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Band Photo: Fear Factory (?)

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 Premiere New Track

Fear Factory‘s “Fuel Injected Suicide Machine” has dropped as the second advance track taken from the group’s new album “Aggression Continuum“. The album is scheduled for a June 18th release date by Nuclear Blast.

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Fear Factory Premiere New Track "Disruptor"

Fear Factory premiere their new advance track “Disruptor“. The single is the first to arrive from the band's tenth studio full-length “Aggression Continuum“, which is headed for a June 18th release through Nuclear Blast.

“Aggression Continuum” was originally recorded several years ago by the Fear Factory’s then core duo of guitarist Dino Cazares and frontman Burton C. Bell. That relationship between the duo has since fractured with Bell announcing his departure from the band last year. Bell's vocals tracks will remain on this new album. Cazares has been narrowing down candidates to replace his former frontman.

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Fear Factory Reveals New Album Title

Fear Factory guitarist Dino Cazares has posted a new video online, in which he confirmed that the band will be releasing, "Aggression Continuum" their first album in five years, later in 2021. Next Friday (April 16th,) Fear Factory will also release a new single entited, "Disruptor" and begin taking pre-orders for "Aggression Continuum." Vocals on the album were handled by longtime singer Burton C. Bell, though following the recording, he quit the group, citing "consistent series of dishonest representations and unfounded accusations from past and present band members." More...

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Burton C. Bell Leaves Fear Factory

Burton C. Bell has officially announced his departure from Fear Factory, explaining that he "cannot align" himself with someone whom he does not trust or respect.

Earlier today, Bell posted the following statement to his official web site:

"IN MY OWN WORDS

"I consider myself a private person, preferring to keep my personal business to myself and trusted loved ones. I make my public statements with thoughtful intent, never deviating from the truth, in spite of the consistent series of dishonest representations and unfounded accusations from past and present band members; a toxic drama I choose to not be part of.

"The past several years have been profoundly agonizing, with these members bleeding my passion with depraved deceit. As a direct consequence of their greed, these three have dragged me through the unjust, judicial system, resulting in the legal attrition that has financially crippled me. In the end, these three members have taken possession of my principal livelihood. However, they will never take my 30-year legacy as the beating heart of the machine. A legacy that no other member, past or present, can ever claim.

"So, it is after considerable, contemplative soul searching that I have come to the realization that I cannot align myself with someone whom I do not trust, nor respect. Therefore, I am announcing to my fans my departure from FEAR FACTORY, to focus all my energy and attention toward the continuing success for ASCENSION OF THE WATCHERS, and all my future endeavors.

"I am very proud of the ASCENSION OF THE WATCHERS' latest album, 'Apocrypha'. The writing and recording process for 'Apocrypha' has been a truly cathartic and artistic journey of exploration and growth for me. Reigniting my passions for my writing, allowing my music to flourish, enabling my soul to soar, saving me from the real hell that engulfed a significant part of my daily life. Collaborating with talented, kindred spirits has truly created an inspirational environment of support and mutual respect, a spirit I have missed for a very long time.

"I would like to thank all of my fans for their continued support throughout my career. I am very proud of my achievements, but it is time for me to move forward. Now I look to the future with open eyes, open mind and open heart, as my artistic path strives for even greater success in music, writing and my art. It's true, 'the end is always the beginning'. The soul is free from the machine." More...

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Ascension Of The Watchers (Fear Factory) New Video

Fear Factory vocalist Burton C. Bell‘s side project Ascension Of The Watchers premiere a new single and animated music video called “Ghost Heart“. It’s the first cut off fo the group’s impending new record “Apocrypha“, which is scheduled for an October 09th release date by Dissonance Productions.

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Jasta Premieres New Music Video “Parasitic”

Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta premieres the below video for his song “Parasitic“. Paul McGuire helmed the clip, which was captured during Jasta‘s ‘Jasta & Friends Tour‘ back in August, 2018. That trek among others saw him joined by Howard Jones (Light The Torch), Dino Cazares (Fear Factory) and Kirk Windstein (Crowbar).

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DieKlute Premiere New Song & Music Video

DieKlute premiere their new music video for “All In Vain“. That clip features footage from the forthcoming horror movie ‘Devil’s Revenge‘, which stars William Shatner and Jeri Ryan. The song appears on the group’s debut release, “Planet Fear“, out February 01st via Cleopatra. DieKlute feature Fear Factory, etc. guitarist Dino Cazares, Die Krupps frontman Jürgen Engler and Clas Larsen of Leæther Strip.

