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Ascension Of The Watchers

Formed: 2002
From: PA, United States
Last Known Status: Active

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Below is our complete Ascension Of The Watchers news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Ascension Of The Watchers Cancels European Tour

Ascension Of The Watchers, the band featuring Fear Factory vocalist Burton C. Bell has posted the following message online.

"My dear friends, it is with great sadness that I inform all of you that the Ascension Of The Watchers tour that was scheduled for November 27 - December 13 had to be cancelled due to the lack of ticket pre-sales.

"In these troubling economic times, the risk of the tour failing was too great for all parties involved. After much consideration, cancelling the tour for this season was the best course of action.

"To those who did buy advance tickets, thank you for your support! I assure you that this is only a temporary setback and The Watchers will reschedule more dates at a later time. I am hoping that time will be very soon."

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Ascension Of The Watchers Announces European Shows

Ascension Of The Watchers, the band featuring Fear Factory vocalist Burton C. Bell has lined up a European tour beginning in November.

The tour dates are as follows:

November
27 - Eindhoven, Netherlands - Effenaar (Small Room)
28 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Melkweg
30 - Cologne, Germany - Underground

December
2 - Logo - Hamburg, Germany
3 - Kato - Berlin, Germany
4 - Arena Club - Vienna, Austria
5 - Kantine - Augsburg, Germany
6 - Dietikon - Zurich Switzerland
7 - Die Rohre - Stuttgart, Germany
9 - Zodiac - Oxford, England
10 - Bar Academy - Birmingham, England
12 - Barfly - Liverpool, England
13 - Academy 2 - Sheffield, England
14 – Underworld - London, England

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Fear Factory Plans To Record New Album

In a posting via the official Fear Factory Myspace, it has been confirmed that next year will see a new Fear Factory album and a full world tour from the band. No further details are available at this time.

The band is currently on hold while members pursue other projects such as lead singer Burton C. Bell's band Ascension Of The Watchers.

Fear Factory is also unsigned at the present moment.

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Ascension of the Watchers Posts New Video Online

Ascension of the Watchers, the project featuring Fear Factory vocalist Burton C. Bell, keyboardist John Bechdel (False Icons, Fear Factory, Ministry, Murder Inc.), and guitarist Edu Mussi (Still Life Decay) has posted the video for their song “On The River” online. The song comes from the band’s first full-length record, "Numinosum," released in late February 2008 via Ministry main man Al Jourgensen’s 13th Planet Records. You can watch the video below. More...

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Burton C. Bell Talks About Involvement w/ Ministry

Fear Factory and Ascension Of The Watchers frontman Burton C. Bell speaks about involvement in Ministry's latest album "The Last Sucker" and in the upcoming covers collection "Cover Up":

'It was last January [2007], I was talking to a friend, and my friend goes, 'Yeah, MINISTRY is in the studio recording their last record." I was like, 'Their last record?' 'Yeah, it's their very last record.' 'Really?!' And I was thinking to myself, 'Man, if I want to get involved with this, this is the time.' So what did I do? The very next day I called up Al [Jourgensen, MINISTRY mainman]. I was like, 'Al, this is Burton. I met you (at your last New York City show), I know you're doing your last record. I would love to offer my services. I'm there, if you want me I'm there.' He called me like a week later, 'We want you on our record. Come on down.' So he flew me down. I was down there for two weeks. We did 'End Of Days', 'Die In A Crash'. I did another song, it's not on the record, I don't know what happened to it. I started doing those cover songs. It was just like, 'Yeah, this is cool.'"

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Ascension Of The Watchers Add East Coast Dates

ASCENSION OF THE WATCHERS, the band featuring FEAR FACTORY frontman Burton C. Bell and John Bechdel (MINISTRY, KILLING JOKE, FALSE ICONS), has scheduled the following dates:

Feb. 18 - New York, NY - Chapel of Sacred Mirrors
Feb. 19 - Washington, DC - The Red and The Black
Feb. 20 - Passaic, NJ - Loop Lounge
Feb. 21 - Philadelphia, PA - The Khyber

ASCENSION OF THE WATCHERS will release its full-length debut, "Numinosum", on February 19, 2008 via MINISTRY frontman Al Jourgensen's 13th Planet Records

"Numinosum" track listing:

01. Ascendant
02. Evading
03. Residual Presence
04. Canon For My Beloved
05. Moon Shine
06. Becoming Mars
07. On The River
08. Violent Morning
09. Like Falling Snow
10. Sounds Of Silence
11. Quintessence

Burton C. Bell recently spoke to MTV.com about ASCENSION OF THE WATCHERS.

"I've never really considered myself a metal guy," Bell explained. "Yeah, I've been in a metal-industrial band, but the music I've always listened to has been much different, which is maybe why the vocals I did with FEAR FACTORY were different than those of other metal singers. But I definitely wanted to do something much different this time. The music is completely personal, and it lets me try techniques I haven't previously had the chance to explore. We used to always say we were expanding the boundaries in FEAR FACTORY. Well, now I'm really stepping out of the boundaries."

