Label: Roadrunner Records - 23 204722 • Format: CD EP, Enhanced • Country: Australia • Genre: Rock • Style: Industrial
Throughout the band's career, they have released nine full-length albums and have evolved through a succession of styles, including nu metaldeath metalgroove metaland industrial metal. Fear Factory went on hold in March following some internal disputes, but resumed activity a year later without founding member Dino Cazaresadding bassist Byron Stroudand previous bassist Christian Olde Wolbers as guitarist.
In Aprila new lineup was announced. Cazares returned as lead and rhythm guitarist, and Gene Hoglan as drummer. Bell and Stroud reprised their respective roles, and this lineup recorded the band's seventh studio album titled Mechanize Former members Wolbers and Raymond Herrera —both of whom were playing in Arkaea —disputed the legitimacy of the new lineup, and a legal battle from both parties had begun.
Despite this, Fear Factory has since released two more albums: The Industrialist and Genexus Over the years, Fear Factory has seen changes in its lineup, with lead vocalist Burton C.
Bell being the only consistent member since The band has performed at three Ozzfests and the inaugural Gigantour. Their singles have charted on the US Mainstream Rock Top 40 and albums on the Billboard Top 40,andand they have sold more than a million albums in the U.
Fear Factory was formed in under the name Ulceration, which the band agreed would "just be a cool name". The name was inspired by a factory that the band supposedly saw near their rehearsal space which was guarded by men carrying rifles. It took Cazares two weeks to get the appropriate guitar tone. Wolbers joined the band two weeks before they were scheduled to go on tour to promote the album and, although he contributed musical changes to a couple of songs on the album he stated that these were not significant.
Fear Factory's earliest demo recordings are strongly reminiscent of the early works of Napalm Death and Godfleshan acknowledged influence of the band in the grindcore-driven approach of the former and the mechanical brutality, bleakness, and vocal stylings of the latter.
Bell's pioneering fusion of extreme death growls and clean vocals in the same song, which was to become a significant and influential element of the band's sound throughout their career.
Many vocalists in today's metal scene use two or more methods of singing and vocalizing lyrics. The band contributed two songs to the L. Death Metal Compilation in InFear Factory recorded a series of cuts for their debut album with the then-little-known producer Ross Robinson in Blackie Lawless ' studio.
The band's members were unhappy with the terms of their recording contract and caused a delay with the album's release. The band retained the rights to the songs, many of which they re-recorded in with a different producer, Colin Richardson, for inclusion on their debut release Soul of a New Machine.
Meanwhile, Ross Robinson obtained the rights to the recording, which he used to promote himself as a producer. The album was History - Fear Factory - Linchpin (Special Australian Tour EP 2001) released in by Roadrunner Records under the title Concrete after the band's breakup. The release was controversial because the album was issued because of the band's outstanding contractual obligation and without the approval of every band member.
Fan opinion has been divided as to whether Ross Robinson's production properly captured the intricacies of the band's sound. The released album favored a straight-up approach and Robinson's distinct drum sound.
Concrete has become an important album for fans of the early Fear Factory sound; it can be seen as a bridge between the band's sound on their demo recordings and their debut release, Soul of a New Machineand a blueprint for later songs and B-sides. Based on the Concrete recording, Max Cavalera recommended Fear Factory to the then-death-metal-focused Roadrunner Records label, which offered the band a recording contract. The opening song with lyrics by Burton C. Bell, "Slave Labor", was direct about the band's feelings on the matter.
After working with numerous bassists, Andrew Shives was hired as a live bassist prior to the release of Soul of a New Machine. Soul of a New Machinewhich was recorded with producer Colin Richardson, gave the band greater exposure in the music scene. It is characterized by an industrial death metal sound that combined Bell's harsh and melodic vocals, Herrera's machine-like drums, the integrated industrial samples and textures and the sharp, down-tuned, rhythmic, death metal riffs of Dino Cazares.
Cazares and Herrera wrote all the music. Because the band had no bass player, Cazares played both guitar and bass on the recording. Due to the extreme nature of the music, the album never reached the level of popularity attained by their later, more accessible works, and remains a cult favorite.
To promote the album, Fear Factory embarked on extensive U. During this period, sampler-keyboardist Reynor Diego joined the group.
The following year, they hired Front Line Assembly member Rhys Fulber to remix some songs from the album, demonstrating the band's willingness to experiment with their music. The results took on a predominantly industrial guise, and were released as the Fear Is Late2nite (Tomcraft & Eniac Rmx) - Little Witches - Late2nite Mindkiller EP Soul of a New Machine and Fear is the Mindkiller were released as a package in a new re-mastered reissue by Roadrunner Records.
InAndrew Shives was forced to leave the band. Wolbers auditioned for Fear Factory's permanent bassist. Fear Factory's second album, Demanufacturewas released on June The album's production is more refined and the integration of atmospheric keyboard parts and industrial textures upon Cazares' and Herrera's precise musicianship made the songs sound clinical, cold and machine-like and gave the band's music a futuristic feel than the band's previous works.
Many fans consider Rhys Fulber's involvement with the band integral to this dimension of their sound. There were extensive contributions from Reynor Diego as well; adding key samples, loops and electronic flourishes to the group dynamics. Demanufacture was awarded the maximum five-star rating in the UK's Kerrang! The video was featured in the Test Drive 5 video game for the PlayStation.
