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Fear Factory/Raymond Herrera: Mischief Invasion

It wasn't long ago that video games were accompanied only by cheesy melodies and bouncing pings. That was before input from musicians such as Fear Factory drummer Raymond Herrera, who has provided music and sound effects for Carmageddon, Demolition Racer, Gran Turismo 4, and other games. Now Herrera brings his metallic road rage to the soundtrack for "Mischief Invasion," a film of a five-day European car rally that he likens to "the Cannonball run of 2004." Herrera and bandmate/guitarist Christian Olde-Wolbers contribute four new tunes and a remix of Fear Factory's "Archetype," featuring some of the full-throttle pummeling we've come to expect with an added electronic edge. It's a good match for the flick's unbridled street-race joy ride. Herrera's savage, sometimes maniacal approach to rhythm leads the way, while D-Downs, A Small Victory, Buckwild, and others also contribute to the CD's 15 tracks. For an all-out assault with a few chilly Killing Joke-style kickers, Fear Factory's recent "Archetype" album is a better bet; Herrera's drumming alone is worth the cost of that crushing CD. But as soundtracks go, "Mischief Invasion" warrants more spins than most. Fear Factory performs at Axis tomorrow.

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