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Fear Factory’s Cazares Has A New Industrial Band

Fear Factory, etc. guitarist Dino Cazares has joined forces with Die Krupps frontman Jürgen Engler and Clas Larsen of Leæther Strip in a new industrial project named DieKlute. Cazares announced the news via his Instagram earlier this week, revealing:

“I’m in a new Industrial band w/ Jürgen Engler from Die Krupps and
Claus Larsen from Leather Strip

The project is called “DieKlute”. We shot a video yesterday for the song “All In Vain” with Video Director Vincente Cordero @vcordero6 from Industrialism Films.

The video will feature clips of the unreleased indie film “The Relic” that was produced and directed by William Shatner. Our song will be featured in the Film.
Movie Release date?

Album release date coming soon on @cleopatrarecords
@cleartonestrings @seymourduncanpickups @ibanezlacs @kemperprofiler”

Watch the below behind the scenes clip from their video shoot for their song “All In Vain“ below.

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Powerflo Premiere "Less Than A Human" Music Video

Powerflo (Cypress Hill, ex-Fear Factory, Downset., etc.) debut the below video for their song “Less Than A Human“. That track is featured on their self-titled debut album. The band’s own Billy Graziadei (also of Biohazard) directed the clip.

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Terror Universal Debut New Song "Make Them Bleed"

Terror Universal are streaming the title track from their upcoming release, “Make Them Bleed“. That album is presently scheduled for a January 19th release through Minus Head Records. It will feature guest spots from Disturbed‘s John Moyer on the track “Spines” and Fear Factory‘s Tony Campos on “Dead On Arrival“.

Speaking of this new song in particular, frontman Plague comments: More...

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Powerflo Premieres Pre-Release Full-Album Stream

Powerflo - featuring current and former members of Cypress Hill, Fear Factory, Biohazard, Downset - premieres the pre-release full-album stream of the band's upcoming self-titled debut album, which will be out in stores this coming Friday, June 23rd.

Check out now "Powerflo" in its entirety below.

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Powerflo Premieres New Song & Music Video

Powerflo premieres a new song and music video "Victim Of Circumstance", taken from the upcoming self-titled album, which will be released June 23rd on New Damage Records. The band also feature former members of Cypress Hill, Fear Factory, Downset.

Check out now "Victim Of Circumstance" below.

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Blackest Of The Black 2017 Lineup Revealed

This year marks the first Blackest Of The Black destination festival. The brainchild of Glenn Danzig, the event not only serves as a music festival, but as a cultural experience.

Coming to Oak Canyon Park in Silverado, CA in Orange County on Memorial Day Weekend, Friday, May 26th and Saturday, May 27th, Blackest Of The Black will host two music stages curated by Danzig, with performances by Danzig, Ministry, Suicidal Tendencies, Atreyu, Vamps, and many more.

The festival will be hosted by Full Metal Jackie and will feature camping, along with a number of sinister attractions including Castle Danzig -- a fully immersive walkthrough experience of agony, ecstasy and more, all based on the music and graphic novels of Glenn Danzig. Information on tickets, VIP packages, camping and more can be found at this location.

Glenn Danzig comments: “I first started Blackest in the early 2000s and finally my full vision is being realized. Get ready for sensory overload, from films to comics to Castle Danzig. This is going to be the real Blackest Of The Black."

The music lineup for Blackest Of The Black is as follows:

Friday, May 26: Suicidal Tendencies, Corrosion of Conformity, Suicide Silence, Discharge, Belphegor, Butcher Babies, 3 Teeth, and more to be announced!

Saturday, May 27: Danzig, Ministry, Vamps, Atreyu, Venom Inc, DevilDriver, Fear Factory, Marduk, Combichrist, Ghoul, Ritual, and more to be announced! More...

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OpEd

Metal Must Evolve

My biggest issue with metal in the 2010s is that in contrast to the past three decades, there's just a lack of creativity. Newer metalcore is being increasingly influenced by nu-metal and post-hardcore as the new musicians who are in their 20s and 30s are now playing music that's entirely an amalgam of what they grew up with as teens rather than creating anything new.

Blackgaze was novel for the first few years but now feels like the light beer version of black metal at this point that doesn't have the same edge that metal is supposed to have. I'm not sure if I want black metal to have a kinder, gentler, dare I say, “cuddlier” face when compared to the antisocial behavior that defined the second wave. When I hear a band like Alcest or Deafheaven, I don't feel like these are maniacs with serious mental issues precisely because it sounds way too calculated and professional for my aging ears.

