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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Fear Factory will be releasing a CD maxi-single, entitled "Bite the Hand That Bleeds and Related Archetypal Imagery", on November 16 through Liquid 8 Records. The disc, which will come with a bonus DVD EP, will feature an audio track for "Bite The Hand That Bleeds" as well as the video for the first single off the "Archetype" CD, "Cyberwaste", the three videos for "Archetype" (narrative/performance/anime), and the video for "Bite the Hand That Bleeds". Bonus materials include exclusive Fear Factory ringtones and a limited edition fold-out poster created by renowned horror-comic book artist, Ben Templesmith ("30 Days Of Night", "Hellspawn"), who had produced a draft for "Archetype"'s original cover art concept upon Fear Factory singer Burton C. Bell's request.
Commented Templesmith: "Burton found me through the comics work I'd done for IDW Publishing, as my book '30 Days of Night' is one of the biggest-selling horror comics in years. I leapt at the chance, as I'd been listening to Fear Factory way back when I had been drawing that damn thing! The power of their music was pretty influential on me. As an artist, I tend to want a whole bunch of 'atmosphere' in my work, and the best way to help get that is playing music in the background. Fear Factory just has that special vibe that helps push me when I need to go in a certain direction."
In other news, the song "Bite the Hand That Bleeds" will be featured on the soundtrack to the upcoming horror movie "Saw", due in theaters nationwide on October 29. In addition, the track will appear as the movie's closing-credits theme. Music Supervisor Jonathan Platt explained the choice: "I played song for 'Saw' producer Gregg Hoffman, and he loved it and decided to use it for the end title theme. This is a very dark movie, and the song really works well with the film's tone. The mood, music, and textures of the song accentuate this movie." A trailer for the film can be viewed here.
Simultaneously to this, Fear Factory are working on an upcoming covers album of tracks that influenced them over the years, and they are hammering out ideas for the inevitable remix version of the "Archetype" album — a concept the band is famous for. Guitarist Christian Olde-Wolbers has also recently announced the confirmation of a COW Signature Guitar series he secured through Jackson Guitars. The model will be presented at the NAMM conference in January and will be released in 6-string and 7-string configurations. Drummer Raymond Herrera has set his sights back onto videogame and movie music, composing tracks for the sequel to his recent work for the soundtrack to the streetracing film "Mischief Invasion", as well music for Namco's "Dead To Rights 2" and Sony's "Gran Tourismo 4" videogames.
Los Angeles’ Fear Factory is on a mission; a mission to infiltrate America’s infrastructure by way of numerous multimedia channels. Having already circled the globe twice in support of their acclaimed Billboard Top 30 charting Liquid 8 Records debut Archetype, which has moved over 100,000 units in its relatively short shelf-time, the band is gearing up to invade North America’s stages once again, this time co-headlining with aggro-metal incumbents Lamb of God. However, this is merely the tip of the proverbial iceberg for one of the hardest working bands in hard rock today.
October 29th will see the nationwide theatrical release of the Lion’s Gate Films shocker Saw, starring Danny Glover (Lethal Weapon, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Color Purple), Carey Elwes (Shadow of the Vampire, Kiss The Girls, Bram Stoker's Dracula, The Crush), Monica Potter (Along Came A Spider, Con Air, Patch Adams), Dinah Meyer (Starship Troopers, Birds of Prey, Dragonheart) and directed by newcomer James Wan. The movie stunned audiences at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, which called it a “landscape of indelible horror.” Fear Factory’s latest single “Bite The Hand That Bleeds” will not only be on the film’s soundtrack (released through Artists Addiction Records), but is featured as the movie’s closing credits theme. Music Supervisor Jonathan Platt explains the choice, “I played the song for Saw producer Gregg Hoffman, and he loved it and decided to use it for the end title theme. This is a very dark movie, and the song really works well with the film’s tone. The mood, music, and textures of the song accentuate this movie.” A trailer for the film can be viewed here and the movie’s official website is www.sawmovie.com More...
Finnish melodic thrash titans Children of Bodom will embark on a national U.S. tour alongside Fear Factory, Lamb of God and Throwdown this October. This will be the quintet’s third U.S. tour in support of their highly acclaimed new album, Hate Crew Deathroll. This trek, their last until the release of their next album, will also see the band performing a stunning 45-minute set for the very first time in the U.S. The track “Needled 24/7” will also be featured on the new MTV2 Headbangers Ball CD Vol. 2 released this week.
Henkka T. Blacksmith (bass) further describes the band’s excitement over the upcoming tour; “So Children of Bodom will return to the U.S. very soon. We have done a lot of shows over there lately, but we decided to do this tour because it’s a very interesting package. We are looking forward to play with all three bands, and it's going to be an extremely heavy tour. It is very cool for us that we can be part of this package, and we hope to see all the COB fans there too. I am really looking forward to it.”
Also, Alexi Laiho (vocals, guitars) is featured on Guitar World’s inaugural CD-ROM insert in November’s issue, currently on newsstands. Fans will be able to watch him run through various tracks step by step and see his technique in vivid detail.
