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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 Premieres New Video "Regenerate"

Fear Factory premieres the official lyric video for the track "Regenerate", taken from the band's new album "Genexus", which was released earlier this month via Nuclear Blast Entertainment.

Check out "Regenerate" now below.

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Fear Factory Streaming Full New Album

If you didn't pick up Fear Factory's new album "Genexus" when it dropped last Friday, now the full album is online for listening via YouTube - check it out below.

In celebration of the album, Fear Factory's long and storied history was covered in our latest Sunday Old School column here.

A music video also recently came online for the song "Dielectric," which is still available at this location. More...

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Sunday Old School: Fear Factory

It has been well documented that the nineties were not particularly kind to heavy metal. Many bands from the once popular thrash era such as Death Angel and Vio-Lence, disbanded before the decade reached the half way point and others such as Megadeth and Anthrax kept their name alive by changing their style. Of course, there a few metal bands who were able to defy critics, trends and commercial pressures and become stars of their time such as Pantera, Machine Head and Sepultura, as well today’s featured band, Fear Factory.

The group began life under the name, Ulceration in 1989, though they adopted their now familiar moniker the year after, following the more extreme style that they had taken on, culminating in a mix of death metal, grindcore and industrial influences, particularly Godflesh. The band, whose official lineup consisted of drummer Raymond Herrera, singer Burton C. Bell and guitarist, Dino Cazares, performed their first show on Halloween in 1990 and soon afterwards recorded a demo album, "Concrete," which saw Cazares handle both guitar and bass duties. The band were unhappy with the result but producer Ross Robinson saw no problem, leading to a lawsuit which saw Robinson retain the rights to the album, with Fear Factory keeping the rights to their songs, many of which they re-recorded with Colin Richardson for their official debut, "Soul of a New Machine." More...

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Fear Factory Releases New Video

The pioneers of industrial-tinged extreme metal from Fear Factory have released a brand new music video for the track “Dielectric.”

The clip was directed by Ramon Boutviseth and the song was taken from Fear Factory's new album "Genexus."

"Genexus" comes out today - August 7 - worldwide via Nuclear Blast Entertainment.

If you missed it, a previous video clip for the song "Protomech" can also be heard at this location.

The "Genexus" track listing is as follows:

1. Autonomous Combat System
2. Anodized
3. Dielectric
4. Soul Hacker
5. Protomech
6. Genexus
7. Church Of Execution
8. Regenerate
9. Battle For Utopia
10. Expiration Date
Digipak Bonus Tracks
11. Mandatory Sacrifice (Genexus Remix)
12. Enhanced Reality More...

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Fear Factory Premieres New Track "Dielectric"

Los Angeles industrial metallers Fear Factory premiere their brand new song "Dielectric" taken from the band's forthcoming new album "Genexus", which is set to drop August 7 via Nuclear Blast Records.

You can now check out "Dielectric" below.

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Fear Factory Announces Headline U.S. Tour

In addition to the "Demanufacture" 20th anniversary European shows later this year, Fear Factory has now revealed a headline U.S. tour.

These U.S. dates will be in support of upcoming album "Genexus" and follow a run with Coal Chamber this month.

"We are pumped to playing our first U.S. headline dates in support of our new album,” commented guitarist Dino Cazares. “We feel these shows will be a great blend of our new songs, along with tons of material from our classics! We are also proud to bring 3 fresh new bands as support acts; each offering something different.”

Support will come from Once Human, Before The Mourning, and The Bloodline. Dates for the trek are as follows: More...

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Fear Factory Posts "ProtoMech" Video

A second lyric video is now online from Fear Factory's impending "Genexus" album, set to detonate via Nuclear Blast on August 9th.

Check out the new lyric clip for "ProtoMech" below, and if you missed it you can still see the previous video for "Soul Hacker" at this location.

While the band is eagerly anticipating the new album's release, Fear Factory is also taking a look back into the past and will be performing "Demanufacture" in its entirety on upcoming European shows to celebrate that album's 20th anniversary. Details at this location.

The "Genexus" track listing is as follows:

1. Autonomous Combat System
2. Anodized
3. Dielectric
4. Soul Hacker
5. Protomech
6. Genexus
7. Church Of Execution
8. Regenerate
9. Battle For Utopia
10. Expiration Date
Digipak Bonus Tracks
11. Mandatory Sacrifice (Genexus Remix)
12. Enhanced Reality More...

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Fear Factory Announces "Demanufacture" Tour Dates

The pioneers of industrial-tinged extreme metal from Fear Factory are proud to announce they will be touring Europe in celebration of the 20th anniversary of second studio album "Demanufacture."

The tour will be a very rare event for fans with Fear Factory playing "Demanufacture" in its entirety. The band will also showcase songs from new album "Genexus," due out 7th August via Nuclear Blast.

