Industrial tech metal band Fear Factory has announced a full run of N. American tour dates that will see them head from Colorado Springs in mid-April to West Hollywood in the beginning of June. Support will come from Hate Eternal and Kobra And The Lotus. The band will be touring in support of last year’s release The Industrialist (review).
Speaking with Full Metal Jackie, vocalist Burton C. Bell describes The Industrialist as, “…a very deliberate album and one that came about very naturally to us. There is something so tight about the album. Focus is the one thing that is on this record that doesn’t really appear on any of our other records. The focus of the music, the sounds, the aggression and the concept. Everything had its purpose and we knew exactly what we were doing and what we had to do.”
Tour dates and a tour video can be seen below. READ MORE
While I wish I could focus entirely on the best offerings of 2012, I have to let you know about my worst albums of the year as well. Some of the albums below took me several listens to realize that they were lacking while others I knew right away were terrible. But in the end, these were albums that disappointed on a great many levels. Check ‘em out below.
Make sure to check out my Top 10 albums here. READ MORE
Band names. Some can be amazing and incredibly catchy and memorable. Others, however, can make you do a second take and whisper, “What the hell?” These are names that also stick with you throughout your life but not because of the band’s music, oh no. Rather, it’s because the name is so awful or problematic that you shudder at the very thought of bringing up these names.
So, below I’ve come up with 10 band names that are simply terrible. Note that this has nothing to do with the quality of their music, but simply is a thought about their name. Check it out! READ MORE
Metal Blade Records band Unearth has announced that they will be supporting Whitechapel, and Emmure with additional support coming from Obey The Brave, and The Plot In You. The tour will begin Jan. 8th, 2013 in Knoxville, TN and will end Feb. 11th in New York City, NY. The full touring schedule can be seen below.
Vocalist Trevor Phipps says, “John “Slo” Maggard will unfortunately be sitting out the Brothers of Brutality Tour (Whitechapel, Emmure, Obey the Brave, The Plot In You) this coming January/February. His absence is simply to take care of personal matters at home and is only temporary. Slo will remain a member of Unearth moving forward and is actively involved in the writing process for our next album, which we plan to record and release some time in 2013.
“Luckily, our long time friend Matt DeVries (Fear Factory, ex-Chimaira) will be taking over bass duties for the tour.”
DeVries added, “I couldn’t be more excited to be filling in on bass for my long time friends in Unearth on the upcoming Brothers Of Brutality Tour. They are like family to me and I’m extremely happy to step up to the plate for my good buddy Slo! READ MORE
A Pale Horse Named Death is aiming to release their sophomore album, the follow-up to 2011′s And Hell Will Follow Me (review), in late Spring of 2013. The band has once again commissioned famed artist Sam Shearon AKA Mister-Sam (Rob Zombie, Fear Factory, Rammstein) to create the artwork for the as yet untitled album.
Vocalist/guitarist Sal Abruscato (who was also Type O Negative‘s drummer) gives an update, “The sound has evolved and become a bit more orchestrated. More harmony work has been done on this album, including new elements such as a Hammond B3 organ and piano. To me the album has an even darker sound and feel than the first one.”
He continued, “The new album is a natural progression in song writing and vocals yet keeping continuity with the first album musically and artistically. Fans of our first album will find all the traits they love melded with even bigger production and mastering. Ted Jensen of Sterling Sound will be mastering the album.” READ MORE
Fear Factory have released an official video (via Metal Injection) for “The Industrialist”, the title track off their latest album. The video mixes footage of topical subjects (such as factories producing clouds of smoke, heavy traffic jams, religious ceremonies, etc…) with album artwork and live performance, all directed by James Zahn. You can check out the video below.
Make sure to check out our review of The Industrialist here. READ MORE
Following the trend of Grand Theft Auto and Saints Row, the newly released Sleeping Dogs, a sandbox “take down the Triads” game, will feature a radio station that provides you with nothing but metal. However, Sleeping Dogs took it one step further and aligned themselves with Roadrunner Records. That’s right, the whole station is RR heavy rock and metal artists. If you tune in, you’ll be able to hear bands such as Opeth, Trivium, Killswitch Engage, DevilDriver, Black Stone Cherry, and more. Check below for the full list. READ MORE
Bloody-Disgusting is psyched to bring you an exclusive first listen to the new Sunflower Dead single “The Hand That Beats You”. The song comes from the band’s upcoming self-titled debut album, which comes out Aug. 21st. The album was produced by Christian Olde Wolbers (Fear Factory) and co-produced/mixed by Jeremy Blair (Guns N Roses, DevilDriver). It was mastered by Robert Headly (Korn).
