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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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    Why did they cancelled all the UK dates for this year? :( I mean come on....

    24 Mar 2:39pm Reply
  • Wacke666

    I agree. Some stuff thrown in from Transgression especially would make good dynamics to the set-list. That record is very mellow, but I think it would be a nice flow in the setlist with their classic stuff.

    22 Mar 1:13am Reply
  • Infinite_Impact

    I wish they'd refresh their setlists a bit and play some more stuff from Archetype and Transgression. Their catalogue is so big, they have so many songs to choose from so at least one song from every album should be a given.

    21 Mar 5:47am Reply
  • Wacke666

    Demanufacture and Obsolete are great albums, really genre and 90's defining albums. They still hold up great today. Soul Of A New Machine is also cool but it feels more dated to me. I really dig Mechanize too, and The Industrialist isn't as bad as people claim it is.

    21 Mar 2:12am Reply
  • Emmpunkt

    So they've actually been playing Archetype live again? Well, that's kinda... bold.

    17 Mar 1:00am Reply
  • Willensmacht

    Hard to believe "Demanufacture" was twenty years ago.

    15 Mar 12:30am Reply
  • Wacke666

    I think the biggest difference as far as drums on FF albums go, the difference between the old albums and The Industrialist is that Raymond or Gene played the drums, and then they changed and sampled drum sounds over those recorded drum parts. The Industrialist uses a 100 % programmed drum machine, which lacks the dynamics that the other albums had, just because the drums were actually still played live on those albums. Mechanical drums still sound and feel different if played by a human or a computer.

    4 Mar 9:55am Reply
  • x_suicidal_x

    where is new album fuckers?!

    1 Mar 4:13pm Reply
  • the_rocknrollah

    Where's Human Shields in top 5?!

    28 Feb 12:44pm Reply
  • dAziks

    Holy shit, Chaosweaver_88, thanks for sharing that. Fear Factory presence is always welcome, they sound really great.

    28 Feb 7:37am Reply
  • crazysharky666

    Also, no ownder they sound so alike, Mikhail is a FF fan.

    24 Feb 8:05pm Reply
  • crazysharky666

    V I normally don't click on links in the comments but damn it sounds good. I'd love to own that album.

    22 Feb 1:25am Reply
  • Chaosweaver_88

    The child of FF and Arch Enemy:

    19 Feb 7:09pm Reply
  • crazysharky666

    The drums on the Industrialist are doen with programmed drums. Well, from what I remember anyway. Haven't listend to them in ages and I'm not planning to change that anytime soon.

    6 Feb 10:37pm Reply
  • Infinite_Impact

    But you should know. There's undeniably a distinctly qualitative difference in sound between having 100% artificially programmed drums and an actual human drummer whose performance has been slightly improved by filling in the missing hits. Your argument doesn't hold water here.

    4 Feb 10:42pm Reply

    @Maquina_Muerte They've been using sampled drums or drumcomputer as you call it since Digimortal, if not before. Basically FOREVER. So don't know what you're talking about.

    3 Feb 5:58pm Reply


    28 Jan 6:04pm Reply
  • Maquina_Muerte

    I'm actually still trying to get into The Industrialist, while I digged Mechanize instantly.... Is it the drumcomputer ? Maybe...

    25 Jan 12:07am Reply
  • Infinite_Impact

    That's quite old news. The album should have been already out in August last year but reasons.

    22 Jan 3:32am Reply
  • spineshank155

    According to the band logo photo on this page Fear Factory is working on a new album. Did a little digging and they also signed with Nuclear Blast stoked to hear this!

    20 Jan 5:31pm Reply
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