Fear Factory Renews Record Contract; Announces New Tour Dates

Fear Factory is sticking with Nuclear Blast Records for the foreseeable future.

The label and band announced Monday, the two sides have agreed on a contract renewal 10 years after the band initially signed with the label. That initial agreement saw the band release three albums — Genexus, Aggression Continuum, and Recoded — through the label.

Recoded, Fear Factory’s label remix album, produced remixed takes of songs from Aggression Continuum, two of which came in the form of ‘Hatred Will Prevail – Monolith Remix‘ and ‘Disobey – Disruptor Remix.’ The remix of ‘Hatred Will Prevail was composed alongside longtime Fear Factory collaborator Rhys Fulber while the band’s remix of ‘Disobey’ was composed along famed electronic music artist Zardonic.

Specifics of the contract were not released through the news release announcing the contract renewal.

Dino Cazares, Fear Factory guitarist and founding member was upbeat as he talked about the contract renewal.

“This is a new year and a new chapter for Fear Factory,” Cazares said. “We are off to a great start because we have re-signed with Nuclear Blast Records and our A&R legend Monte Conner, who originally signed the band in 1992. It is a great feeling to be with a label that gets us and who has always had our backs, especially when we needed them the most. Prepare for the future of Fear Factory.”

Courtesy: Nuclear Blast Records

In other news, Fear Factory will join Static-X for its Rise of the Machine tour starting Feb. 25 in San Francisco, CA. The tour, which will also see Mushroomhead and Twiztid serve as support, is scheduled to run through April 15 in Los Angeles, CA. Stops in cities nationwide, such as Columbus, OH; Charlotte, NC and Fort Wayne, IN are also part of the tour’s schedule, which is noted below.

Feb 25: San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
Feb 27: Portland, OR – Roseland
Feb 28: Seattle, WA – Showbox
Mar 01: Vancouver, BC – Richshaw Theater – *SOLD OUT*
Mar 02: Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory
Mar 03: Boise, ID – Revolution Concert Hall
Mar 04: Reno, NV – Virginia Street Brewhouse
Mar 05: Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
Mar 07: Phoenix, AZ – Van Buren
Mar 08: Albuquerque, NM – El Rey Theater *
Mar 09: Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom *
Mar 10: Dallas, TX – House of Blues *
Mar 11: San Antonio, TX – The Aztec Theater *
Mar 12: Houston, TX – House of Blues *
Mar 14: Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theater *
Mar 15: Orlando, FL – Plaza Live *
Mar 16: Charlotte, NC – Underground – *SOLD OUT* *
Mar 17: Baltimore, MD – Soundstage – *SOLD OUT* *
Mar 18: Philly, PA – Theater of the Living Arts – *SOLD OUT* *
Mar 19: NYC, NY – Irving Plaza *
Mar 21: Boston, MA – Big Night Live *
Mar 22: New Haven, CT – Toad’s *
Mar 23: Montreal, QC – MTELUS *
Mar 24: Toronto, ON – The Danforth Music Hall *
Mar 25: Detroit, MI – St Andrews Hall – *SOLD OUT* *
Mar 26: Cleveland, OH – House of Blues #
Mar 28: Pittsburgh, PA – Roxian #
Mar 29: Cincinnati, OH – Bogarts #
Mar 30: Columbus, OH – The King of Clubs #
Mar 31: Ft Wayne, IN – The Clyde *
Apr 01: Milwaukee, WI – The Rave *
Apr 02: Green Bay, WI – Epic Event Center*
Apr 04: Grand Rapids, MI – Intersection *
Apr 05: St Louis, MO – Del Mar Hall #
Apr 06: Indy, IN – The Vogue #
Apr 07: Chicago, IL – House of Blues #
Apr 08: Minneapolis, MN – The Fillmore Minneapolis #
Apr 09: Lincoln, NE – Bourbon Theater #
Apr 11: Denver, CO – The Summit #
Apr 13: Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues#
Apr 14: San Diego, CA – House of Blues #
Apr 15: LA, CA – Belasco Theater – *SOLD OUT* #

* Featuring special guest Mushroomhead
# Featuring special guest Twiztid

More information on Fear Factory’s new record deal and tour is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.fearfactory.com

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Twitterhttps://twitter.com/fearfactory

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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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Starset Debuts ‘Earthrise’ Lyric Video

Courtesy: Fearless Records

Starset premiered the lyric video for its latest single this week.

