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

Background

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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Fear Factory Announces New Bassist

Fear Factory has today confirmed Matt DeVries as the band’s new bass player. DeVries, previously of Chimaira and most recently Six Feet Under, joins the band replacing Byron Stroud.

The announcement comes as the band continues work on an upcoming new album, planned for release early Summer. The album is currently being mixed in Canada by Greg Reely while artwork for the album’s packaging is nearly complete.

DeVries comments: “I have been asked by Dino and Burton to join one of my favorite bands. I have been a fan of Fear Factory since 1992 and I could not be more excited to be part of this incredible band. We have shared the stage many times together and now I’m beyond stoked to be on the same stage playing together. Thank you to all my fans worldwide for sticking by me and I will be seeing you all on the road very soon.”

Guitarist Dino Cazares and vocalist Burton C. Bell note: “We are very excited to have Matt playing bass for Fear Factory We feel he is a great addition to our touring lineup. He has been a friend for a very long time and he’s a great musician who will be a perfect instrument in the FF machine.”

Specific details with regards to Fear Facotry’s new album are expected to be released in the coming weeks.

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Fear Factory Reveals New Album Title

American industrial metal legends Fear Factory have revealed that the name of their forthcoming new studio album will be "The Industrialist."

Although no release date has been confirmed as of yet, it is expected to be released this year through Candlelight Records in North America and AFM Records in Europe. More information about the album will be posted as soon as it becomes available.

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Gene Hoglan Offering Online Lessons

Gene 'The Atomic Clock' Hoglan (Dark Angel, Strapping Young Lad, Dethklok, Fear Factory, Testament) and RealLesson.com have joined forces to offer a rare chance for fans and musicians to receive live, interactive lessons online.

Gene Hoglan recently released his instructional DVD, "The Atomic Clock". Available now on Hoglan Industries in the U.S. and on Reversed Records in Canada, this disc showcases Hoglan's three decades of experience performing and recording with metal bands such as Devin Townsend, Dark Angel, Death, Dethklok, Strapping Young Lad, Testament, Zimmers Hole, and most recently Fear Factory, along with many others on his resume.

RealLesson.com commented, "RealLesson.com is your outlet for taking live, interactive lessons online or in person! During our pre-launch phase, we are having great success in attracting and securing a wide variety of teachers! There is no limit to the style/genre of the teacher, so you will have no shortage of qualified teachers to learn from. We will not only be providing lessons with musicians, but also sound engineers, tour managers, lighting/stage professionals and other relative categories of instruction."

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Hell and Heaven Fest Lineup Announced

MEGADETH is confirmed to play the Hell and Heaven Metal Fest in Guadalajara, Mexico on Saturday, November 19, 2011. The Hell And Heaven Metal Fest is currently the only open air metal festival in Mexico. The festival had its first edition in October 2010 with three stages and 40 bands. The festival is dedicated to metal, but tries to balance genres such as heavy, glam, metalcore, thrash, speed, death, black and industrial metal.

This year the promoters expect to have a 20,000 audience and have confirmed 57 bands on four stages. The full line-up for the festival is as follows:

MEGADETH (USA)
OVERKILL (USA)
FEAR FACTORY (USA)
MOONSPELL (PORTUGAL)
KATAKLYSM (CANADA)
DESTRUCTION (ALEMANIA)
MAYAN (HOLANDA)
DARK FUNERAL (SUECIA)
TRISTANIA (NORUEGA)
WEHRMACHT (USA)
WITHIN THE RUINS (USA)
VITAL REMAINS (USA)
LIZZY BORDEN (USA)
PROFECIA (USA)

Plus the following Mexican bands: More...

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Fear Factory Announces In-Store Signing Session

Fear Factory, which is in the midst of a short run of U.S. tour dates, will take part in an in-store signing session on Friday, June 10th at Soundcheck Hollywood in West Hollywood, California beginning at 7:00pm PST. Soundcheck Hollywood is located on 8872 Sunset Blvd.

The band is currently on tour in support of "Mechanize," released in the U.S. in February 2010 via Candlelight Records. The CD was co-produced by the band with Rhys Fulber (Front Line Assemply. Paradise Lost) and mixed by Greg Reely (Paradise Lost, Front Line Assembly, Skinny Puppy).

Fear Factory’s current lineup features original members Dino Cazares (guitar) and Burton C. Bell (vocals) alongside bassist Byron Stroud and legendary drummer Gene Hoglan.

