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Fear Factory Concert Review 7/7/10 – House of Blues – Los Angeles, CA

9 July 2010 6 Comments

By: Darius

Wednesday night I finally saw Fear Factory live. This was a “checklist” show for me as I have wanted to see these guys perform on stage for years. The band’s hiatus several years ago as well as my disinterest in the proceeding Archetype lineup, which did not include founding guitarist Dino Cazares, are the primary reasons for never seeing them live. I have immense respect for Dino and for my money, it’s not Fear Factory without him.

Fear Factory (l-r): Gene, Burton, Dino, Byron

Let me be clear that I have always been a casual Fear Factory fan. My knowledge of the band is limited in comparison with most others I listen to however, I always loved a handful of their songs enough to keep me interested. Furthermore, I love Dino’s guitar playing and Burton C. Bell’s vocals. Burton was one of the very first to mix clean melodies over brutal heavy metal rhythms, which has had a clear and profound influence over hundreds of bands today. Fear Factory’s legacy is without question.

The show was at the 1,000 person capacity House of Blues on West Hollywood’s Sunset Strip. I estimate about 600 or so fans in attendance. The floor was jam packed but the bar area was sparsely populated which was fine by me but I imagine Live Nation couldn’t have been too pleased, especially since this was a hometown show for Fear Factory. As a matter of fact, there were a couple of kids outside on the street selling comp tickets for less than the door price. They had a hookup with the promoter and “just wanted to make a little money and go home to our girlfriends.” Whatever, thank you for the $15 ticket.

Dino Cazares is pulling double duty on this tour as one of his many other bands, Divine Heresy, is also on the bill. I missed their opening slot but from what I heard from audience members, the band was rusty and out of sync. They haven’t played together in awhile. California’s own After The Burial followed and admirably played a loud, heavy set that went over decently well. 36 Crazyfists was direct support and they were fantastic as usual. Is anyone else a fan of this band? I can’t tell if they have a large following or are vastly underappreciated. They have 5 albums worth of material so they’ve certainly been around for a number of years.

Once Fear Factory finally took the stage the place absolutely erupted. The crowd at this show was overall one of the very best I have ever seen at a metal show in this city. They sang along to every word and there was a nonstop mosh pit from all angles. The mosh pit was so intense that someone was thrown into the banister separating the floor from a special needs incline and snapped it right off! That was crazy to see.

Fear Factory killed it; absolutely tore the roof off the place. The music was on point and Burton sounded great. There were a few melodies that he seemed to stretch his voice a bit on, but then again, the band’s tour schedule has been brutal. Hell, they just played overseas in Europe over the July 4th weekend and high-tailed it back to the US to start this tour! Dino is a monster, playing-wise and physically. He is a hell of a guitar player and just an enormous dude in general. He must’ve gained 50 pounds since their latest promo photos. It was pretty comical to see him in this state but to his credit, he was all over the stage and his playing was flawless. He contributed a little backing vocals as well.

Awesome show. This will not be the last time I see Fear Factory. Nothing was played off of Archetype which doesn’t really surprise me but it would’ve been good to hear a couple of those songs, namely the title track. I also missed hearing “Descent” and “Resurrection.” “Replica”, the closing number, was killer. Needless to say, I’m on a huge Fear Factory kick right now.

***Fear Factory: Los Angeles, CA 7/7/2010***

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  • 5150 said:

    I heard they drew poorly the night after, actually.

    I’m stoked to hear they dominated Los Angeles! Those crowds are usually dead.

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  • 888 said:

    They also didn’t play anything off Transgression. I think Moment Of Impact would be vicious live.

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  • 1942 said:

    I’ve loved this band since I was a kid. This show review has me pumped for the Irving Plaza show. Anyone have a copy of their tour rider? Can you imagine how much it costs to buy these guys out on food?

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  • YazzooFoo said:

    Burton is one of those guys that will never get the credit due to him.

    Mechanize was good because it maintained the FF sound. The next record should see them develop further. I saw them in Texas and they smoked. Christian can’t hold a candle to Dino. That’s not a slap in Christian’s face but these are Dino’s songs.

    LA crowds are tame and if FF could get them going, they must be doing something right.

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  • jj-10 said:

    Archetype was a sick CD and I’ve been a fan since the beginning but it’s crappy of them just to exclude because maybe Dino is too egotistical.

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  • 7yg said:

    I go back with FF to SOANM. I agree with the above in that they should play material from Archetype. That was their best overall album.

    Go ahead and slam me for that but it’s right up there with Obsolete.

    Mechanize is great though and the NY show was sick.

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