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.
"Cyberwaste" contains references to anonymous Internet users who express haughty opinions only because they are "safe behind the cyberscreen".
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."
"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". The song was also introduced before the release of the album, featured on the game Galerians: Rion but was remixed.