NewsJuly 4, 2021 8:16 PM ET9,251 views

Fear Factory fail to debut on Billboard 200 for first time since 1995

Fear Factory

Fear Factory guitarist Dino Cazares and former vocalist Burton C. Bell

While the new Fear Factory album, Aggression Continuum, has gotten respectable reviews, its chart showing and sales results are probably the least successful of the band's 30-year career. The final Fear Factory record to feature vocalist and co-founder Burton C. Bell, Aggression Continuum is the first of the band's albums since 1995's Demanufacture to not only miss the Billboard 200, but also miss the Billboard 100 chart. The album sold 6,200 (5,200 in pure sales) in its first week of release in the United States, not a terrible showing in 2021, but not the large numbers to which Fear Factory have been accustomed to. The group's previous release, 2015's Genexus, bowed at No. 37 on the Billboard 200 after selling 10,875 copies in its debut week. In 1998, their Obsolete album kicked off a streak of seven consecutive albums to land in the Top 80 on the Billboard 200. On a positive note, Aggression Continuum did land at No. 15 on the Billboard Top Albums chart. Music journalist Ryan Downey summed up the strange situation rather nicely:
"A look at previous first-week chart positions for Fear Factory is pretty eye-opening, in terms of the state of rock and metal. The new album’s first week sales are roughly half of the previous album from 2015, but they’ve moved up on the sales chart (Billboard’s Top Albums chart is based on pure sales, unlike the Billboard 200). It’s their lowest first-week number in years, but their highest ever Top Album Sales chart position."

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Pilgrim 7/4/2021 10:37:06 PM


anonymous 7/4/2021 11:20:47 PM

Band sucks

anonymous 7/5/2021 12:35:58 AM

Holy f*ck are anonymous comments back? If yes my life just got a little better

carveyournamein 7/5/2021 5:01:11 AM


easyhateoven 7/5/2021 5:52:23 AM

poo factory

Bortslob 7/5/2021 6:01:42 AM

It's not bad

anonymous 7/5/2021 8:08:40 AM

This is strange. Dino has done a trillion podcasts promoting the album and the young crowd loves metalcore and nu-metal. You think they'd be all over this. Is it over for Fear Factory?

anonymous 7/5/2021 8:15:56 AM

Washed up.

anonymous 7/5/2021 8:51:47 AM

I like the album. Thats all, its okay, i like it It doesnt have that strong impact that Mechanize and Genexus do for me sadly. So i get why it isnt selling well. I feel like they could have taken more time to work the songs, but with court battles and money issues this may be the best we could have gotten. Oh well. It isnt like it was a shit stain, but it could have been better

anonymous 7/5/2021 10:22:06 AM

It's because of the bullshit woke lyrics. People aren't into this crap anymore. I loved FF for a long time but this pandering to the extreme left is absurd and failing to land higher on this chart is what happens.

anonymous 7/5/2021 10:36:34 AM

I see Lambgoat was suffering from their click ad revenue and decided to add the anonymous comments again 🤣 dude who runs this site is such a bitch and needs to get some more residual income. So much for pride huh Lambgoat?

anonymous 7/5/2021 10:52:35 AM

^ obviously dino cazares

anonymous 7/5/2021 10:53:12 AM

get woke, go broke

anonymous 7/5/2021 11:28:54 AM

ANONYMOUS COMMENTS!!!!!! Thank you lambgoat I missed this! And Dino is a fat douche and new album sucks hairy nuts. FF is done

anonymous 7/5/2021 11:30:35 AM

Lambgoat you should do "like" button for comments!

anonymous 7/5/2021 11:47:42 AM

I love it, much better than the last album. You know you are doing something right when you see the right wing snowflakes getting triggered. I guess they don't realise the controversial and extreme political nature that metal is, they cry when it goes against their beliefs and views.

anonymous 7/5/2021 11:58:25 AM

It is much more musically complex than recent offerings, so the run of the mill average Joe wont like it. If you love Digimortal, this is like that album but cranked up with the anger and aggression on 10.

anonymous 7/5/2021 1:35:32 PM

More like Fart Factory, amirite?

anonymous 7/5/2021 1:37:27 PM

Dino is too fat to hang Sheetrock

anonymous 7/5/2021 1:49:22 PM

Surprised. The new fear factory is actually pretty wicked. To bad Burton is not with them anymore. Doesn't matter Dino owns the name, without BCB, they're done.

anonymous 7/5/2021 2:08:12 PM

I never knew Tim Burton was in Fear Factory

anonymous 7/5/2021 3:29:22 PM

I'm just happy anonymous comments are back. I guess that chick from Year of the Knife's lawsuit threats were bogus. Color me shocked

anonymous 7/6/2021 2:37:24 PM

Holy shit guys it's been too long. Can't even come up with anything witty it's been so long.

anonymous 7/6/2021 4:27:32 PM

It's awesome! Too bad FF music is not appreciated. They were ahead of their time. You got to feel sorry for the trolls that want to downplay the music. It takes talent and creativity to continue to make music. The best the trolls can do is mention guitarist's weight. Best you run home to mommy, overgrown bullies.

anonymous 7/6/2021 6:52:04 PM

Dino? Maybe you should call Barney and Fred

anonymous 7/6/2021 9:08:57 PM

Should've borrowed more Horse the Band riffs and this wouldn't be an issue.

anonymous 7/7/2021 5:56:50 AM

I'm sure they lost fans since Burton's exit🤔

anonymous 7/11/2021 7:13:26 AM

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evil_hero 9/30/2021 11:15:20 AM


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