Band Photo: Fear Factory (?)
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.
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Nuclear Blast has announced the tracklisting of "Alone in the Dark," the original motion picture soundtrack inspired and from the movie. "Alone in the Dark" is based on the best-selling Atari video game series of the same name. The soundtrack will feature some of today’s best Metal bands such as Dimmu Borgir, Shadows Fall, Fear Factory, Machine Head amongst others, and it will be featured on a double disc format. This is the first time a Hollywood production receives an all Extreme Metal soundtrack. The release date for the soundtrack has been set for January 25, 2005.
Edward Carnby (Christian Slater) is a private investigator specializing in unexplainable supernatural phenomena. His cases delve into the dark corners of the world, searching for truth in the occult remnants of the ancient civilizations. Now, the greatest mystery of his past is about to become the most dangerous case he has ever faced. With the help of his ex-flame, archeologist Aline Cedrac (Tara Reid), and his bitter rival, government agent Richard Burke (Stephen Dorff), Edward Carnby is about to learn that just because you don’t believe in something, that doesn’t mean it can’t kill you. More info can be found here.
There will be two different version of the soundtrack, one for European territories and the American version. Here are both tracklists: More...
Members of Iron Maiden, Andrew WK, Murderdolls, Type O Negative, Disturbed, Poison, Guns N Roses, AC/DC, Orgy, Danzig, Fear Factory, W.A.S.P., Bang Tango, Quiet Riot, Beautiful Creatures, Cinderella, Lynch Mob, Danger Danger, Ministry, Misfits and Great White are among the musicians that have reportedly been confirmed to appear a benefit concert on Thursday, January 20, 2005 at the Hard Rock Café in Beverly Hills, California to raise funds to pay for the surgery and medical treatment of Raven Nicole Robinson, a two-month-old girl born with a very large hole in between the right and left pumping chambers of her heart.
According to a posting at RavensHeart.org, "[Raven's] condition is called Ventricular Septal Defect. Large ventricular septal defects cause problems, as the pressure in the right side of the heart decreases, blood will start to flow to the path of least resistance. This leads to congestive heart failure and must be treated. The most important sign of congestive heart failure is the baby's growth.
"Babies who have significant congestive heart failure will have failure to thrive and will have difficulty maintaining a normal weight gain in the first few months of life. Such is Raven's case, at birth she weighed 7 lbs. 7 oz. She is now [four] months old and struggles with every swallow; [Mother] Misse often feeds her with a medicine dropper and anticipates the usual vomiting that follows. Raven has just reached 8 lbs. She is on numerous medications to try and prolong her life until surgery."
Read the full article at RavensHeart.org.
Several thousand fans and friends gathered at the Arlington Convention Center in Arlington, Texas, Tuesday night to mourn Damageplan/ Pantera guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott.
The inside of the cavernous convention center was filled with flowers and oversized magazine covers featuring Abbott, according to The Dallas Morning News. Among the musicians on hand to pay tribute were guitarists Zakk Wylde and Eddie Van Halen.
"I'm here for the same reason as everyone else, to give some love back," said Van Halen, who, along with Wylde, reportedly downed shots of booze as he spoke.
"This guy was full of life. He lived and breathed rock and roll." Van Halen held his cell phone up to the microphone and played a profanity-laced message left by an excited Abbott after a concert he played with Van Halen.
"I just wanted to give you a ... call to tell you thank you so ... much, man, for the most awesome, uplifting, euphoric, spiritual rock and roll extravaganza ever," Abbott said in the message to Van Halen, according to reports.
"A whole part of my life is gone," said Wylde, described as red-eyed and visibly upset. More...
Rocky Mountain News reports that the Fear Factory song "Bite the Hand that Bleeds" could be tied to a murder:
Westminster police have identified a murder victim found naked with her hands severed as Catrina Renee Powell. Her body was found early on the morning of Oct. 25 behind the Country Meadows shopping plaza in the 7500 block of Sheridan Boulevard.
The night before Powell's body was found, four heavy-metal bands played at the Ogden Theater near where she was last seen. Carlson said Monday that police have explored which bands were appearing at the concert venue at the time and were aware of the heavy-metal show.
