Industrial metal is the fusion of heavy metal music and industrial music employing repeating metal guitar riffs, synthesizer or sequencer lines, distorted vocals. Prominent industrial metal acts include Godflesh, KMFDM and Nine Inch Nails. Industrial metal developed in the late 1980s, as industrial and metal began to fuse into a common genre. In the early years of the 21st century, groups from the black metal scene began to incorporate elements of industrial music. Industrial metal did well in the early 1990s in North America, with the success of groups such as Nine Inch Nails; the industrial metal movement began to fade in the latter half of the 1990s. Though electric guitars had been used by industrial artists since the early days of the genre, archetypal industrial groups such as Throbbing Gristle displayed a strong anti-rock stance. British post-punk band Killing Joke pioneered the crossing over between styles, was an influence on major acts associated with industrial metal such as Ministry and Nine Inch Nails.
Another pioneer industrial rock group, Big Black impacted some groups. By the late 1980s industrial and heavy metal began to fuse into a common genre, with Godflesh's self-titled EP and Ministry's The Land of Rape and Honey at the forefront. Godflesh was founded by former Napalm Death guitarist Justin Broadrick. Drawing from a wide array of influences—power electronics forefathers Whitehouse, noise rock band Swans, ambient music creator Brian Eno and fellow Birmingham hard rockers Black Sabbath—the Godflesh sound was once described as "Pornography-era Cure on Quaaludes". Though not a top-seller, Godflesh nonetheless became an influential act, their name mentioned by Korn, Danzig, Faith No More, Fear Factory. Ministry emerged from the scene surrounding Wax Trax! Records, a Chicago label dedicated to industrial music. Ministry's initial foray into guitar rock happened during a recording session of The Land of Rape and Honey on Southern Studios, in London; the band's frontman, the Cuban-born Al Jourgensen, explained this transition: Rediscovering the guitar on this record was like the first day I got my Fairlight.
The possibilities just seemed endless on something. That's funny. I started out as a guitarist, but I hadn't touched a guitar in five years. I heard that first feedback come out of the Marshall stack and all of a sudden it was like there was a whole new parameter within guitar playing itself – in combination with sounds that you get out of a keyboard. Jourgensen seemed fond of thrash metal. After the release of Land, he recruited guitarist Mike Scaccia from Texas thrashers Rigor Mortis. On one occasion, Jourgensen told the press, he expressed the desire to produce a Metallica album. Jourgensen's interest in dance-oriented electronic music did not fade, however. German band KMFDM was another seminal industrial metal group. Although not a metal fan, KMFDM leader Sascha Konietzko's "infatuation with ripping off metal licks" stemmed from his experiments with E-mu's Emax sampler in late 1986, he told Guitar World that, It was just interesting to use it as a kind of white noise reinforcement for our music.
All of a sudden heavy metal was free from all those tempo changes and boring attitudes it always had. What I always hated most about heavy metal was that the best riffs came only once and were never repeated. So the fascination was to sample a great riff, loop it, play it over and over again. A Swiss trio, The Young Gods, brushed with the style on L'Eau Rouge. Prior to its release, singer Franz Treichler declared: We just wanted to hear guitars. We missed the attack of'Envoyé'. That's, pure power. A metal sound that isn't revivalist, isn't biker style, speed metal style, any style, just WHAP! Canadian thrash metal band Malhavoc became another early pioneer of the genre when they began to mix thrash metal with industrial music in the late 1980sPigface, formed by Martin Atkins and including Ministry drummer Bill Rieflin, emerged as an industrial metal collective of sorts, participating with many figures from the noise rock and industrial worlds. Nine Inch Nails, the "one-man-band" formed by Trent Reznor, brought the genre to mainstream audiences with albums such as the Grammy-winning Broken and the best-selling The Downward Spiral, accompanied by their groundbreaking performance at Woodstock'94.
