Fear Factory Parc Jean-Drapeau, Montreal QC, August 6

Fear Factory Parc Jean-Drapeau, Montreal QC, August 6
Photo: Chris Bubinas
Fear Factory are one of the very few industrial metal giants from the early '90s that are still active. While the genre as a whole has seen healthier times, this band is still at it, and Fear Factory took to the main stage of Heavy Montreal on Saturday (August 6) to pulverize the faces of thousands with their pulsating, mechanical sounds.
It's been just over 20 years since their landmark album and metal classic Demanufacture was released, and as the band have been sporadically presenting it in its entirety at shows over the last year, that's precisely what they delivered to the Montreal crowd for this set.
Frontman Burton C. Bell peered over the centre of the stage, belting out his signature growling and clean vocals mix. Behind him, Dino Cazares and Tony Campos hammered away at their respective guitars as the band shredded through the album's opening volley, the excellent sequence of "Demanufacture," "Self Bias Resistor," "Zero Signal" and "Replica."
The hot August sun beat down mercilessly on the band and the crowd, but Fear Factory kept the energy extremely high. "Flashpoint" saw the crowd barraged by some massive bass drops, while one of the highlights of the set, "H-K (Hunter-Killer)," saw guitar and drums working together with furious sequences of blasts that shredded the crowd's ears.