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


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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Montreal Gigantour Show To Be Filmed For DVD & CD

Dream Theater has announced on their website that the Montreal, Canada Gigantour concert at the Bell Centre on September 2nd will be filmed and recorded for an upcoming Gigantour DVD and Gigantour CD.

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Mediaskare To Release Hardcore Tribute To Slayer

According to Punknews.org, Mediaskare has announced plans for a hardcore tribute to influential metal act Slayer. The tentative list of participants includes The Warriors, On Broken Wings, Dino Cazares (ex-Fear Factory), New Dead Radio, Silent Civilian, The Taste Of Blood, Cold War, Contra, and The Burning Room.

In 2003, a similarly themed tribute was released by Spook City. The compilation, titled "Cover in Blood" included performances by Most Precious Blood and Sworn Vengeance but tracks were confined to the material from Slayer's classic "Reign in Blood" album.

The label is aiming for a November 8th release and expects to confirm more artists shortly.

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FF, ETID, Within Temptation Ecards Available

Roadrunner Records has posted some Fear Factory, Every Time I Die and Within Temptation ecards on their website. Check them out at the following links:

Fear Factory - Transgression
Every Time I Die - Gutter Phenomenon
Within Temptation - The Silent Force

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Shadows Fall and Fear Factory To Tour

The first date for a possible SHADOWS FALL/FEAR FACTORY tour has been revealed:

November 5 - Detroit, MI @ Harpo's

More information is expected to be released shortly.

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Fear Factory Puts Track Up For Download

Fear Factory's new track "Moment Of Impact" is online and ready for download, check it out here. The band will issue their new album "Transgression" through Trillion Records/Liquid 8 on August 23rd.

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Gigantour Sales Update

The Gigantour summer festival trek — featuring co-headliners MEGADETH and DREAM THEATER alongside with a host of support acts — kicked off July 21 in Fresno, California. The following Nielsen SoundScan sales figures (as of August 3, 2005) for the bands participating in the tour have been rounded to the nearest thousand:


"Greatest Hits: Back to the Start" - 52,000 (+23,650 since July 13)
"The System Has Failed" - 162,000 (+1,739 since July 13)
"Countdown to Extinction" - 2,263,000 (+1,431 since July 13)


"Octavarium" - 56,000 (+8,160 since July 13)
"Train of Thought" - 125,000 (+803 since July 13)
"Images & Words" - 604,000 (+594 since July 13)


"Archetype" - 128,000 (+942 since July 13)
"Obsolete" - 459,000 (+921 since July 13)


"Miss Machine" - 68,000 (+822 since July 13)
"Calculating Infinity" - 69,000 (+345 since July 13)


"This Godless Endeavor" - 5,000 (NEW!)
"Enemies of Reality" - 24,000 (+555 since July 13)
"Dead Heart In A Dead World" - 30,000 (+174 since July 13)


"Broken Valley" - 19,000 (+3,720 since July 13)
"River Runs Red" - 158,000 (+153 since July 13)


"The Odyssey" - 24,000 (+578 since July 13)
"V: The New Mythology Suite" - 19,000 (+152 since July 13)


"Dead and Dreaming" - 24,000 (+570 since July 13)
"The Darker Side of Nonsense" - 60,000 (+131 since July 13)

BOBAFLEX - "Primitive Epic" - 4,000 (+48 since July 13)

NOTE: MEGADETH, DREAM THEATER, FEAR FACTORY, and NEVERMORE played 10 Gigantour shows between July 21 and August 2. SYMPHONY X, DRY KILL LOGIC, and BOBAFLEX played eight Gigantour shows between July 21 and August 2. LIFE OF AGONY played seven shows between July 21 and August 2. THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN has yet to make a Gigantour appearance.

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Roadrunner All-Stars To Appear In October

Roadrunner Records has put together a groundbreaking record to mark the label’s 25th Anniversary. The group is called ROADRUNNER UNITED and the album titled "The All-Star Sessions". This full-length release, in stores on October 11, 2005, is a "master class" in hard rock/metal. Boasting 57 artists from 45 of Roadrunner's past and present bands, the album will contain original tracks that are collaborations between numerous Roadrunner stars.

Four central musicians were originally chosen to produce and write the songs. Joey Jordison (SLIPKNOT), Dino Cazares (ex-FEAR FACTORY/BRUJERIA), Robert Flynn (MACHINE HEAD) and Matthew Heafy (TRIVIUM). These four musicians play on the songs they have written and have also assembled a unique team of artists to appear on each track. In order to cover as wide a spectrum as possible, no musician has played for more than one writer/producer and each song features a different vocalist.

In addition to these stellar teams of musicians, there will also be special additional tracks from ex-Roadrunner artist, Josh Silver — TYPE O NEGATIVE's longtime producer/keyboardist. In the spirit of the project, Silver has included Roadrunner artists on his tracks as well… OPETH's Mikael Åkerfeldt appears on the Silver-written "Roads".