The rivethead subculture developed at this time, along with the so-called "coldwave" subgenre, which encompassed Chemlab, 16 Volt, Acumen Nation. Some electro-industrial groups adopted industrial metal techniques in this period, including Skinny Puppy, Front Line Assembly. British band Pitchshifter, formed in 1989 by brothers Jon and Mark Clayden started as an industrial metal band; the band included elements of drum and bass. Frontman JS mentions: In the early days we were inspired by bands like Head of David and Swans and the like... coming out of punk into the weird, total noise, kind of pre-industrial music. It gets called industrial but I don't know if it is. Industrial metal's popularity led a number of successful thrash metal groups, including Megadeth and Anthrax, to request remixes by "industrial" artists; some musicians emerging from the death metal scene, such as Fear Factory, Nailbomb and Meathook Seed began to experiment with industrial. Fear Factory, from Los Angeles, were influenced by the Earache roster (namely Godflesh
Trevor George Smith Jr. known by his stage name Busta Rhymes, is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, record executive, actor. Chuck D of Public Enemy gave him the moniker Busta Rhymes, after NFL and CFL wide receiver George "Buster" Rhymes, he is best known for his outlandish style and fashion sense depicted in several innovative music videos as well as his intricate rhyming technique, rapping at high speed with heavy use of internal rhyme and half rhyme. He has received 11 Grammy Award nominations for his work. About.com included him on its list of the 50 Greatest MCs of Our Time, while Steve Huey of AllMusic called him one of the best and most prolific rappers of the 1990s. In 2012, The Source placed him on their list of the Top 50 Lyricists of All Time. MTV has called him "one of hip-hop's greatest visual artists". Busta Rhymes was an original member of Leaders of the New School, he went on and founded the record label Conglomerate and production crew The Conglomerate. In November 2011, Busta Rhymes signed a deal with Cash Money Records.
On July 23, 2014, Busta Rhymes announced that he left Cash Money Records due to creative differences and was no longer on Republic. He has released nine studio albums, with the first being the 1996 platinum-selling album The Coming, his list of hit singles include "Woo Hah!! Got You All in Check", "Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See", "Dangerous", "Turn It Up /Fire It Up", "Gimme Some More", "What's It Gonna Be?", "Pass the Courvoisier, Part II", "I Know What You Want" and "Touch It". Busta Rhymes was born Trevor George Smith Jr. in Brooklyn, New York City, New York on May 20, 1972 to Geraldine Green and Trevor Smith Sr. who are from Jamaica. At age 12, he moved to Uniondale, Long Island, moved to the United Kingdom, spending time in Liverpool and Morecambe, before returning to the United States. Rhymes attended George Westinghouse Career and Technical Education High School in Brooklyn with future rappers such as The Notorious B. I. G and Jay Z, as well as attending Samuel J. Tilden High School with Special Ed and Chip Fu of Fu-Schnickens.
Rhymes graduated from Uniondale High School in Long Island in 1990. In 1989, alongside fellow Long Island natives Charlie Brown, Dinco D and Cut Monitor Milo, formed the East Coast hip hop group Leaders of the New School; the group's big break was. Public Enemy's Chuck D gave Busta Rhymes and Charlie Brown their respective stage names. Leaders of the New School began recording in late 1989 and released their debut album A Future Without a Past... in 1991 on Elektra Records. In early 1992, the group appeared on A Tribe Called Quest's posse cut "Scenario". In 1993, they released T. I. M. E.. Smith gained popularity from his advanced rhymes as well as his unique style, not common of many New York rap artists at the time. Raised by two Jamaican parents, Smith embraced his heritage in his image as an artist. Smith was the only member of the group to wear dreads and use Jamaican slang, or Jamaican Patois, in his raps. Smith's unique style added an element to the group. Soon after, internal problems arose because of Busta Rhymes's increasing popularity, the group broke up on the set of Yo!
