Fear Factory Albums Ranked

Fear Factory is an American heavy metal band formed in Los Angeles, California, in 1989. Throughout the band’s career, they have released ten full-length albums and have evolved through a succession of sounds, all in their main style of groove metal and industrial metal. Fear Factory was enormously influential on the heavy metal scene in the mid-to-late 1990s. The band has performed at four Ozzfests and the inaugural Gigantour. Their singles have charted on the US Mainstream Rock Top 40 and albums on the Billboard Top 40, 100, and 200, and they have sold more than a million albums in the U.S. alone. Here are all of Fear Factory’s albums ranked.

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10. Hatefiles (2003)

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“The album features some more remixes for tracks like “Zero Signal” and “New Breed”. In a way, these were the remixes that never made Remanufactured. Also on it is an amazing live version of “Replica” which should never be overlooked.”

9. Fear Is The Mindkiller (1993)

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“Fear Factory get the once over from Front Line Ensemble dude, and the results are very happening. Who would have thought grind and industrial would mix so well, but alas it does.”

8. Genexus (2015)

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“Genexus” was slated to be a step in the direction of a new future for Fear Factory. With the amount of preparation, dedication and emotion the band put into the making of this album, it’s no surprise that “Genexus” in my opinion, one of the best albums in Fear Factory’s long and celebrated catalog. With high expectations, the band exceeded those expectations and went above and beyond anything that fans were prepared for. This album is a testament to what can be accomplished when creative minds put their heads together, and put forth a massive amount of effort, while puting one’s heart and soul into an album.”

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7. The Industrialist (2012)

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““The Industrialist” is a prime example of following a working formula. I’m reminded of Powerwolf in that, you know the formula of Powerwolf if you’re a fan and if you are indeed a fan, knowing they follow a formula isn’t a problem. The music on “The Industrialist” simply follows the successful formula we saw on “Mechanize”. Burton’s vocals continue to flourish with his harsh and clean combination. They are just as powerful and crisp as they were on the previous album and can easily hook the listener.”

6. Archetype (2004)

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““Archetype” would mark a new chapter for the band, both creatively and lineup wise, as this would be the first release without Dino. His absence was a result of some inter-feuding with Burton and others, which led to the initial break up, but we’re not going to go into detail of all that here. The change would shift the responsibilities of songwriting and guitars to Christian Olde Wolbers, who had played bass on the previous two albums and would record the bass tracks in studio. The situation is similar to how Dino handled the task on the first two albums. This was a tall order to tend to, as Dino’s touch on both the creative side and guitar playing would not be easy to replace. Fortunately, the band decided not to simply try and replicate Dino’s sound and instead, move forward with a fresh take on their cyber metal infused industrial act.”

5. Remanufacture (1997)

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“The Fear Factory remixes are definitely an acquired taste, so this will not be a five-star release for all. But if you enjoyed the creative, and vastly different, remixes Fear Factory did on their Fear Is the Mindkiller EP, you’ll likely think Remanufacture is phenomenal. Of all the metal bands who dabbled in mixing their music with techno and hip/hop beats, I think Fear Factory easily did it the best, as it was really tailor-made for their lyrical concepts and overall imagery.”

4. Soul Of A New Machine (1992)

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“This is surprisingly really good death metal. It has a distinctly more dark and atmospheric feel that many early 90s death metal contemporaries (Morbid Angel, Suffocation etc) lacked. The best comparison would be the earliest My Dying Bride recordings but minus the gothic and doom elements and with the addition of industrial elements. The clean vocals are integrated very well and not abused as some kind of gimmick. The riffs are compelling and the drumming is fairly un-conventional and original. Overall a very refreshing and unique record from start to finish.”

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3. Digimortal (2001)

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“Digimortal is the 4th full-length studio album by American death/ industrial/ alternative metal act Fear Factory. The album was released in April 2001 by Roadrunner Records. The original version of the album contains 11 tracks while there´s a limited digipack version available with 4 bonus tracks. Fear Factory would be heading into some difficult years as founding member guitarist Dino Cazares would leave the band after this release. So Digimortal is the last album to feature what many would probably call the “classic” Fear Factory lineup.”

2. Obsolete (1998)


“Obsolete is one of the best efforts from Fear Factory. The main reason is because this is the most varied their songwriting has been while also being consistent in quality. Plus the production is truly a wonder to behold on your first listen it’s quite a trip that this CD came out in 1998 because I think it still sounds futuristic and current.”

1. Demanufacture (1995)

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“This album is an amazing piece of controlled aggression. It single handedly showed me that there was more than guitars and bass and drums to make noise with and expanded my listening base into Nine Inch Nails and a whole new vista of electronica utilizing chaos.”