Regarding the current status of FEAR FACTORY, Bell said, "FEAR FACTORY is on hiatus. As far as I know, it's not over. I just wanted to work on some other stuff. I've been part of FEAR FACTORY since its inception, and 17 years later I need to do something else for a while. And FEAR FACTORY doesn't have a record deal, so there's no contractual obligation to move forward with that, so right now it's all about the WATCHERS."

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Fear Factory Singer Talks About New Band

FEAR FACTORY singer Burton C. Bell recently spoke to MTV.com about his new band, ASCENSION OF THE WATCHERS, which will release its debut full-length, "Numinosum", next month.

"I've never really considered myself a metal guy," Bell explained. "Yeah, I've been in a metal-industrial band, but the music I've always listened to has been much different, which is maybe why the vocals I did with FEAR FACTORY were different than those of other metal singers. But I definitely wanted to do something much different this time. The music is completely personal, and it lets me try techniques I haven't previously had the chance to explore. We used to always say we were expanding the boundaries in FEAR FACTORY. Well, now I'm really stepping out of the boundaries."

Regarding the current status of FEAR FACTORY, Bell said, "FEAR FACTORY is on hiatus. As far as I know, it's not over. I just wanted to work on some other stuff. I've been part of FEAR FACTORY since its inception, and 17 years later I need to do something else for a while. And FEAR FACTORY doesn't have a record deal, so there's no contractual obligation to move forward with that, so right now it's all about the WATCHERS." More...

Read the full article at MTV.com.

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Ministry Frontmans Cover Album To Surface In April

Al Jourgensen's band MINISTRY may be releasing their final studio album — "The Last Sucker" — on September 18 on 13th Planet/Megaforce Records, but that doesn't mean Jourgensen is saying good-bye to the inside of a recording studio. As a matter of fact, Jourgensen plans to spend significantly more time in the studio doing what he loves best — collaborating. And collaboration is at the root of "Cover Up", a soon-to-be-released album of some of Al's personal favorite songs being recorded by MINISTRY & CO-CONSPIRATORS in his El Paso, TX compound, 13th Planet Studios. MINISTRY & CO-CONSPIRATORS' "Cover Up" is expected to street in April 2008.

In addition to core MINISTRY members guitarist Sin Quirin (REVOLTING COCKS) and bassist Paul Raven (KILLING JOKE, PRONG, MOB RESEARCH), Jourgensen enlisted an impressive group of co-conspirators for "Cover Up" — FEAR FACTORY frontman Burton C. Bell (also of ASCENSION OF THE WATCHERS) sings on THE ROLLING STONES' "Under My Thumb", Tony Campos (bass) and Wayne Static (vocals) from STATIC-X are on THE BEATLES' "I Want You (She's So Heavy)", and PRONG's Tommy Victor (vocals) and MOUNTAIN's Leslie West (guitar) do justice to MOUNTAIN's classic "Mississippi Queen". "Cover Up" will also include MINISTRY's cover of THE DOORS' "Roadhouse Blues" (which can also be found on "The Last Sucker"), as well as RAM JAM's "Black Betty", DEEP PURPLE's "Space Truckin'", LOUIS ARMSTRONG's "Wonderful World" and "Radar Love" by GOLDEN EARRING. Additional featured artists, including CHEAP TRICK's Robin Zander (vocals) and Rick Nielsen (guitar), and tracks are in the works.

"It's a work in progress," states Jourgensen, "based on who's on tour and comin' through town. It keeps everything spontaneous. By now, everyone knows if they're droppin' by the studio, I'm gonna put them to work. I've got a few more surprises up my sleeve for this one.

"I'm just waiting on a few more return calls," laughs Jourgensen, "Seems like lately if you visit the 13th Planet compound, you'll end up on 'Cover Up' or I'll end up signing you to my label — or both," sites Jourgensen in reference to 13th Planet Records recent signing of Victor's PRONG and Bell's ASCENSION OF THE WATCHERS).

After 10 albums and 27 years (including a 2006 Grammy nomination for "Lieslieslies" from the "Rio Grande Blood" album, and a Grammy nod in 2005 for "The Great Satan" from "Rantology", Jourgensen has decided that the MINISTRY garage is ready to close its doors, but the revolving 13th Planet Studio doors remain open for Jourgensen's collaborations and also for upcoming new signings for his 13th Planet imprint. "The Last Sucker" is MINISTRY's 11th — and absolutely final — studio offering. "The Last Sucker" is the third in an unrelenting and uber-critical CD trilogy aimed at exposing the plethora of foils, failures and fabrications perpetrated by the George W. Bush administration.

"The Last Sucker" was produced and recorded this past spring by Jourgensen at his 13th Planet compound and sees the return of "Rio Grande Blood" musicians Victor on guitars, Raven on bass, with newcomer guitarist Quirin. Jourgensen and his engineer John "Bixby" Bilberry handled all the drum programming. In addition, Bell makes a vocal appearance on "Die In A Crash", as well as the album's final two songs, "End of Days" Parts One and Two.

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Fear Factory Frontman's Side Project To Release EP

Fear Factory frontman Burton C. Bell is finally to release an EP called 'Iconoclast' from his side project Ascension Of The Watchers. Initially, this will only be available on vinyl through the band's official website. Apart from Bell, the only other member of the Watchers is former Killing Joke/Prong keyboard player John Bechdel.

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