MTV Raps. By the summer of 1992, Rhymes began making guest appearances on songs by several artists such as Big Daddy Kane, Another Bad Creation, The Notorious B. I. G. Brand Nubian, A Tribe Called Quest, KRS-One, as well on the interludes to Mary J. Blige's debut What's the 411? and R&B trio TLC's second album CrazySexyCool. He appeared on the album jacket of fellow hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest's Midnight Marauders, with a host of other fellow hip-hop pioneers. In early 1993, he appeared in a cameo role in Who's the Man? with his fellow Leaders of the New School group members. That same year, he appeared as part of an ensemble cast in the Forest Whitaker-directed Strapped which starred rapper and actor Fredro and Bokeem Woodbine and co-starred alongside Ice Cube and Omar Epps in the John Singleton film Higher Learning. In mid-1994, Rhymes continued to make guest appearances such as the single "Oh My God" with A Tribe Called Quest, he teamed up with Puff Daddy, LL Cool J, Rampage and former classmate The Notorious B.
I. G. on a remix to Craig Mack's song "Flava In Ya Ear", soon after he would team up again with The Notorious B. I. G. with rappers such as Bone Thugs-n-Harmony and Coolio on a posse cut, "The Points" which appeared on the soundtrack to the 1995 film Panther. At this time, Rhymes engaged in a freestyle battle rap with Ol' Dirty Bastard, rapping the first few verses of his future breakout debut single "Woo-Hah!!" in early 1995. Rhymes worked on unreleased material with artists such as Nas and Mary J. Blige; some or neither of the collaborations came to fruition, Rhymes begun recording what would be his debut studio album in late 1995. In the summer of 1995, Busta Rhymes began working on his solo debut album The Coming, a month after recording was completed, he released it in March 1996. A month before the album was released, he broke out with a hit single, "Woo Hah!! Got You All in Check", he started work on his second album, When Disaster Strikes, which would not be released until September 1997.
It produced the hit singles "Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See" and "Fire It Up". In 1998, Busta Rhymes recorded Extinction Level Event, its lead single "Gimme Some More" — which sampled Bernard Herrmann's theme from Psycho — reached No. 6 in the UK singles chart in January 1999. Busta Rhymes enjoyed further tra
Louis Mario Freese, better known by his stage name B-Real, is an American rapper and actor. He is best known for being the lead rapper in the hip hop group Cypress Hill and one of two rappers in the rap rock supergroup Prophets of Rage. Born in L. A. to a Mexican father and a Cuban mother, B-Real moved with his sister and mother out of his father's home to South Gate, California at the age of five. He ended up in the small town of Bell, California. Before dropping out of Bell High School, he befriended future Cypress Hill members Sen Dog and Mellow Man Ace and became an active member of the Family Swan Bloods, known as the Neighborhood Family Bloods at that time. After being introduced to DJ Muggs by Julio G the KDAY Mixmaster, B-Real and Sen gained interest in Muggs's concept of an album based on experiences from Cypress Ave in South Gate; the group was signed with Ruffhouse/Columbia records in 1991 and made their influential debut that year. B-Real would use fictional stories telling of life-threatening experiences as material for the group's self-titled debut album, subsequent releases.
Cypress Hill's trademark sound – an eccentric combination of B-Real's exaggeratedly high-pitched nasal vocals and DJ Muggs's distinctive beats – led to the trio becoming the first Latin rap group to have Platinum and multi-Platinum albums. They remain the best-selling Latin rap group to date. Speaking in March 2010 to noted UK urban writer Pete Lewis, Deputy Editor of the award-winning Blues & Soul, B-Real stated: "Fortunately I guess the fact we were able to achieve what we achieved, being Latino but without exploiting that side of it, showed like a whole generation behind us how you could have that success without being labeled as just one THING; because back in the day, when you were labeled'a Latino rapper', the record companies would only try to market you to that Latin fan-base which didn't EXIST yet!... So yeah, it feels good to see people recognizing us as some of the pioneers that opened the doors for a lotta these other Latino rappers to come through."Aside from Cypress Hill, B-Real has been involved in several other musical projects.
