Fear Factory tore the roof off the Tivoli at their opening gig of the tour in Brisbane.  Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star
Fear Factory tore the roof off the Tivoli at their opening gig of the tour in Brisbane. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star Marc Stapelberg

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If you weren't at the Fear Factory gig last night in Brisbane you missed out - sorry there is just no other way to break it to you.

 

When the set opens with Demanufacture and the band explodes on stage like it's a tour for their first album you just know you are going to get the goods.

 

The standout songs Powershifter and Replica were so tight and heavy you could feel your teeth chattering, and I always know a gig is going to be good when the photographers exit the pit with a huge smile plastered across their faces.

But really that is the point, and quite a revelation, that a band who made a name for themselves in the 90's as one of the greatest industrial metal bands in the world is not only relevant, new and interesting but also fun.

Fear Factory are renowned for their tightness and just plain brutal riffs created by Dino Cazares, and the industrial drumming of the 'atomic clock' Gene Hogden - who has since been replaced by Mike Heller.

And really when they tear through Edgecrusher, Resurrection (played for the first time since 2013), and Martyr you could really not be happier as a fan.

Burton was on fine form, probably even better than at Soundwave, and his energy and enthusiasm was great to see.

He really seemed to be enjoying himself.

Towards the end of the set while talking to the audience his voice seemed to be noticeably hoarse but who could blame him after two hours of flawless singing.

Circles showed they wanted the top support and their fat riffs were nicely contrasted against some very impressive singing.

 

They really gave me an Incubus vibe and I enjoyed how clean their set was.

Local Brisbane band Tria Mera had a very clean heavy sound which was nice to see with the support band and Ben Davis was hitting all the right notes.

Sound at the gig was excellent, which one would expect from a Fear factory gig (obviously), but interestingly the lighting was a bit more stripped back.

For the rest of Australia I hope you have grabbed your tickets.

Setlist:

1) Demanufacture

2) Self Bias Resistor

3) What will become?

4) Shock

5) Edgecrusher

6) Damaged

7) Powershifter

8) Soul Hacker

9) Regenerate

10) Anodized (live debut)

11) Pisschrist

12) Resurrection

13) Archetype

14) Martyr

15) Scapegoat

16) Replica



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