Sound — 9
Initially, upon hearing the album I thought it'd be one that I'd skip through until I found one I liked, however as soon as the bass hammered in on the title track I knew it'd be great. It's yet again an example of how Fear Factory manage to sound like a single instrument throughout their songs. Apparently, this is a concept album but sadly I didn't really get that. The bonus CD, Remanufacture, was an absolute delight to listen to, completely incongruous with Fear Factory's sound, as it was more of a gabber album than a metal remix album. Still brilliant though. You are always aware of the noises of industry in the album, and although it's pretty much the same three or four sounds within each song it still feels different. The ringy sound of the guitar is fantastic and we're reminded how great Dino Cazares is, as it complements Raymond Herrera's fantastic drumming.
Lyrics — 8
Very anti-establishment, angsty lyrics, you can't help but to cringe at lines like "I got no more god-damned regrets, I got no more god-damned respect" but still very good lyrics in general. Burton's almost operatic clean vocals sound good in every context on the album, however the harsh vocals on tracks like Your Mistake are a bit substandard compared with other fear factory albums. Burton still has a fantastic voice throughout the album though.
Overall Impression — 10
Probably my favourite album of all time, I'm very happy with it. Standout tracks from the album are Self Bias Resistor, Replica, and Zero Signal. If you get the Remanufacture CD, best tracks on this are 21st Century Jesus, Genetic Blueprint and Machines Of Hate. I can't say anything on this album actually irks me and I could happily listen to it over, and over, and over, and over again. I reckon if I had downloaded this album bbeforehand, I still would have bought it as Fear Factory deserve money for this masterpiece.