In 1996, he contributed to the soundtrack for the movie Space Jam. In 2002, he teamed up with Mellow Man Ace and Son Doobie for the short-lived Serial Rhyme Killas, which released one 12" single in 2002; the group recorded a full-length debut album, entitled Deluxe Rapture. B-Real formed a rap metal group, with Deftones guitarist Stephen Carpenter and Fear Factory members Christian Olde Wolbers and Raymond Herrera. According to B-Real, Kush is more aggressive than other bands in the genre, he was previously a member of the group The Psycho Realm, in 2007 announced that he would collaborate with Sick Jacken once again on a new album. He revealed in an interview that he plans on recording a "V. S." album of Cypress member DJ Muggs. In 1998, he appeared as a newborn baby singer for The Rugrats Movie, reported as a minor role, his live streaming site Breal.tv features live interactive programming over the Internet. He is the host of the "Dr. Greenthumb Show", "The Smoke Box" and "Meditation"; as of 2016, he has joined a new group called Prophets of Rage along with Chuck D and former members of Rage Against the Machine.
In addition to his career as an MC, B-Real has worked as a music producer for six years, with clients ranging from Proof of D12 to the WWE. He intentionally kept his production for Cypress Hill down to a minimum, as not to interfere with DJ Muggs' involvement in the group, but has produced several tracks for his own solo projects. B-Real manages a team of music producers known as the'Audio Hustlaz'. B-Real produced three tracks on his solo album Smoke N Mirrors, "Don't Ya Dare Laugh", "Fire" and "Dr. Hyphenstein", looking to outside producers for the other tracks. B-Real and his production crew will be working alongside DJ Muggs and others on the upcoming Cypress Hill album. B-Real has released three mixtapes as a solo artist: Gunslinger, Gunslinger Vol. II and Gunslinger Vol. III, he released his first solo album, entitled Smoke N Mirrors and has teamed up with Snoop Dogg in a single called "Vato" for Snoop Dogg's album Tha Blue Carpet Treatment. In 2018, B-Real is featured on the Hollywood Undead song “Black Cadillac” for the band’s fifth album Five.
In the early 2000s B-Real along with DJ Muggs founded and co-captained his own professional paintball team, the Stoned Assassins. They competed regionally and internationally in the second-level divisions. B-Real and the Assassins appeared in the console game Greg Hastings Tournament Paintball. Smoke N Mirrors Cypress Hill Black Sunday III: Temples of Boom IV Skull & Bones Stoned Raiders Till Death Do Us Part Rise Up Elephants on Acid Studio albums Prophets of Rage Studio EPs The Party's Over The Gunslinger The Gunslinger Part II: Fist Full of Dollars The Gunslinger Part III: For a Few Dollars More The Harvest Vol. 1: The Mixtape The Medication The Prescription Prohibition Prohibition Part 2 Serial Killers Vol. 1 The Murder Show Prohibition Part 3 Official Website Stoned Assassins official page B-Real on IMDb
Deftones is an American alternative metal band from Sacramento, California. It was formed in 1988 by Stephen Carpenter, Abe Cunningham and Dominic Garcia. During their first five years, the band's lineup changed several times, but stabilized in 1993 when Cunningham rejoined after his departure in 1990; the lineup remained stable for fifteen years, with the exception of keyboardist and turntablist Frank Delgado being added in 1999. The band is known as one of the most experimental groups to have come from the alternative metal scene, are sometimes dubbed by critics as "the Radiohead of metal". Deftones have released eight albums since their inception. After the lineup settled in 1993, the band secured a recording contract with Maverick Records, subsequently released their debut album Adrenaline in 1995. Promoting the album by touring exhaustively with other bands in the scene, Deftones managed to gain a dedicated fan base through word of mouth, their sophomore album Around the Fur was released in 1997, reached chart positions along with its singles, became the band's first to receive certification from the RIAA.
The band found further success with their third album White Pony, which saw a transition away from their earlier sound into a more experimental direction. Its lead single "Change" is the band's most commercially successful single, the track "Elite" won a Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance, their self-titled fourth album was released in 2003. While the group's critical success continued, sales proved to be lackluster compared to White Pony; the follow-up, Saturday Night Wrist, was released in 2006 after a temporary falling out within the band due to creative tensions. Its completion was delayed by personal issues within the band, some of which influenced its material. In 2008, while Deftones were working on an album tentatively titled Eros, Cheng was involved in a traffic collision; as a result, he was left in a minimally conscious state until his death in 2013 of cardiac arrest. After Cheng's accident, Deftones halted production on Eros. Quicksand bassist Sergio Vega, who had filled in as a touring member to replace Cheng became his permanent replacement.
