Just two weeks after it was announced that the Fear Factory legal battle over the band’s name is over and that the group was set for a comeback with classic guitarist Dino Cazares and singer Burton C. Bell, Bell has now announced that he is leaving the fold.
The new lineup was supposed to feature Cazares on bass and Mike Heller on drums. They were supposed to work on the 10th FF record and the follow-up to 2015’s “Genexus”.
The comeback announcement also noted that the group was launching a GoFundMe campaign to cover the expenses. This is where the first sign of trouble occurred as Burton has publicly distanced himself from the fundraiser, saying “The album has been done since 2017, complete with artwork. This is for Dino’s legal bills. I have nothing to do with this scam.”
Now, in a note titled “In my own words,” Bell wrote through his official site:
“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.”
The GoFundMe page is still available at the following link.