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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.

Latest Fear Factory News

Below is our complete Fear Factory 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.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Fear Factory Wishes You A Happy Thanksgiving

Fear Factory, which just cancelled 2015 European tour dates to work on an upcoming ninth album, has now checked in from the road with a Thanksgiving message to fans:

"Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Enjoy this day with your family and friends.

"We are in India and they do not celebrate Thanksgiving here but that doesn't mean that we can't celebrate a Thanksgiving with our metal brothers."

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Fear Factory Cancels European Tour

Fear Factory has been forced to cancel the previously annonced European Tour with Intronaut and Chabtan, scheduled for spring 2015.

Explains Fear Factory: "To our fans in Europe, The UK, and Ireland; We regretfully MUST postpone the tour until Summer 2015 in order to complete our forthcoming, and ninth, studio album.

"This is an important album for us, so we wish to complete it properly so that we release a great album for our fans. We will see you soon! Sincerely, Fear Factory." More...

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Metalunderground.com Official Podcast, Episode 31

We’re changing things up this week on the MetalUnderground.com Official Podcast. We’ve heard your “I thought this was supposed to be underground!” cries loud and clear, which is why we’ve decided to shut up about Slipknot. For now.

Instead, we’re inviting all unsigned metal and hard rock bands to submit songs to podcast@metalunderground.com, which we’ll feature as intro and outro music. A brief plug will accompany the tunes, so help us keep things underground by helping us help you expose yourself. Not in THAT way.

This week features two songs, “Disconnect” and “Moving Forward,” from Lynchburg, Virginia rockers SingleSide. The tracks appear on the group’s full-length album “Moving Forward” (reviewed here). SingleSide is currently at work on a new album.

Also, if you live in or near South Florida, or have friends there, don’t forget to throw in for our upcoming ticket giveaways through Revolution Live in Fort Lauderdale. The first is for The Black Dahlia Murder (supported by Suicide Silence) on Monday, October 13th, followed by Attila (supported by Crown The Empire and Like Moths To Flames) on Friday, November 14th. If interested, please submit your full name matching your ID to the email address above, with one (or both) of the headlining acts in the subject heading.

Next, co-host Mike Smith (OverkillExposure) uses Fear Factory’s recent signing to Nuclear Blast as an opportunity to reflect on the past, bygone greatness of Roadrunner Records, once the standard bearer in all things metal, now a corporate husk of its former glorious self.

[CORRECTION: Mike mistakenly cites Machine Head as still being signed to Roadrunner. They, too, are now in fact signed to Nuclear Blast. He does not regret the error, because the truth only bolsters his point. Stay tuned to hear his full thoughts.]

Finally, co-host Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) reacts to recent, admittedly vague, statements by Behemoth leader Adam “Nergal” Darski regarding the future of his band, and has some fun speculating on what might happen down the line.

Tune in here, enjoy, and subscribe via iTunes or RSS feed.

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Fear Factory Signs With Nuclear Blast

Fear Factory has signed a deal for North America & Europe with Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The label comments:

"Formed in Los Angeles, California in 1989, Fear Factory changed the world of metal and have become a huge influence on the genre ever since their inception. The band’s unique sound helped bridge the gap between death metal, grindcore, thrash, and industrial on landmark releases like 'Soul Of A New Machine,' 'Demanufacture,' and the gold-selling release, 'Obsolete.'

"Fear Factory is currently working on material for a Nuclear Blast debut. The as-of-yet-untitled album will be co-produced by long-time collaborator Rhys Fulber, along with Cazares and Bell. A Winter 2015 release is expected."

Guitarist Dino Cazares had this to say: "Evolution and change are key elements in the non-stop growth of Fear Factory. With that said, I am proud to be back working alongside the first man to believe in what we were doing back in 1990. He took a chance and signed us, and the rest is history. Monte Conner, once the main A&R man at Roadrunner Records, has now once again come back into the Fear Factory family with his new home - Nuclear Blast Entertainment. We can't wait to deliver an epic new album to kick off this new era."