The band released Koi No Yokan in 2010 and 2012 respectively. Their latest release, titled Gore, was released in 2016; when Stephen Carpenter was 15 years old, he was hit by a car while skateboarding. Confined to a wheelchair for several months, he began teaching himself guitar by playing along to bands such as Anthrax, Stormtroopers of Death and Metallica; the driver paid Carpenter a cash settlement that allowed the band to purchase equipment, but Abe Cunningham commented in a 2007 interview that the story about the settlement was "a myth about how our band was started." Carpenter and Chino Moreno were childhood friends. All three went to C. K. McClatchy High School in Sacramento and remained friends through the city's skateboarding scene. Carpenter was a fan of heavy metal, Moreno was interested in hardcore punk bands such as Bad Brains and post-punk and new wave bands such as Depeche Mode; when Moreno found out that Carpenter played guitar, he set up a jam session with Cunningham, who played drums, the three began playing in Carpenter's garage around 1988.
They recruited bassist Dominic Garcia some time after, the band became a four-piece. When Cunningham left Deftones to join Phallucy, another band from Sacramento, Garcia switched to drums. Chi Cheng joined to play bass, the band recorded a four-track demo soon afterwards. John Taylor replaced Garcia on drums in 1991, until Cunningham's return in 1993. Within two years, the band began playing club shows and expanded their gigging territory to San Francisco and Los Angeles, where they played shows alongside bands such as Korn. While closing for another band in L. A. after the majority of the audience had left, the band impressed a Maverick Records representative. They were signed to the label after performing three of their songs for Freddy DeMann and Guy Oseary. Carpenter created the band's name by combining the hip hop slang term "def" with the suffix "-tones,"; the name is a pun on the term "tone deaf." The band's debut album, was recorded at Bad Animals Studio in Seattle and released on October 3, 1995.
It was produced by Deftones and Terry Date. While they were unsuccessful, the band built a dedicated fan base through extensive touring, word-of-mouth and Internet promotion. Through their efforts, Adrenaline went on to sell over 220,000 copies, it is regarded as an important part of the 1990s nu metal movement. An early track which predated Adrenaline but did not make the album's final cut was "Teething"; the band can be seen performing the song live during one of the film's scenes. The album spent 21 weeks on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, reaching a peak position of 23; when asked what he attributed the album's success to, Cheng responded. We've been together for eight years, on the road for two, we do it with honesty and integrity—and the kids can tell"; the album was certified gold by the RIAA on July 7, 1999, was certified platinum on September 23, 2008. Regarding the recording of the al
A music genre is a conventional category that identifies some pieces of music as belonging to a shared tradition or set of conventions. It is to be distinguished from musical form and musical style, although in practice these terms are sometimes used interchangeably. Academics have argued that categorizing music by genre is inaccurate and outdated. Music can be divided into different genres in many different ways; the artistic nature of music means that these classifications are subjective and controversial, some genres may overlap. There are varying academic definitions of the term genre itself. In his book Form in Tonal Music, Douglass M. Green distinguishes between form, he lists madrigal, canzona and dance as examples of genres from the Renaissance period. To further clarify the meaning of genre, Green writes, "Beethoven's Op. 61 and Mendelssohn's Op. 64 are identical in genre – both are violin concertos – but different in form. However, Mozart's Rondo for Piano, K. 511, the Agnus Dei from his Mass, K. 317 are quite different in genre but happen to be similar in form."
Some, like Peter van der Merwe, treat the terms genre and style as the same, saying that genre should be defined as pieces of music that share a certain style or "basic musical language." Others, such as Allan F. Moore, state that genre and style are two separate terms, that secondary characteristics such as subject matter can differentiate between genres. A music genre or subgenre may be defined by the musical techniques, the style, the cultural context, the content and spirit of the themes. Geographical origin is sometimes used to identify a music genre, though a single geographical category will include a wide variety of subgenres. Timothy Laurie argues that since the early 1980s, "genre has graduated from being a subset of popular music studies to being an ubiquitous framework for constituting and evaluating musical research objects". Among the criteria used to classify musical genres are the trichotomy of art and traditional musics. Alternatively, music can be divided on three variables: arousal and depth.
