View Full Version : Fear Factory -- Houston, TX -- May 3rd, 2012

05-03-2012, 11:22 PM
Noise in the Machine Tour
Scout Bar
Houston, TX
May 3rd, 2012

Acres of Skin
Fear Campaign
Self Bias Resistor
Zero Signal

Mechanize was listed as the first song, but it was scratched shortly before they came on.

Venue was very small, but packed. If it wasn't sold out, definitely close.

Band sounded great - they plowed through the setlist with minimal breaks. Mike and Matt both fit in quite well, so no worries for anyone who might have been concerned. Only gripe on my part is that this is pretty much identical to the Mechanize tour set list, but that is very minor. I'm sure they will be back through soon. :rocker:


05-03-2012, 11:28 PM
Ending with four songs from Demanufacture... nice. Pretty decent set, could be a couple songs longer though. The only other things I'd really like are Crash Test, Pisschrist, and something off Archetype.

05-03-2012, 11:46 PM
Agreed with the additions. Would have killed to hear Bonescraper live again.

05-04-2012, 03:42 AM
Would like to see Slave Labor and archetype. Their tour for Archetype had a great set.

Still a solid set here

05-04-2012, 05:35 AM
any info on openers?

How was the crowd?

05-04-2012, 07:02 AM
any info on openers?

Per setlist.fm, this was Shadows Fall's set (sorry, first time hearing them last night):

Thoughts Without Words
Still I Rise
Divide and Conquer
Stepping Outside the Circle
The Power of I and I
Fire From the Sky
King of Nothing
What Drives the Weak
The Unknown
The Light That Blinds

I was really impressed by their set, and definitely will check them out. Since I really don't know their material, can't really say what was a highlight to me. The couple of new songs that were mentioned as new sounded really good.

Other openers were: Legacy of Disorder (mentioned they were going to be opening for GWAR in November), Devastated, The Browning, and some other band that was playing right when doors opened. They were ok, but I would have been happy if they had cut one of them and extended Fear Factory's time.

How was the crowd?

Like I mentioned originally, the venue was really, really small. Extremely intimate. Crowd was sparse for the first two bands, but filled up by the time Devastated came on. No pit or anything until Shadows Fall played. Lead singer dove into the crowd for the last song, and, fortunately, was able to recover his wedding ring that slipped off when he did that. :eek:

For Fear Factory, I was literally up against the stage (no barrier or security in front) in front of Burton. As a result, we had people up on stage occasionally, and a few stage divers. There looked to be a pretty healthy pit going as well the few times I looked behind.

Got to "sing" the chorus to Linchpin when Burton dropped the mic in front of me. Maybe a little fanboy-ish of me since I have been seeing their shows since 1992, but that was pretty cool.

The show is well worth the price of admission.

05-04-2012, 08:59 AM
Man, you're missin out on Shadows Fall. Definitely check them out. Listen to the albums War Within and Retribution.

05-04-2012, 03:00 PM
pretty discouraged they didn't bother to change the set much. pretty fuckin lazy.

05-04-2012, 03:09 PM
pretty discouraged they didn't bother to change the set much. pretty fuckin lazy.

They have two brand new members, one literally just joined a couple weeks ago. The set's not going to change for a while, and i have no problem with that. Even if they play this exact set at Shockwave, I'll be happy.

05-04-2012, 04:52 PM
the last time I saw Fear Factory

Strapping Young Lad and Soilwork opened. Have to admit, SYL doing a hometown show just DESTROYED everyone. Devin was hilarious on stage. Id totally see Burton C Bell and Co. live again as they were just as much of a treat as SYL/Soilwork.

05-04-2012, 07:33 PM
I'm sure once The Industrialist comes out the setlist will add some more songs from it, and drop some other ones.

05-05-2012, 06:31 PM
anything from Archetype will never be played as long as Dino is in the band.

Mediocre set IMO as not much from SOANM, but I'm loving the last 5 songs

Self Bias Resistor
Zero Signal

I'll be at the Chicago show as I'm a longtime FF fan and love Shadows Fall.

05-06-2012, 08:04 PM
anything from Archetype will never be played as long as Dino is in the band.

That sucks ass. Archetype was what got me into Fear Factory (If I recall correctly, it was Slave Labor and Cyberwaste that sold me).

Pretty cool set though. The last four songs in FF's set would have killed me if I had seen them in San Antonio on opening night.

05-07-2012, 11:36 AM
Fear Factory is always solid live.. on paper this set is a little bland and almost reads like a greatest hits album.. most times I've seen them they've busted out at least one additional song from SOANM (Scumgrief last time) and they threw in H-K when I saw them on 70,000 Tons of Metal last year. It's also kind of weird that the songs are all grouped by album. But I'm going Thursday in Philly and am definitely looking forward to it still. They always have such amazing energy live and I do love all of these songs so I shouldn't really complain.