It's easy to forget how monumental industrial-metal monsters Fear Factory were initially, since the past decade or so has been largely cruel to them, between their nü-metal cover of Gary Numan's "Cars" and uninspired albums such as the unfortunately titled Digimortal. Hindsight being 20/20, the band was the first to mix teeth-gnashing death metal with expressively emotional (we daren't say emo) melodic singing and quasiNew Wave synths; the sound has become almost trite in modern metal. Thankfully, the band's original songwriting nucleusfrontman Burton C. Bell and axman Dino Cazeraskissed up last year and made an excellent return to form in this year's Mechanize. With 36 Crazyfists, Divine Heresy, and After the Burial.
Sun., July 25, 6:30 p.m., 2010