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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Thrashers MEMORAIN, whose current line-up of the band includes main-man Ilias Papadakis, Gene Hoglan (Fear Factory, ex-Dark Angel, ex-Strapping Young Lad, etc), Steve Digiorgio (Sadus, ex-Death, ex-Testament, etc), Ralph Santolla (Obituary, ex-Deicide, ex-Iced Earth, etc) and Chris Valagao (Zimmers Hole, Mechanism, etc), has revealed the artwork and tracklisting for their upcoming full-length album, "Evolution," scheduled for a 2011 release, which is as follows:
01. Nations On Fire
02 Where Hate Lies
03. The Break
04. Rules Of Engagement
05. Destiny Found
06. A New Era
07. Methods Of The Past
08. Death Shop
10. Power Out
11. Scratching The Surface
Also to be featured on MEMORAIN's latest album are a few more star-studded guest musicians such as David Ellefson, Tim "Ripper" Owens, Jeff Waters, Christian Wentz, Marc Pattison, Laura Christine and Carlos E. Perez.
David Ellefson recorded 2 songs "A New Era" and "Rules Of Engagement", as well as co-wrote "Rules Of Engagement" with MEMORAIN guitar-player Ilias Papadakis and Tim "Ripper" Owens. On top of that, Tim "Ripper" Owens recorded vocals on "Rules Of Engagement" and Laura Christine also contributed a solo on the song "Destiny Found". More...
High On Fire has announced an upcoming European tour supporting Fear Factory. The currently announced dates are as follows:
12/4 2010 Gruenspan - Hamburg, GER
12/5 2010 013 - Tilburg, HOL
12/6 2010 Den Atelier - Luxembourg City, LUX
12/7 2010 Trix - Antwerp, BEL
12/8 2010 Garage - Saarbrucken, GER
12/9 2010 Arena - Vienna, AUS
12/11 2010 Komplex 457 - Zurich, SWI
12/12 2010 Estragon - Bologna, ITA
12/13 2010 Essigfabrik - Cologne, GER
12/14 2010 Le Trianon - Paris, FRA
12/15 2010 Rock City - Nottingham, UK
12/16 2010 QMU - Glasgow, SCO
12/18 2010 Manchester Academy - Manchester, UK
12/19 2010 Forum - London, UK
12/20 2010 02 Academy - Bristol, UK
Biggest metal band in the world, good friends and a 4 hour road trip – what more is needed? After pressure from a Facebook group of all things, Metallica decided to head down south for two dates on the final leg of the “World Magnetic Tour” in Christchurch, New Zealand, and I went to see what breath was left in the great four horsemen.
Supporting acts for the night were Christchurch locals Tainted, Texan band The Sword and metal luminaries Fear Factory. For the normal reasons (meeting people, searching for alcohol, parking, travel etc.), we turned up part way into the show when The Sword was just closing, so it's unfortunate I can't comment on the first two bands much. I've seen Tainted several times now (who plays a modern brand of Lamb of God styled groove metal), so I wasn't too disappointed there, but from what I heard from others, The Sword subdued a baying Metallica crowd well enough, taking the stage with "Hey... we're The Sword" and then blasting out some tunes. More...
Fear Factory narrowly escaped a fire this morning that quickly engulfed their tour bus while in route to London. The fire reportedly stemmed from a back wheel tire before spreading throughout the double-decker coach.
Fear Factory guitarist Dino Cazares released the following comment: "We had just finished playing a sold out show in Sheffield and we were on our way to London. Everyone was asleep except for two of our crew. At about 3:30 a.m. the bus driver noticed smoke coming from the back right wheel. He stopped, jumped out and noticed a flame underneath the wheel well. He tried to extinguish it but the flames were too much. Everyone on the bus was woken up by one of our crew yelling 'Get everyone up and out of the bus.' Everyone grabbed their bags and ran off the bus. We stood on the side of the freeway going 'thank god we all made it out' until someone noticed our merchandise guy was still asleep on the bus. A good friend of ours ran back on the smoked-filled bus and got him out just minutes before the bus was completely in flames."
Cazares added: "Our eyes are burning and we were all coughing from the smoke. Some of us lost wallets, money, computers but that's not important compared to our lives. It only took about 20 to 30 minutes for the bus to be completely covered in flames. The fire trucks and the police finally arrived but it was too late to save anything on the bus. A coach bus picked us up and brought us safely to a nearby hotel. We found out only a short while ago that the trailer was saved where all our gear was. But the bus is just a metal frame on the side of the road."
Fear Factory is currently on tour in the UK continuing performances in support of their latest album, "Mechanize."
Fear Factory has premiered an Internet only video for the song “Powershifter,” which is taken from the band's latest album "Mechanize" via Noisecreep. Filmed in England earlier this year, the video was created by English videographer Myles Dyer with assistance from producer Tom Bacon and cameraman David Bass. The clip can be viewed below.
