There are some really killer aspects of this record. The previous record titled “The Industrialist” had programmed drums, on the other hand on this record there have been live drums played and recorded by Mike Heller. There has also been some session drum recording by Deen Castronovo. Burton C. Bell and Dino Cazares had mentioned in a lot of interviews down the line that this record is going to be a very special record for them plus it would be a typical Fear Factory record. The excitement building up was just like too much to handle. The first single ‘Soul Hacker’ was released on June 17th, after listening to it expectations really became even more hard and heavy. I was way too impressed by that single. It had a typical though authentic Obsolete/ Digimortal vibes. Also one great thing adding it up was riffing master Dino Cazares played a solo lead on that single.
On July 11th there was one more single released called ‘ Protomech’. It sounded so tight, Burton C. Bell’s cleans were also nice as he sustains down the chorus by saying “Feed the Machine”, it was really prominent that this record will surely be much strong then their previous release. Their old time friend and producer during their golden years with Roadrunner Records has joined hands with them on this record and produced some fine and refined quality sounding synth. He is none other than Rhys Fulber. He was very much considered the driving force of Fear Factory during their reign in the mid- to late 90s.
The album is very nice. Good production, great sound, great guitar tone, Burton’s vocals, the song structures and basically everything. This record I probably feel is for those Fear Factory fans who loved stuff like Demanufacture/ Obsolete/ Digimortal. All of these records have been their classics but, Genexus in particular just wouldn’t disappoint. I also feel like Nuclear Blast is doing a great thing for them. It’s a great record label for Fear Factory to be in it. Plus I really appreciated their promotion techniques by throwing down the preview of the album for the fans in a nice high end graphic lyric video through singles. Lots of groove sections and some major right hand work on the guitar and typical Fear Factory drums patterns. Dino has also done the bass recording on this record.
Coming down to the album in detail, the first two songs ‘Autonomous Combat System’ and ‘Anodized’ are filled with so much power, Burton C. Bell’s growls have got better as they are ageing which is also a really good aspect. Great thing is that his cleans have drastically improved and after watching a little bit of their new tour’s live footage it’s obvious that he can do it live well. ‘Dielectric’ is a nice song too, filled with a song structure that is very much like that of Digimortal. The song ‘Battle for Utopia’ remains by far my favorite song from the record, the clean vocals on the song can be related to the clean dry throat vocals of ‘Zero Signal’ or ‘Pisschrist’ for that matter. ‘Church of Execution’ is also an insane song, has some killer riffing which will make any fan jump to its groove. Melodies have also been kept intact in this record. The last song is again a typical Fear Factory last song which is generally a long lengthy song and features Burton tearing it out through his cleans, its titled ‘Expiration Date’. More two songs ‘ Regenerate’ and the title track ‘Genexus’ will make you feel after listening to it that they have really come back with a good worthy amount of time spend in the hard work.
This record will at least till now be my favourite release of 2015 because it is Fear Factory and I very much think they are back with what they do best that is, ripping some Industrial Metal to its finest. Recommended for any fans of their old school stuff and produced by Rhys Fulber.