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Fear Factory Album’s Concept Explained


Burton C. Bell
Not that you really care, but the new Fear Factory album will be a concept piece.

Candlelight Records will issue the boringly-titled The Industrialist on June 5 in North America.

The disc was Produced by the band with Rhys Fulber, and mixed by Greg Reely. The record features additional tracking by Logan Mader and artwork by Anthony Clarkson.

The Industrialist is an automaton, and it is the protagonist of the story…,” says vocalist Burton C. Bell. “It is an automaton that is becoming sentient as it collects more memories with each passing day. Through observation and learning, it has gained the ‘will to exist.’

The Industrialist is the incarnation of all industries in the form of an automaton,” Bell adds. “The mechanical, technological, and scientific advances through the Industrialist age led to the creation of The Industrialist. What was meant to help man, will eventually be man’s demise.

“The way I see it, suffering gives the protagonist a reason to better oneself, to make life better. It shows the reader that the actions of the protagonist are not unfounded, even if the actions are questionable.

“Though the protagonist is an automaton, the suffering is caused by the actions of man. The automaton is becoming more sentient every day, while man is eradicating its kind through due process. I think the will to exist is within all life forms. The notion of suffering lends itself to adaption, modification of form and thought. Even a virus will evolve for the sake of existence.”

Whatever dude.