Commenting about the video, Burton C. Bell says, “I am very curious to see the reaction to this video. It was filmed by a good friend of ours, Myles Dyer. He has been a great supporter of Fear Factory for a long time, and now he has become a prominent videographer. He traveled with us for about a week during the UK portion of the Fear Campaign tour earlier this year. Although 'Powershifter' was leaked in the early stages of release, we wanted to produce an online only video for Fear Factory fans everywhere. We hope the fans take the video and spread the Fear Factory word like wildfire.”
Divine Hersey's Dino Cazares, who is also the Fear Factory guitarist, will be pulling double duty during this month's Fear Factory North American tour. Cazares commented:
“We have been waiting patiently for the perfect touring opportunity to present itself and I couldn’t possibly be more pleased to have Divine Heresy open all of the Fear Factory shows this July. I am excited to pull double duty for the first time and I am relieved that we could finally make this happen. It makes perfect sense for Divine Heresy to open for Fear Factory and we promise to deliver a brutal set that is going to annihilate everyone. Be sure to come by the merch booth each night to say hello to us all and we look forward to seeing everyone soon. It’s certainly been way too long.”
The upcoming dates with Divine Heresy, Fear Factory, 36 Crazyfists, and After The Burial are as follows: More...
Fear Factory have been confirmed as the next act added to the 70,000 Tons of Metal festival. 70,000 Tons of Metal will sail Monday, January 24, 2011 aboard the Royal Caribbean “Majesty of the Seas” from Miami FL to Cozumel, Mexico and runs until Friday, January 28, 2011.
Confirmed Line-up (19 of 40 acts):
Uli Jon Roth
Sick Drummer has posted drum cam footage of Fear Factory's Gene Hoglan performing in May 2010 at the California Metalfest 2010. The video footage of the "Christploitation" track can be viewed below.
With a line-up boasting headline appearances from Children of Bodom, Fear Factory, Twisted Sister, plus a guest slot filled by Meshuggah, Bloodstock Open Air has now confirmed the gathering's final headline slot. The Friday night slot will be closed by Swedish Prog-metal superstars Opeth, who headlined back in 2008.
"We're pretty excited about coming back to play the Bloodstock festival with Opeth" states front man Mikael Akerfeldt "Myself and Axe will of course be double-fisting since we gonna cause some havoc with Bloodbath as well. We got asked to play since Heaven & Hell canceled and even though we obviously feel that we cannot possibly match their magic or fill the void, it will be like a personal tribute show to the memory of Ronnie Dio. So needless to say I'm honored to play, it will be intimidating and emotional I believe. We'll deliver as usual of course but yeah, I will be thinking about Dio, that's for sure."
The Bloodstock Open Air festival will take place from August 13th - 15th, 2010. Additional details on the festival can be found here.
Fear Factory have just announced a signing session set to take place on July 11th, 2010 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The session is set to take place at Vancouver's only all metal record store, Scrape Records, located at 323 East Broadway. This is a free event and everyone is encouraged to bring their copy of Fear Factory's latest release "Mechanize".
TheRaveLive.com will present a free live webcast from Fear Factory on Saturday, May 29th. The broadcast will begin at 8:30pm ET / 7:30pm CT / 5:30pm PT / 12:30am GMT, and is scheduled to also include sets from Prong, Silent Civilian, and Thy Will Be Done as part of the Fear Campaign Tour. Fear Factory is currently touring in support of their latest full-length, "Mechanize," which was released via Candlelight Records. The live stream can be found at this location (registration is required).
Candlelight Records today confirms three more in-store/meet-and-greets as part of Fear Factory's ongoing Fear Campaign American Tour 2010. All four members of the band will be available to meet with fans at Magnolia Thunderpussy in Columbus, Ohio on May 30, Digital Ferret Records in Philadelphia on June 6, and Vintage Vinyl Records in Fords, New Jersey on June 10.
Fear Factory, currently on tour supporting their latest album "Mechanize," had a brief scare earlier this week when their tour bus nearly went off road while in route to Boise, Idaho. Luckily no one was injured and the band made their show at Knitting Factory Concert House without much delay. Guitarist Dino Cazares says, “We were on our way to Boise for a day off when about 8:45am our bus driver fell asleep at the wheel. He swerved to the opposite side of the road. Most of us woke up when we felt the bus on the rumble strips and then the dirt. He woke up in time to swerve back onto our side of the road and pull over.” Continuing he notes, “thank god there was no on coming cars or 18-wheelers on the road. Everyone is fine just a little nervous.”
The upcoming Fear Factory tour dates are as follows: More...
Just For Fun
A video clip has been posted online with Carnifex, Arsis, Misery Index, Fear Factory, and Revocation all trying to explain exactly where babies come from during the California Metal Fest. The footage can be viewed below.
The organisers of Belgiums biggest metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, has confirmed the final bands for this years edition of the event. The biggest news is that Soulfly, the band led by former Sepultura frontman Max Cavalera, will be headlining the event on the Saturday. Other bands added to the bill include New York hardcore legends Sick Of It All, former Guns N Roses guitarist Slash, Hatebreed, Revamp, Oceans Of Sadness and Dear Superstar. The festival takes place in the town of Dessel from June 25th-27th.
