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.
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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
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
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
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.