The band premiered the lyric video for its new single, ‘Earthrise’ Thursday. The song is the third from the band’s forthcoming album, Horizons, which is scheduled for release Oct. 22 through Fearless Records.

The band premiered the lyric video for the album’s second single, ‘Leaving This World Behind’ late last month. Its premiere was preceded by that of the video for the album’s lead single, The Breach’ in early September.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Earthrise’ is similar to that featured in ‘The Breach.’ There is a heavy, but controlled melodic industrial/electronic sense to the arrangement in other words. At some points, audiences can make comparisons to works from the likes of Breaking Benjamin and at others, to works from any number of emocore bands. The song’s industrial elements meanwhile conjure thoughts of Ice Nine Kills and Fear Factory together in one. The whole gives the arrangement a unique identity that will keep audiences engaged and entertained.

No information was provided about the song’s lyrical theme in the press release announcing the lyric video’s premiere. In reading the lyrics, which are presented in the video’s lower right hand corner (as with the lyric video for the band’s previous single), audiences are left to infer that the song is a heavy ballad of sorts. It sounds like a person declaring his or her love for that other person.

In other news, Starset is scheduled to launch a tour in November in support of Horizons. The tour is scheduled to launch Nov.3 in Asheville, NC and to run through Dec. 18 in Cleveland, OH. Stops in cities nationwide, such as Newport, KY; Dallas, TX and Nashville, TN are also featured in the schedule.

The band’s tour schedule is noted below. Tickets and VIP packages are available here along with the band’s current 2022 European tour schedule.

STARSET DEMONSTRATIONS:
11/3 — Asheville, NC — The Orange Peel
11/4 — Knoxville, TN — The Mill & Mine
11/5 — Atlanta, GA — Buckhead Theatre
11/7 — Ft. Smith, AR — Temple Live
11/8 — Dallas, TX — House of Blues
11/9 — Houston, TX — House of Blues
11/10 — San Antonio, TX — House of Blues
11/13 — Daytona, FL — Welcome to Rockville*
11/14 — N. Myrtle Beach, SC — House of Blues
11/15 — Harrisburg, PA — HMAC
11/17 — Philadelphia, PA — Theatre of Living Arts
11/19 — Stroudsburg, PA — Sherman Theater
11/20 — Horseheads, NY — The L
11/21 — Portland, ME — Aura
11/23 — Worcester, MA — The Palladium
11/24 — New Haven, CT — Toad’s Place
11/26 — Columbus, OH — Express Live 
11/27 — Newport, KY — Ovation
11/28 — Grand Rapids, MI — Intersection
11/30 — Bloomington, IL — The Castle Theater
12/1 — McKees Rock, PA — Roxian
12/3 — Buffalo, NY — Rapids Theater
12/4 — New York, NY — Irving Plaza
12/5 — Silver Spring, MD — The Fillmore Silver Spring
12/7 — Charlotte, NC — The Fillmore Charlotte
12/8 — Nashville, TN — Brooklyn Bowl
12/10 — St Louis, MO — Delmar Hall
12/11 — Madison, WI — The Sylvee
12/12 — Minneapolis, MN — The Fillmore Minneapolis
12/14 — Des Moines, IA — Wooly’s
12/15 — Chicago, IL — House of Blues
12/17 — Detroit, MI — Majestic Theatre
12/18 — Cleveland, OH — House of Blues
*Festival Date

Horizons‘ track listing is noted below.

HORIZONS TRACK LISTING:
“UNVEILING THE ARCHITECTURE”
“THE BREACH”
“OTHERWORLDLY”
“ICARUS”
“EARTHRISE”
“LEAVING THIS WORLD BEHIND”
“DEVOLUTION”
“ANNIHILATED LOVE”
“ALCHEMY”
“DISAPPEAR”
“ENDLESS ENDEAVOR”
“SYMBIOTIC”
“DREAMCATCHER”
“TUNNELVISION”
“INFECTED”
“SOMETHING WICKED”

More information on Starset’s new album, single, video, and tour is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://starsetonline.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/starsetonline

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/starsetonline

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Society 1 Tapped As Support For Upcoming Static-X Tour

Courtesy: Carcosa PR

Industrial rock band Society 1 will join Static-X on the road in the new year.

