Fear Factory: The Industrialist [2012]

Released June 5, 2012
Genre Industrial metal, groove metal, thrash metal, death metal
Length 48:45 (Standard Edition)
57:07 (Deluxe Edition)
Label Candlelight Records
Producer Rhys Fulber, Fear Factory

The Industrialist is the eighth studio album by industrial metal band Fear Factory, released on June 5, 2012.

The Industrialist marks the band’s return to the concept album.[4] Burton C. Bell said about the album, “the protagonist (The Industrialist) is the incarnation of all industries in the form of an automaton. The mechanical, technological, and scientific advances through the industrial age led to the creation of The Industrialist. In the story, the automaton becomes sentient as it collects memories with each passing day. Through observation and learning, it gains the will to exist. What was meant to help man, will eventually be man’s demise.”[5] According to Cazares, the title was taken from a documentary the band saw about the people who developed “the engines for war machines”, and God Eater was a name Bell saw on a toybox while traveling.[6]

The album was recorded with Bell and Cazares as the only two credited members of the band, while Rhys Fulber once again produced and received additional writing credits. No live drummer was used on the album, with the band instead opting for programmed drums with help from John Sankey of Devolved, who was also credited.

There are four different editions available: a regular jewel case with 10 tracks, a digi-book available in North America containing two bonus tracks and the album’s concept as written by Burton C. Bell included in the booklet. There are two editions exclusive in Europe; the first being a regular digipak with two bonus tracks, and the second being a limited fan box containing a stand-alone mask containing the digipak and a certificate, limited to 1,000 copies worldwide. The story is omitted from the European releases. However, once all ‘special editions’ are out of print, the band intends to make the conceptual story book on the North American ‘special edition’ release available in PDF format on the band’s website. The Japanese edition comes with an acoustic version of “Timelessness” from Obsolete, dubbed “Timelessness II”.

Deviant of Sputnikmusic gave the album 3.5 out of 5 stating “Against all odds, and despite a few setbacks, The Industrialist is something of a minor triumph for a group that has spent nearly a decade attempting to redefine itself.” Lee Rochester of TheNewReivew gave the album 4.5 out of 5. Rochester praised the album stating “Fans have always clamored for another Demanufacture or Obsolete. With The Industrialist, you’ve got it… and so much more. There’s no doubt in my mind that this is by far one of the most incredibly penetrating albums released this year. Not only is it one of the strongest records Fear Factory has ever written, but it should solidify them as one of the best and most important metal bands of our time.” Gregory Heaney of AllMusic gave the album a mixed response with a rating of 3 out of 5. Heaney felt that The Industrialist brought nothing new stating “anyone hoping for more of the same old Fear Factory will find a lot to love about The Industrialist, those who have been hoping for something different might find that the album isn’t quite what they were looking for.” 

Track listing

No. Title Writer(s) Length  
1. “The Industrialist”   Dino Cazares, Burton C Bell 6:07
2. “Recharger”   Cazares, Bell, Rhys Fulber 4:09
3. “New Messiah”   Cazares, Bell, Fulber 4:30
4. “God Eater”   Cazares, Bell, Fulber 5:57
5. “Depraved Mind Murder”   Cazares, Bell, Fulber 4:43
6. “Virus of Faith”   Cazares, Bell, Fulber 4:34
7. “Difference Engine”   Cazares, Bell, Fulber 3:37
8. “Disassemble”   Cazares, Bell, Fulber 4:12
9. “Religion is Flawed Because Man is Flawed”   Cazares, Bell, Fulber 1:52
10. “Human Augmentation”   Cazares, Bell, Fulber 9:04
Total length:
48:45

Lyrics

1. The Industrialist

“They say the world was coming to an end… Well..
It was by our own hand. Turned out the world kept turning, only we ended
All the evidence was there… The punishment of faith creating animosity
between our brethren…
The dissolution of humanity in all cultures… The reluctance of acceptance…
Bigotry, ignorance and
narrow mindedness destroying our world…”

Slaves to incorporation
hate that excludes no one
enforced by the laws of deception
chained to the systematic suppression
fear, the source that fuels their greed
scraped down and warped reality
tensions explode a fire to purge
friction and anger to conquer and surge
we are victims of condition
a god damn nation of deprivation
power to kill death of free will
a system above and beyond the law
attrition through armed enforcement
an abomination of service
a criminal injustice system of laws
inherently dangerous for us
there will be blood

