Music has seemed like an afterthought for the Fear Factory camp over the last few years. That is, until now.
With vocalist Burton C. Bell officially out of the group (again), the legal rights to the band name now completely owned by guitarist Dino Cazares (finally), and the ongoing drama surrounding the group at a simmer, Aggression Continuum is seeing the light of day.
Initially recorded in 2017 and finished in 2020, Aggression Continuum features Bell in what is said to be his last studio performance with the group. But this album doesn’t sound like the product of a band in transition. Quite the contrary. It is rich in their trademark industrial theatrics, propelled by a stout mix of machine-gun blasts, precise riffing, and caustic synths. Bell delivers his Jekyll and Hyde vocals through manic breakdowns and hook-laden choruses with ease, imbuing tracks like “Disruptor” and “Fuel Injected Suicide Machine” with touches of rage and resilience. This is Fear Factory at the height of their powers, celebrating 30 years as a band with one of the best albums of their career.
What comes next for Fear Factory is yet to be known, although Cazares has proclaimed that they will soldier on with different talent fronting the band. While this is all well and good, one thing is for sure – it will be tough to catch this type of lightning once again.
Aggression Continuum is out June 18 on Nuclear Blast. Buy it here!