by Goth Brooks
The latest I’ve heard is that Zack has
quit Rage Against the Machine and that the rest of the band plans to continue
making music as RATM. My advice to Timbo, Tom Morello, and Brad Wilk
would be to put FACTORY 81 vocalist Nathan Wallace in the vacant slot.
I’m willing to bet that if the offer ever came his way that he’d probably
decline quicker than lesser
vocalists would accept a choice opportunity like that. What Nathan
Wallace has with his own band Factory 81 is a hefty slice of hardcore pie,
with unusual and unexpected aspects thrown in the mix that aren’t being
utilized by many other bands on the scene at the moment. Nathan does
chant and Nathan does indeed come off as the Spiritually guided Zen Master
more than any Emo-Core vocalist you may have ever heard. The spiritual
aspect is all in the writing, because his delivery is an all out aggression
session unlike anybody considered spiritual, or at peace with ones self.
The influences I hear coming from these
native sons of Detroit are coming from their musical peers, their personal
journeys into spirituality, as well as the life experiences and worldly
views of vocalist Nate Wallace, who writes all of Factory 81’s lyrics.
The band, which formed in 1997 and consists of vocalist Wallace, guitarist
Bill Schultz, bassist Kevin Lewis, and drummer Andy Cyrulnik spent
their early years gaining a following in their native Detroit. Yes,
the legendary motor city whose musical roots were carved in stone, and
unfortunately strayed from that foundation under the flood of Hip-Hop influence
in recent years. Factory 81 had a direction when they started out,
and have not strayed from the path since their inception. With this
determination in their musical direction things have just seemed to happen
for the band since their formation. This band has been in the right
place at the right time, and made the right choices in getting their career
of the ground.
The band had originally released their
debut album Mankind on the small independent label Medea records before
signing on with bigger and more powerful independent label Mojo records,
which offered the band the company’s ability to universally distribute
Mankind. The original recording of Mankind was done in one take,
which pretty much gave
it a powerful live sound. Upon re-mastering Mankind for release by
Mojo, the band was informed by the label that Rhys Fulber (Fear Factory,
Machine Head) would be re-mixing a bonus track for the album, which met
the bands full approval. The original working title of Mankind was Man
King, but an error at the print shop sent the batch of album covers back
to the band with the title Mankind on them instead. “The option was
there to change it back,” says guitarist Bill Schultz, “but as soon as
‘Mankind’ came up, it made sense.” The topics on the album run the
gamut from social, political, and spiritual, and thanks to killer re-mastering
and re-mixing work on the album your ears will explode from the dense audio
assault of Factory 81.
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