Soul of a New Machine
|Soul of a New Machine|
|Studio album by Fear Factory|
|Released||August 25, 1992|
|Recorded||May 1992 (Hollywood)|
|Genre||Death metal, grindcore, groove metal, industrial metal|
|Fear Factory chronology|
Soul of a New Machine is the debut studio album by American industrial metal band Fear Factory. It was released on August 25, 1992. Although Soul of a New Machine was Fear Factory's first full-length studio album to be released, it was actually their second album to be recorded, after Concrete, which was recorded in 1991 but not released until 11 years later. The album was remastered and re-released on October 5, 2004 in a digipak, packaged together with the remastered Fear Is the Mindkiller EP.
Guitarist Dino Cazares has stated that this album is a concept album, concerning man's creation of a machine that could be either technological or governmental. It was also confirmed by bassist Christian Olde Wolbers in an interview. The machine-human connection would play a more prominent role in the later Fear Factory concept albums.
The sound of the album is different from the later albums for it was heavily influenced by Napalm Death and Godflesh, therefore this one featured more of a death metal and grindcore sound. Many feel this album is ground breaking as this is the first album to mix death growls with clean vocals.
While Fear Factory's main concept is man vs. machine, this album featured different themes. "Martyr" is about how Burton C. Bell was bored with his lifestyle; "Leechmaster" and "Manipulation" are about relationship troubles; "Scapegoat" was based on how Cazares was once wrongfully accused by the law; "Crisis" is an anti-war song; "Crash Test" concerns animal testing and "Suffer Age" is based on serial killer John Wayne Gacy. The other songs contain different themes as well. Samples from the movies Full Metal Jacket, Blade Runner, and Apocalypse Now are heard sporadically throughout the album.
Then-bassist Andrew Shives only played live with the group; the bass tracks on the album were performed by Dino Cazares (though Shives was credited as the band's bassist on the album). In 1993 Fear Factory released a 7" single under their Spanish name Factorio De Miedo called Sangre De Ninos. This is the only material that was ever recorded in a studio with Andrew Shives on bass. He was forced to leave the band due to some internal disputes and was replaced by Christian Olde Wolbers in December 1993.
- Kerrang! (p. 61) - "[The album] contains all the unrefined qualities that would soon make Fear Factory legendary."
All lyrics written by Burton C. Bell except where noted, all music composed by Dino Cazares and Raymond Herrera.
|10.||"Big God/Raped Souls"||2:38|
|11.||"Arise Above Oppression" (lyrics by Bell & Cazares)||1:51|
|13.||"Suffer Age" (lyrics by Cazares)||3:40|
|16.||"Escape Confusion" (lyrics by Cazares)||3:58|
- Burton C. Bell – lead vocals
- Dino Cazares – guitar, bass guitar (studio only), backing vocals arranger, mixing
- Raymond Herrera – drums
- Andrew Shives – bass, backing vocals (although is credited as Fear Factory's official bassist, Shives only played live)
- Colin Richardson – producer, mixing
- Steve Harris – engineer, mixing
- Bradley Cook – assistant engineer
- Rober Fayer – assistant engineer
- Eddy Schreyer – mastering
- Ted Jensen – remastering (Expanded Edition)
- Satok Lrak, Karl Kotas (spelled backwards) – computer graphics, art direction
- Joe Lance – photography
- Lora Porter – executive producer
- Otis – sampling, credited as "Sample god"
- Darius Seponlou – introduction on "Crash Test"
- Monte Conner – A&R
- Bart Nijssen (September 17, 2001). "KindaMuzik - Interview with Christian Olde Wolbers". KindaMuzik. Retrieved 2007-04-13.
- Mark Hodges (May 30, 2005). "Epinions - Review of Soul of a New Machine". Epinions. Retrieved 2007-04-13.
- "Encyclopedia Metallum - Reviews for Fear Factory's Soul of a New Machine". Encyclopedia Metallum. Retrieved 2007-04-13.
- Allmusic review