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Black Speed Terror

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2. Guerilla Laments
3. Kevlar Sweethearts
4. How To Organize A Lynch Mob
5. Black Box Messiah
6. Exit Strategy Of A Wrecking Ball
7. Aurora
8. Mass Rapture
9. Honey Trap Aftermath
10. Of Kali Ma Calibre
11. Justice For Saint Mary
1. Shock
2. Edgecrusher
3. Smasher/Devourer
4. Securitron [Police State 2000]
5. Descent
6. Hi - Tech Hate
7. Freedom Or Fire
8. Obsolete
9. Resurrection
10. Timelessness
1. Black Speed Terror
2. Demon
3. Cosmic Funeral (The Great Old Ones)


Review by Adam on April 24, 2001.

Fear Factory is a band that is constantly evolving and adding new elements to their electronic brand of metal. Gone are days of thrashing riffs and crazed blast beats, but the band now embraces a more distorted, layered sort of approached first brought out on their previous effort Demanufacture and now put into sharper focus the the band's latest effort Obsolete.

With that being said, lets move on to some of the new musical elements Fear Factory are implementing with this release.
The first track, Shock is nothing really new. This is just your standard Fear Factory double kick fest with the emphasis on clean vocals for the chorus which, like on their previous album, is basically the main way the clean vocals are used throughout the album, but probably more so with this release.

With Obsolete, the band goes for a more groove oriented sound as well, instead of the short and choppy sound from Demanufacture. Take for instance the song Edgecrusher. The band goes for a mid-paced sort of structure on this one and even adds in vocals that could be considered Rapping for the verses. Also, some of you hardcore fans might be turned off by the dj scratches on the song as well, but what does one expect from a band whose lead singer's favorite music is hip hop.

Anyways back to the record! The group basically offers us ten more tracks of their layered and electronic brand of metal. Some of the songs including Decent and Resurrection bring more to the table than just intensity and actually offers us "rock songs" with that notable Fear Factory charm. All in all this is a pretty good record. Raymond Herrera again shows off his amazing drumming techniques, Dino Cazeres again graces us with his no holds barred riffing, and Burton Bell again give us his signiture vocal approach. This also marks the first time bass player Christian played on a Fear Factory album, so he must be commended as well.

This band really has seemed to have found their own style now. Some fans may embrace it and some may turn away, but the fact is that this is good cd, and if you liked Demanufacture then you will probably like this just as much if not more.

Bottom Line: Not the brutal powerhouse they used to be, but they still know how to pack a severe punch onto their listener's face.

Rating: 7.5 out of 10

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Review by Felix on February 4, 2020.

The first EP of Slaughter Messiah holds three tracks and they show that Belgium's underground is still a force to be reckoned with. The relatively small country played a pretty important role in continental Europe during the early eighties with bands such as Killer, Cyclone or Acid. All these pioneers stayed in the underground and Slaughter Messiah's sound will also not fill the arenas. That's great, because the band celebrates a bloody orgy of black thrash metal. Its very malignant atmosphere is, among other things, based on the nasty nagging and screaming of lead vocalist Lord Sabathan. Friends of Enthroned know this dude very well and they will quickly realize that he fights under a new banner, but his musical ideals have not changed.

Given this situation, Slaughter Messiah and Enthroned stand together against the plastic sounds that try to infiltrate the metal scene. A black stream of morbid or devastating guitar lines and hammering drums with strong double bass parts characterizes the songs. The programmatically titled "Black Speed Terror" is the fist in the face of those clowns who think that metal has to have decent choruses, smooth lines and acoustic breaks. This does not mean that Slaughter Messiah fail to create the necessary degree of diversity. They have designed interesting song patterns that ensure the attention of the listener. It is almost paradox that their unexceptionally steely riffs result in flexible structures. But both the title track and "Cosmic Funeral (The Great Old Ones)" demonstrate that even extreme metal leaves enough room for variation. The pretty short "Demon" takes a rather straight and narrow-minded route, but this is also a more than solid number.

The sound is less powerful than on their later EPs, however, the Belgian horde blows away all elements of beauty. The guitars convey dark vibes and define the appearance of the band, albeit the hostile voice of Lord Sabathan plays its part as well. It is doubtlessly a pity that the production cannot compete with the heavyweight mix of Morbid Re-Incantations, yet I am speaking of a debut and therefore the sound is totally acceptable. I hope that the band (or whosoever) decides to press a second edition of this vinyl, because old men like me always need a physical copy in order to enjoy music in general and in particular this output (especially Black Speed Terror) whole-heartedly.

Rating: 7.5 out of 10

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Review by Felix on February 4, 2020.

The first EP of Slaughter Messiah holds three tracks and they show that Belgium's underground is still a force to be reckoned with. The relatively small country played a pretty important role in continental Europe during the early eighties with bands such as Killer, Cyclone or Acid. All these pioneers stayed in the underground and Slaughter Messiah's sound will also not fill the arenas. That's great, because the band celebrates a bloody orgy of black thrash metal. Its very malignant atmosphere is, among other things, based on the nasty nagging and screaming of lead vocalist Lord Sabathan. Friends of Enthroned know this dude very well and they will quickly realize that he fights under a new banner, but his musical ideals have not changed.

Given this situation, Slaughter Messiah and Enthroned stand together against the plastic sounds that try to infiltrate the metal scene. A black stream of morbid or devastating guitar lines and hammering drums with strong double bass parts characterizes the songs. The programmatically titled "Black Speed Terror" is the fist in the face of those clowns who think that metal has to have decent choruses, smooth lines and acoustic breaks. This does not mean that Slaughter Messiah fail to create the necessary degree of diversity. They have designed interesting song patterns that ensure the attention of the listener. It is almost paradox that their unexceptionally steely riffs result in flexible structures. But both the title track and "Cosmic Funeral (The Great Old Ones)" demonstrate that even extreme metal leaves enough room for variation. The pretty short "Demon" takes a rather straight and narrow-minded route, but this is also a more than solid number.

The sound is less powerful than on their later EPs, however, the Belgian horde blows away all elements of beauty. The guitars convey dark vibes and define the appearance of the band, albeit the hostile voice of Lord Sabathan plays its part as well. It is doubtlessly a pity that the production cannot compete with the heavyweight mix of Morbid Re-Incantations, yet I am speaking of a debut and therefore the sound is totally acceptable. I hope that the band (or whosoever) decides to press a second edition of this vinyl, because old men like me always need a physical copy in order to enjoy music in general and in particular this output (especially Black Speed Terror) whole-heartedly.

Rating: 7.5 out of 10

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