The band has been tapped as one of many well-known bands that will serve as support on Static-X’s upcoming “Rise of the Machine North American Tour 2022.” The announcement was made in a press release distributed Wednesday.

The band’s time on the tour is scheduled to run from the tour’s launch, Feb. 21 in Portland, OR to Feb. 27 in Sacramento, CA. The group’s scheduled run on the tour is noted below.

Tour Dates:

02/21 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
02/22 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox
02/23 – Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theater
02/24 – Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
02/25 – Boise, ID @ Revolution Concert Hall
02/26 – Reno, NV @ Virginia Street Brewhouse
02/27 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace Of Spades

Also on the bill for the tour are the likes of Dope, Fear Factory, and Mushroomhead. Twizted is also scheduled to join the tour on specific dates.

The “Rise of the Machine North American Tour 2022” is to mark the 20th anniversary of the release of Static-X’s Gold-certified album, Machine. The band is expected to re-issue that album soon after the tour’s launch as part of that anniversary celebration.

Society 1 front man Matt Zane said in a prepared statement, he is looking forward to joining the tour.

“I’ve known and toured with most of these guys in these amazing bands for 20-plus years,” said Zane. “It’s unreal we’re all getting together in 2022 and still doing it. Really looking forward to getting back out there in support of the new album that [late bassist] DV [Karloff] and I wrote together.”

Speaking of Karloff, he passed in May of this year. He was 48 years old. Karloff joined the band in 2003 and left in 2018, just after the release of Society 1’s then latest album, Rise From The Dead (2017). No cause of death has been announced since that time.

According to comments from Zane, Society 1’s current lineup will pay tribute to Karloff throughout the band’s upcoming tour. It is just part of the way in which the band plans to pay tribute to Karloff, too. The band has released a tribute to Karloff through its official YouTube channel.

The tribute, which runs just over an hour, features interviews with the likes of Dave Navarro (Jane’s Addiction, Red Hot Chili Peppers), Raymond Herrera (ex-Fear Factory), and Skum Love among many others.

More information on Society 1’s upcoming run on the “Rise of the Machine North American Tour 2022” and the band’s upcoming album is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Website: https://society1band.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/society1

Twitter: https://twitter.com/society1music

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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

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Fear Factory Releases Instrumental Tracks From Its Latest Album

Courtesy: Nuclear Blast Records

Approximately three months after the release of its latest album, Fear Factory has released a companion piece to that record.

The band released its new record, Aggression Continuum: The Instrumentals Friday through Nuclear Blast Records. The record follows the release of Aggression Continuum, which was released June 18 through Nuclear Blast Records.

Founding member and guitarist Dino Cazares talked about the new record through a video posted Friday to Metal Injection. The record is available to stream and download here.

Aggression Continuum has produced the singles, ‘Disruptor,’ ‘Recode‘ and ‘Fuel Injected Suicide Machine.’

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

Website: https://www.fearfactory.com

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/fearfactory

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Rock Super Group The Lucid Announces New Album Details; Premieres Album’s Lead Single

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Members of Sponge, Fear Factory, and an ex-member of Megadeth have joined to make a new super group.

Vinnie Dombroski (Sponge), Mike Heller (Fear Factory) and David Ellefson (ex-Megadeth) have joined with guitarist Drew Fortier (Bango Tango, David Ellefson, Zen From Mars) to form the new rock super group, The Lucid. The group is scheduled to release its self-titled debut album Oct. 15 through SpoilerHead Records.

Ellefson said in a prepared statement, he was looking forward to the album’s release.

“It’s been a real blast making a record with these guys and I must say that it’s refreshing to explore some new musical avenues….to step out a bit from what each of us have done stylistically in our own careers,” he said. “There was an effortless synergy that came with creating these songs together which is always amazing when working with new people. I’m looking forward to everyone checking it out!”

Pre-orders are open now. The album’s track listing is noted below.