One of the bands in the show, Fear Factory, was promoting a new song titled "Bite the Hand that Bleeds." That song, according to the band's Web site, is featured in a recently released film Saw, which features a maniacal killer known as "Jigsaw." That song's lyrics contain the refrain: "One more drop of blood I spill/ one more drop you take/ one more drop and I will spite/ and bite the hand that bleeds."
When asked about that song Monday, Carlson said investigators were not aware of the Fear Factory song and didn't know if it could have any connection to the case.
"To say it might have some significance - perhaps. I couldn't discount it. Perhaps, at the same time, maybe it was just a coincidence. To say it's actually tied in, who knows?" Carlson said.
Read the full article at Rocky Mountain News.
This year, Metalunderground.com is figuratively handing out an award of its own for "Best Metal Album of The Year." Everyone else hands out "best of year" awards or lists, so why shouldn't we? Afterall, the staff here at metalunderground.com has very diverse tastes, and we know our metal. So this year I asked each of our writers to pick their top 5 albums of 2004 and rank them form 1 to 5. What I saw was a lot of different opinions, but among the differences, two albums rose to the top.
Without further ado...[drum roll, please]...the winner of Metalunderground.com's "Best Metal Album of The Year" honor for 2004 is: More...
Due to circumstances beyond our control, Shadows Fall's show tonight (November 22) at Clutch Cargo's in Pontiac, Michigan has been cancelled. There will be no rescheduled date.
Shadows Fall played in Japan for Extreme The Dojo with Killswitch Engage and Caliban last year and can't wait to get back. Here are this year's dates:
Feb. 7 Tokyo Club Quattro with Shadows Fall, Everytime I Die, As I Lay Dying
Feb. 9 Osaka Club Quattro with Shadows Fall, Hatebreed, Everytime I Die, As I Lay Dying
Feb. 10 Nagoya Club Quattro with Shadows Fall, Hatebreed, Everytime I Die, As I Lay Dying More...
Sunday, November 14, I attended the Lamb of God and Fear Factory concert (with Children of Bodom and Throwdown) at the 9:30 club in Washington, DC. I attempted to take some photos of the show with little success, as they did not have photo passes which allowed me to get behind there barrier that night. The few decent photos I did get that night have been posted in the Photo Gallery. More...
Fear Factory's brand new video for "Bite The Hand That Bleeds" has been posted online in the following formats:
"Bite The Hand That Bleeds" is featured is the featured as the closing track for the film "Saw", as well as the lead single from the soundtrack (released through Koch Records). Fear Factory's new DVD EP, "Bite The Hand That Bleeds And Related Archetypal Imagery," which features this video among others, is in stores now.
Being one of my favourite bands, the minute I found out that Children of Bodom was coming to town again, I thought to myself that I definitely had to go see them this time. And not only did I get to see them live, I also got to interview their bass player, Henkka. I was supposed to interview Mark Morton from Lamb of God too. But unfortunately, due to some complications, I was unable to.
The doors to the Commodore Ballroom opened at 7. Throwdown went on stage at 7:45. They weren't bad for an opening band. I was impressed by how much energy they've got and how they got everyone jumping up and down in the circle pit they've created. Rumour has it that there are tires under the floor of the Commodore so that it adds bounce...or something like that. More...
Shadows Fall is going to be playing two headlining shows in Cardiff and Dublin after their UK tour with Fear Factory. Dates are as follows:
12/9 London, UK - Astoria w/Fear Factory
12/10 Manchester, UK - Academy w/Fear Factory
12/11 Glasgow, UK - Academy w/Fear Factory
12/12 Nottingham, UK - Rock City w/Fear Factory
12/13 Wolves, UK - Civic Hall w/Fear Factory
12/14 Cardiff, Wales - Barfly Shadows Fall headline
12/15 Dublin, Ireland - Music Centre Shadows Fall headline
Live pics from the CHILDREN OF BODOM, LAMB OF GOD and FEAR FACTORY show from Oct 15th in Worcester, MA have been posted at Return To The Pit- a website dedicated to the local (New Englang) metal scene. View them here.
