It’s been about a year since Fear Factory announced that they were heading over to Nuclear Blast for their ninth album. The finish line is finally in sight for Genexus, with an August 7th release date and a brand new bassist in the form of Tony Campos, former Static-X and Ministry member. He’s not the only notable musician to join the Fear Factory ranks. While not a member of the band, in an interview with Horns Up Rocks transcribed by Blabbermouth, guitarist Dino Cazares says that Journey drummer Deen Castronovo appears on a track on the album.
Obviously, when you start recording, you can add sounds and you can manipulate the sounds any way you want it to sound like. So it’s kind of a hybrid between organic and digital; that’s what this record sounds like. And I think that’s what makes it sound really good. Albums like ‘Demanufacture’ and ‘Obsolete’ were the same type of hybrid, and that was the approach that we took on the drums on this record. Also, Deen Castronovo, the drummer of Journey, actually played on one of the tracks on the album.”
You pretty much know what you’re going to get when you hear a Fear Factory album, which isn’t a band thing. Their hybrid of industrial-tinged metal is it’s own sound at this point, and Monte Conner, who signed the band to NB, is calling the album their best since Obsolete. So it’s not like the record is going to sound anything like “Don’t Stop Believing.” We’ll find out soon enough.