The Lucid will feature the following track listing:

1.Maggot Wind
2.Deaths of Despair
3.Spoiler Head
4.Hair
5.Maskronaut
6.Damned
7.Breech Boy
8.Pigs and Sons
9.Parade of Spit

In anticipation of the album’s release, the band premiered the record’s lead single, ‘Maggot Wind’ Wednesday. The song’s title conjures thoughts of something heavy and intense, but ironically, the song’s musical arrangement is anything but. Rather, it lends itself more to comparison to works from the likes of Alter Bridge. Just as interesting is that even with that in mind, the sound of Dombroski’s voice as he sings is comparable to that of the late great Stone Temple Pilots/Velvet Revolver front man Scott Weiland.

No information was provided about the lyrical theme featured in ‘Maggot Wind’ in the press release announcing the band’s formation, album details, and single debut. However, in looking at the lyrics provided with the song, it would seem that the song’s lyrical theme is a commentary of sorts about the state of the world. That is just this critic’s own interpretation.

In other news, Ellefson and Fortier are scheduled to appear together at a trio of dates this fall to support their new horror film, Dwellers. The movie is scheduled for release on Blu-ray and digital streaming services Oct. 12. It is available to pre-order through various limited edition bundles here.

Ellefson and Fortier’s scheduled appearances are noted below.

Crypticon, Minneapolis, MN – Sept. 10-12
Dead Conventions, Fort Wayne, IN – Oct 15-17
Chiller Theater, Parsippany, NJ – Oct 29-31

More information on The Lucid’s new single and album is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Website: https://thelucidofficial.bandcamp.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thelucidband

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheLucid_Band

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Glass Helix Debuts ‘Control’ Video

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Independent hard rock band Glass Helix is making its view on the state of the world openly known with its latest single.

The band debuted the video for its single ‘Control‘ last month. The video features the band performing its heavy, new single against a video wall that is playing imagery that correlates with the song’s lyrical theme.

The band explained the song’s lyrical theme in a prepared statement.

“The song “Control” is about encouraging people to think for themselves,” the statement reads. “A lot of times media and politics will distort facts to further their own agenda. Don’t be deceived and seek the truth.”

The musical arrangement featured in the new single is a work that will appeal at times, to fans of Fear Factory and to others of more melodic hard rock bands.

More information on Glass Helix’s new single and video is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

‘Control’ is available to stream and download through Spotify, Apple Music, and Amazon Music.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/GlassHelix

Twitter: http://twitter.com/glasshelix

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Every Hour Kills’ New EP Will Appeal To Any Metal Fan

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Independent metal band Every Hour Kills is scheduled to release its new EP Re:Awaken Friday.  The band’s eight-song record (its third studio recording and third EP) is a presentation that will appeal just as much to the band’s established fan base as it will to those who are new to the band.  That is proven in part through the 36-minute album’s lyrical content.  This will be addressed shortly.  The musical content featured alongside that lyrical content plays into the album’s appeal, too, and will be addressed a little later.  The record’s production rounds out its most important elements, bringing the musical and lyrical content together to make the EP in whole, a presentation that will appeal to any metal fan.

Every Hour Kills’ forthcoming EP Re:Awaken is a presentation that metal fans across the board will agree is worth hearing at least once.  That is due in pat to the record’s lyrical content.  More specifically, the overarching conceptual story contained in the EP’s lyrical content plays into the record’s appeal.  The lyrical content spread across the EP’s eight tracks tells the story of an alien race from another world that comes to Earth and offers to save the planet from a pandemic that has ravaged the planet’s population.  There is a catch, though.  In return for providing the cure to the disease that has wiped out so much of the planet’s population.  The songs go on to tell the story of what happens from there.  Whether the band crafted this album in response to everything happening in the world today is unknown to this critic.  If not, then the irony is dramatic to say the very least.  The decision to go the noted route is nothing new for the band.  The group’s sophomore EP Fragile Machine took a Matrix type of approach, telling the story of a giant “server cube” that held the world’s “digitized minds in code.”  The band’s 2015 self-titled debut EP took less of a sci-fi approach, by comparison.  That the record’s central topic is such a reflection of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, coincidence or not, will make this aspect certain to connect with listeners.  The science fiction aspect of the story involving aliens coming to the planet conjures thoughts of the classic Twilight Zone episode “To Serve Man.”  It makes the story that much more engaging for listeners.  Keeping all of this in mind, the overall lyrical content featured in Re: Awaken does its own share to make this record worth hearing.  It is just one part of what makes the EP worth hearing.  The musical portion of the EP strengthens its appeal even more.