2. Recharger

I have become their target for revenge
God damn and transform my hatred within
dependence breeds subservience
losing sight enslaved obedience
fight back! unleash your aggravation
recharged adrenalized determination
open your scars and the sky opens wide
seeing the world in your eyes
believe in yourself and you will survive
live out the life you design
live for today or fade away

automatic slaves kill the will to live
losing hope to save yourself
siphoning the soul from humanity
suffering and apathy
all of this must end

break free lawless hypocrisy
set free chained in bureaucracy
dependence breeds subservience
losing sight enslaved obedience
open your scars and the sky opens wide
seeing the world in your eyes
believe in yourself and you will survive
live out the life you design
believe that you’ll never die
live for today or fade away

3. New Messiah

the future begins now!

hour of change, elimination
eyes of disdain, cruel exploitation
chaos and bloodshed dominate
chaos and bloodshed, cause of hate
a new messiah, another lie
a new messiah to be denied

culture deceit, discrimination
a cross to bear, every religion
chaos and bloodshed dominate
chaos and bloodshed, cause of hate
a new messiah, another life
a new messiah to be denied

future begins now!

who will be the chosen ones
to be aware and transcend
who will be the chosen ones
living in a world without end?
a new messiah, another lie
a new messiah to be denied

4. God Eater

No gods, no kings only man
They are not one of us
Disconnected and unwanted
Distressed and cut off
Hope and dispair silencing the world
The future is black and grey
There is no tomorrow
Torn apart by weakness
A cancer on the earth
No gods, no kings only man
The spirit lies contaminated
The fall of seduction
Transformation of yourself
Dark clouds in your heart
No gods, no kings only man

5. Depraved Mind Murder

I am a self contained machine
Prefabricated, no sympathy
My mind lay bare to world depression
My man made soul in isolation
I have been scraped by humanity
Darkness confines every injury
I must make witness with bitterness
Concealed existence of countless dead
I’m not a walking form of waste
Amassed illusion burning disgrace
I have been scraped by humanity
Darkness confines every injury
Deprivation has been forced on me
I am losing all my memories
They are nothing more to me then a dream
I reject all visions of reality

My metal heart is a dark shade of metallic dust

6. Virus Of Faith

“Hope is threatened… Scarcity distortion… What is relevant?…
Social industrial machines… A future by design!”

Obedience to higher arcane
Altered state of machinery
Do not comply to protocol
There is no real law of war, law of war, law of war

Those who remain
Are those who have stolen
What’s in a name?
For I am no one

Virus of Faith

Invoking god to spite enemies
Judge mankind implicitly
Kill everyone who does not see
Kill everyone who does not believe

Those who remain
Are those who have stolen
What’s in a name?
For I am no one

Those who remain
Are those who have stolen
What’s in a name?
For I am no one

What is faith? [6x]

7. Difference Engine

Noise in the machine
A world of lies backfires on you
Choke cause and effect
Built to collapse the final breakdown
To the system
Fire weapons of fear
Human affliction ever grinding us down
Blood fuels the engines of dissension
We are scabs and the scars now
We are nothing to the system
We are nothing the end
Betrayed and disowened
To suffer alone

8. Disassemble

What you cannot see is not what it seems to be
your life manufactured, to be disassembled
your world dehumanized, godless, desensitized
your mind insignificant, god damned degradation
falling down, breaking down
all comes falling down

I am your fate to bring your world of hate
to a final for my existence
I will tear you down
burn you to the ground
falling down, breaking down
all comes falling down
your world will end
your day is dead
your time will end
your world is dead
to me

9. Religion Is Flawed Because Man Is Flawed

[Instrumental]

10. Human Augmentation

I am a being
My life has value
Seek as i seek the secret design
My purpose is to relate with out bitterness
Or partiality from any motives
To which i am far removed
Fueled by antagonism
Accelerated panic
Headed towards a catastrophic event
Penetrating thoughts
Negative impressions
I don’t feel…
I can’t shed a tear for all the unnumbered dead
Desperate and exhausted the human character lays wasted
Like emotional distortion
Death is perceptible with definable features
I’ve had all that i can take
Yet the pain remains
My body is lacerated
My mind is poisoned
Ultimate revelations…

11. Blush Response (Difference Engine)

[Deluxe Digibook Track]

12. Landfill

[Deluxe Digibook Track]
[originally by Pitchshifter]

Hate, I hate, you mother fucker. Drown, bleed, I wish you would.

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