Sunflower Dead is Jamie Teissere (Droid) on guitar, Michael on vocals, piano, and accordion, Jaboo (Two Hit Creeper) on guitar, Luis Gascon (Buckethead) on bass, and Jimmy Schultz (In This Moment) on drums. READ MORE
We’re all a fan of horror movies, right? Otherwise, why would you be here? And we’ve all got our own personal tastes of what makes a great horror movie versus a terrible one. The same goes with Jeremy “Jerms” Genske, vocalist of Chicago heavy metal band Dirge Within. So much so that he decided to whip up a list of his Top 10 WORST horror movies. This list, which is pretty damn hilarious if you ask me, covers a few big name entries but also several more under the radar selections. Check out the list below and leave a comment with YOUR worst horror movie!
Dirge Within’s latest album is There Will Be Blood (Amazon). The band has a few tour dates as well, which you can see below. READ MORE
In an interview with MusicFrenzy.net, Fear Factory singer Burton C. Bell talked about how he ended up being in Nirvana’s music video for their infamous (and obscenely overplayed) song “Smells Like Teen Spirit”.
“I was a big NIRVANA fan for a long time, and I saw them a bunch of times on the ‘Bleach’ tour. After seeing them a few times, I’d run into them, a friend of mine actually played on [NIRVANA's 1991 record] record, ‘Nevermind’ — he played cello on ‘Something In The Way’. So we had a copy of that record almost five months before it came out. What happened was that, before the record came out, they had a show in L.A. at the Roxy, and after the show, they threw out flyers saying, ‘Hey, come to our video shoot.’ And so me and my roommate got the flyer with the directions on it and we went to the video shoot the next day. . . And what happened in the video wasn’t even supposed to happen. The audience just went nuts.”
If you want to play Where’s Waldo/Burton C. Bell, the video is below. Personally, I didn’t even try but that’s because I cannot STAND that song. If I hear it one more time, I’ll blow a gasket or ten.
Fear Factory’s latest album is The Industrialist. Make sure to check out our review of the album here. READ MORE
Fear Factory announced yesterday that the 2012 Shockwave Festival, which saw support from such acts as Voivod, Cattle Decapitation, Misery Index, Revocation, and more, was fully and entirely cancelled. The reason? A combination of poor advance ticket sales and the fact that Voivod dropped off the tour was enough for promoters to pull the plug on the entire festival a mere two days before the start.
Fear Factory commented, “We are truly disappointed not to be part of the Shockwave tour. We send our sincerest apologies to all our North American fans planning to come out this Summer, but we will be back. Please look for Fear Factory headline dates in August.”
The website for the Shockwave Festival shows only a single page with an explanation, apology, and refund information.
Below are some thoughts on why this tour didn’t make it. READ MORE
To say that Fear Factory helped shape the way that industrial and extreme metal could mix with melody doesn’t really give them enough credit. This group has been incredibly influential since their inception in 1989 and the 1992 release of their debut album, Soul Of A New Machine. Now, over 20 years later, the band is releasing The Industrialist, their eighth studio album. This is the second album to see singer Burton C. Bell reunited with original guitarist Dino Cazares after their split 2002. The album is also produced by Rhys Fulbar, who worked with the band on Obsolete, Digimortal, and Mechanize. But does this album have the same intensity and aggression that the band is known for? See below for my thoughts. READ MORE
Shadows Fall has a new album coming out this Tuesday (May 15th) entitled Fire From The Sky (preorder here) and we’ve got an exclusive first listen to the ninth track “Walk The Edge” below for you to hear! The album, which will be released by Razor & Tie, is produced by Adam Dutkiewicz, who produced their first album, Somber Eyes To The Sky.
Shadows Fall is on tour with Fear Factory. Check out the tour dates here. READ MORE
Fear Factory posted a tour ad mat on their Facebook that shows they will be headlining the 2012 Shockwave Tour, which will also feature Voivod, Cattle Decapitation, Misery Index, Revocation, Havok, Dirge Within, Last Chance To Reason, Vildhjarta, The Browning, and Forged In Flame. The tour will begin July 6th in Seattle and end August 4th in Hollywood. Check below for the poster with all tour dates.
Personally, I’d go for Fear Factory, Voivod, Cattle Decapitation, and Vildhjarta. That being said, 11 badass bands is gonna make for one hell of a festival! READ MORE
Fear Factory have released Recharger, the first single from their upcoming album The Industrialist, on iTunes. The album will be released June 5th via Candlelight records. You can stream the song below.