The musical arrangements that are featured in Re:Awaken are distintly prog-metal in their approach.  Each work is unique in its own fashion, too.  The band’s cover of Joe Satriani’s ‘Time’ for instance stays true to its source material.  At the same time though, the arrangement adds a certain heaviness through the guitars, drums and bass.  It makes the song such an impacting work.  By comparison, the more symphonic approach to ‘Anthelion’ lends itself to comparisons to works from the likes of Scar Symmetry, Starset, and Bring Me The Horizon.  The juxtaposition of the ethereal keyboard arrangement and the intense vocals, pummeling guitars and drums here makes for a composition that boasts its own unique identity that is separate from ‘Time’ and the EP’s other two official tracks.  Yes, the record boasts eight songs, but four of those are just instrumentals of the four main tracks.  Interestingly enough, ‘Time’ is featured twice even though the original song is itself instrumental.  That’s just something to think about.  Getting back on the topic at hand, ‘Anthelion’ is just one more way in which the EP’s musical content proves itself so important to the record’s presentation.  ‘Veiled Aura,’ which opens the EP, is yet another way in which the record’s musical content proves so important to its presentation.  The metalcore and melodic metal elements are just as audible as in the record’s other works here.  What sets the arrangement apart from its counterparts is that this arrangement also incorporates more of a mainstream melodic hard rock approach a la Sevendust.  From the guitars to the vocals to the bass, guitar and drums, the influence is undeniable.  The balance of that element and the death/black metal style vocals in other parts of the song, as well as the more industrial elements makes for quite the unique presentation in its own right, too.  When all three of the noted arrangements are considered along with that featured in the EP’s title track, the result is a record that is just as strong for its musical content as for its equally engaging lyrical content. 

For all that Re:Awaken’s musical and lyrical content does for its presentation, they are just a portion of what makes the EP such an engaging and entertaining work.  The record’s production rounds out its most important elements.  As noted already, a song such as ‘Veiled Aura’ sees a lot going on musically.  There are melodic metal elements set alongside some death/black metal influences.  Those influences are joined by some distinct industrial influences.  The band did its own impressive job of balancing those elements.  At the same time, considering all the stylistic changes within the song and all the dynamic changes and performance styles, a lot of work had to take place in order to make the final product work.  Those responsible for the record’s production are to be commended here for that effort.  It paid off, needless to say.  The way in which the guitar arrangement was layered and balanced in ‘Time’ is another example of how well the record’s production was handled.  That is especially the case when one takes into account the subtlety in the ghost notes on the snare and the overall drumming against all of the guitar work.  The addition of the bass line to the mix adds even more richness to the work.  It all comes together to give this song – even being a cover – such powerful aesthetic impact.  Again, this is credit to those responsible for the record’s production.  The balance of the screams and clean vocals in ‘Anthelion’ and their very balance against the almost Fear Factory style guitar, bass, and drums is yet another way in which the production shines in this EP.  The keyboards really serve to form the song’s foundation.  The way in which the guitars, bass, and vocals build on that foundation.  They whole results in an arrangement that is just as impacting as the EP’s other compositions.  When the production put into Re:Awaken is considered along with the EP’s overall content, the whole of the noted elements makes the record a work that any metal aficionado will agree is worth hearing at least once if not more.

Every Hour Kills’ forthcoming EP Re:Awaken is not the first time that the band has ever taken the route that it did both in terms of its musical and lyrical content.  Even with that in mind, the band has crafted in this new EP, a presentation that holds its own against the band’s past works and those of the aforementioned similar acts.  Again, that is noted through the record’s overarching sci-fi story.  The story is a mirror image of everything happening in the world today, save for the aliens.  The musical content exhibits elements of so many of the metal world’s subgenres.  The production put into the record brought out the record brings out each of those subgenres’ presence expertly throughout.  Each noted item is important in its own way to the whole of the EP.  All things considered, they make Re:Awaken a work that every metal fan will agree is worth hearing at least once if not more.

More information on Every Hour Kills’ new EP is available along with all of its latest news and more at:

Websitehttp://everyhourkills.com

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