It might seem strange to release this guide at a time when Fear Factory (what’s left of them) are gearing up to release a new album. There is a reason – I started writing this account back in 2020, Burton C.Bell was still in the band, and I’d fooled myself into thinking a band like this would be a ‘quick one’ to cover. As with everything in the COVID-era, it never works out quite how you expected. I won’t dwell on why I barely wrote a word over the winter – I’m just glad that when I finally hit the keyboard once more, I had a band that really could set the pulses racing to cover.
And for those of you bemoaning the facts that I didn’t return with in-depth breakdown of some elitist German electronic project, don’t worry. That one’s coming next….
I could do a separate ranking of anthems, slow songs, complex songs, etc. But that doesn’t seem right. All fans of bands pick out their favourites, and here’s mine. Yes, the list is top-loaded with songs from the ‘classic lineup’ albums, that’s just the way it is. As ever, if you don’t agree with my list, write your own!
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- Self-Bias Resistor
- Invisible Wounds (Dark Bodies)
- Zero Signal
- A Therapy For Pain
- What Will Become?
- Bite The Hand That Bleeds
- Soul Hacker
- Final Exit
- The Industrialist
- Slave Labor
- Big God – Raped Souls
I’ve not included covers on this list, but “Dog Day Sunrise”, “Cars” and “Millennium” also feature on my playlists, the first of these winning of a tie-break because I wouldn’t otherwise be interested in listening to Head Of David, whilst Numan and Killing Joke are frequently featured on my personal playlists.
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