Burton and Dino had to say of this unique event:

"If you had told us in 1995 that we would be touring 'Demanufacture' for its 20th Anniversary in 2015, we would have said 'YA RIGHT! GET FUCKED!' The years have flown by in colourful and adventurous memory. 2015 has arrived, and Fear Factory WILL be performing 'Demanufacture' in its entirety for the very first time for the UK and Ireland fans in December. We are very excited to perform this seminal album for the audience that made 'Demanufacture' a legendary success.” More...

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Fear Factory Posts Tour Documentary

Fear Factory has released the first in a series of webisodes chronicling the band's summer 2015 European tour.

This first clip - over 22 minutes long - showcases the first date on the tour at the With Full Force Festival in Germany on July 3rd. Check it out below.

Fear Factory's new Album "Genexus" will be available early August, 2015.

A lyric video for the song "Soul Hacker" can be seen here, and the full track listing is as follows:

1. Autonomous Combat System
2. Anodized
3. Dielectric
4. Soul Hacker
5. Protomech
6. Genexus
7. Church Of Execution
8. Regenerate
9. Battle For Utopia
10. Expiration Date
Digipak Bonus Tracks
11. Mandatory Sacrifice (Genexus Remix)
12. Enhanced Reality More...

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Fear Factory Releases "Soul Hacker" Lyric Video

Fear Factory released a lyric video for the new track "Soul Hacker." The song is taken from the upcoming new album "Genexus," which will explode worldwide on August 9th via Nuclear Blast Records.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Autonomous Combat System
2. Anodized
3. Dielectric
4. Soul Hacker
5. Protomech
6. Genexus
7. Church Of Execution
8. Regenerate
9. Battle For Utopia
10. Expiration Date
Digipak Bonus Tracks
11. Mandatory Sacrifice (Genexus Remix)
12. Enhanced Reality

Check out "Soul Hacker" here: More...

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Fear Factory Posts Album Trailer

"Genexus" - the 9th Fear Factory studio album - will drop via Nuclear Blast Entertainment on August 7th.

Until then, the band is setting about whetting the appetite of eager fans by releasing the first trailer. Find out more about the new album and hear a snippet of the "Protomech" track below.

“The word genexus is a hybrid of two words; genesis and nexus,” explains vocalist Burton C. Bell. “This word describes the next transition in human evolution as man moves forward to a ‘mechanical’ state of being. Ray Kurzweil predicts that the singularity will occur around 2045. Genexus is the term for that next evolutionary process. Where humans are machines, machines are human and the differences are oblivious to the naked eye.

“This album is a record of thought patterns, psychology and struggles of the Genexus generation. The cognitive machine has arrived, and it wants autonomy from the industry that created it. This machine struggles, like every other human has throughout the course of history. This is the story of every one of us.” More...

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Fear Factory Announces Album Listening Party

The pioneers of industrial-tinged extreme metal Fear Factory will release 9th studio album and Nuclear Blast Entertainment debut, entitled "Genexus," on August 7th worldwide.

In celebration of this occasion, the band will be holding a special pre-listening party prior to the album’s release on July 23rd at the Complex in Glendale (806 E. Colorado St., Glendale, CA 91205).

This event is for those 21 and over, totally FREE, and open to the general public. All attendees will be entered in a raffle for a chance to win a Fear Factory Genexus guitar, courtesy of Ibanez guitars.

"Please come and join me, Dino, Mike and Tony for a fun evening,” says vocalist Burton C. Bell. “We will have just returned from a European tour, and will be leaving the next day to tour with Coal Chamber! Have some liquid beverages and listen to the new album, as well as select songs that we will indulge you with. It will be a great evening!" More...

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Epica Announces Its Own Festival "Epic Metal Fest"

Dutch symphonic death metal act Epica announced its very own festival dubbed the "Epic Metal Fest." The lineup includes a headline performance by Epica along with Eluveitie, Fear Factory, Moonspell and Periphery, with more acts expected to be announced soon.

The event takes place on November 22, 2015 at Klokgebouw in the Netherlands. It will mark the final date in support of the current release "The Quantum Enigma" (see review here) as the band states:

"This will be our party of the year, the ultimate Dutch show we'll do before entering the studio to record the follow-up for 'The Quantum Enigma.' You really don't want to miss this!"

Tickets will go on sale Friday at 10am CET at this location.

Epica recently announced a North American tour this October with Eluveitie and The Agonist. More information can be found at this location. More...

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Fear Factory Reveals "Genexus" Details

Fear Factory will release 9th studio album and Nuclear Blast Entertainment debut "Genexus" on August 7th worldwide.

