BMG Announces Details For Soulfly Box Set

Courtesy: BMG

BMG is going to re-issue four of Soulfly’s albums this summer.

The company is scheduled to release the new box set, The Song Remains Insane June 17 on CD and vinyl. The collection culls the band’s first four albums — Soulfly, Primitive, 3, and Prophecy — into one collection. All four albums will be presented in their standard release editions and will be complimented with an extra disc of bonus tracks, previously released on various pressings of those albums.

Many of the bonus tracks featured in the extra disc are actually featured in the expanded edition of the band’s debut self-titled album, which was released in 1998. Those tracks are ‘Cagnaceiro,’ ‘Ain’t No Feeble Bastard,’ ‘The Possibility of Life’s Destruction,’ ‘Tribe (Tribal Terrorism Mix),’ ;Quilombo (Zumbi Dub Mix),’ and ‘Umbabarauma (World Cup Mix)’. The disc also features bonus tracks from Primitive in the form of ‘Terrorist (Total Destruction Mix)’ and ‘Soulfire.’

Pulled from the Japanese release of 3 is the band’s cover of Pailhead’s ‘I Will Refuse.’ Speaking of covers, the band’s cover of Black Sabbath’s ‘Under The Sun,’ which was featured in a special digipack release of 3 is also included in the bonus disc. The lone previously unreleased track is ‘Berimbau Jam.’

The collection’s full track listing is noted below.

SOULFLY
Eye For An Eye
No Hope = No Fear
Bleed
Tribe
Bumba
First Commandment
Bumbklaatt
Soulfly
Umbabarauma
Quilombo
Fire
The Song Remains Insane
No
Prejudice
Karmageddon
 
PRIMITIVE
Back To The Primitive
Pain
Bring It
Jumpdafuckup
Mulambo
Son Song
Boom
Terrorist
The Prophet
Soulfly II
In Memory Of…
Flyhigh

3
Downstroy
Seek ‘N’ Strike
Enterfaith
One
L.O.T.M.
Brasil
Tree Of Pain
One Nation
9-11-01
Call To Arms
Four Elements
Soulfly III
Sangue De Bairro
Zumbi
 
 
PROPHECY
Prophecy
Living Sacrifice
Execution Style
Defeat U
Mars
I Believe
Moses
Born Again Anarchist
Porrada
In The Meantime
Soulfly IV
Wings

 Soulfire
Cangaceiro
Ain’t No Feeble Bastard
Possibility Of Life’s Destruction
Chaos
Soulfire
I Will Refuse
Under The Sun
Tribe (Tribal Terrorism Mix)
Quilombo (Zumbi Dub Mix)
Umbabarauma (World Cup Mix)
Terrorist (Total Destruction Mix)
Berimbau Jam

In other Soulfly news, the band announced in January, that Fear Factory founding member and guitarist Dino Cazares had been tapped to join the band on the road for its winter/spring 2022 tour. The tour launched Feb. 7 in Las Vegas, NV and ran through March 19 in Gallup, NM.

Soulfly front man and founder Max Cavalera and his brother Iggor (who together also founded Sepultura) are now mapping out their tour performing two classic Sepultura albums, Beneath The Remains and Arise. The schedule for that tour is noted below.

TOUR DATES:

May 22 – Sun – Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM

Link: https://holdmyticket.com/event/389143

May 23 – Mon – Jake’s – Lubbock, TX

Link: https://www.stubwire.com/event/maxiggorcavalera/jakessportscafeandbackroom/lubbock/26070/

May 24 – Tue – Amplified Live – Dallas, TX

Link: https://wl.seetickets.us/event/Max-and-Iggor-Cavalera/471477?afflky=AmplifiedLive

May 25 – Wed – The Hall – Little Rock, AR

May 26 – Thu – Brooklyn Bowl – Nashville, TN

Link: https://www.ticketweb.com/event/max-iggor-cavalera-return-brooklyn-bowl-nashville-tickets/11877385?pl=bbowlnash

May 27 – Fri – The Loud – Huntington, WV

Link: https://www.etix.com/ticket/p/4175255/max-iggor-cavalera-returnbeneath-arise-huntington-the-loud

May 28 – Sat – Maryland DeathFest – Baltimore, MD

May 31 – Tue – Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY

Link: https://www.ticketmaster.com/event/00005C63F2557582

Jun 1 – Wed – Toad’s Place – New Haven, CT

Link: https://www.etix.com/ticket/p/3819443/max-iggor-cavalera-returnbeneath-arise–new-haven-toads-place-of-new-haven

