FEAR FACTORY today confirm 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 their 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.”
FEAR FACTORY’s new album will follow 2010’s highly regarded Mechanize. Said Blabbermouth of the record, “this is the album fans have been waiting for…a fiery and evolved rebirth of the band that changed metal in the ‘90s.” Revolver Magazine called Mechanize, “one of the best albums of the band’s career. Its combination of new-wave melody, rapid-fire aggression, and electronic ambiance sounds as fresh today as FEAR FACTORY did nearly 20 years ago. Call it the soul of their new machine,” while Decibel Magazine added, “FEAR FACTORY are back and beyond intact.”
Specific details with regards to FEAR FACTORY’s new album are expected to be released in the coming week.
FEAR FACTORY have finished recording their new album, “The Industrialist”, to be released this year in Europe via AFM Records and in the U.S. through Candlelight. The CD was once again co-produced by the band with Rhys Fulber (FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY, PARADISE LOST), with additional tracking by Logan Mader (DEVILDRIVER, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, SOULFLY). The mixing duties are being handled by Greg Reely (PARADISE LOST, FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY, SKINNY PUPPY) and FEAR FACTORY guitarist Dino Cazares at a studio in Canada.
In a January 2011 interview with SkullsNBones.com, FEAR FACTORY vocalist Burton C. Bell stated about the band’s plans to go into the studio to record the follow-up to 2010′s “Mechanize”, “We wanna take our time doing it. Personally… ‘Mechanize’, don’t get me wrong, is a good record — I’m very proud of it — but it’s gotta be better than that. I’ve got plans where I’d like to do a full-on concept again — story, artwork. Just make it real cerebral.”
FEAR FACTORY’s most recent touring lineup featured original FF members Dino Cazares (guitar) and Burton C. Bell (vocals) alongside bassist Byron Stroud (who was credited on the last three FEAR FACTORY albums in addition to touring and recording with STRAPPING YOUNG LAD and ZIMMERS HOLE) and legendary drummer Gene Hoglan (DETHKLOK, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, DARK ANGEL, DEATH, TESTAMENT).
Los Angeles-based metallers FEAR FACTORY have announced that their forthcoming new studio album will be titled The Industrialist. The album is due later this year via AFM Records in Europe, and through Candlelight in North America.
Further details to follow.
Fear Factory are among the acts confirmed for Metalfest 2012, which will hit the following countries next May and June: Austria, Germany, Poland, Croatia, Italy, Switzerland and the Czech Republic.
With every album released and live show played, 3 INCHES OF BLOOD give their all, keeping traditionalist metal alive. The band is pleased to announce that Bryon Stroud of Fear Factory and formerly of Strapping Young Lad, has officially joined the group taking over bass duties. Stroud and 3 INCHES OF BLOOD have been working together on a variety of things, and Stroud is beyond pleased shift his involvement to a creative level. “I am super stoked to let everyone know that I have joined my brothers in 3IOB,” exclaims Stroud. “We are busy rehearsing for touring of the new record Long Live Heavy Metal . The band asked me to come on board as manager last year. We rehearse in my bike shop, I’ve toured with them in the past and being involved in many aspects of the new record has been extremely gratifying for me. I’m looking forward and see a great future for this band. I’ll see you all on tour this year.”
On March 27th, 3 INCHES OF BLOOD will release their highly anticipated 5th studio album, Long Live Heavy Metal. In support of the release, 3 INCHES OF BLOOD will be heading out on the “Metal Alliance Tour 2012″ with DEVILDRIVER, THE FACELESS, DYING FETUS, JOB FOR A COWBOY, IMPENDING DOOM and WRETCHED. A full list of dates can be seen below.
Burton C Bell and Byron Stroud (both of Fear Factory’s fame) in recent days have became extremely active along with the whole City of Fire camp. The secret project that was announced several days before, turned out to be COF new album.
What seems to be the most unique about it is that the band is offering VIP tickets to concerts and even a chance to co-produce the album to a lucky fan. The album would be released in early 2012 and then followed by a tour.
Fear Factory, as is being told, is the next project in line and we can expect new release in 2012 as well. This news is really exciting for everyone who waited for more specific information about new FF album as well – we now know the exact plans for the band members.
