Review of the Album "Demanufacture" by American Thrash Metal Band Fear Factory
The Album Cover for Demanufacture
A Little Bit of Information About the Band Fear Factory
Fear Factory is a really heavy American metal band from Los Angeles that I happened to see LIVE in concert back in 1995 as they played a few songs from their second studio album called Demanufacture. There are various classifications for this band including industrial metal and death metal. These guys sound like a mixture of hardcore, thrash metal, and death metal to a certain extent.
There is another studio album that begins with a D that was released by Fear Factory and that one is Digimortal which would come out in 2001.
The Title Track Demanufacture Is One of the Best Songs in the Album Demanufacture
Vocalist Burton C. Bell sounds somewhat like Max Cavalera but you can clearly hear that his accent is nowhere near as heavy as Max’s is. In the drumming, there is a distinct Napalm Death influence in the 2 minute mark of the song Demanufacture. The riff for this song sometimes chugs along as there is a very heavy atmosphere created. The shouts grow more harsh and intense. Phil Anselmo would be proud of the effort put together by Burton C. Bell. As Burton C. Bell so emphatically states in the song: “I’ve got no more regrets.”
He really lets the world know through this song that he is not going to take anymore nonsense from people in the world. Human nature has run rampant with people that are considered takers and they seem to attach to others like a leech but Fear Factory’s music is heavy, REALLY heavy. I guess you already knew that.
We have to live our lives with no regrets and that is the way to do it. If this first song was any kind of indication, there are more heavy songs to come.
"Demanufacture" Song Only
The Song Self Bias Resistor
The next song called "Self Bias Resistor" has a definite Pantera influence. I would call it like a faster version of the song A New Level. The song’s message is that it encourages people to wake up and realize that they have been brainwashed to believe things about the world that are not true.
About the Songs Zero Signal, Replica, New Breed, and Body Hammer
The song called Zero Signal starts out with some heavy riffing that reminds me of the Swedish death metal band called Hypocrisy. The song is about someone that feels that he has lost all hope. His life is in disarray according to him and he is sitting down on his knees and praying frequently for a turnaround. I even hear an early Metallica influence in the guitar playing as well. Replica is a song that is talking about a kind of reality in which no love exists. Fear Factory should be put up in the heaviness category along with bands such as The Haunted and Scalping Screen. The song New Breed shows the Sepultura and Pantera influence as the harsh shouts are held for a longer period of time. The song Body Hammer has an Annihilator influence in it (think of that band’s later albums especially Carnival Diablos).
About the Songs Flashpoint, H-K (Hunter Killer), and a Therapy for Pain
The song Flashpoint is a little different in style using the bass lines in addition to the heaviness to create a song similar to the band Scalping Screen. The song describes what a pathological liar is like. Too much lying can lead to self-destructive behavior and alienation from other people. We must make sure to teach our children that honesty is the best policy. The next song called H-K (Hunter Killer) is about someone that admits that he is a criminal. Some people feel that they have to steal things in order to survive as well. The last song called A Therapy for Pain has an atmospheric feel to it like some death metal bands in the 1990’s would have used in their music. The song starts with clean vocals. The vocals get louder and sound like Mikael Stanne in the album called Projector. Overall, Demanufacture is not a perfect album but it is pretty solid for American heavy metal at that time.
"Self Bias Resistor"
About the Song Dog Day Sunrise and Overall Album Score
There is also a performance of the song called Dog Day Sunrise and this is a song that was originally written and performed by the artist called Head of David. The song is about someone that’s doing work that is grueling and exhausting for many hours in a day. This is a good song to sing along to. Not all cover songs that are done by bands are good but this one is still pretty good. As the man works hard underground from the morning until night, the person that he loves has beautiful eyes.
Final score as of this writing in 2017: 90 out of 100 points
"Dog Day Sunrise" (Great Cover Performance)
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