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Band Photo: Fear Factory (?)

Formed: 1991
From: Los Angeles, CA, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Background

This Los Angeles, California-based band is one of the few truly innovative acts in death metal, mixing industrial-style electronic rhythms and samples with grinding guitars and harsh vocals to create their own brutal soundscape. Formed in late 1991 with the line-up of Burton C. Bell (vocals), Dino Cazares (guitar, who has an additional side project, Brujeria ), Andrew Shives (bass) and Raymond Herrera (drums), the band rapidly made an impact with two tracks on the LA Death Metal compilation, produced by Faith No More bass player Bill Gould, and subsequently signed to Roadrunner Records.

The Colin Richardson-produced Soul Of A New Machine established Fear Factory as a genuine death metal force, with a good collection of songs delivered with originality and ferocity. Meanwhile, the band set about developing their live show on their debut tour with Brutal Truth in Europe, followed by US dates with Sick Of It All and Biohazard.

Fear Is The Mind Killer, a mini-album of remixes by Canadian industrialists Front Line Assembly, demonstrated further dimensions and possibilities available to the Factory sound by adding an industrial dance edge, bringing the band further acclaim.

Fear Factory Interviews and Features

Below are our features and interviews with Fear Factory.

Interview

Fear Factory Reconstruction Part 2

Following up with what Rex_84 did with Dino on Fear Factory's spring tour, it felt right to cover the rest of Fear Factory's history with Burton C. Bell as he is the sole member of Fear Factory to be present through the band's entire history.

We touched on Obsolete, touring with Machine Head and what exactly goes on at Gathering of the Juggalos which actually managed to viscerally disturb Burt. My main regret was not asking about the World Magnetic Tour with Metallica but the tour manager was watching me like a hawk the whole time and counting the minutes and I wanted to be concise so I cut that question out but thankfully everything else I wanted to ask made it in. More...

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Fear Factory Reconstructs "Demanufacture"

Few bands produce albums as influential and unique as Fear Factory’s “Demanufacture.” A record of such magnitude only comes around a few times per generation. It is such a great album that the Los Angeles-based band is currently celebrating its twenty-year anniversary by playing the entire album on their U.S. tour. With “Demanufacture” the band found its blueprint for future recordings. This included syncopated guitars synched with kick drums, electro-industrial sounds and aggressive-meets-melodic vocals.

Guitarist and founding member, Dino Cazares spoke to Metalunderground.com before playing a sold-out show in San Antonio, Texas. We spoke about not only the making of “Demanufacture,” but how the album developed from previous recordings, which took us back to the early days of the group. Cazares recalled not only the bands he played in before Fear Factory, but also the bands that influenced Fear Factory. Unlike many groups that find a formula that works on the first album, the first record, “Soul Of A New Machine,” showed the band in a developing stage. “Demanufacture” was the result of a combination of influences from previous groups. More...

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Fear Factory Deconstructs "The Industrialist"

Fear Factory releases its eighth studio album “The Industrialist” this week—June 5th, 2012. Although containing different cast members from the days of their defining record “Demanufacture,” “The Industrialist” is what singer Burton C. Bell describes as “Demanufacture”-plus.

As most of our readers know, Gene Hoglan is one of the most sought after drummers in metal. The list of bands he’s drummed with is longer than most paragraphs in this article. It’s for this very reason that Hoglan couldn’t make it out on Fear Factory’s first North American tour promoting “The Industrialist.” Malignancy’s Mike Heller filled in his vacancy. Matt DeVries replaced Byron Stroud as the group’s bassist, which should come as a surprise to Chimaira fans who know him as their guitarist.

Metal Underground.com caught up with Bell on the first stop of the “Noise in the Machine” tour with Shadows Fall in San Antonio. Bell gave us the scoop on the new record, lineup changes (he declined commenting on his relationship with ex-drummer Raymond Herrera) and sharing a bus with Shadows Fall. More...

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A Chat With Vocalist Burton C. Bell

Burton C. Bell is a busy man. When he’s not on the road screaming/singing his lungs out for Fear Factory, he is working on various side-projects that show a limitless abundance of creative juices flowing through Bell’s mind. His latest project, City of Fire, is releasing their self-titled debut album in physical form at the end of August. The band aims for a hard rock vibe, one that may surprise fans of Bell’s aggressive side. While on the road to a Fear Factory gig, Bell spoke to me about City of Fire's debut album, the balancing act of having many distinct projects going on at once, and hinted at a potentially-major project he may be engaging in sometime in the near future. More...

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Free Metal Music Recap For March Is Metal

Over the past couple of weeks, we've reported on numerous free label samplers and compilations, not realizing that most have been in appreciation of March Is Metal Month.

EMI Music’s Label Services is bringing metal to the masses with their “March is Metal” campaign with retailers across the US. The retail campaign includes promotions from such legendary labels as Century Media, Nuclear Blast, Earache and Candlelight along with Season of Mist, Willow Tip, Crash Music, Prospect Park and Capitol.

Along with the sampler, which includes tracks from Lacuna Coil, Five Finger Death Punch, Fear Factory, White Wizzard, Ihsahn, Gama Bomb, The Atlas Moth, Queensryche, Exodus and Arsis along with hotly anticipated pre-release tracks from Triptykon and Defeated Sanity, ELS and Caroline will also offer a limited edition T-shirt designed by Rich Hall and the MMM logo will appear on the Testament/ Exodus tour poster as a sponsor for the tour. They also sponsored “Full Metal Texas” at this year’s SXSW.

"EMI Label Services and Caroline Distribution have the privilege of working with the best labels in the Metal genre. The annual 'March is Metal Month' campaign is a platform for us to expose the great repertoire from these partners to both the trade and consumer alike,” stated Dominic Pandiscia SVP / GM of EMI Label Services and Caroline Distribution.

During the month of March, Amazon.com has a nice metal sale in their MP3 store with loads of great albums for download for $6.99 each, including most of Megadeth's Capitol-era releases, the latest albums by Pelican, Orphaned Land, Devin Townsend, Lacuna Coil, and many more.

And while we're at it, let's recap the many samplers made available for free download this month. Here are several from Amazon.com, which unfortunately are only available to those in the United States:

Here are a couple more freebies from Amazon.com as a bonus: More...

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Fear Factory's Ray Herrera Interviewed

I had the chance to sit down with Ray Herrera from Fear Factory on Tuesday, April 13th. I would personally like to say this guy is very cool and very down to earth. I had a few problems setting up the interview but it all worked out well. After the interview he was cool enough to still sit and chat for another ten or so minutes extra. This was such an honor this band is one of my favorite bands I've been listening to them since Demanufacture came out and it was cool to just sit there and chat with him. The show was great, and they sounded amazing as always! Without further blabbing, here's the interview: More...

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