Arousal reflects the energy level of the music. These three variables help explain why many people like similar songs from different traditionally segregated genres. Musicologists have sometimes classified music according to a trichotomic distinction such as Philip Tagg's "axiomatic triangle consisting of'folk','art' and'popular' musics", he explains that each of these three is distinguishable from the others according to certain criteria. The term art music refers to classical traditions, including both contemporary and historical classical music forms. Art music exists in many parts of the world, it emphasizes formal styles that invite technical and detailed deconstruction and criticism, demand focused attention from the listener. In Western practice, art music is considered a written musical tradition, preserved in some form of music notation rather than being transmitted orally, by rote, or in recordings, as popular and traditional music are. Most western art music has been written down using the standard forms of music notation that evolved in Europe, beginning well before the Renaissance and reaching its maturity in the Romantic period.
The identity of a "work" or "piece" of art music is defined by the notated version rather than by a particular performance, is associated with the composer rather than the performer. This is so in the case of western classical music. Art music may include certain forms of jazz, though some feel that jazz is a form of popular music. Sacred Christian music forms an important part of the classical music tradition and repertoire, but can be considered to have an identity of its own; the term popular music refers to any musical style accessible to the general public and disseminated by the mass media. Musicologist and popular music specialist Philip Tagg defined the notion in the light of sociocultural and economical aspects: Popular music, unlike art music, is conceived for mass distribution to large and socioculturally heterogeneous groups of listeners and distributed in non-written form, only possible in an industrial monetary economy where it becomes a commodity and in capitalist societies, subject to the laws of'free' enterprise... it should ideally sell as much as possible.
Popular music is found on most commercial and public service radio stations, in most commercial music retailers and department stores, in movie and television soundtracks. It is noted on the Billboard charts and, in addition to singer-songwriters and composers, it involves music producers more than other genres do; the distinction between classical and popular music has sometimes been blurred in marginal areas such as minimalist music and light classics. Background music for films/movies draws on both traditions. In this respect, music is like fiction, which draws a distinction between literary fiction and popular fiction, not always precise. Country music known as country and western, hillbilly music, is a genre of popular music that originated in the southern United States in the early 1920s; the polka is a Czech dance and genre of dance music familiar throughout Europe and the Americas. Rock music is a broad genre of popular music that originated as "rock and roll" in the United States in the early 1950s, developed into a range of different styles in the 1960s and particular
Ill Niño is an American heavy metal band formed in New Jersey in 1999 by founder/drummer Dave Chavarri. Ill Niño developed their own unique style known to fans of the band as "Latin metal", they have released 7 studio albums, 2 EPs, 1 greatest hits album, selling over 2 million albums worldwide. The first incarnation of the band came to life in 1998. Calling themselves "El Niño", the band played a handful of shows from 1998-1999; the band was best described as "Latino Hardcore". The group's initial line-up was formed in 1998 by Dave Chavarri on drums, Jorge Rosado on vocals, Cristian Machado on bass, Marc Rizzo on guitar. In early 1999 "El Niño". After a long departure Chavarri returned from a tour with Soulfly and was presented with all new material written by Cristian Machado. Cristian Machado and Dave Chavarri re-branded the band as "Ill Niño"; the musical style having a more focused and commercial Latin Percussive sound would lead to a 5 song demo, which attracted a large signing offer from Roadrunner Records.
