Genexus (album)

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Genexus
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Studio album by Fear Factory
Released August 7, 2015
Recorded 2014−2015
Genre
Length 47:55
Label Nuclear Blast
Producer
Fear Factory chronology
The Industrialist
(2012)The Industrialist2012
Genexus
(2015)
TBA
(2018)TBA2018
Singles from Genexus
  1. "Soul Hacker"
    Released: June 21, 2015[1]
  2. "Protomech"
    Released: July 13, 2015[2]
  3. "Dielectric"
    Released: July 24, 2015[3]

Genexus is the ninth studio album by American heavy metal band Fear Factory, released on August 7, 2015.[4][5] This is the third studio album from Fear Factory since guitarist Dino Cazares rejoined the band in 2009, and their first to feature drummer Mike Heller.[6] Genexus is also Fear Factory's first release through Nuclear Blast. Upon its release, "Genexus" received very positive reviews from critics.

A lyric video for the song "Soul Hacker" was released on June 17.[7] A lyric video for the song "Protomech" was released on July 11. A full music video for the song "Dielectric" was released on August 7, the same day as the album release.

Sound and production[edit]

Regarding the drums on Genexus, Burton C. Bell stated: "...This time we are gonna use a live drummer, we're gonna use Mike Heller to record a few of the songs, not all of them, but a few to get that live feel, because some of these songs require a live feel, and so we’re gonna go with that."[8]

Like its predecessor, The Industrialist as well as the (at the time) 20 year old Demanufacture, Genexus is a concept album. The themes in the album include war, climate change, religion and mortality.[9]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic71/100[10]
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[11]
Metal Injection8.5/10[12]
The Metal Review5/5 stars[13]
Sputnikmusic3.7/5[14]
AntiHero Magazine8/10 stars[15]
Blabbermouth.net8/10[16]
About.com4.5/5[17]

Genexus received a very positive response by critics, praising the album for its extremely brutal and abrasive sound. Ray Van Horn, Jr. of BlabberMouth said that "the key and industrial supplements gives Genexus a busier and heartier personality, lighting up the album's prospectus of mankind transitioning toward a more mechanized state of being."[16] Trey Spencer of Sputnik Music surmised that "this album is more melodic and accessible, Dino Cazares and Burton C. Bell prove that they still have what it takes to make a visceral Fear Factory album."[14] James Christopher Monger of Allmusic commented that "more melody-driven than prior outings, Genexus nevertheless retains the band's penchant for pairing bleak science fiction imagery with piston-like, palm-muted guitar riffs and explosive percussion."[11]

Touring[edit]

Between the end of August and the middle of September in 2015, the ensemble had toured the southern, midwestern and southwestern United States along with Once Human, Los Angeles metal band Before the Mourning and Chicago rock/metal band The Bloodline.[18]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."Autonomous Combat System"5:28
2."Anodized"4:47
3."Dielectric"4:19
4."Soul Hacker"3:12
5."Protomech"4:56
6."Genexus"4:48
7."Church of Execution"3:21
8."Regenerate"4:02
9."Battle for Utopia"4:14
10."Expiration Date"8:48
Total length:47:55

Personnel[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Drew Fulk – vocal production
  • Mike Plotnikoff – drum engineering
  • Matt Jefferson – Castronovo's drum engineering & editing
  • Ron Anderson – Bell's vocal coaching
  • Andy Sneap – mixing, mastering
  • Anthony Clarkson – artwork, layout
  • Geoff Bisente – additional vocal recording & editing
  • Rhys Fulberprogramming, keyboards (3, 4, 6, 8-12), co-production, manipulation, vocal recording
  • Damien Rainaud – additional keyboards & programming, engineering, editing, pre-production, pre-production mixing, vocals recording
  • Giuseppe "Dualized" Bassi – additional keyboards, sampling & programming
  • Laurent Tardy – piano (1 & 5)
  • Sam "Mister Sam" Shearon – spoken word (1 & 10)
  • Deen Castronovo – drums (4)

Charts[edit]

Chart (2015) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[19] 15
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[20] 25
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[21] 35
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[22] 59
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[23] 36
Czech Albums (ČNS IFPI)[24] 42
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[25] 34
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[26] 25
French Albums (SNEP)[27] 55
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[28] 17
Irish Albums (IRMA)[29] 84
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[30] 18
UK Albums (OCC)[31] 31
US Billboard 200[32] 37

References[edit]

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  3. ^ "Dielectric: Fear Factory". Amazon.com. Retrieved October 14, 2015. 
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  9. ^ Wiederhorn, Jon. "Fear Factory on New A.I.-Themed Concept Album and Why 'Man Is the Virus'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2018-01-22. 
  10. ^ "Reviews for Genexus by Fear Factory". Metacritic. United States: CBS Interactive (CBS Corporation). Retrieved 7 August 2015. 
  11. ^ a b Christopher Monger, James (7 August 2015). "Genexus - Fear Factory album review". Allmusic. Retrieved 7 August 2015. 
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  28. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Musicline.de. Phononet GmbH. Retrieved August 14, 2015.
  29. ^ "GFK Chart-Track Albums: Week 33, 2015". Chart-Track. IRMA. Retrieved August 14, 2015.
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