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Music: Fear Factory

Fear Factory is an American metal band. Formed in 1989, they are well-known for their signature style, which combines death metal, groove metal, thrash metal and industrial metal. They had a large impact on the metal (and "metalium", if you're picky) scene from the mid-90s and onwards, with Machine Head, Chimaira, Devin Townsend, Disturbed and Mnemic all citing them as an influence.

They disbanded in 2002 due to internal disputes, but reformed later that same year without guitarist Dino Cazares, a founding member. They disbanded again in 2006, only to reform again in 2009 with a new lineup, including the returning Dino Cazares and drummer Gene Hoglan.

Not to be confused with Fear Factor, Nightmarish Factory, or the Donkey Kong Country track of the same name.

Current lineup
  • Burton C. Bell – vocals (1989–present)
  • Dino Cazares – guitar (1989–2002, 2009–present)
  • Mike Heller – drums (2012-present)
  • Matt DeVries – bass (2012-present)

Former members
  • Byron Stroud – bass (2003–2012)
  • Gene Hoglan – drums (2009–2012)
  • Raymond Herrera – drums (1989–2008)
  • Christian Olde Wolbers – bass (1993–2002), guitar (2002–2008)
  • Dave Gibney – bass, vocals (1989–1991)
  • Andy Romero – bass (1991–1992)
  • Andrew Shives – bass (1992–1993)

Studio albums
  • Soul of a New Machine (1992)
  • Demanufacture (1995)
  • Obsolete (1998)
  • Digimortal (2001)
  • Concrete (2002) note 
  • Archetype (2004)
  • Transgression (2005)
  • Mechanize (2010)
  • The Industrialist (2012)

Tropes headed with quotes from songs by this band:


Fear Factory Provides examples of:

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    Lyrics/Themes 
  • Anti-Love Song: "Manipulation" and "Leechmaster".
  • Better to Die than Be Killed: Freedom or Fire - in which the protestor protagonist burns himself to death rather than be taken into custody by the state police.
  • Cyborg - In Digimortal, when the surviving humans and machines realize that they need to depend on, rather than control, one another to survive.
  • Cyber Punk
  • Crapsack World - Demanufacture and Obsolete's dystopias.
  • Darkest Hour: Descent, Timelessness.
  • Determinator: H-K (Hunter-Killer), Edgecrusher, Smasher/Devourer, Archetype. H-K gets bonus points for not only taking its title from De Terminator, but using samples of Kyle Reese's dialogue.
  • Downer Ending - In Obsolete, when the main character, Edgecrusher, gets captured by the Securitron. It is not certain whether his words/thoughts in the song Timelessness are when he's in jail, or when he is in the process of being executed. And he was the leader of the resistance too, making Edgecrusher's defeat a double-blow.
  • GIFT: Addressed in "Cyberwaste."
  • Grief Song: Well, more of a grief instrumental in the case of Natividad, which is dedicated to guitarist Dino Cazares' mother.
  • Murder Ballad: Suffer Age was written by Dino Cazares about John Wayne Gacy. 0-0 (Where Evil Dwells), written about The Acid King Ricky Kasso, too.
  • Non-Appearing Title: Demanufacture, Replica, Self Bias Resistor, to name a couple.
  • Protest Song: Whilst all of Fear Factory's material is basically anti-authoritarian, Crash Test (animal testing), Hi-tech Hate (arms industry), Corporate Cloning (music/fashion industry), Securitron (Police State 2000) (go on, guess), "Crisis" (the military complex) are all more specific in their targets.
    • "Fear Campaign" is essentially a huge middle finger to everyone who uses fear to get themselves obeyed.
  • Religion Rant Song: Big God/Raped Souls, (("Liar! Big God, no God, BURN!")) and Desecrate from Soul of a New Machine with Act of God on Archetype give examples of Type 1. Demanufacture's Pisschrist is more of a Type 2, though in the context of the album, it also talks either about the anti-machine resistance, or the machine leadership. Although you may not realize it, the Digimortal bonus track Dead Man Walking is a Type 2.
  • The Scapegoat: Well, "Scapegoat"; It was written after an incident where Dino felt he was wrongly arrested for.
  • Twenty Minutes into the Future: the concept albums worlds are left deliberately undated, and fit fairly neatly into the not-too-distant future trope.

