This previous Friday (April 16), FEAR FACTORY launched its first new tune in over 5 years, “Disruptor”. The monitor will seem on the band’s upcoming album, “Aggression Continuum”, due on June 18 through Nuclear Blast Data.
“Aggression Continuum” options guitarist, songwriter and co-founder Dino Cazares; drummer Mike Heller; and former vocalist, lyricist, and co-founder Burton C. Bell, who laid down his vocal tracks for the LP in 2017. It was produced and engineered by Damien Rainaud (DRAGONFORCE, ONCE HUMAN), with keyboards by Igor Khoroshev (ex-YES), and programming on two songs from longtime collaborator Rhys Fulber (FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY). “Aggression Continuum” was blended by Andy Sneap (MEGADETH, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, TRIVIUM), who additionally labored on FEAR FACTORY‘s earlier album, 2015’s “Genexus”.
In a brand new interview with Temple Of Bleh, Cazares revealed that FEAR FACTORY has not but discovered a alternative for Bell. “We’re on the level the place I am gonna determine on a singer any day now,” he stated (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). “There’s a number of folks which might be actually good — actually good. Even some females which might be actually good. And making a call is gonna be positively robust. ‘Will the followers settle for them? Will the followers not settle for them?’ — that sort of factor. I fear about all these sorts of issues, however on the identical time, I’ve gotta be how I used to be to start with and never concern — not concern change. I essentially do not concern change, however I do take it into consideration how followers are gonna take it. I imply, I can not base every little thing I do on what a fan would possibly suppose, as a result of then I am going to by no means get something performed. However it’s positively an enormous determination. And whoever I select, I need them there to be for the long term, as a result of I plan on making a couple of extra information earlier than I am retired or gone or no matter. It is positively an enormous determination. And it is some huge sneakers to fill.”
Dino continued: “I wanna get again to enjoying songs that we by no means acquired to play dwell. It is no secret that Burt had some vocal points when he sang dwell — he simply could not sing sure songs. It simply occurs. Like ‘Linchpin’, our largest tune, we may by no means play it. I wanna have the ability to discover a singer that may sing that tune and we are able to play it dwell each night time. I wanna have the ability to give folks the hits — the songs that they paid cash to see.”
Cazares went on to say that he’s assured that he’ll decide the suitable particular person for the job. “I used to be capable of finding a few very proficient guys for DIVINE HERESY [Dino‘s other band], who went on to do huge issues,” he stated. “A few of ’em went on to do huge issues and induced huge issues. [Chuckles] So I am hoping that — effectively, I really know that I’ve discovered another actually good expertise. Now it is only a reality of getting in a room with these guys. Earlier than I decide, I need these guys to return down right here, spend a while with us, see if I like them, see if we are able to get alongside, see in the event that they’re gonna be too nervous on stage or singing in entrance of us. Blah blah blah blah blah. That sort of stuff.”
Dino added: “I am excited. I am very enthusiastic about this. I can not wait.”
Final September, Bell issued a press release formally saying his departure from FEAR FACTORY, saying that he “can not align” himself with somebody whom he doesn’t belief or respect. He additionally dominated out a doable reconciliation with Cazares down the road, saying: “I am performed. I have not spoken to Dino in three years. I have not spoken to Raymond [Herrera, former drummer] and Christian [Olde Wolbers, former bassist] in longer than that, and I’ve no intention to. I am simply transferring ahead with my life.”
In October, Dino issued a press release through which he stated that the door for Burton to return again to FEAR FACTORY would not “keep open perpetually.” The guitarist additionally revealed that Burton “misplaced his authorized rights” to the FEAR FACTORY identify “after a protracted court docket battle” with Herrera and Olde Wolbers. “I had the chance to do one thing proper, and I felt that getting the identify in full was the suitable factor to do for the each of us, so after practically 4 years we are able to proceed as FEAR FACTORY, to make extra information and to tour,” he stated. “That’s the reason it’s unhappy to listen to that he determined to give up and, in my view, for no matter points he has it looks as if it may’ve been labored out.”
FEAR FACTORY has been out of the general public eye because it accomplished a 2016 U.S. headlining tour on which it carried out its traditional second album, “Demanufacture”, in its entirety.
Photograph credit score: Stephanie Cabral
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