Transgression (album)

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Studio album by Fear Factory
Released August 22, 2005 (UK)
August 23, 2005 (US, Canada)
Recorded 2005
Genre Industrial metal, alternative metal, groove metal
Length 56:42
Label Calvin Records
Producer Toby Wright, Burton C. Bell
Fear Factory chronology
Live on Sunset Strip
Alternative Cover
Singles from Transgression
  1. "Supernova"
    Released: 2005[1]
  2. "Moment of Impact"
    Released: 2005[2]
  3. "Transgression"
    Released: 2006[3]

Transgression is the sixth studio album by American heavy metal band Fear Factory. It was released on August 22, 2005 through Calvin Records. Guest appearances include Billy Gould, the bassist of Faith No More, and Lamb of God guitarist Mark Morton, who co-wrote the song "New Promise". The album was released as an enhanced CD with access to the exclusive Fear Factory website. It was also released as an enhanced DualDisc with the DVD side featuring the whole album in DVD-Audio (48,000 kHz), music videos and "The Making of Transgression" video. One could also retrieve another bonus track, entitled "My Grave", by putting the CD into the computer and clicking the 'Music' section at the special website.

It is the last album to feature original drummer Raymond Herrera and bassist/guitarist Christian Olde Wolbers who would leave Fear Factory in late 2008 after Dino Cazares's return to the band. Transgression was the first CD Fear Factory recorded since Soul of a New Machine without Rhys Fulber's input. "Moment of Impact" had a music video which found moderate airplay. The song "Transgression" was used in a scene from the 2007 thriller film Mr. Brooks. This is the first Fear Factory album to include guitar solos, with the songs "Echo of my Scream" and "New Promise" featuring one each.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[4] 7.5/10 stars[5]

The album was met with reviews that ranged from mixed to positive from both critics and fans. Many have cited the downpoint of the album being the poor production and in contrast to the band's previous albums. Additionally, while other albums had a more clean and industrial styled sound, Transgression has a more raw and less polished production style with most of the industrial elements being less prominent in the albums mix or removed completely. Guitar player Christian Olde Wolbers has stated that it was hard to have a producer do everything, where usually they are more involved with the people that they work with. Because of this the album has a different mix, a different sound to it than the previous ones. He described this album as "half way finished" and also said that he had to walk out of the studio because he wasn't happy with his guitar sound.[6]

Wolbers stated that the band was disappointed with the album due to its hurried finish due to demands from the band's label. This also accounts for the cover songs. Had the band had more time to finish the record, more tracks would have been included, and the album overall would have sounded better.[7] 18 songs were recorded during the Transgression sessions, with five that have yet to be released. Two of them are "Ammunition" and a cover of Godflesh's "Anthem".[8]

In 2013 Christian Olde Wolbers via his Facebook page revealed more details regarding writing\recording Transgression and Archetype:

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Burton C. Bell, except where noted; all music composed by Christian Olde Wolbers and Raymond Herrera, except where noted.

No. Title Length
1. "540,000° Fahrenheit"   4:28
2. "Transgression"   4:50
3. "Spinal Compression"   4:12
4. "Contagion"   4:39
5. "Empty Vision"   4:55
6. "Echo of My Scream"   6:58
7. "Supernova"   4:32
8. "New Promise" (music: Wolbers, Herrera, Mark Morton) 5:13
9. "I Will Follow" (U2 cover) (lyrics: Bono; music: U2) 3:42
10. "Millennium" (Killing Joke cover) (lyrics and music: Jaz Coleman, Martin "Youth" Glover, Kevin "Geordie" Walker) 5:26
11. "Moment of Impact"   4:03
12. "Empire" (bonus track for Best Buy DualDisc version only) 3:47


Fear Factory[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Reggie Boyd – production assistant
  • Tom Jermann – visual design
  • Toby Wright – producer, engineer, mixing
  • Stephen Marcussen – mastering
  • James Musshorn – assistant engineer
  • Matt Prine – editing, visual direction
  • Shaun Thingvold – engineer
  • Steve Tushar – engineer, design
  • Chad Michael Ward – still pictures
  • Ben Templesmith - cover artwork[10]
  • Billy Gould - bass guitar (track 6, 7)


Chart (2005) Position
US 45[11]
US Indie 6[12]
ARIA Charts 26[13]
AUT 44[14]
BEL 74[15]
FIN 38[16]
FRA 87[17]
GER 37[18]
NLD 54[19]
SWE 56[20]
UK 77[21]


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  4. ^ Allmusic review
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