Djent is nice but often feels too monotonous to really do justice to how technical it is. For, “progressive metal” the songwriting lacks the same level of unexpected changes in direction that make progressive rock acts like Rush and Yes so appealing. Yeah, Djent is heavy but it's also often predicable when unconventional songwriting is half of what separates metal and makes it so special and unique. Blackened sludge on the othe rhand is only going to appeal to people who want extremely raw production... who will never be great enough in number to establish a trend rather than a fad. More...

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Fear Factory At the Concord Music Hall 4/19/2016

Booking this show was an absolute nightmare and almost entirely my fault. I say almost because it it was only 0.01% other people's fault and 99.99% mine thanks to my bad habit of procrastination. I saw that Darren (Rex_84 to you readers) had already interviewed Dino a week ago and thought that I missed my shot at covering Fear Factory but already put in a request to Fear Factory's management instead of Soilwork's which led to discussion with Darren about what type of content was in his now published interview and led to me originally only getting a photo pass from Liz at Earplit PR. Of course by the time Darren, Doug, Ty and I all took the time to discuss whether or not to do a second Fear Factory interview and came to the conclusion that since Darren and Dino only discussed the history of the band through “Demanufacture,” it would be a good idea to get Burt's take on Fear Factory starting with “Obsolete.” Which we only discussed after I bought up the possibility days after I should have. Liz naturally took a vacation for from Friday through Monday and only confirmed the possibility of an interview on the day of the show and sent an e-mail to me stating that an interview was off the table after I'd already contacted the band's tour manager to confirm an interview... which was just a huge clusterfuck made worse by the tour manager being late to send the guest list to the box office when I was worried that I wouldn't even get in.

Of course after getting in, I stop at the merch table, buy a shirt and then look at the audience around me. One guy was still wearing those mallgoth JNCO raver pants that Hot Topic sold circa 2001 who I'm guessing spent the last 15 years in cryogenic suspension. Amazingly a lot of people in Star Wars shirts who frequently had chin straps that grew into full on neckbeards with one guy even wearing a full-on pleather trenchcoat. Part of me wanted to bring a college-aged Ani DeFranco fan with me just to see how fast she'd get triggered only to run into the arms of the security guy who happened to be a white dude with dreadlocks... Which might give her a full-on mental breakdown. More...

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Fear Factory Releases New Video

"Expiration Date" comes from the Fear Factory's latest album "Genexus," which was released worldwide via Nuclear Blast Entertainment in late 2015.

Today a new video for the song comes online. The clip was directed by Tommy Jones for Videohammer Studios and can be seen below.

Fans can also catch Fear Factory on tour now in the U.S. with Soilwork. Dates and tickets are available at this location.

This ongoing trek is in support of the classic "Demanufacture" album, which will be played in full every single night of the tour. More...

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Fear Factory Gears Up For U.S. Tour Dates

In less than two weeks, the pioneers of industrial-tinged extreme metal from Fear Factory will kick off their U.S. headlining tour, which will see the band perform classic second album "Demanufacture" in its entirety.

The trek will commence on March 21st and run through May 7th with support provided by Swedish metal unit Soilwork.

"To me, this album sounds not one day older today than it did in 1995," stated Fear Factory guitarist Dino Cazares, "It's a metal classic for the ages and I'm excited that we are finally going to be able to perform it live in its entirety and songs from 'Genexus.' Play fearlessly."

Adds vocalist Burton C. Bell, "I am looking forward to the upcoming tour where Fear Factory will be performing 'Demanufacture' in full for the first time since we released it in 1995. We have some good friends joining us for everyone's enjoyment. Please come and support the bands that tour hard, and play harder!" More...

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Fear Factory Premieres New Live Video "Replica"

Fear Factory premieres a new pro-shot live video performing the song "Replica" on July 18, 2015 at the Resurrection Fest in Viveiro, Spain can be seen below.

Check out now "Replica" below.

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Fear Factory Posts Tour Footage

Fear Factory has been on tour in Europe celebrating the 20th anniversary of the "Demanufacture" album, and now a new tour video has come online.

Check out the clip below to see impressions from the band's trek to Strasbourg, France and Ghent, Belgium.

A previously posted clip in the tour video series can also be seen over at this location.

Although touring in support of the classic "Demanufacture" album, Fear Factory also released new full-length "Genexus" in the summer of 2015.

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Asesino Streaming Live Footage Of Slayer Cover

Asesino - feat. Fear Factory guitarist Dino Cazares and Fear Factory bassist Tony Campos (on bass & vocals) is streaming live footage performing a cover version of the Slayer classic "Angel Of Death", shot during the band's live performance at the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, California last friday, December 18, 2015.

Check it out now below.

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