"Fear Factory is truly one of the groundbreaking metal bands of our time,” adds Conner. “On their 1992 debut 'Soul Of A New Machine,' Burton C. Bell introduced the world to the alternating heavy and melodic dual vocal approach that would go on to become a staple in metal to this very day. The following year, they were the first metal band to enter the industrial/dance remix world with the pioneering 'Fear Is The Mindkiller' EP. And look at the countless metal bands who have since imitated the unique machine gun-style rhythm section, created when Dino Cazares' staccato riffs locked in perfectly with the syncopated kick drums. I am excited to be reunited with this legendary band, and I am certain their Nuclear Blast Entertainment debut will be another Fear Factory classic."

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Knotfest Adds New Stage, 10 More Bands

Slipknot’s very own Knotfest has revealed additional bands for the October 24th - 26th destination festival held at San Manuel Amphitheater & Campgrounds in San Bernardino, CA.

Featuring Slipknot, Danzig, Five Finger Death Punch, Volbeat, Of Mice & Men, and Anthrax, the Knotfest lineup has now added Fear Factory, Napalm Death, Satyricon, Amen, Otep, Prong, Immolation, Attika 7 and more. The new additions will perform on the Extreme Stage 005 powered by Kinetik Power and Ernie Ball.

See below for details and look for an announcement in the coming weeks about Knotfest's Stage 004. As previously announced, Slipknot will close Stage 001 both Saturday and Sunday, with unique sets each night, featuring brand new music and an entirely new stage set and experience.

Slipknot recently posted a first new song in six years, “The Negative One,” which immediately hit #1 on Billboard’s Trending 140 Chart. You can check it out at this location. More...

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"Project Rogue" Crowd Funding Campaign Announced

Project Rogue is a new crowd funding project featuring existing Rogue Records America artists teaming up with 16 cross-genre metal titans to create a new studio and video project.

You can find the perks for donating and make your own contribution to the project at this location. All the Project Rogue artists will collaborate together, and the currently announced lineup is as follows:

Raymond Herrera - Fear Factory/Arkaea
Shavo Odadjian - System Of A Down
Chris Adler - Lamb Of God
Rob Barrett - Cannibal Corpse
John Boecklin - Devildriver
Paul Masvidal - Death/Cynic
David Davidson - Revocation
Sean Reinert - Death/Cynic
Jon Howard - Threat Signal/Arkaea
Mitch Harris - Napalm Death
Jed Simon - Scar The Martyr/Strapping Young Lad
Frank Watkins - Obituary/Gorgoroth
Wayne Static - Static X
Christian Olde Wolbers - Fear Factory/Arkaea
Pat Lachman - Damageplan
Logan Mader - Machine Head/Soulfly
JD Schmidt - Nociceptor
Robert Luciani - Means End
Vincent Zylstra - Synthetic Breed
Andrew Zink - Akeldama
Connor Reibling - Akeldama

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70,000 Tons Of Metal Finalizes Lineup

UMC, the promoters for 70,000 Tons of Metal, announced the final band just as the floating festival sets sail today. It was no surprise as Germany's Atrocity was named. The band makes up the majority of Leaves' Eyes, who are also on the cruise, and both acts will set out on a North American Tour with Moonspell this weekend right after the cruise returns to Miami on Friday morning (see tour dates here).

The sold out event will set sail at 4:00pm today from Miami with a stop at Costa Maya, Mexico on Wednesday before heading back to Miami on Friday morning. Metal Underground.com will also be onboard to provide daily reports on all of the festival activities.

The final lineup is as follows:

Atrocity
Bonfire (playing "Fire Works" in its entirety)
Carcass
Cripper
Cynic
Dark Tranquility
Death: DTA Tours
Death Angel
D.R.I.
Fear Factory
Finntroll
Freedom Call
Gloryhammer
Haggard
Hatesphere
Izegrim
Keep of Kalessin
Leaves' Eyes
Massacre (playing selections from the upcoming new album "Back From Beyond") More...

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70,000 Tons Announces 2 More Acts; Reports Sellout

UMC, the promoters for 70,000 Tons of Metal, announced two of the final three acts as the final weekend before the floating festival sets sail in three days (Monday, January 27th) has arrived. California's Nekrogoblikon and Tampa death metal act Massacre were welcomed onboard in the last 24 hours.