Jun 2 – Thu – XL Live – Harrisburg, PA

Link: https://www.ticketmaster.com/event/02005C630C308AE3 

Jun 3 – Fri – King of Clubs – Columbus, OH

Link: https://wl.seetickets.us/event/Max-and-Iggor-Cavalera/471469?afflky=TheKingofClubs 

Jun 4 – Sat – The Forge – Joliet, IL

Link: https://www.ticketweb.com/event/max-and-iggor-cavalera-return-the-forge-tickets/11874985

Jun 5 – Sun – Piere’s Event Center – Ft. Wayne, IN

Link: https://www.etix.com/ticket/p/4181683/max-iggor-cavalera-fort-wayne-pieres-entertainment-center

Jun 6 – Mon – The Vogue – Indianapolis, IN

Link: https://thevogue.com/events/max-iggor-cavalera-june-6-2022/

Jun 7 – Tue – Delmar Hall – St. Louis, MO

Link: https://www.ticketmaster.com/event/06005C66E21494AE

Jun 8 – Wed – Royal Grove – Lincoln, NE

Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/max-iggor-cavalera-tickets-290924321477

Jun 10 – Fri – Oriental Theater – Denver, CO

Link: https://holdmyticket.com/event/390934

Jun 11 – Sat – Metro Music Hall – Salt Lake City, UT

Link: https://www.24tix.com/event/932738126

Jun 13 – Mon – Elks Temple Spanish Ballroom – Tacoma, WA

Link: https://www.etix.com/ticket/p/2822299/max-iggor-cavalera-returnbeneath-ariseall-ages-tacoma-mcmenamins-spanish-ballroom-elks-temple

Jun 14 – Tue – Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR

Link: https://www.etix.com/ticket/p/5046050/maxx-iggor-cavalera-returnbeneath-arise-portland-hawthorne-theatre

Jun 16 – Thu – Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA

Link: https://wl.seetickets.us/event/MAX-andIGGORCAVALERA/471196?afflky=GreatAmericanMusicHall

Jun 17 – Fri – Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA

Link: https://wl.seetickets.us/event/MAX-andIGGORCAVALERA/471206?afflky=GreatAmericanMusicHall

Jun 18 – Sat – The Belasco – Los Angeles, CA

Link: https://www.ticketmaster.com/event/09005C64CB6868FB

Jun 21 – Tue – Come And Take It Live – Austin, TX

Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/max-and-igorr-cavalera-return-beneath-arise-tickets-291566442077

Jun 22 – Wed – Scout Bar – Houston, TX

Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/max-iggor-cavalera-return-beneath-arise-tickets-291064580997

Jun 23 – Thu – The Rock Box – San Antonio, TX

Jun 24 – Fri – Rockhouse Outside – El Paso, TX

Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/max-iggor-cavalera-tickets-291102233617

Jun 25 – Sat – The Marquee – Tempe, AZ

Link: https://www.ticketweb.com/event/max-iggor-cavalera-marquee-theatre-tickets/11877005?pl=themarquee

More information on BMG’s new Soulfly box set is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.soulfly.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/SoulflyOfficial

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheSoulflyTribe

More information on the Cavalera brothers’ upcoming tour is available online at https://returnbeneatharise.com.

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Dino Cazares To Join Soulfly For Upcoming Tour

Courtesy: Nuclear Blast Road

When Soulfly hits the road for its latest tour next month, Dino Cazares will once again join the band.

Cazares, guitarist and founding member of Fear Factory was announced as a guest member of the lineup Monday. This will mark the second time since August 2021 that Cazares has joined the band’s touring lineup. Cazares replaced Marc Rizzo for that tour, which ran from Aug. 20-Sept. 24.

Soulfly’s upcoming tour is scheduled to launch Feb. 7 in Las Vegas, NV and to run through March 19 in Gallup, NM. It features performances in cities, such as Memphis, TN; Lombard, IL and Eugene, OR.

The tour’s schedule is noted below. Tickets are available here.

