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Fear Factory
Archetype (Liquid 8)

By: Mike SOS

Innovators of the current metal sound, the rejuvenated Fear Factory have returned to reclaim its rightful position as reigning kings of robot metal, as well as one of the most important metal bands in the last 20 years. ARCHETYPE, the Los Angeles based quintet's fifth album, is the quintessential Fear Factory release, as it encompasses all of the devices which the band has always employ in a way that make songs like "Corporate Cloning" and "Slave Labor" recognizable, yet interesting and fresh. Heavier than ever, thanks to the guitar work of former bassist Christian Olde Wolbers, and yet another phenomenal performance by drummer extraordinaire Raymond Herrera, the band has added a wealth of strength when they ditched former seven-stringer Dino Cazares, opting to forge on after a long hiatus. Still sounding as cold and bleak as ever, tracks like "Act of God" and "Default Judgment" have retained the group's trademark mixture of a harsh electronic backdrop under pummeling riffs, while the often-duplicated vocal style of Burton C. Bell bellows, growls, and anthemically lashes out full blown aggression. Back with a vengeance, and a more intense focus, Fear Factory's legacy opens a new and exciting chapter with the release of Archetype, a must have for any self respecting metal fan.
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