Yes, Appellate Judge Rob Lineberger's hand will bleed. But if you try to bite it, he will beat you down with his gavel.
The archetypal imagery within this DVD is a documentation of one band's story, archived in a moment of time as a part of our history.
This offering by Fear Factory is a true multimedia experience. The maxi-single CD is ostensibly the main feature, but in this case the descriptor "maxi" is a misnomer: The single contains one song that clocks in at just over four minutes. In other words, the CD is almost an afterthought.
The bulk of the package is a bonus DVD with five videos that have been produced for the band's "Archetype" album. Most of those videos cross over into other media, such as movie soundtracks (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003), Saw,) or even soundtracks for movies that are based on video games (Galerians: Rion). There is also a mini-poster with the band's new logo. To their credit, Liquid 8 Records has priced the Bite the Hand that Bleeds and Related Archetypal Imagery maxi-single under ten dollars to reflect its "mini" status.
The DVD contains five videos, but three of them are for the same song. The videos are:
•"Archetype (Narrative)," 3:52
•"Archetype (Remix)," 4:23
•"Archetype (Performance)," 3:49
•"Bite the Hand that Bleeds," 3:58
The sum effect: This video-audio combo probably won't draw in new Fear Factory fans, but it will be a rare treat for current fans. You need to know where the band has come from to see where they are going with this package. I felt it went into trite, cheesy territory once too often, which neutralizes the band's historical focus on unapologetic mayhem. Fans can see past that to sense what is new for the band and what is central to their vibe. Fear Factory was on the cusp of hard rock's new feel, and this package has a bit of "me too" in it. They don't need to take this stance: Fear Factory has enough innate appeal to do their thing without the movie tie-ins, anime battles, fake blood, and other theatrics. The best news is the reasonable price, which makes the DVD-CD combo a decent value for those who want to see the men behind the music.
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• CD Maxi Single for "Bite the Hand that Bleeds"
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