Hmmm… It would appear as though the only thing becoming obsolete around here are FEAR FACTORY themselves. Allow me to explain.
What you'll find on "Obsolete" closely resembles a watered-down "Demanufacture". Still great writing, and good tunes, but watered down none the less. Now then, you take any computer processor. For example's sake, I'll make one up. You take an FF-2 processor. Well, three years ago, this was top of the line; the cutting edge as far as CPU's go. But sadly for the FF-2, much progress has been made over the past three years, and the FF-2 is no longer the technological marvel it once was. In fact, by today's standards, the FF-2 can't even run a game of Tetris.
FF-2 = Demanufacture / 1995 = Leader of the Pack
FF-2 = Obsolete / 1998 = Leader to the Back
Hahahh, OK. That was fun, but I guess it's time for me to be realistic. Music, after all, should in no way be compared to something as trivial as the onslaught of new processors.
Perhaps I shouldn't be so hard on the FF-2. After all, where "Obsolete" lacks in intensity, it more than makes up for in groove (NOT to be confused with Mallcore- groove) and melody, and even Burton's vocal's have improved some. Also, the fact that this is a concept-album with a terrific storyline is a definite bonus as far as I'm concerned.
I guess it all depends on what you like, but one thing is for sure. FEAR FACTORY have definitely fallen a tad behind on upgrades.
*The preceding was brought to you by one fucked-up thrasher*
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