Review: Fear Factory

Fear Factory

As the title implies, “Transgression” is another stepping stone for Fear Factory. The band has long incorporated thrash into their sound, but “Transgression” takes this to another level, with more emphasis on guitars and less on the industrial touches they’re famous for; this is evident with the blast-beats in “Spinal Compression” and a guitar solo in “New Promise.” Fear Factory’s penchant for cover songs is taken to another level here with not one, but two: U2’s “I Will Follow” and Killing Joke’s “Millennium.” The U2 cover is especially noteworthy, as they convincingly make this normally light-treading song one of their own. Fear Factory have always boldly marched towards the unknown future of metal music, and with “Transgression,” their quest continues.