The band's remaining tour dates are as follows:

6/07/2011 Top Deck – Farmington, NM
6/08/2011 The Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM
6/09/2011 DV8 – Tucson, AZ
6/10/2011 The Whisky A Go Go – Los Angeles, CA
6/11/2011 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
6/12/2011 Stingers – San Bernardino, CA

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Fear Factory Announces Rescheduled Dates

American alternative metal act Fear Factory has revealed the dates for its forthcoming U.S. tour. The new dates are set to make up ones that were lost when the band canceled the same tour several months ago. You can view the new dates below:

6/01 Tempe, AZ – The Club House
6/02 El Paso, TX – Club 101
6/03 Fort Worth, TX – The Rail Club
6/04 Tulsa, OK – The Marquee Theater
6/05 Amarillo, TX – The Sorority House
6/07 Farmington, NM – Top Deck
6/08 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
6/09 Tucson, AZ – DV8 Nightclub
6/10 West Hollywood, CA – Whisky A Go Go
6/11 San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick

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70,000 Tons Of Metal Video Report Available

Metalinjection.net has posted a video report from the 70,000 tons of metal festival. You can check out the footage from the cruise in the clip below.


Click Here To Watch The Video

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More Details On Fear Factory's Postponed Tour

As was previously announced earlier today, Fear Factory has called off a short U.S. tour the band had scheduled for Dec. 29 through Jan. 8. The band's publicist has now stated the dates have been postponed until April due to a family emergency. No further details were given. Fear Factory has spent the bulk of 2010 touring in support of its new album, "Mechanize," which marked the reunion of guitarist Dino Cazares and vocalist Burton C. Bell. Additional information on when the dates will be rescheduled will be announced as they are made available.

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Fear Factory Postpones U.S. Tour

American metal veterans Fear Factory has announced via a brief post on the social networking site, Twitter that their forthcoming tour of the United States has been postponed. The message reads as follows:

"Unfortunately US tour dates are postponed - new dates TBA. Happy New Year."

Stay tuned for details on the rescheduled tour dates.

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Daath Checks in From European Tour

DAATH recently completed a North America run with Chimaira and Impending Doom. The band will be heading on another European tour soon with Fear Factory. A fan filmed video capturing the impressive Kevin Talley drum solo and the band's performance of the new track, “Double Tap Suicide,” can be seen here.

Levi comments, “DAATH is in Europe for the second time this year. We’ve been so busy making records that we haven’t been able to tour much; but what we’ve done so far counts like a motherfucker: Slayer and Festival dates this summer, Fear Factory/High on Fire tour this winter. The best part for us is that we didn’t just fly over here to start a tour cold. We kicked ass across the Northeast with Chimaira, Impending Doom and This or The Apocalypse this past November. It was some of the best fun we’ve had on any tour ever. On top of the fact that Chimaira is an extremely cool band to tour with, this was a very big one for us on multiple levels. As a band we are the most gelled live that we have ever been. We’re tighter than ever and goddamn; Kevin’s drum solo is badass. Whoever saw us on that leg got the chance to see the production we’ve added to the show as well. We’re always adding to it. As if blinding you guys wasn’t enough, let me just say that we’re going beyond just the lights."

“I’m writing to you guys from my Hotel Room in Luxemburg, exhausted. We finished the Chimaira run, drove to the airport, hopped on a plane to Europe and immediately met up with Fear Factory & High on Fire. It was a hell of a lot of traveling and of course with all that comes a lot of bullshit these days. Though as soon as we hopped up on stage and started playing it was all forgotten and the bullshit just melted away. The show was killer, the bands are killer, we’re just stoked to be bringing it to Europe yet again! Look for more updates on some upcoming tour videos we’ll be doing. I hope you are all doing well and I will check back in with you soon.” More...

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Fear Factory Announces First Tour Of 2011

American alternative metal act Fear Factory has revealed the dates for its first United States tour of 2011. You can view the full list of confirmed dates, cities and venues below:

12/29 Tempe, AZ – The Club House
12/30 El Paso, TX – Club 101
12/31 Fort Worth, TX – The Rail Club
12/01 Tulsa, OK – The Marquee Theater
12/02 Amarillo, TX – Club Khaos
12/04 Farmington, NM – Gators
12/05 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
12/06 Tucson, AZ – Dv8
12/07 West Hollywood, CA – Whisky A Go Go
12/08 San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick

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Memorain Reveals New Album Details Online

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
09. Circle
10. Power Out
11. Scratching The Surface
12. Misery

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...

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High On Fire To Support Fear Factory

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

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Metallica Shakes Up Christchurch

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...

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Fear Factory Escapes Devastating Bus Fire

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."

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Fear Factory Posts "Powershifter" Video

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.”

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Dino Cazares Comments On Divine Heresy Tour

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...

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Fear Factory Confirms Festival Date

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):
Amon Amarth
Death Angel
Epica
Exodus
Fear Factory
Finntroll
Forbidden
Moonspell
Obituary
Raven
Saxon
Sodom
Sonata Arctica
Stratovarius
Swashbuckle
Testament
Trouble
Uli Jon Roth
Witchburner

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Gene Hoglan Drum Cam Footage Available

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.

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Opeth Confirmed For Bloodstock Open Air

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.

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