July 28, 1998, saw the release of FEAR FACTORY‘s highly anticipated third studio album “OBSOLETE“. After the success of its predecessor DEMANUFACTURE, fans were extremely excited to hear the next installment in the struggle of mankind in a robot dominated world.

“We’re up to the point in the story where man is obsolete. Man has created these machines to make his life easier, but in the long run it made him obsolete. The machines he created are now destroying him. Man is not the primary citizen on earth.”Burton C. Bell – Vocalist

OBSOLETE continued the industrial sound that Fear Factory had become known for yet introduced synths to give the songs deeper layers and add drama to the concept behind the album. The record doesn’t hold back, opening with the bludgeoning track “SHOCK” and rolling into the hit single “EDGECRUSHER“. OBSOLETE was a critical success for Fear Factory and pushed the band into the mainstream.

Later special editions of the album contained a cover of the 1979 cult classic “Cars” featuring original vocalist Gary Numan alongside Burton and was accompanied by a sci-fi inspired video clips.

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