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Fear Factory @ B.B. King Blues Club (11/8/2006)

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Artist: Fear Factory
Venue: B.B. King Blues Club (New York, NY)
Opener: Suffocation, Hypocrisy, Decapitated
Date: 11/8/2006
Label: Calvin Records

“The Machines At War” Tour was the listing for this particular event and to be honest it seemed like an appropriate name for a show that would combine the force of Industrial Metal masters Fear Factory along with supreme Death Metal’s Suffocation, Prog-Death’s Hypocrisy and Technical Extremists Decapitated. If you were looking for a show that would stop your heart from beating – only to kick it back into operation then this was the show to attend. The venue would be B.B. King Blues Club once again which is par for the course as far as the bigger Metal shows have been going this year however this time around something was drastically different. On almost every wall were signs that warned against moshing and believe me folks they were serious about enforcing it this evening. Here are some comments on all the bands that performed this evening.
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“Transgression” by Fear Factory

Artist: Fear Factory
Title: “Transgression”
Label: Calvin Records
Release Date: 8/23/2005
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating: 8/10

The Merriam Webster Dictionary defines “transgress” as to “step beyond or go beyond limits”. With the release of “Transgression” by Fear Factory the band has done just that. This CD works on previously introduced themes and introduces a wide variety of new ones mixed in with what you expect from them. The CD starts off with “540,000 Fahrenheit” and “Transgression” which are very heavy and intense but people who have followed the band for awhile might find some of the CD confusing. You need to be of the mindset that bands change styles and musical delivery as time goes by. Noted for their industrialized sound first and foremost you can recognize that texture in the beginning tracks, yet midway through the CD you will notice a change. Some of this piece is classic Fear Factory with brutal riffing, drumming and vocals. However, the atmospheric ballad of “Echo Of My Scream” will take most fans by surprise. It’s a highlight of the record since it shows how subtle and melodic Burton Bells voice can be. Perhaps some of the change is due to having new members recording with them for the first time. Joining Bell and Hererra are Christian Olde Wolbers (guitar) and Byron Stroud of Strapping Young Lad also makes his first appearance on bass. The lineup works very well together and besides the killer guitar work of Wolbers, I think Stroud brings a little of that SYL madness to the band. The song “Empty Vision” exemplifies this new roster especially well.
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