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Genexus is the ninth studio album by American heavy metal band Fear Factory, released on August 7, 2015.[4][5] This is the third studio album from Fear Factory since guitarist Dino Cazares rejoined the band in 2009, and their first to feature drummer Mike Heller.[6] Genexus is also Fear Factory's first release through Nuclear Blast. Upon its release, "Genexus" received very positive reviews from critics.

Genexus
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Studio album by Fear Factory
Released August 7, 2015
Recorded 2014−2015
Genre
Length 47:55
Label Nuclear Blast
Producer
Fear Factory chronology
The Industrialist
(2012)The Industrialist2012
Genexus
(2015)
TBA
(2017)TBA2017
Singles from Genexus
  1. "Soul Hacker"
    Released: June 21, 2015[1]
  2. "Protomech"
    Released: July 13, 2015[2]
  3. "Dielectric"
    Released: July 24, 2015[3]

A lyric video for the song "Soul Hacker" was released on June 17.[7] A lyric video for the song "Protomech" was released on July 11. A full music video for the song "Dielectric" was released on August 7, the same day as the album release.

Contents

Sound and productionEdit

Regarding the drums on Genexus, Burton C. Bell stated: "...This time we are gonna use a live drummer, we're gonna use Mike Heller to record a few of the songs, not all of them, but a few to get that live feel, because some of these songs require a live feel, and so we’re gonna go with that."[8]

ReceptionEdit

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 71/100[9]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic      [10]
Metal Injection 8.5/10[11]
The Metal Review      [12]
Sputnikmusic 3.7/5[13]
AntiHero Magazine           [14]
Blabbermouth.net 8/10[15]
About.com 4.5/5[16]

Genexus received a highly positive response by critics, praising the album for its extremely brutal and abrasive sound. Ray Van Horn, Jr. of BlabberMouth said that "the key and industrial supplements gives Genexus a busier and heartier personality, lighting up the album's prospectus of mankind transitioning toward a more mechanized state of being."[15] Trey Spencer of Sputnik Music surmised that "this album is more melodic and accessible, Dino Cazares and Burton C. Bell prove that they still have what it takes to make a visceral Fear Factory album."[13] James Christopher Monger of Allmusic commented that "more melody-driven than prior outings, Genexus nevertheless retains the band's penchant for pairing bleak science fiction imagery with piston-like, palm-muted guitar riffs and explosive percussion."[10]

TouringEdit

Between the end of August and the middle of September in 2015, the ensemble had plans to tour the southern, midwestern and southwestern United States along with Once Human, Los Angeles metal band Before the Mourning and Chicago rock/metal band The Bloodline.[17]

Track listingEdit

No. Title Length
1. "Autonomous Combat System" 5:28
2. "Anodized" 4:47
3. "Dielectric" 4:19
4. "Soul Hacker" 3:12
5. "Protomech" 4:56
6. "Genexus" 4:48
7. "Church of Execution" 3:21
8. "Regenerate" 4:02
9. "Battle for Utopia" 4:14
10. "Expiration Date" 8:48
Total length: 47:55

PersonnelEdit

Additional personnelEdit

  • Mike Heller – drums (except "Soul Hacker")
  • Rhys Fulber – co-production, manipulation, keyboards on "Dielectric", "Soul Hacker", "Genexus", "Regenerate", "Battle For Utopia", "Expiration Date", programming, vocal recording
  • Drew Fulk – vocal production
  • Damien Rainaud – engeenering, editing, pre-production, pre-production mixing, additional keyboards & programming, vocals recording
  • Giuseppe "Dualized" Bassi – additional keyboards, sampling & programming
  • Mike Plotnikoff – drums engeenering
  • Deen Castronovo – drums on "Soul Hacker"
  • Matt Jefferson – Deen Castronovo's drums engeenering & editing
  • Geoff Bisente – additional vocal recording & editing
  • Ron Anderson – Burton's vocal coaching
  • Laurent Tardy – piano on "Autonomous Combat System" and "Protomech"
  • Sam Shearon 'Mister Sam' – spoken word on "Autonomous Combat System" and "Expiration Date"
  • Andy Sneap – mixing, mastering
  • Anthony Clarkson – artwork, layout

ChartsEdit

Chart (2015) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[18] 15
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[19] 25
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[20] 35
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[21] 59
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[22] 36
Czech Albums (ČNS IFPI)[23] 42
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[24] 34
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[25] 25
French Albums (SNEP)[26] 55
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[27] 17
Irish Albums (IRMA)[28] 84
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[29] 18
UK Albums (OCC)[30] 31
US Billboard 200[31] 37

ReferencesEdit

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  6. ^ Bowar, Chad. "Fear Factory Unveil 'Soul Hacker' Lyric Video". Loudwire. Retrieved June 18, 2015. 
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  9. ^ "Reviews for Genexus by Fear Factory". Metacritic. United States: CBS Interactive (CBS Corporation). Retrieved 7 August 2015. 
  10. ^ a b Christopher Monger, James (7 August 2015). "Genexus - Fear Factory album review". Allmusic. Retrieved 7 August 2015. 
  11. ^ Stewart-Panko, Kevin (30 July 2015). "Album Review: FEAR FACTORY Genexus". Metal Injection. Retrieved 7 August 2015. 
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  13. ^ a b Spencer, Trey (31 July 2015). "Fear Factory - Genexus". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 7 August 2015. 
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  16. ^ Benson, Schuler (10 August 2015). "Review: Fear Factory - Genexus". About.com. 
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  23. ^ "Czech Albums – Top 100". ČNS IFPI. Note: On the chart page, select 201534 on the field besides the word "Zobrazit", and then click over the word to retrieve the correct chart data. Retrieved November 4, 2014.
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