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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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Fear Factory @ Irving Plaza (11/8/2005)

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Artist: Fear Factory
Venue: Irving Plaza
Opener: Soilwork, Strapping Young Lad, Darkane
Date: 11/8/2005
Label: Calvin Records

Hot off the heels of their support of Megadeth with their appearance on Gigantour, Fear Factory was back with a headlining set. For the fans this band has this would be a welcome thing as Fear Factory was one of those Gigantour bands that was only afforded 30 minutes of performance time and this is just not enough to have when you are a band of this capacity. They also made sure to bring along some incredible groups as support and to give every fan their money’s worth without question. They labeled this “The Transgression Tour” which was smartly going to keep the name of their new album fresh in your mind. Joining Fear Factory on the tour would be Darkane, Strapping Young Lad and Soilwork. All of these bands are under the Century Media Records family in some fashion. Here is a little about each band for easier reference.
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“Rainbow Six: Lockdown – Official Soundtrack” by Various Artists

Artist: Various Artists
Title: “Rainbow Six: Lockdown – Official Soundtrack”
Label: Calvin Records
Release Date: 11/15/2005
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating: 7/10

When you see the developments made since the days of “pong” in regards to the video gaming systems you realize that this is not a passing fad and its here to stay as part of our culture. Gaming has become an industry force to be reckoned with and every few years there are advancements that make the previous years devices seem like cheap toys. Visually stunning and action packed games like “Medal Of Honor”, and “Grand Theft Auto” rule the electronic shops in terms of sales. Author Tom Clancy has based a game on his writings and brings us “Rainbow Six: Lockdown” which is an action packed espionage and tactical military game. The other major development in video gaming is the use of incredible soundtracks which no longer are canned electronic rhythms but now are full songs by some of today’s biggest artists. The soundtrack for “Rainbow Six: Lockdown” is a brutal selection of Metal by some of the most current icons. Fear Factory’s Ray Herrera had a large hand in the production of this soundtrack and he made certain that the music to accompany the game would be just as much in your face. The release finds a couple of Fear Factory tracks and signature pieces from Soilwork, Strapping Young Lad, and Mnemic. These tracks are intense and come from bands that you should be focusing on as a Metal fan if you happen to be hearing about them for the first time. In addition there are a couple of straight ahead rockers to sate your appetite and allow you some measure of calm before the attack begins again. Bands like Not Forgotten and Last Amanda deliver the goods on their contributions. The CD comes with a DVD that features a couple of video tracks but I did not have a copy to review for this writing. The soundtrack is good enough to own even if you are not a Gamer as it’s a nice sampler of some of the best Metal that you can buy today.
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Skateboard Marketing’s CMJ Showcase & Fear Factory @ Don Hills (9/15/2005)

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Event: Skateboard Marketing 14th Anniversary Industry Showcase
Venue: Don Hills (New York, NY)
Band: Fear Factory
Date: 9/15/2005
Label: Calvin Records

The CMJ Music Marathon is a musical force plain and simple. Short for The College Music Journal, this magazine is the industry resource for College Radio and Retail people. This year the event would be no different as it brings together artists and all sorts of industry personnel as it has done for the past 20 years. In addition to the great music there are often fantastic gatherings spread out across the City. PiercingMetal.com had the pleasure of attending one of the many killer parties that come along with it being the CMJ. This particular party would be the 14th Anniversary Party of Skateboard Marketing; Host Munsey Ricci was on hand to make sure everyone in attendance had a great time. This party was not only held in the popular NYC Club Don Hills, but would feature a special musical performance by the one and only Fear Factory. The band just completed a successful appearance as one of the Main Stage bands for Megadeth’s Gigantour and being able to see them knock out some tunes in a small venue like this would be very intense indeed. The band was also celebrating their release of the new CD “Trangression” on Calvin Records. That evening the bar was sponsored by both Budweiser and Jagermeister so you can imagine that a lot of drinking got done.
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Fear Factory: Live Photos @ Mid-Hudson Civic Center (8/21/2005)

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“Gigantour” was coming at you live from the Mid-Hudson Civic Center and PiercingMetal.com was on point as early as possible to catch all of the bands. That show was documented and discussed in full on THIS LINK; Now please enjoy the photos taken during Fear Factory’s set.

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Fear Factory by Ken Pierce (2005)

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Fear Factory by Ken Pierce (2005)

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