FEAR FACTORY Forced To Postpone TourFEAR FACTORY, who recently announced a short stretch of U.S. shows from December 29 – January 8, were forced to postpone those dates until April due to a family emergency. No further details are available at this time.
FEAR FACTORY — guitarist Dino Cazares, vocalist Burton C. Bell, bassist Byron Stroud and drummer Gene Hoglan — spent the greater part of 2010 touring in support of their critically-acclaimed Mechanize full-length released in February via Candlelight Records. Rescheduled dates to be announced in the coming weeks. Stay tuned. http://www.fearfactorymusic.com
FEAR FACTORY will return to the stage later this month as part of their ongoing Fear Campaign tour. The short string of U.S. dates will kick off in Tempe, Arizona on December 29 and conclude 9 days later in San Diego, California on January 8. FEAR FACTORY — guitarist Dino Cazares, vocalist Burton C. Bell, bassist Byron Stroud and drummer Gene Hoglan — spent the greater part of 2010 touring in support of their critically-acclaimed Mechanize full-length released in February via Candlelight Records. Decibel magazine called Mechanize the “greatest FEAR FACTORY full-length in more than a decade,” while Revolver noted, “the record marks a clear return to the classic FEAR FACTORY sound. The result rings familiar but also fresh; even in the very futuristic year of 2010.” Added Blabbermouth: “FEAR FACTORY 2010 is a fiery and evolved rebirth of the band that changed metal in the ’90s…Mechanize is the album I have been waiting for.”
Northamptonshire, England: FEAR FACTORY in the early morning hours narrowly escaped fire 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. BBC News confirms the fire closed down two lanes of the southbound M1 as Northamptonshire fire officials battled the blaze.
FEAR FACTORY guitarist Dino Cazares released the following comment moments ago: “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 3:30am 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.”
FEAR FACTORY are currently on tour in the UK continuing performances in support of their latest album, Mechanize. The band completed their most recent American tour on July 27th to a captivated audience in Allentown, Pennsylvania. The following evening the band departed from New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport for an additional three weeks of dates in the UK and other various European festivals.
Cazares adds, “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.”
Noisecreep today premieres a special Internet-only video for the song “Powershifter,” taken from FEAR FACTORY‘s latest album Mechanize. Filmed in England earlier this year, the video was created by noted English videographer Myles Dyer with assistance from producer Tom Bacon and cameraman David Bass. Presented in high definition, it captures the band on stage in front of an enthusiastic audience.
“Powershifter” was the first song fans heard from Mechanize when album release details were announced late last fall. Within days the song was heard by over 100,000 fans as they quickly logged on to the YouTube page that premiered the first new material to include the revamped FEAR FACTORY lineup of vocalist Burton C. Bell, guitarist Dino Cazares, bassist Byron Stroud and drummer Gene Hoglan. The song would top college radio charts prior to Mechanize hitting stores on February 9. The album dominated the chart for six weeks at the number one position and maintained top ten status for another ten weeks as programmers threw their support behind the record.
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.” FEAR FACTORY returns to American stages this weekend as part of their on-going Fear Campaign 2010 tour, performing tomorrow night at The Rock in Maplewood, Minnesota. All four members will take part in a meet-and-greet prior to the performance at Best Buy (located at 1643 West County Rode B2 in Roseville) beginning at 3pm. FEAR FACTORY, with 36 Crazyfists, Divine Heresy (featuring FEAR FACTORY guitarist Dino Cazares), and After the Burial, will performance in Des Moines, Chicago, Detroit, Toronto, Montreal, New York City, and Towson (Baltimore) before concluding this current North American tour in Allentown on July 27. The band returns to Europe beginning July 31 for festivals and headline performances in England, Ireland, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Bulgaria and their appearance at the massive Wacken Open Air Festival in Germany. Mechanize has sold over 100,000 copies worldwide since release earlier this year. Media have praised the record; Decibel Magazine calls it the “greatest FEAR FACTORY full-length in more than a decade.” Revolver says, “the record marks a clear return to the classic FEAR FACTORY sound. The result rings familiar but also fresh; even in the very futuristic year of 2010.” And Blabbermouth notes “FEAR FACTORY 2010 is a fiery and evolved rebirth of the band that changed metal in the ’90s…Mechanize is the album I have been waiting for.” Remaining dates on the current North American tour are noted below.
