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In this very day this unit still comes out with a kind of mechanical and metallic sound and occasionally it's perhaps a little too stiff as well. Still the band has managed to form its most typical attributes of heavy and aggressive plays and its characteristic melodic vocal parts into something really nice and I think, in fact much to my surprise, that Genexus is arguably one of the best records that this band has ever released.
Surely lead vocalist Burton C. Bell has lost bits and pieces of his former power and glory and you certainly are able to hear that his clean sung parts come out a little strained and that he really has to force himself to even come close to what he did in the past. At the same time is his input immensely important at the end of the day to the overall outcome of a Fear Factory record and the grade of his more violent parts is factually still at a satisfactory level in the end.
With this new effort I think that they have returned to a better result once again, to me last seen on the album Mechanize. The last album, Industrialist, was one of those records where a lot of things were indeed close to being great, but in the end regrettably big parts of the material wasn't. They have now tried to recapture the vibe and the expressions of the period from Demanufacture up to Digimortal and I think that they actually are highly successful in quite a few moments.
I wish that all of the band's latest albums were equally good as this one. I'd like to admit that I was a little hesitant to the record when I listened to it for the first time and I frankly hadn't set my expectations high since the band has kind of a bumpy history in terms of quality releases. Already after a couple of spins, most material attached itself in my mind though and when I at this point have heard the record a dozen times, I think that it's really great and I without a doubt encourage fans to this outfit to check out this new creation upon release.
also review of: The Industrialist