Fear Factory: Archetype (Australian Tour Edition)

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Fear Factory: Archetype
Death Metal, Groove Metal, Industrial
Liquid 8 Records
April 19th, 2004
Release length: 56:30
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With guitarist Dino Cazares out of the picture, Fear Factory makes a return to the sound that really brought them into the spotlight. This album sees a return of some of their original death metal influence fused with groove metal and industrial, making for one of their best albums since Demanufacture, put out a great effort of speed and fury, while adding the most slower paced songs in one album then ever before.

Archetype brings back the technical aspect that their previous two albums were lacking, and also removes the mallcore influence that was present. The music on this release ranges from being heavy and in-your-face, such as the single “Cyberwaste”, or could be rather technical groove metal that relies on industrial-like elements for melody, as well as often with singing. And one of the perks about this album, that seemed to rear it’s ugly head on many albums, is the lack of a consistant pattern. Yes, some songs still have the shout verse, sung chorus, but nowhere near as many as on previous releases, and sometimes, such as “Corporate Cloning”, there are different variances to the pattern such as added bridges.

Yes, Archetype has some excellent songs, but then the album just has some that are simply filler. “Corporate Cloning” may change up the aforementioned pattern, but just doesn’t feel like Fear Factory anyway and becomes boring after a while. “Bite The Hand That Bleeds” is a decent slow track, but unfortunately feels a bit too drawn out, and “Undercurrent” will make you question what you’re listening to as the intro and chorus of the song sound as if they came from a mainstream hard rock band that your local rock radio station would be pushing. The album picks up again around “Defeault Judgement”, even though that song is not all that great either but better then the group of filler tracks prior to it, closing the album out with the slower tracks “Human Shields”, which at least sounds like a Fear Factory song and is done very well, and the ambient instrumental “Ascension”.


The limited edition Australian Tour Edition of this release features a bonus DVD, which includes the music video for the track “Cyberwaste”, which is nice if you never had the chance to see the video before. It also includes a bonus documentary spanning their 2004 tour from Mexico all the way to Australia. It provides some backstage antics, has some humorous moments, as well as some behind the scenes practices of new material on the album, and some live stage performances as well, such as their single “Cyberwaste”. The only problems are that the quality of the video could be a lot better, and the fish eye lens they randomly use will also start to aggrivate the hell out of you after a while. This version also comes with the Nirvana cover track “School”, which appears on other variations of Archetype as well. It’s an interesting take on the song, but if you didn’t like the original, chances are you won’t like this one either.


So, with a few filler tracks, and a new take on musical life, Fear Factory have proven they aren’t dead yet with Archetype. This CD has some great songs, and show the band experimenting moreso with slower tracks, unlike the mallcore phenomenon of their recent precessors. The Austrial Tour Edition of this release doesn’t really have anything of interest, unless you’re into the band tour documentary thing, and even that gets a little bland after a while. If you can find any copy of this release, definitely grab it, and enjoy the nostalgia this release may bring back.


01. Slave Labor – 3:53
02. Cyberwaste – 3:18
03. Act Of God – 5:08
04. Drones – 5:02
05. Archetype – 4:36
06. Corporate Cloning – 4:24
07. Bite The Hand That Bleeds – 4:09
08. Undercurrent – 4:05
09. Default Judgement – 5:23
10. Bonescraper – 4:11
11. Human Shields – 5:16
12. Ascension (Outro) – 7:05
13. School (Nirvana Cover) (Bonus Track) – 2:38
Initial Pressing Score: 7/10

Australian Tour Edition: 7/10

Physical review copy of this release provided by personal funds.