7/17/2010 The Rock – Maplewood, MN
7/19/2010 People’s Court - Des Moines, IA
7/20/2010 Metro – Chicago, IL
7/21/2010 Harpo’s – Detroit, MI
7/23/2010 Opera House – Toronto, ON
7/24/2010 Parterre Parc Jean Drapeau – Montreal, QC
7/25/2010 Fillmore/Irving Plaza - New York, NY
7/26/2010 Recher Theatre – Towson, MD
7/27/2010 Crocodile Rock - Allentown, PA
DIVINE HERESY’s pummeling offering, Bringer of Plagues, redefined the meaning of aggression and took extreme to an all new level. The group’s founder Dino Cazares (Fear Factory guitarist) is now pulling double duty as DIVINE HERESY will open all dates on this month’s Fear Factory North American tour. Either see below or head over now to www.myspace.com/divineheresyband to view their entire tour itinerary and the band will be signing copies of Bringer of Plagues at their merch booth at every show. This stellar package is rounded out with 36 Crazyfists and After The Burial.
Bringer of Plagues was released to rave reviews across the board and debuted at an impressive #148 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. This album is hailed as the most brutal and unrelenting offering of the legendary Cazares’ stellar career. Newcomer Travis Neal (ex-The Bereaved) has undoubtedly proven that he is the perfect fit for the role as he delivers a debut performance for the ages.
Cazares further states: “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.”
On their way back South 70000 TONS OF METAL, The World’s Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival had to make another stop in the Golden State, but they chose the big city this time: Los Angeles. Ashore they were greeted by one of the most influential innovators of Industrial Metal: FEAR FACTORY. That brings the count to 19 out of 40. Who will be next?
The confirmed 19 out of 40 bands are:
Uli Jon Roth
70000TONS OF METAL will sail Monday, January 24, 2011 aboard the Royal Caribbean “Majesty of the Seas” from Miami FL to Cozumel, Mexico and will not return you to the real world for four days until Friday, January 28, 2011.
Make no mistake, 70000TONS OF METAL is not your grandma’s cruise. It’s also not one of the cruises that share the ship with normal cruise guests. This is an all heavy metal cruise! Can you imagine that? A whole luxury cruise ship full of metalheads? And since there is no backstage area you will have the opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison. It’s like everyone has a backstage pass!
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What are you waiting for? You might even need a vacation from this vacation when all is said and done! Check out http://www.70000tons.com/ for more information and book your cabin NOW!
Early on in the decade Fear Factory founders Dino Cazares and Burton C. Bell had a falling out and Dino unexpectedly left the band. The reasons are still fan mag fodder, but in the wake of his departure Fear Factory eventually strayed from it’s roots and both Burton and Dino found themselves working in various projects with some commercial and critical success. But for both fans and the old friends alike, questions still lingered about the future of Fear Factory, wondering of Dino would ever find his way back. Eventually a chance meeting sparked what would become a drama played out in the media between Dino and Burton and the bands other members, much of which remains unsettled. Still, the two friends recruited legendary drummer Gene Hoglan and retained Byron Stroud and forged ahead amid controversy, resulting in the new album MECHANIZE, a return to Fear Factory’s signature sound. Burton recently spoke to Metal Rules about the new album, new line-up, and new beginning.
I recently was presented with the opportunity to chat over the phone with Christian Olde Wolbers, who rose to fame as the bassist turned axe slinger for Fear Factory. Christian, ever the multi-faceted musician was kind enough to talk shop well over a half hour with me, covering everything from Fear Factory’s current hiatus, to his new band Arkaea, the COW Archetype Randall Half Stack, his studio work and much more. In fact he even recalls his early days in the thrash metal scene in his native Antwerp, Belgium and the time he spent playing for both Asphyxia and touring with Cyclone. Special thanks to Andy Caffaro at Forty Three PR for coordinating this special interview.