Itâ€™s Getting Hot In Here
Off and running with a pulverizing beat from Raymond Herrera, hulking guitars from Christian Olde-Wolbers and soaring vocals from Burton C. Bell, â€šÃ„Ãº540,000Â¬âˆ« Fahrenheitâ€šÃ„Ã¹ begins Fear Factoryâ€šÃ„Ã´s newest offering Transgression. In this, their second outing without original guitarist Dino Cazares (Olde-Wolbers has switched over to guitar), Fear Factory deliver a near perfectly balanced album. After the opener â€šÃ„ÃºTransgression,â€šÃ„Ã¹ â€šÃ„ÃºSpinal Compressionâ€šÃ„Ã¹ and â€šÃ„ÃºContagionâ€šÃ„Ã¹ continue the pummeling one-two punch of fast guitar crunch and the snarling vocals from Bell Fear Factory is famous for. â€šÃ„ÃºContagionâ€šÃ„Ã¹ specifically takes advantage of discordant bass playing from member Byron Stroud (Strapping Young Lad, Unit 187) and Bellâ€šÃ„Ã´s trademark angelic-gospel voice singing â€šÃ„ÃºAll Must Endure / We will not live forever.â€šÃ„Ã¹The album shortly thereafter shifts gears with a beautiful slow number almost bereft of distortion (â€šÃ„ÃºEchoes of My Screamâ€šÃ„Ã¹) highlighting a patience and optimism unlike that which FF usually employs. Bell makes the best use of his singing voice here belting â€šÃ„ÃºMore than a dream to me / An echo of my screamâ€šÃ„Ã¹ with passion and soul. Immediately thereafter the momentum increases with another atypical song, â€šÃ„ÃºSupernova,â€šÃ„Ã¹ so joyous in the use of multi-tracked vocals, lightly distorted guitars and march-like never-ending drum rolls from Herrera itâ€šÃ„Ã´s almost danceable.
The band then throw a curve ball, covering not only U2â€šÃ„Ã´s â€šÃ„ÃºI Will Followâ€šÃ„Ã¹ but also Killing Jokeâ€šÃ„Ã´s classic â€šÃ„ÃºMillenium.â€šÃ„Ã¹ Both covers are faithful, spirited and add a welcome diversity and warmth to the thrash of the first half of the album. Here Fear Factory minimize their weaknesses and maximize all thatâ€šÃ„Ã´s made them enticing. Not to mention an album supremely paced and as exciting as it is gripping and fun. Good job guys.