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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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Shadows Fall On Japan's Extreme The Dojo

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...

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Lamb of God, Fear Factory Report From Wash, DC

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...

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New Fear Factory Video Posted Online

Fear Factory's brand new video for "Bite The Hand That Bleeds" has been posted online in the following formats:

Real Media - (High, Low)
Windows Media - (High, Low)

"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.

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Fear Factory, Lamb of God Vancouver Show Report

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...

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Shadows Fall To Headline In Cardiff And Dublin

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

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Children Of Bodom, Lamb Of God Live Pics Posted

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.

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Cataract Video On Air Now At Viva Plus

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.

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SAW Soundtrack Details

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...

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Mnemic & Shadows Fall To Support Fear Factory

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

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Fear Factory Record Dudley Boyz Theme Song

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.

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Fear Factory, No Warning, Trivium Tour Dates

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

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Meet Lamb Of God

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
Vancouver, BC
V5Y 1P1
Phone: 604-877-1676

November 12th HMV Superstore 5pm to 6pm
333 Yonge St.
Toronto, On
M5B 1R7

Come on out, meet the band and get them to sign your new CD! More...

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Killswitch Engage To Be Featured On Rockline

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.

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Preview The Headbangers Ball Vol 2 CD Online

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

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Fear Factory Drummer On Tech TV

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...

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Fear Factory To Release New Maxi-Single

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.

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Fear Factory Tour And DVD/EP Update

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...

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Children Of Bodom Prepares For US Tour

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...

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Few More Fear Factory, LoG Tour Dates Added

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

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More Fear Factory, LOG, COB Tour Dates Announced

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.

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