Fear Factory @ KoKo London

18th December 2012
Review & Photography by Sabrina Dersel

Industrial metallers Fear Factory have announced a one-off show in London’s KOKO venue on December 18th, following the release of ‘The Industrialist’; the band’s eighth studio album. What a treat! I’ve always missed their gigs at festivals so I am really looking forward to this gig.

To open tonight’s festivities are the well respected British Sacred Mother Tongue.

They have consistently delivered their own potent Rock/Metal crossover mix, never failing to impress a crowd, and tonight is no different. Since the debut single ‘Two Thousand Eight Hundred’ heralded their arrival on the scene and went on to reach number 4 in the Rock chart they have never looked back.
Founded in 2004, the current line up (since 2008),and signed with EMI, consists of Darrin South (Vocals), Andy James (Guitar), Josh Gurner (Bass) and Lee Newell (Drums). It is clear and very obvious Sacred Mother Tongue has a huge potential and I am always very impressed by the presence and singing skills of frontman Darrin.
But the band wouldn’t be complete with Andy James on guitars, giving the whole band a full force sound.
Their set is neat and gets you headbanging wheather or not you have seen them before.

The newly “A Light Shines” is a four track appetite teaser, for next year’s eagerly anticipated album “Out Of The Darkness“. I can t wait to listen to it and you should be too!
After a short break follows Textures.
Textures is a six piece Dutch metal band, formed in 2001. Textures’ lineup revolves around founding members Jochem Jacobs, Stef Broks, Bart Hennephof, and bassist Remko Tielemans who joined in 2007. Since 2010, vocalist Daniël de Jongh and keyboardist Uri Dijk have been with the band.

The band plays a complex and innovative style, influenced by progressive metal, metalcore, technical death metal and groove metal. They also incorporate melodic interludes and experiment with a wide variety of electronic atmospherics. I have never seen or heard of them before tonight but I am pretty impressed,the energy on stage has been raised by many levels.
Textures first came to the spotlight with their debut album Polars with Listenable Records which won an Essent Award for ‘Most Promising Act’ in 2004, and since then, the band released 2 more albums with Listenable Records, 2006’s Drawing Circles and 2008’s Silhouettes after signing to Nuclear Blast records.
I will clearly check those albums in a very near future.

Getting on stage before being due, Fear Factory opens with their new title album track “ Industrialist”.
There is little need to introduce one of the founding giants of American Industrial Metal.

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The revamped Fear Factory, featuring original members Dino Cazares on guitar and Burton C Bell on vocals alongside bassist Byron Stroud and Gene Hoglan on drums, released their eighth studio album ‘Industrialist’in June meaning the show is packed with brand new music.

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The revamped Fear Factory, featuring original members Dino Cazares on guitar and Burton C Bell on vocals alongside bassist Byron Stroud and Gene Hoglan on drums, released their eighth studio album ‘Mechanize’ earlier this week on June 5th – meaning the forthcoming show will be packed full of brand new music.

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Whatever many people say, Fear Factory will always have a lasting impact on metal music ever since the release of their first album ‘Soul of a New Machine’ in 1992. And who can forget the “Demanufacture” album in 1995!

Even though the stage nearly looks empty, with the drum set placed in the back, the rest is free room for Burton, Dino and Matt to move. Dino and Matt constantly change places while also posing on the stage rim.

The setlist drawing equally from old and new tracks and to the delight of the fans who are giving all they have. Singing along with fists in the air, it is nearly chaos as the band start the “Edgecrusher” riffs. This is a very bass-dominated song, with Burton giving it all vocally and Dino releasing all the aggression on his guitar.

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Introducing” Linchpin” saying the band hasn’t played this song live in London for the past 11 years, you didn’t need more warning for the soon to happen mayhem in the venue! “Demanufacture” played live is just amazing and I even spot a couple headbanging along with their teenager son!

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With ‘Zero Signal’ and ‘Replica’, Fear Factory bring their performance to an end.It has been an great heavy metal show and now time to absord lots of painkillers!

What Will Become
Fear Camp
Self Immolation
Self Bias Resistor
Zero Signal