It’s pretty much like the late ’90s are coming home to roost. Today, we not only get another song from Fear Factory’s forthcoming album, The Industrialist (which is out this coming Tuesday), but also the first new music in eight years from sludgy supergroup of sorts Old Man Gloom. We’ll start with them first.
Since 2004’s Christmas, leader Aaron Turner chose to focus on Isis, who have since broken up. Guitarist Nate Newton has been keeping busy with Converge and Doomriders, and rhythm section Caleb Scofield and Santos Montana have been focusing on Zozobra. Yet like the Avengers, they came back together last year to record their fifth album No with Converge’s Kurt Ballou (I mean that they assembled to record an album, not that the Avengers recorded an album with Ballou). Pitchfork is streaming the first taste of the album, an epic eight-minute track called “Common Species,” here. That should get you plenty psyched for the full length, which comes out on June 26 on Hydra Head. Unless of course you were lucky enough to see them on their recent tour and picked up a copy then. Because you totally could have.
“New Messiah” is the second taste of Fear Factory’s The Industrialist, following “Recharger.” The band went through somewhat of a new renaissance with 2010’s Mechanize, when guitarist Dino Cazares rejoined the band. That sense of being reborn continues through the new album, which can be heard by “New Messiah.” While the band have admitted using a drum machine to program the album, it’s a compliment to both Raymond Herrera and Gene Hoglan that it’s hard to tell the difference between them and the machine. This fits in right alongside Demanufacture and Obsolete. Check that out above.