Confirmed dates for SOULFLY‘s  U.S. tour are:
2/07/2022 Las Vegas, NV – Rockstar Bar*
2/08/2022 Palmdale, CA – Transplants*
2/09/2022 Oxnard, CA – Oxnard PAC*
2/10/2022 Fresno, CA – Strummer’s*
2/11/2022 Santa Cruz, CA – Atrium
2/12/2022 Reno, NV. – Virginia Street Brewhouse*
2/14/2022 Berkeley, CA – Cornerstone*
2/15/2022 Roseville, CA – Goldfield Trading Post*
2/16/2022 Eugene, OR – WOW Hall*
2/17/2022 Portland, OR – BossaNova Ballroom
2/18/2022 Seattle, WA – El Corazon*
2/19/2022 Tacoma, WA – Fawcett Hall at Alma Mater*
2/20/2022 Spokane, WA – Big Dipper*
2/21/2022 Spokane, WA – Big Dipper*
2/23/2022 Great Falls, MT – The Newberry #
2/24/2022 Billings, MT – Pub Station #
2/25/2022 Casper, WY – Gaslight Social #
2/26/2022 Greeley, CO – Moxi Theater %
2/28/2022 Fargo, ND – The Aquarium #
3/01/2022 Minneapolis, MN – Cabooze #
3/02/2022 Milwaukee, WI – Miramar Theater #
3/03/2022 Hobart, IN – Hobart Theater #
3/04/2022 Lombard, IL – Brauer House #
3/05/2022 Cincinnati, OH – Riverfront Live #
3/06/2022 Nashville, TN – Basement East #
3/08/2022 Memphis, TN – Growler’s #
3/09/2022 Little Rock, TX – Little Rock Music Hall #
3/10/2022 Oklahoma City, OK – Whiskey Nights %
3/11/2022 Baton Rouge, LA – Chelsea’s %
3/12/2022 Ft. Worth, TX – Rail Club %
3/13/2022 Shreveport, LA – The Sand Bar %
3/15/2022 Corpus Christi, TX – House of Rock %
3/16/2022 McAllen, TX – Cine El Rey Theatre %
3/17/2022 Laredo, TX – Cold Brew Rock Bar %
3/19/2022 Gallup, NM – The Juggernaut Music %

  • = Support TBD
    # = with 200 STAB WOUNDS
    % = No Support

Soulfly’s as-yet-untitled new album was produced by Arthur Rizk (Cavalera Conspiracy, Go Ahead and Die, Code Orange). The follow-up to 2018’s Ritual, its release date and other information is under consideration.

More information on Soulfly’s new tour and next record is available along with all of Soulfly’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.soulfly.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/SoulflyOfficial

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheSoulflyTribe

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Fear Factory’s Latest LP Is A Mostly Successful New Offering

Courtesy: Nuclear Blast Records

Fear Factory has been in the news quite a bit this year.  Early last month, it was announced that founding member and guitarist Dino Cazares had joined Soulfly for its latest tour in place of Marc Rizzo.  That announcement was followed up with the release of the new companion piece to the band’s latest album, Aggression Continuum.  The companion piece in question is the isolated instrumental tracks from that album. Why the band would go that route is a headscratcher when audiences can hear the instrumentals just as clearly in the original album.  Speaking of the album, the 10-song record was released June 18 through Nuclear Blast Records.  The 48-minute collection is an interesting addition to the band’s extensive catalog.  That is due in large part to the album’s featured lyrical content, which will be discussed shortly.  The musical arrangements that feature alongside the album’s lyrical content make for more interest and will be discussed a little later.  The production that went into this record rounds out its most important elements.  When it is considered along with the album’s content, the collective items make the album maybe not the band’s best work, but still worth hearing at least once.

Fear Factory’s most recent album, Aggression Continuum, is a mostly successful offering from the band.  Not knowing whether the band will continue now that former front man Burton C. Bell (whose vocals are featured in the record) and founding member Dino Cazares was recently announced as part of Soulfly’s current lineup, it is a positive potential final offering from the band.  The album’s success comes in this record, primarily through its lyrical themes.  The lyrical content in this case is actually quite different from that featured in the band’s existing catalog.  While so much of the band’s catalog focuses largely on the issue of technology taking over the planet, this album seems less focused on that matter.  Right from the album’s opener, ‘Recode,’ the album seems more focused on general defiance and belief in self than on technology’s role in mankind’s fate.  Bell – again he recently parted ways with the band – goes so far as to sing in the song’s chorus, “Why deny life you dream about/Why deny your dream?”  Considering comments that Bell shared in recent interviews about his time with Fear Factory, audiences are left to wonder if these statements are somewhat autobiographical.  The mention of a generation being “left behind” and the encouragement to “open your eyes” serves even more, to bring about that sense of defiance.  It is a statement about taking control of one’s life.  That overarching theme continues through the album’s first few tracks just as clearly, too. 

