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Fear Factory: The Industrialist

Cyber metal comes back to life.

Almost 20 years ago, Fear Factory effectively created the cyber metal genre. Now they’re taking it a step or two further.

For the first time since 1995’s landmark Demanufacture album, the band sound fired up and inventive, with a concept album warning what happens when technology is allowed to enslave mankind. More than that, it sees the band taking their trademark features and giving them a fresh, modern edge.

Some of Dino Cazares’s guitar riffs are brutally industrial, yet also have a charismatic, concussive groove. And vocalist Burton C Bell combines growling grimace with a melodic charm that echoes mournfully with biting despair.

The songs are charged with thoughtful depth and they’re anthems of throbbing greyness. It’s hard not to get swept along by the dark claustrophobia of New Messiah, God Eater or Depraved Mind Murder.

The best Fear Factory album for nearly two decades.

Malcolm Dome had an illustrious and celebrated career which stretched back to working for Record Mirror magazine in the late 70s and Metal Fury in the early 80s before joining Kerrang! at its launch in 1981. His first book, Encyclopedia Metallica (opens in new tab), published in 1981, may have been the inspiration for the name of a certain band formed that same year. Dome is also credited with inventing the term "thrash metal" while writing about the Anthrax song Metal Thrashing Mad in 1984. He would later become a founding member of RAW rock magazine in 1988.

In the early 90s, Malcolm Dome was the Editor of Metal Forces magazine, and also involved in the horror film magazine Terror, before returning to Kerrang! for a spell. With the launch of Classic Rock magazine in 1998 he became involved with that title, sister magazine Metal Hammer, and was a contributor to Prog magazine since its inception in 2009. He was actively involved in Total Rock Radio (opens in new tab), which launched as Rock Radio Network in 1997, changing its name to Total Rock in 2000. In 2014 he joined the TeamRock online team as Archive Editor, uploading stories from all of our print titles and helping lay the foundation for what became Louder.

Dome was the author of many books on a host of bands from AC/DC to Led Zeppelin and Metallica, some of which he co-wrote with Prog Editor Jerry Ewing.