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Pioneers of industrial-tinged extreme metal, FEAR FACTORY, have released their first single “Soul Hacker” digitally. You can order it here. The band recently released a lyric video for the brand new track, which you can check out here: The track comes from their much anticipated metallic masterpiece, »Genexus« , which will be released worldwide on August 7th via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. “We chose the song ‘Soul Hacker’ for the first single cause it's heavy, catchy and has a lot of groove,” comments guitarist Dino Cazares. “You can really hear the aggression in Burt's vocals on this one, not to mention on the entire album. We think people are really going to love this song and record; it’s super varied, melodic, aggressive and heavy.” Cazares continues: “We wanted to make it a little more interesting than your typical lyric video, so we included some live footage of the band from our last few tours and images of ourselves performing the song on TV screens. Hope you guys like it!” Pre-order »Genexus« by itself or in various bundles here: nb-newsletter_666x120px_uk.jpg Read more... then come back and comment below.

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When Fear Factory were kinda new, they came out with "soul of a new machine", which I thought was aggressive and the vocals were very "deathy" and rough.

As they refined their sound, I caught back up with them with the album "obsolete", which in my opinion is their masterpiece.  As the years have gone by, it seems to me

that they are always trying to recapture the magic concoction they created on "obsolete"....JUST MY OPINION.  To be fair, I've only heard the first single off of the new album  -  "genexus".

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20 minutes ago, ToxDiablo said:

When Fear Factory were kinda new, they came out with "soul of a new machine", which I thought was aggressive and the vocals were very "deathy" and rough.

As they refined their sound, I caught back up with them with the album "obsolete", which in my opinion is their masterpiece.  As the years have gone by, it seems to me

that they are always trying to recapture the magic concoction they created on "obsolete"....JUST MY OPINION.  To be fair, I've only heard the first single off of the new album  -  "genexus".

For me their best was Demanufacture, though I did enjoy Obsolete when it came out. I love the DM vibe of Soul... and I wish they'd kept going in that direction with more mature songwriting, but almost everyone went a bit pop in the mid 90s so I guess it's no surprise. Mechanize is the best I've heard of theirs since then, but it's still mostly retread ideas trying to recapture former glory, despite the occasional sick riff.

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Soul of a New Machine is a great industrial/grindcore album, probably my favorite vocal perform from Bell. His growls are at their most harsh, Barney Greenway style, and his cleans are more haunting than the ethereal sound they would evolve into. I agree with FA that Demanufacture is probably their best though, despite it being a bit more mainstream, they really nailed the songwriting and vibe they were going for. I can't stand Obsolete, that was their first nu-metal album, and the better sounding clean sections aren't enough to make up for the lame "jumpdafukup" riffs. I keep the album in my collection only for the bonus tracks, because mine has that fun, goofy cover of Cars, the surprisingly dark cover of Where Evil Dwells, and some re-recorded songs from their Concrete era. Archetype was my intro to the band, and other than sounding really dry is still a decent album. I also don't hate Transgression as much as most people do, and I can't really put my finger on why. I never bothered to check out anything newer than that because my interests have gone in other directions, but I'll try to get back around to it at some point.

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Industrial really has little appeal for me. Aside from Strapping Young Lad there's nothing in my collection with even a tinge of industrial in my collection. That being said industrial/grindcore sounds like an interesting mix so I might look into that album. This new track does nothing for me though.

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I'm surprised you liked Archetype at all. The stuff they did without Dino had absolutely no draw for me. I'm more tolerant of those nu-metal grooves than you are, I suppose, but that's not saying much. 

If it wasn't among the first metal albums that I ever heard and purchased, I might not enjoy it. Still, upon last listen, it was tolerable enough to keep me from trading it in, as was Transgression. Transgression might be even more tolerable to me, which I realize makes no sense, especially with that abysmal U2 cover. In any case, they're a bit if a relic for me, but one that has only lost some of its appeal over the years.

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Industrial really has little appeal for me. Aside from Strapping Young Lad there's nothing in my collection with even a tinge of industrial in my collection. That being said industrial/grindcore sounds like an interesting mix so I might look into that album. This new track does nothing for me though.

Well, Byron from SYL ended up joining Fear Factory, and Fear Factory was no doubt a large influence upon SYL. Demanufacture especially could be easily compared to City, though it is less manic and more controlled. Check out the title track for a prime example.

Soul of a New Machine is also something that you should hear, but they were a different band then. They submitted their material to Earache Records back then, but were turned down because Earache said they sounded too much like a combination of two of their most prominent artists, those being Godflesh and Napalm Death. This is understandable because the comparison is quite apt, and while it doesn't ascend to the lofty heights of either, it is pretty good and worth a listen.

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