On a separate note, ‘Manufactured Hope’ takes the band in another direction, though one that is still familiar within the hard rock and metal community.  In this case, Bell seems to take on the issue of religious hypocrisy.  This is inferred he Bell directly sings in the song’s chorus, “I am hypocrisy of faith/I will not believe/My mind will never be enslaved/I will not believe.”  His call of “ignore the facts in front of you/Deny the logic and the truth/Conform to mediocrity/You know it’s manufactured hope” in the song’s second verse serves just as much to infer the noted message.  He goes on to go so far as to note, “Faith is a weapon and a tool/Creating manufactured hope” makes the noted message seem even more the case.  Again, this is slightly new territory for Fear Factory, but not for the hard rock and metal communities.  That Bell and company would again, show that willingness to try something new at least for itself as a group, is welcome even in its larger familiarity.

‘End of Line’ meanwhile takes the band back to more familiar ground while also taking it in a slightly different direction again.  In this case, the song comes across lyrically as a sociopolitical statement about the state of the world today.  This is inferred right from the song’s lead verse and chorus as Bell sings, “Avoid the bloody streets/We’re living in domestic war/Gunmen in uniform/Murdering innocents at your door/This can’t be real/Assault on my senses/Depriving me of sanity/Fractured/Damned images/Praying for the final reckoning/End of life/End of time/End of line.”  The seeming message continues in the song’s second verse in which Bell sings, “Beaten to crush my soul/To silence me in shackled chains/Your lies like gasoline/Living every day in tragedy.”  All of this comes across as a commentary of sorts on police brutality.  That is just this critic’s interpretation.  It is inferred through the mention of armed gunmen at the door.  It conjures thoughts of what law enforcement officers did to Brianna Taylor.  The images being seen are in fact still damning.  It and so much more leaves many praying for the final reckoning.  The matter of being “beaten to crush my soul/To silence me in shackled chains” points even more toward the matter of police brutality, especially considering this year’s headlines.  Again, this is all this critic’s interpretation.  If in fact that is the case, then it is another example of how Fear Factory on this album, really strayed from its own norm and opted instead for something more widely accessible, lyrically speaking.  When it is considered along with the other lyrical themes noted here and the rest of the album’s lyrical themes, the whole makes clear why the album’s lyrical themes are so important to its presentation.  They are just a part of what makes the album interesting.  The musical arrangements that accompany the record’s lyrical themes are more familiar from the band and add to the record’s success.

While the lyrical content featured throughout Fear Factory’s new album finds the band seemingly move into new territory, the record’s musical arrangements keep the band in familiar territory.  From beginning to end, audiences will find that the arrangements pull from various points in the band’s catalog.  Right from the record’s outset, the band take audiences back to the sounds crafted for its 1998 album, Obsolete.  As the album progresses, the arrangements are more akin to works from The Industrialist, Genexus, and Archetype.  Simply put, the arrangements that are featured throughout the album are everything that audiences have come to expect from Fear Factory from one song to the next.  To that end, they will appeal easily to the band’s established audience base, and to more casual fans of the industrial metal realm.  Keeping that appeal in mind along with the interest that the album’s lyrical themes are sure to generate, the collective content goes a long way toward making the album successful.  Even with that in mind, there is still one more item to examine, that last being the record’s production.

The production that went into Aggression Continuum is important to examine because of how much is going on in each song.  The guitars and bass, each of which were recorded by Cazares, are so heavy and rich.  Bell’s vocals are just as powerful here as ever, too, as are the drums, which were handled by current drummer Mike Heller.  Considering the energy in each composition and the richness of each line, it would have been so easy for the songs to get bogged down in themselves, but thankfully that did not happen.  Rather, each line complimented the others.  The result is a record whose presentation succeeds just as much for its aesthetic value as for its content.  To that end, all things considered here make the album overall that much more certain of a success.

Fear Factory’s latest album, Aggression Continuum is a record that is certain to appeal mostly to the band’s established audiences, and just as much to casual industrial metal fans.  That is proven in part through the record’s lyrical themes.  The themes in question find the band seeming to go in a different direction at least for itself, than that for which it has been known.  By contrast, the musical arrangements featured throughout the record are more familiar from one to the next.  That familiarity, paired with the new direction taken in the song’s lyrical content, makes for plenty of interest here.  When the record’s production is taken into consideration, it puts the finishing touch to the presentation, ensuring the noted engagement and entertainment for the mentioned audiences even more.  Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of the album’s presentation.  All things considered, they make the album a work that regardless of the band’s fate from here, is mostly a success.

