2021 SONG DRAFT- ROUND 5 PICK 9- QUINN MADDUX SELECTS ‘ZERO SIGNAL’- FEAR FACTORY

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2021 Song Draft- Round 5 Pick 9- Quinn Maddux selects- ”Zero Signal’- Fear Factory.

Zero Signal – Fear Factory

Album: Demanufacture

Written by: Burton Bell, Raymond Herrera, Dino Cazares

Time: 5:56 Album

I have to admit that I am not much of industrial metal fan. I am sure some others in this group could direct me to some other industrial metal groups worth listening to. My exposure to this song comes from the Mortal Kombat film where it was the music played during the Scorpion – Johnny Cage fight. It was also featured in the games Carmegeddon and Messiah. I listened to other songs by Fear Factory and I just cannot get into them.

After this review I am going to post the lyrics for this song because, quite frankly, Burton Bell is difficult to understand.

This song is powerful – the drum beat and bass line just has a overpowering drive to them. The first time I really sat and listened to this song, I wondered if I was hearing autotoms. Opening intro is about a minute and the conclusion is the right mix of sounds. Honestly, the song is good the only negative for me is the next two ‘graphs.

While I am generally not a fan of other people covering or performing songs that were recorded by other artists (yes I am looking at you Sheryl Crow and your Led Zeppelin ‘covers’ (don’t @ me)) I really would like to hear someone besides Burton Bell sing this. I am not saying change up the pacing or anything else, I would like to have heard a prime Axl Rose sing this, or the late Peter Steele from Type O Negative have put their voices to this one.

Understand I know that Burton Bell was the voice for Fear Factor until he left last year, but my curiosity is just too much on hearing a different voice on this. As promised here are the lyrics to Zero Signal.

So withdrawn and feeling numb

Watching life come all undone

Growing fear, a human grace

A drowning mind in a dark embrace

My life A disarray

And I Fade away I am down on my knees

Praying beyond belief

The silence deafens my ears

And welds the shackles

Onto my fears

Lost​All faith

Lost All trust

Lost All faith

Lost All trust

So withdrawn and feeling numb

Watching life come all undone

My life A disarray

And I Fade away I am down on my knees

Praying beyond belief

The silence deafens my ears

And welds the shackles

Onto my fears I have lost all faith

I have lost all trust

A sordid mesh turning to dust

A sordid mesh turning to dust

I am lost I am so numb

I am so numb

I am so numb

I am so numb

I am so numb

I am so numb​

5 responses to “2021 SONG DRAFT- ROUND 5 PICK 9- QUINN MADDUX SELECTS ‘ZERO SIGNAL’- FEAR FACTORY

  1. Metal is not my thing, but I give high marks to the lyrics. I laughed at your comment about people who do too many covers, and I totally agree. But seriously, this song could be covered by someone with a completely different style and it would sound great, imo.

  2. From Tears For Fears to Cookie Monster music is quite the swing. I have been a bit of a head-banger in my younger years but, the black/thrash/slam/industrial death metal thing, I couldn’t get into. I used to work with a guy in Texas that was into all that stuff. Most of it made my head hurt with the distorted, low tuned guitars and the “cookie monster” death growls.

    Some musicians do covers as a real tribute like “Legacy: A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours”, a 20th anniversary cover album with Elton John, Jewel, The Cranberries, Matchbox 20 and others. I don’t have an issue with musicians doing covers of other musicians (legitimately…look at how many have done Beatles songs). Sometimes they suck, sometimes they are really good. Music is in the ear of the beholder.

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