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Los Angeles, United States (1989 – 2002, 2002 – present)

Fear Factory is an American band that from Los Angeles that formed in 1989. Over the course of their career they have evolved from a succession of styles, combining , , , with . Fear Factory proved to be enormously influential on the metal scene in the mid- to late-1990s. The band disbanded in March 2002 following some internal disputes, but reformed later in 2002 without founding member Dino Cazares, adding bassist Byron Stroud, and casting then-bassist Christian Olde Wolbers as guitarist.

In April 2009, a new lineup was announced with Cazares returning and Gene Hoglan as drummer. Bell and Stroud are both reprising their respective roles, and the band completed a seventh studio album entitled Mechanize. Former members Christian Olde Wolbers and Raymond Herrera (both currently playing in Arkaea) dispute the legitimacy of the new lineup, and a legal battle is underway from both parties. The band has performed at three Ozzfests as well as the inaugural Gigantour and has had singles in the US Mainstream Rock Top 40 and albums in the Billboard Top 40, 100, and 200. The band has sold more than 1 million albums in the US alone.


* Burton C. Bell – lead vocals (1989–present)
* Dino Cazares – guitar (1989−2002, 2009–present)
* Gene Hoglan – drums (2009–present)
* Byron Stroud – bass (2003–present)

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  • Edgecrvsher

    Oh yeah, shit, I need to listen to "Dielectric" as well!

    Yesterday 1:45am Reply
  • Edgecrvsher

    Gah, I caved in and listened to "Soul Hacker" and "Protomech." "Protomech" is pretty awesome and all, but holy shit, "Soul Hacker" has to be the bounciest Fear Factory song EVER. I seriously couldn't stop grooving to it. It has that Digimortal-ness to it, but with the band's current sound. Seriously gets stuck in your head and doesn't get out for me. I need this album so much now, it's pretty unhealthy at this point.

    Yesterday 1:40am Reply
  • DanceCommanderr

    Hurry up & leak already!

    Yesterday 10:11pm Reply
  • Edgecrvsher

    Ah, thanks for that! I'm always looking for good Industrial Metal, so I will have to check out these dudes asap.

    Yesterday 5:32pm Reply
  • crazysharky666

    Half there stuff is free to download here: (atleast, their Ep's where free at the time I found out about them). Transform Into a Human can be listend to on YT, Ammunition and New Breed are on their YT page aswell.

    30 Jul 12:07pm Reply
  • Edgecrvsher

    Never heard of Conflict before. I'll have to give them a listen, as well as that "Ammunition" demo as well.

    30 Jul 5:22am Reply
  • crazysharky666

    V Damn, thank you for this heads up. I know abour Conflict, love their latest work, but didn't know that they did their own intepretation of it. Sounds really good. Also, they did a cover of New Breed that I really like.

    29 Jul 10:06pm Reply
  • Infinite_Impact

    Ammunition was never released, only the unfinished instrumental demo exists, which is a shame. I am not sure how people found it. However, for anyone interested, the band Conflict took the demo and made their own intepretation of it. Pretty cool.

    29 Jul 9:17pm Reply
  • crazysharky666

    Also, the song Ammunation, did it ever gett a B-side release despite being maybe unfinished? That, and I actually start to kinda miss listening to stuff like Obsolete. It has been a year or more that I dropped this band but I remember listening to Obsolete almost everyday.

    29 Jul 7:42pm Reply
  • crazysharky666

    Empire was exclusive to best Buy I believe. Of the whole album there was only one track I didn't like and that was the U2 cover. Supernova is a song a strangely liked, dispite being so un-FF. Admittedly, I'm wondering how Transgression would've ended up being if it wasn't rushed out of the door. Said U2 cover was forced by the label aswell, if I remember correctly. And apologies if I sound like a broken record here, but personally, I think that mechanize picked up too much influence from Devine Heresy.

    29 Jul 7:31pm Reply
  • Borreh

    I have to agree with pretty much everything you have to say (Apart from the production - I really think the album just sounds bad. The high-pitched guitars are killing me...). I remember the vast majority of Transgression - But I have problem remembering more than 2 or 3 songs from Mechanize. I think that with that album they tried too hard to be "heavy" and "brutal" (after all the flak Transgression got for trying something else) - And it resulted in a mostly boring album.

    29 Jul 11:58am Reply
  • Infinite_Impact

    As much flak as Transgression gets, personally I prefer it over the extensively lauded Mechanize. I love its "rushed" sound. The steely production, that is, the reverb on the snare adds to that so much. Writing wise, the heavier songs have addictive mechanical rhythms such as the main riff in 540,000° Fahrenheit, the super contagious main riff in the title song or Moment of Impact's massive bulldozer rhythm. And the melodic side of things really shines on that album, with Empty Vision and Supernova being catchier than STDs. What people criticize as imperfections here, are actually the things I love the most about it. Besides, Raymond mentioned once that they recorded about 18 songs for Transgression of which five really fierce tracks went unused, one of them being Ammunition.

    29 Jul 4:22am Reply
  • Edgecrvsher

    I believe everyone will agree that Transgression was rushed, but at the same time, it wasn't as bad as a lot of Fear Factory fans made it out to be. Would have been a better album if the production was better, as there are songs on it drowned in bass and have static in the background. Not to mention, "Empire" and "My Grave" should have been added to the actual tracklist, as those two songs were some of the best from the album, despite being b-sides/bonuses.

    29 Jul 2:04am Reply
  • Borreh

    To be honest Transgression *was* rushed, the band admits that. But it's a shame because they tried a ton of interesting things on that album. Wish they would record something as "experimental" as that album was. Supposedly Genexus is like that, but I'll have to hear it to be certain.

    28 Jul 10:15pm Reply
  • crazysharky666

    And Transgression goes severely underrated.

    28 Jul 1:10pm Reply
  • Edgecrvsher

    These shouts about Mechanize being Fear Factory's best since Obsolete sadden me a bit. Archetype is one of the best albums the band has made, if you ask me.

    28 Jul 5:28am Reply
  • bassius

    What happened is Burton smoked too many cigs. No more glorious clean vocals. Might as well end the band.

    27 Jul 12:31am Reply
  • Idiots-Rule

    So far I think the album shows signs of being a quite diverse FF album, and also continuing further down the same path that Mechanize and The Industrialist (re-)started. Those were cool albums imo, with The Industrialist not being as bad in my book as most others seem to think about it. But I'll have to see what I'll think of Genexus when it drops. So far I like Dielectric and Protomech, although I think they're far from FF's best material. Soul Hacker is so far not really a favorite. A bit too much of that "jumpdafuckup"-sound to my ears, which I'm not a huge fan of.

    26 Jul 12:20am Reply
  • Progmet

    Dielectric is PERFECT !

    25 Jul 10:37am Reply
  • dAziks

    Strings in Dielectric really gives me Demanufacture vibe. Me likey.

    25 Jul 10:33am Reply
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