The song "Zero Signal" was featured on the Mortal Kombat film soundtrack Instrumental versions of Because I Love You - Masters Apprentices* - Masters Apprentices songs were later used in PC videogames Carmageddon and Messiah [ citation needed ]. They went on their first headlining European tour in mid, with Manhole and Drain S. They also appeared at the Ozzfest in and This edition also includes bonus tracks from the digipak version of Demanufacture Channel 1 Suite - Various - The Fez File - Volume Uno Factory's third studio album, Obsolete Julywas reportedly completed earlier than planned by canceling an appearance at the Dynamo Open Air Festival.
Obsolete was similar in sound to Demanufactureand introduced the progressive metal and alternative metal elements to the band's output. The album is also notable for Rhys Fulber's increased involvement with the band. While Fear Factory had explored the theme of "Man versus Machine" in their earlier work, Obsolete was their first concept album that dealt specifically with a literal interpretation of this subject.
The story is presented in the lyrics booklet in a screenplay format between the individual songs. The printed story parts link the lyrics of the songs together thematically. Obsolete was released during the alternative metal boom of the late s. They also toured in Europe in December with Spineshank and Kilgoreand went on their first headlining tour in North America with Static-X the next year, though the first leg was interrupted due to the band's tour bus and material being stolen. They also played in Japan for the first time.
Obsolete became the band's highest selling album, marking the band's first entry into the Top on the Billboard charts. The album also spawned singles " Descent Song For Zelbert Moore - Dosh - Dosh and a digipak bonus track, " Cars ", a cover of the Gary Numan song featuring a guest appearance by Numan on the song.
To date, Obsolete remains the only Fear Factory album to have achieved gold sales in the U. The success of Obsolete and "Cars" was a turning point for the band; Roadrunner Records was now keen on capitalizing on the band's sales potential and pressured the band to record more accessible material for the follow-up album, titled Digimortalwhich was released on April 23, Digimortal made the Top 40 on the Billboard album charts, the Top 20 in Canada and the Top 10 of the History - Fear Factory - Linchpin (Special Australian Tour EP 2001) album charts.
The track " Linchpin " reached the Mainstream Rock Top Although Digimortal had a successful start, the History - Fear Factory - Linchpin (Special Australian Tour EP 2001) did not reach the levels of Obsolete and the band received little tour support. The direction of the album coupled with strong personal differences between some of the band members created a rift that escalated to the point where Bell announced his exit in March The band disbanded immediately thereafter; its publicists said this was "largely because vocalist Burton C.
Bell is tired of playing angry, aggressive music and wants to form a band that's more indie-rock-oriented". Over time, tensions within the band developed between Dino Cazares and the other members, particularly Burton C.
Bell and Raymond Herrera. When asked about the breakup in MayCazares made claims and allegations against Bell and History - Fear Factory - Linchpin (Special Australian Tour EP 2001) other members, stating that Fear Factory could continue without Christian History - Fear Factory - Linchpin (Special Australian Tour EP 2001) Wolbers Pyrymyd / Donna Washington - Shake It Down / First Things First that he and Raymond Herrera were primarily motivated by money.
In the same interview, Herrera also revealed that Cazares had attempted to control the direction of the band by manipulating their business management and record company, and had openly Knees Up Mother Brown - The Rowdies - Sing Along With The Rowdies to the other members about his actions.
Herrera and Olde Wolbers reunited later in and laid the foundations Rockbird - Debbie Harry* - Rockbird the return of Fear Factory. Bell was approached with their demo recordings and was impressed enough to rejoin the band and Fear Factory was re-formed.
Inhe also started a new group called Divine Heresy. Videos were shot for the songs " Cyberwaste ", " Archetype ", and "Bite the Hand That Bleeds"; the latter featured on the Saw film soundtrack. Fear Factory announced plans to record and release its next full-length album over a very short period of time with mainstream rock producer Toby Wrightwho had worked with Korn and Alice in Chains.
The resulting album, Transgressionwas released on August 22,in the United Kingdom, and on the following day in North America, almost a year after Archetype. The album garnered highly polarized reviews; some critics hailed the album as diverse and progressive, and other reviewers did not receive the record very well. InWolbers posted more details about writing and recording of Transgression and Archetype on his Facebook page. Bell said he is proud of History - Fear Factory - Linchpin (Special Australian Tour EP 2001) album and sees it as the band "stepping over boundaries".
During andFear Factory promoted the album on the "Fifteen Years of Fear" world tour in celebration of their fifteenth anniversary. An online statement from Wolbers in December said the band would History - Fear Factory - Linchpin (Special Australian Tour EP 2001) to the studio to record a new album, produced by the band, immediately after the completion of the Transgression touring cycle.
Rather than begin work on a new studio album, the band members briefly parted and began working with other projects. Bell contributed vocals to the songs "End Of Days, Pt.
In an interview for the website MetalsucksBell called this a "dream come true", describing Ministry frontman Al Jourgensen as "one of [his] heroes". On March 21,while Fear Factory was on hiatus, Bell spoke in a video interview about the band's future, saying he no longer wanted to contribute to the violence and aggression he saw in the world with the aggressive type of music Fear Factory produced.
Wolbers said, Barbichuettes Night (A Tribute To John Zewizz) - Deicida 69 / Deterioro Nervioso Irreversible - Syne, half of the Arkaea album consists of songs that were intended to be the next Fear Factory record". On April 28, this project was announced to be a new version of Fear Factory without Herrera and Wolbers.
We won't talk about [their exclusion]". Herrera said he and Wolbers were still in the band. Spirit Dance - Manasseh Meets The Equaliser* - Dub The Millennium never communicated with us about it", said Herrera.