Massacre will be performing some songs from their forthcoming album "Back From Beyond" during the band's two sets.

In addition, UMC reported that the event has sold out, however there are still single tickets in shared cabins still available. For more information, head on over to www.70000tons.com. The cruise dates are from January 27, 2014 to January 31, 2014 - with the destination set as Costa Maya, Mexico, which was voted on by the fans. Metal Underground.com will also be onboard to provide reports on all of the activities.

There is at least 1 more band to be announced (it is unknown whether any add on acts will be announced as have been in past years) and the current lineup including the latest is as follows:

Bonfire (playing "Fire Works" in its entirety)
Carcass
Cripper
Cynic
Dark Tranquility
Death: DTA Tours
Death Angel
D.R.I.
Fear Factory
Finntroll
Freedom Call
Gloryhammer
Haggard
Hatesphere
Izegrim
Keep of Kalessin
Leaves' Eyes
Massacre (playing selections from the upcoming new album "Back From Beyond") More...

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70,000 Tons Of Metal Names Three New Acts

UMC, the promoters for 70,000 Tons of Metal, launched another volley of acts for the upcoming floating festival, which sets sail in 11 days: New Jersey's Swashbuckle, Norway's Keep Of Kalessin and International act Twilight Of The Gods.

For Swashbuckle, it will be the band's second appearance on the cruise and Twilight of the Gods appeared on the first cruise as a Bathory tribute band and will pay homage to Quorthon in one of the band's two sets this year.

The cruise will take place from January 27, 2014 to January 31, 2014 - with the destination set as Costa Maya, Mexico, which was voted on by the fans. For more information, including booking your trip - head on over to www.70000tons.com.

Swashbuckle, Keep Of Kalessin and Twilight Of The Gods join the previously announced acts, with 3 more bands still to be announced:

Bonfire (playing "Fire Works" in its entirety)
Carcass
Cripper
Cynic
Dark Tranquility
Death: DTA Tours
Death Angel
D.R.I.
Fear Factory
Finntroll
Freedom Call
Gloryhammer
Haggard
Hatesphere
Izegrim
Leaves' Eyes More...

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Freedom Call, Unearth And Hatesphere Added To 70K

UMC, the promoters for 70,000 Tons of Metal, launched another volley of acts for the upcoming floating festival, which sets sail in 11 days: Germany's Freedom Call, Boston's Unearth and Danish death thrashers Hatesphere.

The cruise will take place from January 27, 2014 to January 31, 2014 - with the destination set as Costa Maya, Mexico, which was voted on by the fans. For more information, including booking your trip - head on over to www.70000tons.com.

Freedom Call, Unearth and Hatesphere join the previously announced acts, with 6 more bands still to be announced:

Bonfire (playing "Fire Works" in its entirety)
Carcass
Cripper
Cynic
Dark Tranquility
Death: DTA Tours
Death Angel
D.R.I.
Fear Factory
Finntroll
Gloryhammer
Haggard
Izegrim
Leaves' Eyes
Novembers Doom
Obituary (debuting the band's forthcoming new album in its entirety)
Orphaned Land
Overkill
Poltergeist
Pungent Stench
Raven
Rising Storm
Satyricon
Septicflesh
Soilwork
Swallow the Sun
Symphony X
The Haunted
Victory
Vicious Rumors (playing "Digital Dictator" album in its entirety)
Xandria More...

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Gloryhammer & Poltergeist Named For 70000 Tons

UMC, the promoters for 70,000 Tons of Metal, announced the next two bands for the upcoming floating festival: Gloryhammer (featuring Christopher Bowes of Alestorm and Thomas Lazlo Winkler formerly of Emerald) and reformed Swiss thrashers Poltergeist (featuring André Grieder, who sang vocals on Destruction's 1990 album "Cracked Brain").

The cruise will take place from January 27, 2014 to January 31, 2014 - with the destination set as Costa Maya, Mexico, which was voted on by the fans. For more information, including booking your trip - head on over to www.70000tons.com.

