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