Track names from the Jordison team include "Constitution Down" (with vocals by Kyle Thomas of FLOODGATE/EXHORDER), "Tired ‘N Lonely" (with vocals from Keith Caputo of LIFE OF AGONY) and "Annihilation by the Hand of God" (with vocals from Glen Benton of DEICIDE), among others. Flynn's camp has completed songs like "The Dagger" (with vocals from Howard Jones of KILLSWITCH ENGAGE) and "The Rich Man" (with vocals from Corey Taylor of SLIPKNOT), among others. "The End" (with vocals from Matt Heafy of TRIVIUM) and "The Enemy" (with vocals from Mark Hunter of CHIMAIRA) are some of the team-Cazares product. And tracks from Heafy's sessions include "The Dawn of a Golden Age" (with vocals from Dani Filth of CRADLE OF FILTH), "Superheroes" (with vocals from Michale Graves of the MISFITS) and "Blood and Flames" (with vocals from Jesse Leach — ex-KILLSWITCH ENGAGE singer). More...

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Fear Factory Record Gigantour Rehearsal

A FEAR FACTORY podcast featuring three songs ("Transgression", "Shock", and "Acres of Skin") from a Gigantour rehearsal has been posted to FEAR FACTORY's Online Squad and can be downloaded at this location.

"Transgression" is scheduled for release on August 23 (one day earlier internationally) via Calvin Records, an imprint of Liquid 8 Records.

FEAR FACTORY entered Track Record Studios in North Hollywood, California on May 5 with producer Toby Wright (ALICE IN CHAINS, KORN, SOULFLY) to begin recording the follow-up to last year's "Archetype". In addition to Wright, there is a list of guest musicians collaborating on "Transgression", including bass player Billy Gould of FAITH NO MORE fame. Billy contributes to two songs: "Echo of My Scream" and "Supernova". Also included on "Transgression" is "New Promise", which was co-written with Mark Morton of LAMB OF GOD.

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Fear Factory Release New Ecard

FEAR FACTORY has released a full e-card to preview their upcoming release "Transgression" due out August 23rd. The e-card features clips from two songs off of the album: '540,000 Degrees Fahrenheit', and the track 'Supernova'. You can listen to them here.

Be sure to catch FEAR FACTORY on the Gigantour this summer. Dates for the tour can be viewed inside the e-card linked above.

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Gigantour Set Lists Revealed

The set lists from all the bands on "Gigantour," minus THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN since they have not joined the tour yet, from the first date of the tour (July 21st) in Fresno, CA at the Selland Arena have been released.

Blackmail The Universe
Set The World Afire
Skin Of My Teeth
In My Darkest Hour
Wake Up Dead
Reckoning Day
She Wolf
Angry Again
A Tout Le Monde
Die Dead Enough
Tornado Of Souls
Hangar 18
Kick The Chair
Sweating Bullets
Symphony Of Destruction
The Scorpion
Peace Sells

The Root of All Evil
Under a Glass Moon
Fatal Tragedy
Panic Attack
The Glass Prison
This Dying Soul
Just Let Me Breathe
As I Am
Pull Me Under/Metropolis

Acres of Skin

Fault of the Flesh
Final Product
River Dragon
Enemies of Reality

Don’t Bother
This Time
Day He Died
Love to Let U
Bad Seed
Wicked Ways

Sea of Lies

Perfect Enemy
With Deepest Regret
Snap Your Fingers Snap Your Neck

6 Feet Under
Bright Red Violent Sex
Got you Trapped
Better Than Me
Turn the Heat Up

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Roadrage DVD Tracklisting Revealed

Roadrunner Records has announced this year's Roadrage DVD tracklisting:

1. Slipknot – Before I Forget
2. Slipknot – Vermilion
3. Killswitch Engage – The End Of Heartache (Band Version)
4. Machine Head – Days Turn Blue To Gray
5. Trivium – Pull Harder On The Strings Of Your Martyr
6. 36 Crazyfists – Bloodwork
7. Chimaira – 'Cleansation (Live)'
8. Fear Factory – Archetype
9. Fear Factory – Bite The Hand That Bleeds
10. Cradle Of Filth – Nymphetamine
11. Wednesday 13 – I Walked With A Zombie
12. Devildriver – Hold Back The Day
13. Devildriver – Nothing's Wrong
14. Soulfly – Roots Bloody Roots (Live)
15. Hatebreed – Live For This
16. Caliban – The Beloved & The Hatred
17. Still Remains – The Worst Is Yet To Come
18. The Agony Scene – Prey
19. 3 Inches Of Blood – Deadly Sinners
20. Obituary – Insane
21. Betzefer – Down Low
22. Illdisposed – Still Sane
23. Blood Has Been Shed – She Speaks To Me
24. Zao – The Rising End
25. A Life Once Lost – Vulture
26.Terror – Overcome
27. Open Hand – Tough Girl
28. Walls Of Jericho – There's No I in F**k You
29. Hopesfall – Icarus
30. Throwdown – Burn
31. Madball – Heavenhell

The DVD will be available in September.

