Transgression (album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 22, 2005 (UK)
August 23, 2005 (US, Canada)
LabelCalvin Records
Fear Factory chronology
Live on Sunset Strip
Alternative cover
Singles from Transgression
  1. "Supernova"
    Released: 2005[1]
  2. "Moment of Impact"
    Released: 2005[2]
  3. "Transgression"
    Released: 2006[3]

Transgression is the sixth studio album by American heavy metal band Fear Factory. It was released on August 22, 2005 through Calvin Records. Guest appearances include Billy Gould, the bassist of Faith No More, and Lamb of God guitarist Mark Morton, who co-wrote the song "New Promise".[4] The album was released as an enhanced CD with access to the exclusive Fear Factory website. It was also released as an enhanced DualDisc with the DVD side featuring the whole album in (48,000 kHz), music videos and "The Making of Transgression" video. One could also retrieve another bonus track, entitled "My Grave", by putting the CD into the computer and clicking the 'Music' section at the special website.

Transgression is the last album to feature original drummer Raymond Herrera and bassist/guitarist Christian Olde Wolbers who both parted ways with the band in April 2009 after original guitarist Dino Cazares returned to the band. Transgression was the first CD Fear Factory recorded since Soul of a New Machine without Rhys Fulber's input. "Moment of Impact" had a music video which found moderate airplay. The song "Transgression" was used in a scene from the 2007 thriller film Mr. Brooks. This is the first Fear Factory album to include guitar solos, with the songs "Echo of my Scream" and "New Promise" featuring one each.


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The album was met with mixed to negative reviews from both critics and fans. Many have cited the downpoint of the album being the poor production and in contrast to the band's previous albums. Additionally, while other albums had a more clean and industrial styled sound, Transgression has a more raw and less polished production style with most of the industrial elements being less prominent in the albums mix or removed completely. Guitarist Christian Olde Wolbers has stated that, in previous records, the band would usually work closely with the producer, while this time the had a producer "do everything". This resulted in a mix and sound that Christian was not happy with. He also described how he had to walk out of the studio because he wasn't pleased with his guitar sound.[7]

Wolbers stated that the band was disappointed with the album due to its hurried finish due to demands from the band's label. This also accounts for the cover songs. Had the band had more time to finish the record, more tracks would have been included, and the album overall would have sounded better.[8] 18 songs were recorded during the Transgression sessions, with five that have yet to be released. Two of them are "Ammunition" and a cover of Godflesh's "Anthem".[9]

In 2013, Christian Olde Wolbers via his Facebook page revealed more details regarding writing\recording Transgression and Archetype:

We had some really heavy shit on Transgression that never made it to the album because Burt didn't wanna sing on fast blast beat songs. We had over 20 songs. Burt picked the songs he wanted to write too. I helped create and helped write at least 60% of the vocal hooks and melodies on Archetype. I held his hand during the writing and demo process. I wrote the verse in "Cyberwaste", chorus melodies in archetype, etc... Only "Bonescraper" was done on the spot in the studio. On "Transgression" I wasn't allowed to interfere with Burt's writing process. It was Burt and Toby. When I heard the first takes I cringed and thought it was demo stage to still find the melodies etc. They told me it was a done deal and to stay out of it. Transgression, I am NOT proud of at all. It's crap. I produced Archetype. Burt produced "Transgression" with Toby Wright. That is the truth.

In 2016, Metal Hammer named Transgression as Fear Factory's worst album.[10]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics are written by Burton C. Bell, except where noted; all music is composed by Christian Olde Wolbers and Raymond Herrera, except where noted

1."540,000 Degrees Fahrenheit"4:28
3."Spinal Compression"4:12
5."Empty Vision"4:55
6."Echo of My Scream"6:58
8."New Promise" (music: Wolbers, Herrera, Mark Morton)5:13
9."I Will Follow" (U2 cover) (lyrics: Bono; music: U2)3:42
10."Millennium" (Killing Joke cover) (lyrics and music: Jaz Coleman, Martin "Youth" Glover, Kevin "Geordie" Walker)5:26
11."Moment of Impact"4:03
Total length:56:45
Exclusive download
12."My Grave"5:36
Bonus tracks for Japan
13."Slave Labor" (live)4:05
14."Cyberwaste" (live)3:40
15."Drones" (live)4:57
DVD track listing
1."540,000 Degrees Fahrenheit"4:28
3."Spinal Compression"4:10
5."Empty Vision"4:52
6."Echo of My Scream"6:57
8."New Promise"5:12
9."I Will Follow" (U2 cover)3:40
10."Millennium" (Killing Joke cover)5:24
11."Moment of Impact"4:02
12."Transgression" (music video)4:51
13."Spinal Compression" (music video)4:13
14."Moment of Impact" (music video)4:06
15."The Making of Transgression: Violation"5:44
16."The Making of Transgression: Corruption"7:23
17."The Making of Transgression: Contention"7:36

Song meanings[edit]

The title "540,000 Degrees Fahrenheit" refers to the heat in the middle of a Thermonuclear weapon explosion. The lyrics go into detail about the destruction wrought upon the body brought about by such an explosion, with the chorus lamenting the potential loss of life that may be caused by one of these devices if it was ever to be used. The title is actually a conversion of 300 000 °C.


Fear Factory[edit]

  • Burton C. Bell – vocals ("Vox Martyr Automata"), effects ("Comprehensive Supervision"); engineering
  • Christian Olde Wolbers – guitars ("Visceral Pentatonic Resonance"), bass ("Intrinsic Low End Converge"); arrangements ("Hypermutation of Musical Arrangements")
  • Raymond Herrera – drums ("Systematic Battery"); arrangements ("Hypermutation of Musical Arrangements"), engineering
  • Byron Stroud – bass* (*credited as a band member but does not perform on the album)

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Reggie Boyd – production assistant
  • Tom Jermann – visual design
  • Toby Wright – producer, engineer, mixing
  • Stephen Marcussen – mastering
  • James Musshorn – assistant engineer
  • Matt Prine – editing, visual direction
  • Shaun Thingvold – engineer
  • Chad Michael Ward – still pictures
  • Ben Templesmith – cover artwork[11]
  • Steve Tushar – engineer, design, effects ("Design Strategies For Spectral Ambience")
  • Paul Lawler – sound designer ("Additional Textured Compensation") (4 & 6)
  • Billy Gould – bass (Special Bass Enhancement) (6 & 7)
  • Russell Ali – additional guitar (7)


Chart (2005) Position
US 45[12]
US Indie 6[13]
ARIA Charts 26[14]
AUT 44[15]
BEL 74[16]
FIN 38[17]
FRA 87[18]
GER 37[19]
NLD 54[20]
SWE 56[21]
UK 77[22]


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