After several years of struggling as "El Niño" the band was now a new creative machine. The "Ill Niño" "2000 EP" was released locally in early 2000; the songs on "2000 EP" were written by Cristian Machado and all instruments were performed and recorded as a 3-piece, by Cristian Machado, Marc Rizzo, Dave Chavarri. The "2000 EP" was engineered by Laz Pina. Machado having brought Marc Rizzo intot he band a year earlier, now sought a rhythm guitar player. Jardel Paisante was asked to join "Ill Niño" after Cristian Machado watched him perform at a local Newark, NJ club. Chavarri now focused on bringing in Roger Vasquez to take over the band's percussion. Chavarri asked close personal friend Laz Pina to play bass; the buzz in the NY/NJ metal scene from the "2000 EP" was so strong it scored them heavy rotation on Seton Hall University's WSOU Pirate Radio. The band went on to book a string of shows and "Ill Niño" signed to Roadrunner Records after just 5 performances; the act had struggled for 2 years to garner attention and with the release of the "2000 EP" everything changed.
The band now attracted attention from local radio stations and record labels. With their "performing" line-up now complete, Ill Niño was ready to take on the world. On September 18, 2001, Ill Niño released their debut album, titled "Revolution, Revolución". In support of the album's release, Ill Niño toured intensively for 19 straight months throughout America and Japan, notably being a part of the U. S. Road Rage Tour with Fear Factory and Machine Head, landing prestigious tours such as Ozzfest, Jägermeister tour, Germany's Rock Am Ring/ Rock Im Park, Spain's Festimad Festival, the UK's Download Festival, Holland's Dynamo Festival, Belgium's Graspop Metal Meeting; the album's single, "What Comes Around," received significant airplay on MTV and enjoyed a long shelf life in the top 20 Active Rock radio charts, the song topped at #1 on the Mediabase Active Rock radio charts for 5 weeks. "Revolution, Revolución" went on to sell over 450,000 albums worldwide and still shifts units till this day.
In 2002, Soulfly / Sepultura vocalist Max Cavalera called the band "one of the coolest bands coming out of the metal scene" and asked the band's vocalist Cristian Machado to perform on a song off Soulfly's third album "3". Machado being a huge Sepultura fan, agreed immediately. Together they shared lead vocal duties on one of Soulfly's most eclectic tracks "One". In early 2003, right before Ill Niño was set to record the follow-up to "Revolution, Revolución", the band parted ways with guitarist Marc Rizzo and percussionist Roger Vasquez; the band decided to trudge forward and continued to finalize the rest of the songs for their follow up to "Revolution, Revolución" as a 4 piece. Within 2 short months, the band was ready to go into the studio. In the summer of 2003 Ill Niño entered the studio with Bob Marlette to record what would become their best selling album to date "Confession". During the recording process Ill Niño recruited lead guitarist Ahrue Luster and brought in Brazilian percussionist ex Point 4 Hope member, Danny Couto.
Confession was released on September 30, 2003. The album debuted at No. 37 on the Billboard 200 charts. The lead single "How Can I Live" was featured on the Freddy vs. Jason, was their first single to break into the Billboard charts, peaking at No. 26 on the mainstream rock charts. Upon the release of Confession, the band achieved headlining status and embarked on RoadRunner's Road Rage Tour in Europe with Chimaira and Spineshank, as well as headlining stages in South America, such as the Vive Latino Festival in Mexico twice, as well as stages in Europe, the UK, Japan. Confession continues to sell to this day; the band's third effort, One Nation Underground, was released on September 27, 2005. The album debuted at No. 101 on the Billboard 200 charts, its first single "What You Deserve" became the no. 1 most added track at Active Rock radio, reached the Top 20 on the Active Rock charts. On July 15, 2006, Ill Niño parted with Roadrunner Records. Ill Niño stated that "The split with Roadrunner was amicable, but a needed step in the band’s career".
Nine days Ill Niño signed a new deal with the formed Cement Shoes Records. Towards the end of the One Nation Underground touring cycle, Jardel Paisante left the band, desiring to be home with family. Jardel was replaced by band friend Diego Verduzco; that same year, on September 29, Roadrunner Records released "The Best of Ill Niño" as part of the band's contractual obligation to Roadrunner Records, without the band's consent or involveme
Obsolete is the third studio album by American industrial metal band Fear Factory, released on July 28, 1998. Conceptually, it is a sequel to 1995's Demanufacture. With the success of its fourth single, "Cars," a Gary Numan cover that featured Numan himself on vocals, Obsolete would break Fear Factory into the mainstream and remain their highest selling album; the group began writing and pre-production in late 1997. This came to a sudden halt when Ozzy Osbourne invited Fear Factory to open for the reunited Black Sabbath at two sold-out stadium shows at the Birmingham NEC. Fear Factory headlined their own concert on December 7 in London; the band intended to return to work on their album in Los Angeles until late January when they would record in Vancouver with producers Rhys Fulber and Greg Reely. The working title Obsolete was announced during this time. In a first, guitarist Dino Cazares tuned down to A for this album. Gary Numan appears at the beginning of "Obsolete" and on the cover of his own 1979 song "Cars."