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No Gigantour Second Stage At San Antonio or Cincy

There will be no second stage at either the San Antonio show, or the newly announced Cincinnati show. So that makes four venues - San Diego, San Antonio, Cincinnati, and Boston - where there will be no second stage.

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Preview New Fear Factory Album Online Now

Fear Factory have posted an E-Card online and it has song samples of a few titles from their upcoming new album. The songs available are: 540,000 Degrees Farenheit and Supernova, both come off of the album Transgressions. The album is scheduled for an August 23rd release date through Calvin/Liquid 8 records. Click here to go to the E-Card and preview the new songs.

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Fear Factory To Release "Transgression" With DVD

Fear Factory's upcoming album, "Transgression" will be released August 22 and will be available as a limited edition pack with bonus DVD.

The confirmed contents so far are as follows:

Studio/rehearsal footage
Three music videos.
- Moment Of Impact
- Transgression
- Spinal Compression
The whole album audio in digital sound. (ex bonus tracks)

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Cincinnati Show Added To Gigantour

An August 16th Cincinnati show has been added to Megadeth's upcoming Gigantour, which features Megadeth, Dream Theater (July 21 to September 3), Anthrax (September 6 to 11), Fear Factory, the Dillinger Escape Plan and Nevermore on the main stage, and Dry Kill Logic, Symphony X and Bobaflex on the Second Stage. However, there will be no second stage bands at the newly-announced Cincinnati show, nor at the San Antonio, San Diego or Boston shows. Also, second stage bands will be dropped after the Toronto date on September 3rd.

Tour dates so far: More...

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New Fear Factory Song Clip Posted Online

FEAR FACTORY have reportedly selected "Supernova" as the first single from their upcoming album, "Transgression", due on August 23 via Calvin Records, an imprint of Liquid 8 Records. A 45-second audio sample of "Supernova", which features a guest appearance by former FAITH NO MORE bassist Billy Gould, is available at this location (Real Media).

FEAR FACTORY entered Track Record Studios in North Hollywood, California on May 5 with producer Toby Wright (ALICE IN CHAINS, KORN, SOULFLY) to begin recording the follow-up to last year's "Archetype". Included on "Transgression" is "New Promise", which was co-written with Mark Morton of LAMB OF GOD.

"Transgression" track listing:

01. 540,000 Degrees Fahrenheit
02. Transgression
03. Spinal Compression
04. Contagion
05. Empty Vision
06. Echo Of My Scream
07. Supernova
08. New Promise
09. I Will Follow
10. Millennium (KILLING JOKE cover)
11. Moment of Impact
12. Empire (bonus track for Best Buy only)

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Fear Factory Finalize Track Listing For New Album

Fear Factory have now finalized the track listing for their new album "Transgression", here is how it looks:

01 - "540,000 Degrees Fahrenheit"
02 - "Transgression"
03 - "Spinal Compression"
04 - "Contagion"
05 - "Empty Vision"
06 - "Echo Of My Scream"
07 - "Supernova"
08 - "New Promise"
09 - "I Will Follow"
10 - "Millennium"
11 - "Moment Of Impact"

While it was previously announced that the overseas version of the album is set to feature bonus covers of Godflesh's "Anthem" and Killing Joke's "Millenium", North America will get a bonus track titled "Empire" if they purchase the outing from Best Buy. "Transgression" is on track for an August 23rd release date via Trillion Records/Liquid 8.

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SYL Taps DevilDriver Bassist For Remaining Dates

Strapping Young Lad have temporarily replaced bassist Byron Stroud for the remainder of the Sounds of the Underground tour with DevilDriver's Jon Miller. Stroud will be leaving the tour to go on the road with Fear Factory, which he also plays in.

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Terror Touring Plans

Terror are currently in Europe on tour. The band will return to the U.S. next week, then join the Sounds Of The Underground tour for two weeks on July 15th. August plans include performing at Hellfest and filming a new video, the details of which have yet to be announced. In September Terror will tour Japan for ten days before hooking up with Converge for a two-week Canadian tour. Immediately following that trek, the band will tour briefly in mid-October with Donnybrook. Finally, Terror will then hit the road for a five week, full U.S. tour with Shadows Fall, Fear Factory, and Bleeding Through. Meanwhile, in December the group will finish writing their next album for Trustkill Records, which will be recorded this winter.

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Fear Factory New Album News

A limited edition version of Fear Factory's upcoming new album "Transgression" will be made available for a release when the effort hits stores on August 23rd. In addition to the album itself, the aforementioned version will include a bonus DVD featuring three music videos and a making of the album documentary

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