Archetype (Fear Factory album)

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Archetype
Studio album by Fear Factory
Released April 20, 2004
Recorded December 2003
Genre Industrial metal, groove metal, thrash metal, alternative metal
Length 59:00
Label Liquid 8
Producer Fear Factory,Rhys Fulber
Fear Factory chronology
Hatefiles
(2003)
Archetype
(2004)
Live on Sunset Strip
(2005)
Singles from Archetype
  1. "Cyberwaste"
    Released: March 2004
  2. "Archetype"
    Released: April 19, 2004
  3. "Bite the Hand That Bleeds"
    Released: November 16, 2004
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Chronicles of Chaos 8.5/10 stars[2]
Sputnikmusic 4/5 stars[3]

Archetype is the fifth studio album by American heavy metal band Fear Factory. It was released on April 20, 2004 through Liquid 8. Despite the fact that the album does not address the concept of man and machine, the music on Archetype is more of a return to the traditional Fear Factory sound and is more comparable to previous albums such as Demanufacture and Obsolete while retaining some of the sound from the Digimortal album this change was more well received by fans after the more radio friendly and less extreme sound that was featured on the previous album Digimortal disappointed and alienated some of the bands fan base. Archetype was also issued in a Limited Edition Digipak with a bonus DVD. Depending on where the digipak was obtained, the bonus DVD is either for their "Australian Tour 2004" and the video for "Cyberwaste" or one entitled The Making of Archetype. Some, though not all, versions of the bonus digipak also included a gold ticket that gave the owner a chance to meet Fear Factory live.

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Burton C. Bell except "School" by Kurt Cobain, all music composed by Herrera/Wolbers except where noted.

No. Title Length
1. "Slave Labor"   3:53
2. "Cyberwaste"   3:18
3. "Act of God"   5:08
4. "Drones"   5:02
5. "Archetype"   4:36
6. "Corporate Cloning"   4:24
7. "Bite the Hand That Bleeds"   4:09
8. "Undercurrent"   4:05
9. "Default Judgement"   5:24
10. "Bonescraper"   4:12
11. "Human Shields"   5:16
12. "Ascension" (Fear Factory/Rhys Fulber) 7:05
13. "School" (Nirvana cover; Cobain) 2:38
Total length:
59:00

Song interpretations[edit]

  • "Slave Labor" contains references to the self-immolation of a person against the corporate world, e.g. Kathy Change.
  • "Cyberwaste" contains references to anonymous Internet users who express haughty opinions only because they are "safe behind the cyberscreen".[4]
  • The title track "Archetype" is directed at then ex-guitarist Dino Cazares: "The infection has been removed/The soul of this machine has improved." Frontman Burton C. Bell has said in an interview that "'Archetype,' defines what Fear Factory is, completely. It has classic Fear Factory parts, and the heavy/melodic vocals, but without being forced or contrived."[5]

Popular culture[edit]

  • "Bite the Hand That Bleeds" was used in the film Saw and the music video is a bonus feature on one of the versions of the DVD.
  • "Slave Labor" is featured on UFC: Ultimate Beat Downs, Vol. 1.
  • The album and its title song are referenced in the game Fallout 3 on one of the terminals, where a certain "B. Bell" reports on a terminal that the virus on the "Archetype FF06" mainframe has been cleaned, and that "the infection has been removed, the soul of this machine has improved".[6] The song was also introduced before the release of the album, featured on the game Galerians: Rion but was remixed.

Credits[edit]

  • Burton C. Bellvocals
  • Christian Olde Wolbersguitar, bass
  • Byron Stroud − bass (though he is credited on this album as bassist, Christian Olde Wolbers did both guitars and bass in the studio)
  • Raymond Herreradrums
  • John Bechdel − keyboards
  • Jeremy Blair − engineer, augmenting
  • Mike Catain − executive producer, coordination
  • Omer "Impson" R. Cordell − photography
  • Fear Factory − producer, development, visual concept
  • Alain Francois − web design
  • Rhys Fulber − keyboards, programming, devices
  • Torsten Gebhardt − rendering
  • Roger Lian − augmenting
  • Ken "Hi Watt" Marshall − engineer, augmenting
  • Greg Reely − mixing, augmenting
  • Ralph Schrader − coordination, layout design, organizer
  • Shaun Thingvold − augmenting
  • Steve Tushar − augmenting
  • Howie Weinberg − mastering, development

Charts[edit]

Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
2004 The Billboard 200 30
Top Independent Albums 2

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