    Media/Fan-base 
  • Bishōnen: Burton C. Bell, to some extent.
  • Fan Nickname: Dino Cazares, who's a bit heavy, is widely known on Fear Factory forums as "Self Diet Resistor."
  • Greatest Hits Album - Released by Roadrunner without the bands permission. It only contains songs up to Digimortal.
  • Jerk Ass: Dino and Burton may have had their disputes over the years, but one thing that they do have in common is their penchant for screwing others over and making lots of shady, morally-questionable business deals..
  • What Could Have Been - A music video for "Edgecrusher" was planned with visual effects provided by Wipeout creators Psygnosis (now known as SCE). Some footage was shot but it was never finished due to the band's touring schedule.
  • Celebrity Resemblance - Burton looks like he could be the brother of Donal Logue.

    Music/Music-related 
  • Alternative Metal
  • Careful With That Axe: A piercing growl is heard after the long, extremely quiet (yet gloomy) intro of "Fear Campaign". Way to scare us all, Burton.
  • Concept Album - Soul of A New Machine, Demanufacture, Obsolete, and Digimortal all tell a continuous story.
    • Although The Industrialist is the band's first concept album since Digimortal, it is not part of the Fear Factory-verse, forming an unconnected story.
  • Death Metal - Soul of a New Machine and Concrete. There are also trace elements of death metal in the band's other material.
  • Genre-Busting - Honestly, try figuring out what kind of metal they really are.
  • Genre Shift - Industrial death metal to industrial groove metal. They also had nu metal influence on Digimortal.
  • Groove Metal
  • Heavy Mithril - Most of the band's lyrics focus on science fiction
  • Industrial Metal - Fear Factory made several Industrial Metal-influenced albums with former Front Line Assembly member Rhys Fulber as their producer.
  • Metal Scream: Types 1, 2 and 4. Type 2 mostly only occurred on Soul of a New Machine and Concrete, and virtually all subsequent works saw Burton moving between Type 1 and 4.
  • Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness - Soul of a New Machine and Concrete are 10; most of their other material is 8, occasionally bordering on 9.
    • Some songs drop it as low as 6 or 7 (Descent, Resurrection and Cars). They are in the minority.
      • Even more unusual is Timelessness, which is only about a 2!
    • Most of the album Mechanize is a 9, probably thanks to the extremely fast and precise drumming done by Gene Hoglan, former drummer of Death. The stuff on The Industrialist, instead, borders on a 10 due to the even faster drumming, courtesy of Mike Heller.
    • Their cover of "0-0 (Where Evil Dwells)" goes up to 11, just like the original version.
  • Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly: Kind of like Bauhaus in that the sound they created is common now but was downright out of left field when they started. Death metal, industrial metal, grindcore, noise, EBM, rap and synthpop aren't exactly things you'd expect to hear combined, but that's pretty much exactly what Fear Factory did. They even incorporate elements of Nu Metal.
  • Piss Take Rap / Rap Metal - "Back the Fuck Up" from Digimortal. It sure wasn't expected. Half of the band also contributed to Cypress Hill's Skull & Bones.
  • Remaster: Soul of a New Machine was remastered and re-released in a 2005 digipak that combined it with the also remastered E.P Fear Is The Mindkiller.
  • Sampling - Hard to notice, but most of their earlier songs contained random samples, whether they were quotes or sound effects. Some of the sounds they sampled were from Apocalypse Now, Blade Runner, and the Demolition Man arcade game.
  • Soprano and Gravel: Burton manages to do this one, all on his own.
  • Trope Codifier: One of the codifiers for Industrial Metal, along with Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson, and Rammstein.


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