An essential and unique chapter for metal music. It was the summer before entering high school and by that time, I had been jamming out to a stable mostly fixed of Pantera, Overkill, Metallica, but I was beginning to yearn for more metal. I remember staring at the cover of the album, not knowing what to expect, but I was intrigued. I had never heard of the band before that point, so whatever I would hear on this album would have to serve as the focal point of my perception of the band.
After my first listen, I was introduced to a new and invigorating sound that hooked me from the get go. Now, of course, at that time, the metal world was being turned upside down with the Nu metal movement beginning to take over the mainstream airwaves and while I was aware of such bands, I had yet to experience much of said craze. The same could be said for any type of industrial metal as well, so I would essentially be listening to an album with both Nu metal and industrial elements for the first time.
Being 14 at the time, I was young, wet behind the ears and filled with teenage angst. I remember listening to Burton C. His unique blend of hoarse yells and angry shouts convey so much emotion and conjure many internal images within the listener.
Up until that point, aside from a few ballads from the aforementioned bands or some glam metal that I still listened to, clean singing was simply not something that I sought out to hear in my metal. He had captivated my attention and had me at a disposition. After replaying it from the beginning, I immediately fell in love with the blend of his harsh and clean vocals.
To put it mildly, they had a euphoric effect on me and still hold a certain mesmerizing effect on me to this day.
Of course, this was not thrash metal, so to expect a shredding display of leads and solos would be foolhardy however, after multiple listens and I listened to this album many, many times the simplistic, yet catchy riffs would begin to resonate with the sound of the album as a whole and I began to appreciate them more.
Their sound offers a robotic bite to the futuristic and cybernetic sound of the album, a sound that is both groovy and crushing, but blissfully simple in nature. Although I found myself initially disappointed that there were no solos to be heard, eventually, I began to realize that their absence did not affect my enjoyment of the album. The lack of solos may come off as a wasted opportunity to poor songwriting, but they simply are not necessary to create the foundation of sound for the album.
In fact, the drums aside from serving as one of the major rhythm generators of the album, create a sound that both sets it apart from the rest of the instruments, yet at the same time, serves as a beacon of harmony. This beacon allows the guitars, bass, vocals and special effects to come together as once cohesive sound.
Listen to the opening of "Shock" to hear Rhys Fulber's work on programming. The sound is a simple guitar riffs that he put through various programming modules to create the awesome and unique sound. The booklet contains part of the story, which is then intertwined with the actual songs and lyrics, which is a neat concept in both ideal and execution.
Almost like a graphic novel only audible. Either way, it adds another awesome feature to this already wonderful album, one that was like a second, first listen once I discovered the story behind the music. Although "Demanufacture" may have been Fear Factory's most influential album of all time, "Obsolete" would become their most successful in terms of sales. I always recommend "Demanufacture" to any fan looking for metal suggestions, but almost always suggest this as a follow up due to its mainstream success and overall sound.
It may not be a masterpiece in the eyes of others, but for me this album is pure gold Jerry! Into the Abyss of Oblivion. Back in How can FF progress from there? After an album as important as ''Demanufacture'', this album is almost a perfect exemple of a good sequel. So it was the most logical step but also a risky concept album based on the war between men and machines.
The artwork puts you directly into the atmosphere of this war against the machines. A totally recognizable riff where Burton enters the scene by screaming "Shock!
After such an opening, ''Edgecrusher's'' unparalleled groove plunges us into the story. Quickly you feel where the band is heading with this cortex of unleashed energy. The implacable violence of ''Smasher-Devourer'' with his monstrous chorus is counterbalanced by the clean vocals with a dazzling accuracy. Fear Factory. Hi-Tech Hate. Fear Factory - Obsolete Metal Type: Full-length. Obsolete has been named the heaviest album of by MTV. As he eludes the enforcers, he enters a church and finds a statue of Jesus Christ.
He has seen this image before. He apparently gains a lot of memories from seeing the statue and extends his arm to touch the face of it. In the song "Resurrection" Edgecrusher swears to continue his mission to save humanity.
The scene and album end with "Timelessness". Edgecrusher walks away from the figure and as he glances back, it seems as though it he has been weeping. The Securitron forces capture Edgecrusher in the conclusion. This last song has a very melancholic feel to it. The lyrics are desperate; they are Edgecrusher's words or probably thoughts from the jail.
We can feel his fear and despair: he lost his battle against machines and failed in saving mankind. Obsolete was initially released in a standard format in July Bell explained, "We wanted the album to come as the concept and the whole story. We had the ten songs in a row for it, and "Cars" was never meant to be on the record. We just knew it would either be a single later on or a B-side or an extra track later on somewhere else. Initially it just didn't fit with the concept. The tour ran into tragedy, however, when a rental truck housing all of the band equipment and merchandise was stolen from a hotel parking lot in Philadelphia.
Three days later, the stolen truck was found near the Walt Whitman Bridge , empty and in flames. Regarding the theft, Burton C. Our entire production was in that truck including lights, merchandise, everything. Not only was our entire production in that truck, but also the other two group's who traveled with us. System of a Down, all their stuff got taken with the truck, same with a band called SpineShank, all their equipment as well. So everything, the whole show just drove off. The tour ran from May through July.
Three singles were released for Obsolete. Only after the release of "Cars," exclusive to the limited edition digipack version of Obsolete , did Fear Factory gain significant mainstream exposure. This was further aided by the song's music video directed by John S. A gold record of Obsolete was provided to Allbeat. Other items up for auction, including a guitar signed by Papa Roach and articles from Crazy Town and Slipknot , also did not materialize.
A new auction was to be organized, but Schuldiner died on December 13 that year. O-O Where Evil Dwells Soulwound Messiah Earlier recordings of "Soulwound" and "Concreto" originally appeared on Fear Factory's first recorded full-length Concrete under the names "Soulwomb" and "Concrete" respectively. The song "Concreto" was recorded during the Demanufacture session.
Bonus tracks for Japanese pressing: Soulwound Obsolete has been named the heaviest album of by MTV. Also, the album has been certified gold, which is their highest status of album sales. Obsolete is a concept album which is a story of the Edgecrusher creating armageddon on future Earth. The story of Obsolete was inspired by books like Brave New World and It wasn't until a few years ago where I started liking Demanufacture more, but respect dude. Gonna jam this now. I really like Smasher devourer on this, they never truly came back to these very slow and heavy type of songs.
I may need to listen to this album again having not given it a full listen in years, but I do remember loving it for its consistency and wider acceptance of melody and melancholy. I still prefer the rawer nature of Demanufacture, but Obsolete stands near enough toe to toe in terms of musicianship and songwriting quality. Love this band. Obsolete is fucking awesome! Their newest album Genexus is underrated as hell.
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