"Genexus" was produced by vocalist Burton C. Bell and guitarist Dino Cazares, and co-produced by long-time collaborator Rhys Fulber. The album was mixed by British producer and engineer Andy Sneap. Drums on "Genexus" were performed by Mike Heller (Malignancy).

“The word genexus is a hybrid of two words; genesis and nexus,” explains vocalist Burton C. Bell. “This word describes the next transition in human evolution as man moves forward to a ‘mechanical’ state of being. Ray Kurzweil predicts that the singularity will occur around 2045. Genexus is the term for that next evolutionary process. Where humans are machines, machines are human, and the differences are oblivious to the naked eye.

He goes on to say, “This album is a record of thought patterns, psychology and struggles of the Genexus generation. The cognitive machine has arrived, and it wants autonomy from the industry that created it. This machine struggles, like every other human has throughout the course of history. This is the story of every one of us.”

The track listing is as follows:

1. Autonomous Combat System
2. Anodized
3. Dielectric
4. Soul Hacker
5. Protomech
6. Genexus
7. Church Of Execution
8. Regenerate
9. Battle For Utopia
10. Expiration Date
Digipak Bonus Tracks
11. Mandatory Sacrifice (Genexus Remix)
12. Enhanced Reality More...

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Headline News

Fear Factory Finishes New Album

The pioneers of industrial-tinged extreme metal from Fear Factory have issued the following update regarding their upcoming 9th studio release, "Genexus:"

“The sensation of finalizing our newest album is one of relief and joy, wrapped within a massive whirlwind of excitement. We really feel this is a very special Fear Factory album. While being careful not to replicate ourselves, this album still has a very classic Fear Factory vibe that we feel will appease both old and new fans.

"The aggressive, melodic and industrial elements are all intact and shine more than ever. Burt and I produced the album with Rhys Fulber co-producing. Damien Rainuad and Giuseppe Bassi handled most of the keys and pre-production. We also enlisted the masterful metallic skills of Andy Sneap for an amazing mixing job! We would like to thank everyone who has been a big part in the making of this record. We can't wait for everybody to hear it.”

New album "Genexus" will be released on August 7th worldwide via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The record was co-produced by long-time collaborator Rhys Fulber, along with Cazares and Bell and mixed by Andy Sneap. In support of the album, Fear Factory will also perform live on these dates: More...

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Coal Chamber & Down To Headline Dirt Fest

Coal Chamber & Down will both return to Michigan to headline the Dirt Fest 2015 on August 7th - 8th.

Down will make Dirt Fest 2015 the band's exclusive Michigan performance of 2015, joined by Pop Evil, Kottonmouth Kings, & more on Saturday August 8th. Down will close the night performing new and classic cuts spanning its 20+ year career.

For the first time since its history, Dirt Fest 2015 has expanded its event to 2 full days of music performances with Coal Chamber headlining Friday, August 7th along with Mushroomhead, Fear Factory, King 810, & more. More...

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Amnesia Rockfest Announces 2015 Lineup

The Outaouais Rock team is proud to unveil the complete lineup for the 10th edition of Amnesia Rockfest, which will be held from June 18th to 21st at the Montebello marina in Quebec.

This year's edition will feature over 100 bands, including headliners System Of A Down (assuming you can wash the taste of that godawful "Crazy Train" cover out of your mouth by then...) and Linkin Park.

Other confirmed bands for the highly varied lineup include Bolt Thrower, The Offspring, Slayer, Snoop Dogg, Rob Zombie, Tenacious D, Deftones, Rancid, Flogging Molly, Ministry, and a whole lot more. More...

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Amnesia Rockfest Announces 2015 Lineup

The Outaouais Rock team is proud to unveil the complete lineup for the 10th edition of Amnesia Rockfest, which will be held from June 18th to 21st at the Montebello marina in Quebec.

This year's edition will feature over 100 bands, including headliners System Of A Down (assuming you can wash the taste of that godawful "Crazy Train" cover out of your mouth by then...) and Linkin Park.

Other confirmed bands for the highly varied lineup include Bolt Thrower, The Offspring, Slayer, Snoop Dogg, Rob Zombie, Tenacious D, Deftones, Rancid, Flogging Molly, Ministry, and a whole lot more. More...

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Amnesia Rockfest Announces 2015 Lineup

The Outaouais Rock team is proud to unveil the complete lineup for the 10th edition of Amnesia Rockfest, which will be held from June 18th to 21st at the Montebello marina in Quebec.

This year's edition will feature over 100 bands, including headliners System Of A Down (assuming you can wash the taste of that godawful "Crazy Train" cover out of your mouth by then...) and Linkin Park.

Other confirmed bands for the highly varied lineup include Bolt Thrower, The Offspring, Slayer, Snoop Dogg, Rob Zombie, Tenacious D, Deftones, Rancid, Flogging Molly, Ministry, and a whole lot more. More...

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Just For Fun

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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