If you are in your mid-thirties you’ll notice there are lots of twentieth anniversaries of albums that take you straight back to your school years at the moment. Those glorious formative years where you decided that you were a metalhead and no matter how uncool that made you, you didn’t care.
Albums like Type O Negatives ‘October Rust’ and Sepultura’s ‘Roots’ have recently clocked up 20th birthdays and were, and still are, far better than the crap they used to play in the 6th form common room. Brandy and Monica, my arse…
One of those albums celebrating twenty years is Fear Factory’s ‘Demanufacture’ and they are here at Bloodstock to play it in full for us.
Now, mention Fear Factory to anyone and you’ll get the standard response: “Love that band, but they are terrible live” etc.
It’s true that Burton’s live vocals aren’t the same as on record. The performance as a band today, outweighs any shortcomings. There are moments when Burton’s voice squeaks a bit and no doubt has the Walton on Trent village dog going nuts; but the power behind the performance is unstoppable. Fear Factory’s career topping album just sounds huge out in the afternoon sun and the band look as though they are having a blast playing it.
To be honest, we weren’t expecting a great deal from Fear Factory when flicking through the line-up, but they well and truly proved us wrong. That was a bit of a ‘Shock’!