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JULY 11 2013



Industrial metal legends Fear Factory returned to Perth yet again for what seems like the 100th time, it only seemed like yesterday that I wrote a review for their last show which was only less than a year ago but this time around it was for a special reason: to perform in it's entirety the 1995 groundbreaking album "Demanufacture". What makes this even more special as we found out when I talked to vocalist Burton C. Bell last month was the fact that this was an Australian exclusive, to be only performed on this part of the tour. Whether the band will do it again elsewhere remains to be seen but for the time being, we will gladly take that exclusive for now!



Ask any Fear Factory fan which album they like the most and chances are they will say Demanufacture. Not only is the album a groundbreaking one for Fear Factory which catapulted the band into the big time but for most fans, it's the pinnacle of Fear Factory's career and a landmark album in the entire metal genre. The songs are simply damn good and everyone attending the show in Perth would have been salivating at the mouth to hear the band performing this entire beast from start to finish. Before I start on Fear Factory's set I would like to mention the opening act Twelve Foot Ninja who did a great job, I had heard of them before and previously checked out their music. It's good stuff but I would be hard pressed to find an actual specific point of describing their music as they kind of go all over the place, from heavy rock to funk to reggae. Interesting is probably the better word for it all but in a good way.



So the intro starts for the title track of Demanufacture and then bang! Off we go, the sheer heaviness of this track is pure heaven, guitarist Dino's riffage pummeling everyone in the audience, 30 seconds in and already it is face melting stuff. This is a regular in the band's set but this time around there was something a bit more electrifying about it. If you know the album well, then I don't need to go into what the rest of the first part of the set is. All the great songs on the album played with high intensity and precision pounding beats - hit song "Replica" always a fan favorite, "Dog Day Sunrise" a refreshing welcome in a Fear Factory live set despite being on the more mellow side, still a fantastic song to hear, "H-K" pulverising with it's beastly riffs and easily the highlight for me, and mellow ambient finale "A Therapy For Pain" rounding out the entire album for the night. The band could have easily stopped after that and called it a night and I would have been just as satisfied knowing what we had just experienced.



Of course, the band came out after a short break to start round 2 of the night, throwing down "Shock" as opener from the 1998 album "Obsolete". The huge intro with the booming bass shook the floor we were standing on and it was here that I realized this was the best sounding show I had ever seen at this venue at Metro City. Usually the sound is on average, nothing special but it seemed to be amped up quite a bit for this show. Let's hope future shows here are the same. A couple of nice surprises entered the set as well including Digimortal opener "What Will Become" and 2004's "Archetype" self titled track, the only song so far that Dino Cazares has performed live with Fear Factory in which he had no part in writing or recording as at the time he had left the band. It was interesting to watch him play the song and I did get the impression that he genuinely enjoyed performing it. I can only hope they play more tracks off "Archetype" as I firmly believe it is a great album.



Ending the night for their 2nd encore was another opener, this time from their debut album "Soul Of A New Machine" titled "Martyr" which is another staple in their regular set. As mentioned before, Fear Factory could have easily ended the night after performing the Demanufacture album so everything else after that was purely a bonus. I was a little disappointed that they didn't play any tracks of their latest effort "The Industrialist" but I suppose that can be for next time as this occasion was all about nostalgia and playing one of the greatest metal albums in history for, as Burton C. Bell put it "an audience that deseves it".




by Andrew Schizodeluxe