ARTIST:

FEAR FACTORY

(UNITED STATES)
TITLE:

ARCHETYPE

(2004)
LABEL:

ROADRUNNER RECORDS

GENRE:

INDUSTRIAL METAL

TAGS:
Low vocals
"In spite of its minor flaws and a total absence of risk-taking, "Archetype" remains a good album and represents above all an unexpected rebirth."
NOISE (20.06.2013)  
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In the category of quick comebacks, Fear Factory's is one of the models of its kind. Separated at the beginning of 2002, the band reappeared in April 2004 with "Archetype" their 5th studio album. The clash that took place between Dino Cazares and the other members leading to the end of Fear Factory is finalized by the reformation of the band with Raymond Herrera and Christian Olde Wolbers at the head of the band together with Burton C. Bell. Cazares, designated as responsible for all the evils, is requested to go elsewhere.

Wolbers takes over the guitar and leaves the bass to Byron Stroud. The album forgets the neo metal wanderings of "Digimortal" and goes back to the roots of its music. Offering an industrial thrash halfway between "Demanufacture" and "Obsolete", Fear Factory plays safely. But if they don't innovate anymore, the band offers us a good dose of unforgettable tracks, especially at the beginning of the album.

"Slave Labor" and "Cyberwaste" show themselves of a terrific fury. Offering overpowering riffs, with an ultra fast drumming and a violent and raging screamed vocal, these two tracks are two pure hits among the best composed by the band. They are followed by "Act Of God" in which the clear voice and the industrial rhythms will lead the Fear Factory fan to ecstasy.

The rest is a bit less exciting but does include some good stuff like "Drones", "Corporate Cloning", "Default Judgement" and "Archetype". These are classic tracks of the American style with a good mix between melody, rage and industrial passages and keyboards again used to good effect. On the other hand, the slower compositions such as "Bite The Hand That Bleeds" or "Human Shields" are not very interesting and come to weigh down the end of the album. As for the more energetic "Undercurrent" and "Bonescraper" they are too classic to fully impress.

In spite of its small defects and a total absence of risk-taking, "Archetype" will be considered by most of the fans as a good vintage and represents above all an unexpected rebirth. If the Americans are not yet at the level of their great period, they seem to be in great shape again. Let's hope it lasts...


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TRACK LISTING:
01. Slave Labor (03:53)
02. Cyberwaste (03:18)
03. Act Of God (05:08)
04. Drones (05:02)
05. Archetype (04:36)
06. Corporate Cloning (04:24)
07. Bite the Hand That Bleeds (04:09)
08. Undercurrent (04:05)
09. Default Judgement (05:24)
10. Bonescraper (04:12)
11. Human Shields (05:16)
12. Ascension (07:05)
13. School (02:38)

LINEUP:
Burton C. Bell: Chant
Christian Olde Wolbers: Guitares / Basse
John Bechdel: Claviers
Raymond Herrera: Batterie
Rhys Fulber: Claviers
   
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