Aggression Continuum is available now. More information on Fear Factory’s new record is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.fearfactory.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/fearfactory

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/fearfactory

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Dino Cazares Joining Soulfly For Upcoming Tour

Courtesy: Nuclear Blast Records

Soulfly is getting a helping hand from a big name for its upcoming tour.

The band made the announcement Thursday through a news release. The document states Fear Factory guitarist and founding member Dino Cazares is joining Soulfly for its upcoming North American tour. The press release announcing Cazares’ addition to the band’s lineup gave no reason for his replacement of guitarist Marc Rizzo.

The 33-date tour, which was originally announced in June, is scheduled to launch Aug. 20 in Albuquerque, NM and to run through Sept. 25 in Tempe, AZ. The upcoming tour also features performances in cities nationwide, such as Providence, RI; Houston, TX and Atlanta, GA. Niviane and Suicide Puppets are scheduled to share time as support throughout the tour.

Soulfly front man Max Cavalera spoke highly of Cazares as he discussed Cazares joining the band’s lineup for the tour.

“I’m very excited to be sharing the stage with Dino,” said Cavalera. “He is a true OG riff master, It’s going to sound heavier than Soulfly has ever sounded before! Dino’s legendary Fear Factory crunch guitar sound mixed with Soulfly is going to sound insane.”

Cazares shared Cavalera’s excitement for joining the band on the road through his own comments.

“Over the past 30 years, I’ve guested on a few of Max’s projects and jumped on stage whenever and wherever I could,” he said. “Now it’s a great honor to be doing this tour alongside Max as the second guitarist. It’s going to be amazing for all the fans to see the two of us playing a selection of Soulfly songs and a few familiar extras. Much respect to Max and his family –  thank you for always making me feel at home with the Soulfly Tribe.

Additionally, Cazares recalled warmly, his first meeting between himself and Cavalera.

“The first time I met Max in 1991, I knew we were going to be long-time friends,” said Cazares. “I was standing at the bar, he grabbed my arm and yelled ‘Papa Capado.’ I was like ‘who the F@#% are you? He said “I’m Max’ and from there we just hit it off. That same night I played him the Fear Factory demo tape on his cassette Walkman in his hotel room while we were attending a music convention in Los Angeles. He liked it so much that he wouldn’t give it back, so I had to wrestle him and take it out of his walkman, haha. It was my only copy.

Added Cazares, “Max told Monte Conner, the A&R director from Roadrunner Records, that we had a new demo that he needed to check out, so our manager at the time sent our demo to Monte after many labels turned us down. The rest is history.”

The schedule for Soulfly’s upcoming tour is noted below. Tickets are available here.

Confirmed dates for the Soulfly’s US Tour are:

8/20/2021  Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM **
8/21/2021  Marquis Theater – Denver, CO **
8/22/2021  Sunshine Studios – Colorado Springs, CO **
8/24/2021  Wave Outdoors – Wichita, KS **
8/25/2021  The Bottleneck – Lawrence, KS **
8/26/2021  Red Flag – St. Louis, MO **
8/27/2021  Piere’s – Ft. Wayne, IN **
8/28/2021  Metal In The Mountains @ Pipestem Event Center – Pipestem, WV **
8/29/2021  Skully’s – Columbus, OH **
8/30/2021  Rec Room – Buffalo, NY **
8/31/2021  Crafthouse – Pittsburgh, PA **
9/01/2021  Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY **
9/02/2021  Alchemy – Providence, RI **
9/03/2021  Alchemy – Providence, RI **
9/04/2021  The Lost Horizon – Syracuse, NY ^
9/05/2021  Diesel Concert Lounge – Chesterfield, MI ^
9/06/2021  WC Social Club – West Chicago, IL ^
9/07/2021  Emerson Theater – Indianapolis, IN ^
9/08/2021  Diamond Pub Concert Hall – Louisville, KY ^
9/09/2021  Zydeco – Birmingham, AL ^
9/11/2021  Warlando Festival – Orlando, FL *
9/12/2021  Hell @ The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA ^
9/14/2021  Scout Bar – Houston, TX ^
9/15/2021  Come and Take It Live – Austin, TX ^
9/16/2021  Trees – Dallas, TX ^
9/17/2021  Country River Club – Tyler, TX ^
9/18/2021  Vibes Event Center – San Antonio, TX ^
9/19/2021  Rockhouse Bar & Grill – El Paso, TX^
9/21/2021  Encore – Tucson, AZ *
9/22/2021  Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA *
9/23/2021  Alex’s Bar – Long Beach, CA *
9/24/2021 The Whisky – Los Angeles, CA  *
9/25/2021 Marquee Theater – Tempe, AZ+
* = No Support
** – 8/20 – 9/3 – NIVIANE
^ – 9/4 – 9/19 – SUICIDE PUPPETS
+ – With INCITEGO AHEAD & DIE, HEALING MAGIC