"Edgecrusher" is an unusual track in that during parts of the song, Olde Wolbers plays a stand-up bass, while the breakdown features hip hop scratching. The latter would prove to be a point of contention not only with purist listeners, but within the band itself: According to Herrera, Olde Wolbers' suggestion to include it was met by strong resistance from Cazares, as did a number of other experimental ideas. A concept story continues where Demanufacture left off. Obsolete is about the future of mankind, it was inspired by the band's belief. Bell explained, "We're up to the point in the story. Man has created these machines to make his life easier; the machines he created are now destroying him. Man is not the primary citizen on earth."However, a hero named Edgecrusher sets out to destroy the machines and save humanity. The story of Obsolete was inspired by books like The Boys from Brazil, Brave New World, 1984; the CD booklet features a narrative that details one chapter in the conflict between humankind and technology which corresponds with the songs.
Illustrations by artist Dave McKean, famous for his work in comic books, are based on themes or characters from the record. Bell explained the wealth of booklet content: "That was the only way to bring the concept out; when you read the words, you can visualize it in your head. The music helps to augment that. It's like a mini-graphic novel with Dave McKean artwork throughout it and a great story that goes along with the music... The challenge was to make a story out of it, it was kind of difficult to join all of these elements together. But to us, challenge is the greatest thing. Challenge makes us strive for greater ideas and concepts." Edgecrusher is protagonist. In the songs "Shock", "Descent", "Hi-Tech Hate", "Resurrection", Burton C. Bell portrays Edgecrusher as the one singing the lyrics; the closer song, "Timelessness", is about him as well. As he has been captured by the Securitron in the story's conclusion, the song captures his words of fear and despair as he is in jail or in the process of being executed.
The Securitron are the antagonists in the story and their name is part of the album's song, "Securitron". Securitron is an organization that embodies the law enforcement of the machine-controlled society set in the story, they appear to be all over the world and to ensure no crime goes unseen and they have set large monitors in various places to keep humanity under their view. It is clear that a machine-controlled world state is in effect in the story but whether or not Securitron is the world state itself is unknown; this is much like how The Party in Nineteen Eighty-Four utilized the telescreens on the population of Oceania. They themselves are cyborgs as implied by how one of the enforcers is mentioned having gloved hands, they come out victorious against Edgecrusher as in the end of the album they capture and imprison him. Smasher/Devourer is the secondary antagonist in the story and is the name of a song on the album. From the description given in the album's booklet, the Smasher/Devourer is a large robot with an "egg-like frame" and "its arms are weaponry for protection": no further information on its design is given and what the machine could look like is left to the imagination, but the description recalls the design of ED-209 from the RoboCop movies though the design is influenced by the Terminator.
It was created by humanity to serve as law-enforcement but was re-programmed by the Securitron. The machine is last mentioned in the booklet's page for the song "Descent" and its status after, unclear; the whole plot of the album is presented in the album booklet in the form of a movie script with the lyrics intertwined in the story itself. The prologue is the following: "2076 A. D. Everything that you believe to be true is a contradiction. Imagine a world, suffering a slow decay, a culture on the edge of extinction. A world in chaos brought to obedient order by the machines; the linear programming that the system machine created to bring order is failing due to the one variable the machines cannot compute... humanity. In this time, man has become a docile creature herded into submission under the mechanical laws that apply and desensitized for their convenience. However, there are certain persons drawn together for reasons that are grounds for punishment, or death; these people long and yearn for a change within the infrastructure, a better way of life