Fear Factory also announced that Mike Heller (System Divide) has come aboard as the official drummer. Gene Hoglan (Strapping Young Lad), who recorded drums for the album, was unable to commit to touring due to previous commitments. READ MORE
Just a bit ago, Fear Factory released a sample for their song Recharger. Now the band really wants to amp things up by releasing a two-minute trailer for their upcoming album The Industrialist, which will be coming out June 5th via Candlelight Records. While not nearly as high energy as Recharger, the music is very epic and the video an onslaught of industrial machines churning out blisteringly hot metal. Check it out below. READ MORE
Okay, look here, there’s a new Fear Factory album coming out by the name of The Industrialist. Some Fear Factory purists are whining that it’s not the real deal because the only original members are singer Burton C. Bell and guitarist Dino Cazares (Gene Hoglan is drummer and Matt DeVries is on bass). You know what I say? As long as it makes me want to punch holes in concrete walls, I don’t really care.
Well, to whet the appetite of eager fans, the guys have put out a 49-second sample of their first single, Recharger. The sample proves that the band is fully capable of putting out brutal industrial metal which mixes in melody that takes full advantage of Bell’s unique voice. Check it out below and weigh in with your thoughts! READ MORE
Industrial metal band Fear Factory is back! Burton C. Bell and Dino Cazares will be releasing The Industrial on June 5th via Candlelight Records. The album will be produced by longtime Fear Factory friend Rhys Fulber (Frontline Assembly, Delerium).
Bell states, “The protagonist (The Industrialist) is the incarnation of all industries in the form of an automaton. The mechanical, technological, and scientific advances through the industrial age led to the creation of The Industrialist. In the story, the automaton becomes sentient as it collects memories with each passing day. Through observation and learning, it gains the will to exist. What was meant to help man, will eventually be man’s demise.”
Check below for the full album art as well as the track listing.
Coinciding with season 4 of Adult Swim’s Metalocalypse, April will see the release of Dethklok creator Brendon Small’s Galaktikon. Described as “high stakes intergalactic extreme rock”, the album seems to be something that Dethklok fans can definitely get into but is also diverse enough to attract new crowds and listeners.
Today, Crave Online
got a stream of one of the tracks entitled On My Way
. My only complaint is that the first thing I noticed was how boxed the audio file was. There were no dynamics to be found anywhere. The song kicks in and the volume never changes once. Am I right? Am I wrong? You can hear the song below and give me your thoughts.
Brendon Small, the mastermind behind Dethklok, the band on Adult Swim’s Metalocalypse, has announced the upcoming release of his side project Galaktikon. The album will come out this April and coincides with the Season 4 premiere of Metalocalypse.
“This album should be thought of as an audio comic book, an over acted chamber drama, a ridiculous premise that takes itself way too seriously all the way to the end,” states Brendon Small.
Brendon Small paired with Dethklok drummer (legendary metal drummer) Gene Hoglan (Strapping Young Lad, Testament, Fear Factory) and Dethklok bassist Bryan Beller (Steve Vai, Mike Keneally band) as well as Dethklok engineer and mixer Ulrich Wild.
Check below for the awesome, retro sci-fi album artwork.
I could’ve sworn I did an ‘OMFG Of The Day’ to this last year. But after doing some digging, it looks like I was an idiot when this was released and passed it over. Well not again! This gem of a video popped up on Today’s Big Thing and I plan on sharing it’s joy with you all!
After the jump you can watch a video of a little kid interviewing members of Arsis, Revocation, Misery Index, Fear Factory, and Carnifex by asking the question that most parents dread: “Where do babies come from?” If you ever wanted to feel a little uncomfortable, just wait for Burton C. Bell’s explanation. I’m 27 and it still made me feel awkward. But informed. I am now aware of where babies come from.
It’s widely known that the readers of Bloody Disgusting have their opinions about the SAW series. Whether you love it, hate it, or couldn’t care less, you can’t deny that the SAW films are capable of eliciting a reaction from viewers; but what about the reaction it gets from listeners? Every SAW film has a pretty intense soundtrack to match, and the wide usage of hard rock and heavy metal across all the releases is perfect for Bloody Disgusting readers. Here’s my rank of all seven films’ soundtracks from worst to best – but I’ll leave the actual movies talk up to you guys.
With the recent release of Nola sludge legends Crowbar’s much anticipated new album, Sever The Wicked Hand, I started to think about what other huge albums 2011 has to offer the metalheads among us. With new albums from genre heavyweights like Atheist, Fear Factory, and Agalloch turning last year into a seriously stellar year for metal, 2010 is going to be hard to top, but here are 10 (+2) albums that I think will give 2011 more than just a fighting chance. READ MORE
One of my favorite metal bands of the past few years is Daath. I spun ‘The Concealers’ more times than I can count throughout late last year and the beginning of this year. Their track, ‘Wilting On The Vine’ still gets my blood boiling every time I hear it. So that’s why I’m excited to see that they are up to some really big plans for the rest of the year, including a new, self-titled album coming out on Oct. 25th.
Next, Daath will be touring the US with Chimaira and Impending Doom, all before heading over to Europe for a tour there with Fear Factory and High On Fire. You can check out the tour dates for those shows after the jump as well as comments from Eyal Levi.