From Cataracts official website:
Hey cataractians! Our video for "Nothings Left" is on air now! Please vote for it! Follow this link (you have to log in first before you vote). Thank you so much for your support! More news soon!
The list also includes videos from Nightwish, Fear Factory, Children of Bodom, Slipknot, Shadows Fall, Sepultura, Rammstein and more.
The soundtrack for the horror flick SAW will contain "16 dark and disturbing tracks", featuring new music from Charlie Clouser (N.I.N.), Enemy, Pitbull Daycare, Psycho Pumps plus Fear Factory, Chimaira, Illdisposed & Caliban. The soundtrack is being release by Roadrunner Records and hit stores October 11th.
The full tracklisting is as follows: More...
Danish Modern Thrash metallers Mnemic will support Fear Factory on their tour with Shadows Fall in December. Tour dates are as follows:
Dec. 09 London, UK @ Astoria
Dec. 10 Manchester, UK @ Academy
Dec. 11 Glasgow, UK @ Academy
Dec. 12 Nottingham, K @ Rock City
Dec. 13 Wolves, UK @ Civic Hall
Dec. 15 Utrecht, NL @ Tivioli
Dec. 16 Antwerp, B @ Hof-Ter-Lo
Dec. 17 Paris, F @ Elysee-Monmarte
Fear Factory have just finished recording a new theme song for the Dudley Boyz of the World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc., titled "Harder than Hardcore". This song marks the first time that Fear Factory singer Burton C. Bell has used someone else's lyrics in a song; the Dudley Boyz wrote their own lyrics for the song.
"It’s the first time I haven't used my own lyrics," Bell told DKS Online. "It was really different having to interpret someone else's words."
"Harder than Hardcore" will debut on "Raw" or "Smackdown" within the next couple of weeks.
In other news, Fear Factory are believed to be planning a European jaunt in December. A December 16 date in Belgium has reportedly been booked, with additional dates to follow.
FEAR FACTORY will be hooking up with NO WARNING and TRIVIUM immediately following their co-headlining tour with LAMB OF GOD. Their dates with NO WARNING and TRIVIUM are as follows:
November 17 - Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero
November 18 - Louisville, KY @ Jillian's
November 19 - Little Rock, AR @ Juanita's Cantina Ballroom
November 20 - Houston, TX @ Engine Room
Lamb of God will be signing copies of their new CD, "Ashes of The Wake," at the following Independent Retail Accounts before their tour dates with Fear Factory:
October 8th Pittsburgh, PA Eide's Entertainment 4pm to 6pm
1121 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh PA 15222
October 9th Detroit, MI Rock A Billy's 3pm to 5pm
8411 Hall Rd
Utica MI 48317
October 10th Cleveland, OH The Exchange 3pm to 5pm
6271 Pearl Road
Parma Heights OH 44130
They'll also be making these in-store appearances in Canada:
October 26th Scrape Records 6pm to 7pm
17 West Broadway
November 12th HMV Superstore 5pm to 6pm
333 Yonge St.
Come on out, meet the band and get them to sign your new CD! More...
Killswitch Engage will be the featured guests on the nationally syndicated radio show Rockline on Monday, October 11th. The live show begins at 8:30 p.m. PT / 11:30 p.m. ET, and fans are encouraged to call in with questions during the program at (800) 344-ROCK (7625). To find a station near you, check out www.rocklineradio.com. Fear Factory will also be on the show that night.
Roadrunner Records is releasing the long-awaited MTV2 Headbangers Ball Volume 2 Compilation this Tuesday. 40 tracks from 40 of the hottest acts in mainstream heavy metal and in the underground, for one low price. Who needs the radio, when you have this awesome play list to pop in the CD player. MTV has put up a full preview of the album, which you can access by clicking here
FEAR FACTORY drummer Raymond Herrera will play in the LAN Party on The Screen Savers, Thursday September 23rd on G4 Tech TV. For your chance to play against him at home sign up for the LAN Party here.
Or if you'd like tickets to Raymond's appearance on The Screen Savers send an email with your name, phone number, email address and number of tickets you'll need to TSSTicketline@g4media.com . More...