Riot Radio – Fear Factory – Zero Signal

“The silence deafens my ears and welds the shackles onto my fears…”

Similarly to our Street Fightin’ look at KMFDM last week, Los Angeles Techno Metal giants Fear Factory also got into the act of lending one of their songs to a kick ass fight scene in a way-better-than-it-had-any-right-to-be mid-90’s video game adaptation.

Of course this was the live action Mortal Kombat, not the direct-to-VHS animated feature that looked like I drew all the key art with my left hand. Maybe foot. Similarly but different to how the live action Street Fighter movie was hot garbage but the anime was a modern masterpiece. You win some you lose some.

Demanufacture’s Zero Signal contains all the Fear Factory trademarks, Dino Casarez’s buzzsaw riffing over then-drummer Ray Herrera’s breakneck staccato drum beats and band stalwart Rhys Fulbur’s spacey electronics, the perfect match for the film’s hard hitting meeting between series mainstays Johnny Cage and Scorpion. Just as it was with KMFDM, this was my first exposure to Fear Factory and I’ve been a fan of their Terminator-inspired future shock brand of industrio-thrash ever since.


Fear Factory hits the scene again this summer, releasing a new record called Genexus at the end of the week and playing here in Philly at Underground Arts next Saturday the 15th. We’ll be reviewing both the album and show as soon as we can so keep your eyes peeled for those. Mortal Kombat is of course, Mortal Kombat. If you haven’t played the new game, checked out its DLC or picked up Mezco’s best ever action figures for the franchise then crawl out from under the rock where you’ve been living and go rip someone’s spine out.


Kevin Hawkey is the co-founder, head writer and editor of Riot-Nerd. He enjoys Fighting Games, Metal, Marvel, Horror and all the weird shit in between. A lifelong Philadelphian just as comfortable in a circle pit at Underground Arts as he is drooling over the new Hot Toys figures at Brave New Worlds, Kevin’s idiosyncratic sensibility gives this site it’s unique dichotomy between “riot” and “nerd”.

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