Children of Bodom w/ Fear Factory, Lamb Of God, Throwdown: More...
According to Pollstar.com, the confirmed dates for the Fear Factory, Lamb of God, Children of Bodom and Throwdown tour are as follows:
10/07/04 Tremont Music Hall @ Charlotte, NC
10/08/04 Station Square @ Pittsburgh, PA Rock Club
10/09/04 Harpo's @ Detroit, MI
10/10/04 Odeon Concert Club @ Cleveland, OH
10/11/04 The NorVa @ Norfolk, VA
10/13/04 Roseland @ New York, NY
10/15/04 The Palladium @ Worcester, MA
10/16/04 The Trocadero / Balcony Bar @ Philadelphia, PA
10/19/04 House Of Blues @ Lake Buena Vista, FL
10/20/04 The Masquerade @ Tampa, FL
10/21/04 The Masquerade @ Atlanta, GA
10/23/04 Granada Theatre @ Lawrence, KS
10/24/04 Ogden Theatre @ Denver, CO
10/26/04 Commodore Ballroom @ Vancouver, BC
10/27/04 Showbox @ Seattle, WA
10/28/04 Roseland Theater @ Portland, OR
10/30/04 House Of Blues @ Anaheim, CA
10/31/04 House Of Blues @ Las Vegas, NV
11/01/04 House Of Blues @ West Hollywood, CA
11/02/04 House Of Blues @ West Hollywood, CA
11/06/04 House Of Blues @ New Orleans, LA
11/08/04 Pop's @ Sauget, IL
11/09/04 House Of Blues @ Chicago, IL
11/10/04 The Rave / Eagles Club @ Milwaukee, WI
11/11/04 Al Rosa Villa @ Columbus, OH
11/14/04 Webster Theatre / Underground @ Hartford, CT
The first batch of dates for the upcoming Fear Factory/Lamb of God/Children of Bodom U.S. tour have been announced:
Oct. 07 - Tremont Music Hall - Charlotte, NC
Oct. 09 - Harpo's Concert Theatre - Detroit, MI
Oct. 10 - The Odeon - Cleveland, OH
Oct. 11 - Norva Theatre - Norfolk, VA
Oct. 13 - Roseland Ballroom - New York, NY
Oct. 15 - The Palladium - Worcester, MA
Oct. 19 - House Of Blues - Lake Buena Vista, FL
Oct. 21 - Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
Oct. 23 - Granada Theatre - Lawrence, KS
Oct. 24 - Ogden Theatre - Denver, CO
Oct. 27 - Showbox - Seattle, WA
Oct. 28 - Roseland Theater - Portland, OR
Nov. 06 - House of Blues - New Orleans, LA
Nov. 08 - Pop's - Sauget, IL
Nov. 09 - House of Blues - Chicago, IL
Nov. 10 - The Eagles Club - Milwaukee, WI
Nov. 11 - Al Rosa Villa - Columbus, OH
More dates will be announced soon.
Two dates have been unveiled for the upcoming Lamb Of God, Fear Factory, Children Of Bodom and Throwdown tour, they are:
October 11th Norfolk, VA - The Norva
October 15th Worcester, MA - The Palladium
More will be unveiled shortly.
COB confirmed to be part of the Lamb Of God and Fear Factory tour in The United States.
Tour will happen in October this year. This is band's third tour overseas with this album and most likely it will take a longer while when band is back there after this one. More details and the dates will follow soon.
The EP "Trashed, Lost & Strungout" will be released October 18th in
More territories will follow as soon as they are 100% confirmed.
EP will include two new COB songs "Trashed, Lost and Strungout" and "Knuckleduster," two coversongs (Alice Cooper's "Bed Of Nails" and Andrew WK's "She is Beautiful"), the video of "Trashed, Lost & Strungout" and footage of children's night out in Helsinki, "Trashed & Lost in Helsinki."
The single with one new song ("Trashed, Lost & Strungout") and Andrew WK cover "She is
Beautiful" will be released in Finland on August 25th.
Fear Factory's video for "Archetype," the title track of their recently released CD, has been posted online. Check it out:
The "Archetype" clip was shot on May 29 at The Herald Examiner Bldg in Los Angeles, CA and was directed by Cesario "Block" Montano.
The official website for Pigstock 10 has been updated, and is full of information regarding the 4-stage, multi-band festival that takes place on Friday, August 13 in Davenport, Iowa. Head to www.pigstock10.com to check it out.
The tracklisting for the forthcoming Headbangers Ball Vol. II, which will be making it's way onto store shelves in late September: More...
WALLS OF JERICHO have been officially added to the upcoming FEAR FACTORY, MASTODON, SWORN ENEMY July/August tour, that will run through August 22nd.
FEAR FACTORY drummer Raymond Herrera has told MorningNewsOnline.com that, contrary to popular belief, the songwriting process for the group's new album, "Archetype", did not have a more relaxed atmosphere now that the tensions toward former guitarist Dino Cazares, who was a major songwriting contributor, have been removed.
