Fear Factory

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Info and Intro

Formed in 1990, and playing a mix of Industrial, Heavy Metal, Death Metal, Gothic and Thrash Metal.

Through their career, Fear Factory have released eight full-length albums and has evolved through a a number of styles.

Fear Factory were hugely influential on the Heavy Metal scene, the Industrial scene, the Gothic scene, and the Cyber scene of the mid-to-late '90s.

Fear Factory disbanded in March 2002 following some internal disputes, but reformed later that year without founding member Dino Cazares, adding bassist Byron Stroud, and previous bassist Christian Olde Wolbers as guitarist.

On to April of 2009, and a new lineup was announced. Cazares returned as lead and rhythm guitarist, and Gene Hoglan as drummer. Bell and Stroud reprised their respective roles, and the band completed a seventh studio album titled Mechanize. Former members Christian Olde 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 was begun. Fear Factory released its eighth studio album, The Industrialist, in June 2012.

Over the years, Fear Factory has seen changes in its members, with Burton C. Bell being the only consistent member since 1990. The band has performed at three Ozzfests and the inaugural Gigantour. Its singles have charted on the US Mainstream Rock Top 40 and albums on the Billboard Top 40, 100, and 200.

Albums List

1) Soul of a New Machine (1992)

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2) Demanufacture (1995)

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3) Remanufacture (1997)

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4) Obsolete (1998)

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5) Digimortal (2001)

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6) Concrete (2002)

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7) Hatefiles (2003)

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8) Archetype (2004)

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9) Transgression (2005)

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10) Mechanize (2010)

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11) The Industrialist (2012)

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12) Genexus (2015)

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Members Name Check

  • Burton C. Bell – lead vocals (1989–present)
  • Dino Cazares – guitars, backing vocals (1989–2002, 2009–present)
  • Matt DeVries – bass, backing vocals (2012–present)
  • Mike Heller – drums (2012–present)
  • Dave Gibney – bass (1989–1991)
  • Andy Romero – bass (1991)
  • Andrew Shives - bass (1991–1992)
  • Raymond Herrera – drums, percussion (1989–2008)
  • Christian Olde Wolbers – bass, backing vocals (1993–2002), guitars (2002–2008)
  • Gene Hoglan – drums (2009–2012)
  • Byron Stroud – bass, backing vocals (2003–2012)

Session Musicians

  • Reynor Diego – samples, keyboards on Demanufacture (1991–1995)
  • Rhys Fulber – samples and keyboards on Demanufacture, Obsolete, Digimortal, Archetype and Mechanize (1993–2004, 2009–present)
  • John Sankey - drum programming on The Industrialist (2012)

Live personnel

  • John Bechdel – keyboards, synthesizers and sampling (1998–2004)
  • Steve Tushar – keyboards, samples (1996–1997, 2004–2005)
  • John Morgan - keyboards, samples (1997)

External Links

Fear Factory Website

Genexus Review on The Independent Voice

Bierkeller, Bristol, 7th October 2015 show, review by The Independent Voice

The Forum, Kentish Town, 13th December 2015, review and photos by The Independent Voice

Burton C. Bell interview in RAMzine