Gloryhammer and Poltergeist join the previously announced acts, with 9 more bands still to be announced:

Bonfire (playing "Fire Works" in its entirety)
Carcass
Cripper
Cynic
Dark Tranquility
Death: DTA Tours
Death Angel
D.R.I.
Fear Factory
Finntroll
Haggard
Izegrim
Leaves' Eyes
Novembers Doom
Obituary (debuting the band's forthcoming new album in its entirety)
Orphaned Land
Overkill
Pungent Stench
Raven
Rising Storm
Satyricon
Septicflesh
Soilwork
Swallow the Sun
Symphony X
The Haunted
Victory
Vicious Rumors (playing "Digital Dictator" album in its entirety)
Xandria More...

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"Sleeping Dogs" Free For Xbox Live Gold Members

If you haven't been paying attention to your Xbox dashboard over the last six months or so, Microsoft is now offering two free games a month for Xbox Gold members: one on the 1st, and another on the 16th of each month.

This month, the first free game is "Sleeping Dogs," a Grand Theft Auto style game in which an undercover cop takes on Chinese triads. Why does this matter to metalheads? Because the game features the ability to flip through radio stations while driving, and one such channel is dedicated entirely to Roadrunner Records. The station features this soundtrack:

Black Stone Cherry, “Rain Wizard” and “Change”
DevilDriver, “Dead To Rights” and “Bring The Fight (To The Floor)”
Dream Theater, “On the Backs of Angels”
Fear Factory, “Edgecrusher (Urban Assault Mix)”
Killswitch Engage, “My Curse”
Machine Head, “Be Still and Know” and “Locust”
Opeth, “The Grand Conjuration” and “The Devil’s Orchard”
The Parlor Mob, “After All” and “Take What’s Mine”
Soulfly, “World Scum”
Trivium, “Anthem (We Are The Fire)”

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70,000 Tons Of Metal Names Four New Acts

UMC, the promoters for 70,000 Tons of Metal, announced the next four new bands for the upcoming floating festival: Death DTA (featuring Sean Reinert (Cynic) - drums, Paul Masvidal (Cynic) - guitar, Steve DiGiorgio (Autopsy, Testament, Iced Earth) - bass, and Max Phelps (Cynic)), Miami death/progressive fusion act Cynic, Chicago doom metallers Novembers Doom and German hard rock act Bonfire (who will play the entire "Fireworks" album at one of its performances).

The cruise will take place from January 27, 2014 to January 31, 2014 - with the destination set as Costa Maya, Mexico, which was voted on by the fans. For more information, including booking your trip - head on over to www.70000tons.com.

Death DTA, Cynic, Novembers Doom and Bonfire join previously announced acts, with 11 more bands still to be announced:

Carcass
Cripper
Dark Tranquility
Death Angel
D.R.I.
Fear Factory
Finntroll
Haggard
Izegrim
Leaves' Eyes
Obituary (debuting the band's forthcoming new album in its entirety)
Orphaned Land
Overkill
Pungent Stench
Raven
Rising Storm
Satyricon
Septicflesh
Soilwork
Swallow the Sun
Symphony X
The Haunted
Victory
Vicious Rumors (playing "Digital Dictator" album in its entirety)
Xandria More...

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Four Pack Of Bands Added To 70,000 Tons Of Metal

UMC, the promoters for 70,000 Tons of Metal, announced four new bands for the upcoming floating festival: German classical metal act Haggard, U.S. power metal veterans Vicious Rumors, the recently revived Austrian grindcore act Pungent Stench and Dutch death thrashers Izegrim.

The cruise will take place from January 27, 2014 to January 31, 2014 - with the destination set as Costa Maya, Mexico, which was voted on by the fans. For more information, including booking your trip - head on over to www.70000tons.com.

Haggard, Vicious Rumors, Pungent Stench and Izegrim join previously announced acts, with 15 more acts still to be announced:

Carcass
Cripper
Dark Tranquility
Death Angel
D.R.I.
Fear Factory
Finntroll
Leaves' Eyes
Obituary
Orphaned Land
Overkill
Raven
Rising Storm
Satyricon
Septicflesh
Soilwork
Swallow the Sun
Symphony X
The Haunted
Victory
Xandria More...

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Orphaned Land, Raven, Rising Storm Added To 70K

UMC, the promoters for 70,000 Tons of Metal, announced that Israeli symphonic metal act Orphaned Land, legendary traditional metal act Raven and German power/progressive metal act Rising Storm have been added to the cruise.