"I wouldn't say the songwriting process was much different than in the past," Herrera said. "We all worked on the songs together this time, though. Christian [Olde Wolbers, guitars] and I write the songs, and we get into each other's head. Songwriting is what we do."
"I wouldn't say it was any less stressful because there's always stress when you're writing and coming up with new stuff. There's stress no matter what job you have. Being on tour is much easier for me."
With regards to the suggestion that the lyrics on "Archetype" have a more personal approach than in the past, Herrera said,
"People are saying, 'It's more personal.' To me, all of our music has been personal. This is the album we've always wanted to make, however. This is the best FEAR FACTORY has to offer. It's new, but we've wanted to go back and recapture what we think FEAR FACTORY is all about."
FEAR FACTORY's new album, "Archetype", is scheduled for release on April 20 through Liquid 8 Records (parent company of D3 Entertainment). The follow-up to 2001's critically panned "Digimortal" was recorded at Rumbo Recorders in Los Angeles with engineer Ken Marshall (SKINNY PUPPY) and was mixed in Vancouver with Greg Reely (MACHINE HEAD, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, DEVILDRIVER). The video for "Cyberwaste" was shot in early February in Perth, Australia and was premiered last weekend on MTV2's "Headbanger's Ball".
Reunited California cyber-metallers FEAR FACTORY have been confirmed for this year's edition of the Tuska Open Air Metal Festival, set to take place July 16-18 in the Kaisaniemi park in the center of Helsinki, Finland.
The complete list of artists currently scheduled to appear at the three-day event is as follows: More...
Fear Factory have now put up for viewing their video for their first single. This comes off of "Archetype" which will be released on April 20th, through Liquid 8 Records. The song is called "Cyberwaste" and you can view the video here.
A brand-new FEAR FACTORY track, "Cyberwaste", has been posted online in MP3 format at this location.
"Cyberwaste" comes off the group's upcoming CD, "Archetype", due on April 20 through Liquid 8 Records (parent company of D3 Entertainment). The follow-up to 2001's critically panned "Digimortal" was recorded at Rumbo Recorders in Los Angeles with engineer Ken Marshall (SKINNY PUPPY) and was mixed in Vancouver with Greg Reely (MACHINE HEAD, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, DEVILDRIVER). The video for "Cyberwaste", which was shot in early February in Perth, Australia, will be premiered this Saturday, March 27 on MTV2's "Headbanger's Ball".
With regards to the lyrical content of "Cyberwaste", Burton recently told Undercover News, "It is about Internet forums and the people who go on them and talk a bunch of nonsense. It is an angry song and one of the more hard core songs we have written. This song is a statement and I'm sure everyone will get the picture."
FEAR FACTORY will embark on their own headlining tour after their stint with SLIPKNOT and CHIMAIRA is done on the Jagermeister tour. Our first confirmed date for you is as follows:
May 19 - Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
In other news, FEAR FACTORY have announced a one-off headlining date from the Jagermeister tour (no SLIPKNOT or CHIMAIRA). It is for April 19 in Millvale, PA (right outside of Pittsburgh) at MR Smalls Theater.
There will be a listening party tonight for the new FEAR FACTORY album Archetype at 8:00 PM Wednesday, February 11th at the following location:
Indie Temple- 310 Wickham Street
Fortitude valley, Australia
(07) 385 22851
Fear Factory have posted a preview of the video for their new single "Cyberwaste" online, you can view it here. "Cyberwaste" is taken from the bands forthcoming new album "Archetype", due out through Liquid 8 on April 20th
It's official: SLIPKNOT will top the bill for the fourth installment of the Jägermeister Music Tour, beginning March 30 in Orlando, Florida, a Roadrunner Records spokesperson has confirmed to MTV.com. FEAR FACTORY and CHIMAIRA are also onboard for the five-week trek, which wraps up May 4 in Denver. Tickets for the tour go on sale February 13. A variety of Jägermeister-sponsored bands will assume the fourth spot on the bill.
FEAR FACTORY have released more information about the video shoot for their track "Cyberwaste", which is scheduled to take place this weekend in Australia. According to drummer Raymond Herrera, the clip "will be filmed on Sunday, February 8 in Perth, Australia. We will have fans in the video. The video will be a live setting with fans just going crazy while we (gig vibe) shred the song. We will be shooting all day long. We are expecting have people show up anytime after 11:00 a.m. Sunday morning."
The location of the shoot is as follows:
1815 Island Road
ANI ENGINEERING BUILDING
In South Beach, by the beach
FEAR FACTORY's new CD, "Archetype", is due on April 20 through Liquid 8 Records (parent company of D3 Entertainment). The follow-up to 2001's critically panned "Digimortal" was recorded at Rumbo Recorders in Los Angeles with engineer Ken Marshall (SKINNY PUPPY) and was mixed in Vancouver with Greg Reely (MACHINE HEAD, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, DEVILDRIVER).