Soulfly’s upcoming live dates are in support of its latest album, Ritual and its latest EP, Live Ritual NYC MMXIX. Cavalera announced in January, that he is working on Soulfly’s next album, but has offered no update on the album’s progress in the months since.

More information on Soulfly’s next record is available along with all of Soulfly’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.soulfly.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/SoulflyOfficial

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheSoulflyTribe

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Fear Factory adds one more to the list of 2012’s best metal albums

Static-X, Rammstein, and Spineshank are all some of the bigger names in today’s world of industrial metal.  But if not for Fear Factory, none of those bands–or any other for that matter–likely would have become as famous as they are.  Fear Factory broke industrial metal through as an acceptable standard with the release of its 1992 debut album, “Soul of a New Machine.”  The band built a worldwide fan base from there on, with albums centered on stories of man versus machine.  Now two decades later, Fear Factory continues to pave the way as a leader in both the industrial metal community and the metal community as a whole despite both changes in labels and band members.  Fans will hear that loud and clear on June 5th with the release of the band’s eighth album, “The Industrialist.”

“The Industrialist” is one of Fear Factory’s best album’s to date.  Just as the band’s previous release, “Mechanize” has been compared to “Soul of a New Machine”, “The Industrialist” is easily compared to another of the band’s mega hit albums, “Demanufacture.”  The two albums are very similar both musically and lyrically.  While it doesn’t go the exact same route of man vs. machine, “The Industrialist” does take the route of man using machine to destroy himself and wipe himself off the face of the Earth.  Fans who pick up the special expanded edition of the album will get the full story written by frontman Burton C. Bell in a companion booklet.  The band’s website, http://www.feafactory.com also offers a trailer that explains the premise behind the album’s story.  It’s all the more motivation to pick up the expanded edition and get the entire story behind the album.

Musically, the album is just as crushing not only as “Demanufacture”, but as anything that Fear Factory has written.  The album’s opener sets the tone for what’s to come with its title track.  It’s clearly old school Fear Factory.  From the guitars to the bullet sharp work of new drummer Mike Heller, this track alone will bring out fond feelings of nostalgia among all Fear Factory fans.  As precise as his drumming is here–and throughout the album–one wouldn’t even know that Raymond Herrera wasn’t the man behind the kit.  Another of those moments comes in ‘Depraved Mind Murder.’  Heller’s work on the drums is just as tight on this song.  Of course, he isn’t the only one who impresses.  Vocalist Burton C. Bell and guitarist Dino Cazares have seemingly mended their fences.  And the pair are a force to be reckoned with.  Bells vocals are as strong as ever on ‘Recharger’ and ‘Depraved Mind Murder.’ 

“The Industrialist” is a top notch album from Fear Factory.  The entire band works like…well…a well oiled machine (yes that’s a bad pun).  However, as great as the band works together, the people behind the glass played a hand in the album’s creation, too.  Back on board again is long time producer Rhys Fulber (Frontline Assembly).  Fulber has had his hand on nearly every one of Fear Factory’s records.  That familiarity with the band obviously played a major role in how impressive “The Industrialist” turned out.  Greg Reely (Paradise Lost, Machine Head) mixed the album.  The combination of two such accomplished individuals made for quite the expectations from this album.  And the album more than lived up to said expectations.  Add in the album artwork of Anthony Clarkson (Devin Townsend), and long time fans of Fear Factory will have on June 5th, what is some of Fear factory’s best work to date.

The band is currently on tour in support of its upcoming tour, alongside Shadows Fall on the “Noise in The Machine” tour.  It will be in Winston-Salem tonight at Ziggy’s.  Fans can keep up with the band’s full tour itinerary and more on the band’s website, http://www.fearfactory.com, its Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/fearfactory, and on its Twitter page, http://twitter.com/fear_factory.