It's good to see that Fear Factory has finally managed
to shed some of their apparent Iron Maiden influences
to create a truly well-balanced original album. Digimortal
is easily the cleanest and best produced heavy metal album
to come out in years. Unlike other bands, the overall sound
of the album isn't dirty and muddled. Guitars are clean, crisp
and varied. The drums varied from a solidly paced tempo to
various staccato speed beats, while Burton Bell's vocals are
consistent to previous efforts.
There is a great variety in the songs. While some tracks,
like Damaged and Acres of Skin, sonically borrow
from previous efforts, there are some catchy tracks like Linchpin
and Hurt Conveyor which shake the formula up. Invisible
Wounds (Dark Bodies) is also a great change of pace, showing
that the band isn't always stuck on high speed. Even Back
the **** Up with B-Real is a step-up from
the competition, mainly because it doesn't try to sound too
much like a track for another band.
It's nice to find a band that isn't so focused on it's own
personal pain or ego. While there may be hints here and there,
the overbearing ego of most aggro groups nowadays is almost
devoid on this disc. Also, if you have the opportunity, purchase
the limited edition digipak version. It comes with four extra
tracks, all of which are better than the average crop of "bonus
tracks" you see on alternative editions.
To say of the least, Digimortal is one of the better
metal albums to be released in the past five years. If you've
ever liked their music, then by all means, go out and get
this. Even if you're not a huge fan of heavy metal in general,
this album is at least worth a listen to.