The cruise will take place from January 27, 2014 to January 31, 2014 - with the destination set as Costa Maya, Mexico, which was voted on by the fans. For more information, including booking your trip - head on over to www.70000tons.com.

Orphaned Land, Raven and Rising Storm join previously announced acts, with 19 more acts still to be announced:

Carcass
Cripper
Dark Tranquility
Death Angel
D.R.I.
Fear Factory
Finntroll
Leaves' Eyes
Obituary
Overkill
Satyricon
Septicflesh
Soilwork
Swallow the Sun
Symphony X
The Haunted
Victory
Xandria More...

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Obituary Announced For 70,000 Tons Of Metal

Legendary U.S. death metal act Obtituary has been added to the upcoming 70000 Tons of Metal Cruise. In one of the two sets played on board, the band will premiere its entire upcoming new album, which is as of yet untitled.

The cruise will take place from January 27, 2014 to January 31, 2014 - with the destination set as Costa Maya, Mexico, which was voted on by the fans. For more information, including booking your trip - head on over to www.70000tons.com.

Obituary joins previously announced acts, with 22 more acts still to be announced:

Carcass
Cripper
Dark Tranquility
Death Angel
D.R.I.
Fear Factory
Finntroll
Leaves' Eyes
Overkill
Satyricon
Septicflesh
Soilwork
Swallow the Sun
Symphony X
The Haunted
Victory
Xandria More...

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Victory The Latest Band Announced For 70000 Tons

Victory, the legendary German traditional metal act featuring Accept guitarist Herman Frank, is the latest band announced for the upcoming 70000 Tons of Metal Cruise.

The cruise will take place from January 27, 2014 to January 31, 2014 - with the destination set as Costa Maya, Mexico, which was voted on by the fans. For more information, including booking your trip - head on over to www.70000tons.com.

Victory joins previously announced acts (Note: Kamelot cancelled its appearance due to schedule conflicts), with 23 more acts still to come:

Carcass
Cripper
Dark Tranquility
Death Angel
D.R.I.
Fear Factory
Finntroll
Leaves' Eyes
Overkill
Satyricon
Septicflesh
Soilwork
Swallow the Sun
Symphony X
The Haunted
Xandria More...

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New Bands Announced For 70000 Tons Of Metal

The annual 70000 Tons of Metal Cruise has resumed announcing bands for the 2014 installment, the latest of which is: Satyricon, The Haunted and Cripper. For The Haunted, it will be the first show with the new lineup (see introduction video here).

The cruise will take place from January 27, 2014 to January 31, 2014 - with the destination set as Costa Maya, Mexico, which was voted on by the fans. For more information, including booking your trip - head on over to www.70000tons.com.

The trio joins the previously announced acts (Note: Kamelot cancelled its appearance due to schedule conflicts), with 24 more acts still to come:

Carcass
Dark Tranquility
Death Angel
D.R.I.
Fear Factory
Finntroll
Leaves' Eyes
Overkill
Septicflesh
Soilwork
Swallow the Sun
Symphony X
Xandria More...

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Full Fear Factory Set Available Online

Fan-filmed footage, courtesy of YouTube user ss9ball, has now been posted online of Fear Factory's entire live set at the UNSW Roundhouse in Sydney, Australia. Check out footage of the July 5th, 2013 show in the player below.

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Carcass Confirmed For 70,000 Tons Of Metal

The organizers of the 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise have checked in with the following announcement about confirming Carcass for the lineup:

"Only Your Dead And Lifeless Carcass Will Return! Please welcome Carcass with their new line-up with Jeff Walker on vocals and bass, Bill Steer on lead guitar, Daniel Wilding on drums and Ben Ash on guitar on board 70,000 Tons of Metal, the World's Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise!

"Just imagine: In January 2014, 40 Heavy Metal bands and 2,000 fans from all over the World will go to the Caribbean to take over the luxury cruise ship Majesty of the Seas for 5 days and 4 nights.

"Book your cabin now at this location and be part of Heavy Metal History made in the Caribbean once again on 70,000 Tons of Metal!"

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