The lineup is now as follows:
Friday: Aerosmith (Headliners)
Stone Temple Pilots
My Dying Bride
The Devil's Blood
Oceans Of Sadness
Fear Factory has confirmed an additional week of dates to the recently announced second leg of their American Fear Campaign tour. Set to begin May 14 in Tucson, initial weeks will feature Fear Factory with Prong, Thy Will Be Done, and Silent Civilian with the final week finding All That Remains replacing Prong for the northern run of dates. The currently confirmed dates are as follows:
5/14/2010 Rialto Theatre – Tucson, AZ
5/15/2010 The Fox Theater (California Metal Fest) – Pomona, CA
5/16/2010 House of Blues – San Diego, CA
5/17/2010 Knitting Factory – Reno, NV
5/19/2010 Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA
5/20/2010 Knitting Factory – Boise, ID
5/21/2010 Club Sound @ In the Venue – Salt Lake City, UT
5/22/2010 Marquis Theatre – Denver, CO
5/24/2010 Pop’s – Sauget, IL
5/26/2010 The Machine Shop – Flint, MI
5/27/2010 The Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI
5/28/2010 Headliner’s Music Hall – Louisville, KY
5/29/2010 The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
5/30/2010 Al Rosa Villa – Columbus, OH
6/01/2010 The NorVa – Norfolk, VA
6/02/2010 Jester’s Pub – Fayetteville, NC
6/03/2010 Jaxx – W. Springfield, VA
6/04/2010 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
6/05/2010 Webster Theater – Hartford, CT
6/06/2010 Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
6/08/2010 Higher Ground – S. Burlington, VA
6/09/2010 Port City Music Hall – Portland, ME
6/10/2010 Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
6/11/2010 Northern Lights – Clifton Park, NY
6/12/2010 The Town Ballroom – Buffalo, NY
6/14/2010 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
New York based metal veterans Prong has announced that they will be joiing industrial metal legends Fear Factory on the bands forthcoming tour of North America. Prong recently finished touring as the special guests to Max Cavalera's Soulfly and Fear Factory will be touring in support of their latest album, "Mechanize."
The tour dates are as follows: More...
Metallica has announced that Fear Factory, Gojira and Volbeat will be the opening acts for the upcoming European tour.
The band comments: "Whew . . . we had a great run in Latin America and are gearing up to head back to Europe next month after a short break. We're happy to report that Fear Factory and Gojira have graciously agreed to hang with us for the April shows, while Lars' Danish buddies Volbeat have signed up for the May shows (with the exception of May 22 in Tel Aviv, where local band Orphaned Land will take the stage)...
"We'll see YOU out there starting April 13 in Oslo, Norway."
Here are the tour dates for the European tour: More...
The organisers of Belgiums premier metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, has announced the addition of eleven more bands to this years bill. Among the latest acts are American supergroup Hellyeah, Australian rockers Airbourne and British heavy metal veterans Raven. The other confirmed bands are Katatonia, Evergrey, The Devil's Blood, Eluveitie, Finntroll, Dark Funeral, 3 Inches Of Blood and Sylosis. The festival will take place in the town of Dessel from June 25th-27th.
The lineup is now as follows: More...
The organisers of the Czech Republics Brutal Assault festival has announced two more bands for this years edition of the event. New York hardcore legends Agnostic Front will now be performing at the festival, along with other new confirmation, Swedish black metal artists Watain. The festival takes place in the town of Josefov from August 12th-14th.
The lineup is now as follows: More...
Candlelight Records confirmed the second in-store/meet-and-greet with Fear Factory on their upcoming Revolver Presents: Fear Campaign American Tour 2010. All four members of the band will appear at Hogwild Records, located at 1824 North Main in San Antonio on Saturday, March 27th beginning at 2:00pm. The other confirmed appearance will occur at Hastings Entertainment in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Tuesday, March 23rd.
The upcoming Fear Factory tour dates are as follows:
3/22/2010 Marquee Theatre - Tempe, AZ
3/23/2010 Sunshine Theatre - Albuquerque, NM
3/24/2010 The Black Sheep - Colorado Springs, CO
3/26/2010 House of Blues - Dallas, TX
3/27/2010 White Rabbit - San Antonio, TX
3/28/2010 The Channel @ Wired Live - Houston, TX
3/30/2010 Culture Room - Ft. Lauderdale, FL
3/31/2010 House of Blues - Lake Buena Vista, FL
4/01/2010 The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
4/02/2010 Valarium - Knoxville, TN
4/03/2010 The Village - Little Rock, AR
4/05/2010 Aggie Theatre - Ft. Collins, CO
4/06/2010 Mesa Theatre - Grand Junction, CO
4/08/2010 Club Nokia (Revolver Golden God Awards), Los Angeles, CA
4/09/2010 Regency Center - San Francisco, C