this evening’s headliner is responsible for the anticlimax.
After the intro (Iron Maiden’s “Number of the Beast” in
full…), the supposed redemption is not quite there when it
turns out that the sound has been turned down a few notches
since Misery Index left the stage and, moreover, that Fear
Factory has decided to open the ball with one of their not so
strong compositions from “Transgression”.
is not a promising start, and it becomes painstakingly obvious
throughout the set that this isn’t the top-tuned and energetic
Fear Factory I’ve seen and enjoyed so many times before. There
is little movement on stage and apart from Burton C. Bell, there
is next to no communication with the crowd. As it turns out,
Christian Olde plays with a broken foot, so that might explain
why he’s holding back.
’s voice is not the best, but as the evening progresses, it
gets better, and he’s eventually capable of pulling off
“Timelessness” from “Obsolete” as the only, however
only a handful of tunes come across the way they should: The
back-to-back onslaught of “Shock” and “Edgecrusher”
hammer through, as does “Cyber Waste”. “Descent” comes
out great, and the same can be said of “Martyr”. “Linch
Pin” is served appropriately too.
from that, even “Demanufacture” uber-songs like
“Replica” and “Self Bias Resistor” and “Acres of
Skin” from “Digimortal” sound a bit dull, and on the whole
this is the impression.
conclusion is that this is not a good evening for Fear Factory.
Hopefully, this was a little bump on the road.