It’s been a few years since I’ve seen Fear Factory live, and they’re a band that never disappointed. With their newly arrived album Genexus just released, it was saddening to hear they weren’t coming to Baltimore for this tour leg. However, they did decide to make a pit stop in the city of brotherly love, and what a better way to spend a weekend than to go see Fear Factory and have a cheesesteak. The venue itself was interesting, very small and intimate however it was packed with dedicated fans wrapped around the alleyway in anticipation for Fear Factory. When it was time for the band to take the stage, the lights fell low, and the theme music cued on, as each member of the band made their way to the stage with roaring anticipation. The band kicked off their set with their opener from their album Obsolete, “Shock.” The band was in full energy and it was clear that everyone on stage was having a great time. Throughout the night, we got to hear classics such as “Martyr,” “What We’ve Become,” and “Edgecrusher.” The audience also got to hear two brand new songs off the band’s new album Genexus. The new songs “Soulhacker” and “Dielectric” sound like the albums Obsolete and Digimortal intertwined. Burton didn’t disappoint with being an energetic front man, and with having the mighty caliber of Dino Cazares, and more recent members Tony Campos (Static X) and Mike Heller (Malignancy, System Divide) the band had a breath of fresh air, and you could tell there was some great camaraderie between the band members. The band ended their set with the classic crush “Replica” and the audience ate the song up, and couldn’t help but shout “I don’t want to live that way.” After seeing the band several times in the past, they really look like they have renewed vigor and are ready to unleash hopefully 20 more years of music to the masses.
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