent, Resurrection. Descent, Timelessness, and Resurrection were by far, Fear's softest songs. and they were their fucking best as well. this isnt my favorite album, but it falls right under Demanufacture. 4/5
Digimortal - 2001
the fans of FF were right with their Nu Metal direction. this right here was the beginning of the fall of Fear. i've only listened to a few songs, most notably: Digimortal and What will Become?. it was very depressing to know this possibly was where FF hit the wall. i could only hope they bounce back. it's said best, that when mentioning this album, it sends FF fans running for the hills. 1/5
Hatefiles - 2003
this was a demo and remake album. not anything really amazing on it. so, there isnt much to say. Termonate, Machine Debaser, and Invisible Wounds(Suture Mix) were the only songs i really liked. there were a few remakes from their album "Concreto" but nothing worth mentioning. 2/5
Archetype - 2004
this is where Fear found their balls. new line-up change: Burton C. Bell, Christian Olde Wolbers, Raymond Hererra, and Byron Stroud. Stroud, originally from Strapping Young Lad and Zimmer's Hole, filled the bass position since the leave of Dino was filled by Wolbers. amazingly enough on the album, none of the bass lines were played by Stroud. they were all done by Wolbers, along with the guitars. every song was a good one, and this is in fact, my favorite fear album. "Bite the Hand that Bleeds" was featured on the Saw movie in the credits. very respectful comeback, gets a 5/5
Transgression - 2005
the fall of fear happened right here. this wasnt even considered a metal album. they dubbed it a "pop" album. a dark day in the life of a fan of FF. the only good songs to come from this album were: Moment of Impact, Supernova, 540,000 degrees Fahrenheit and, the special download song, "My Grave" i didnt like this album. period. but it gets a 3/5 for the 4 songs that were good.
Mechanize - 2010
forget it. i didnt like it. 1.5/5. go listen for yourself.