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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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  • ochuel

    Demanufacture is the shizzle! I remember being blown away by that album when it 1st came out. At that time there was nothing like it.

    17 Aug 9:15pm Reply
  • thedailygrind

    @KMFCM: You mean like 'Concrete'? Was jsut blasting that shit. Fucking awesome!

    3 Aug 8:45am Reply
  • Infinite_Impact

    If that was to ever happen, they would need to change the brand. FF's name has been tarnished enough. But that scenario is unlikely. We'll have to see how the new album turns out next year.

    1 Aug 3:46am Reply
  • crazysharky666

    FF is a mere shadow of it's former self anyway, might aswell gett a completely new line-up and 'reboot' (for a lack of a better word atm) the whole band.

    29 Jul 3:09pm Reply
  • thyPPKERU

    replica is fucking awesome

    27 Jul 4:48pm Reply
  • Infinite_Impact

    Kicking out Burt would be tantamount to kicking out Chris and Ray - it would veer from the true FF sound even more. As long as all four don't reconcile FF will just be a shallow shadow of its glorious former self. We had two golden eras of FF, one with Dino and one without but what we have now is abhorrent from a human perspective, and merely decent from a musical perspective.

    27 Jul 8:13am Reply
  • crazysharky666

    @KMFCM: I like the way you think! @cmd-artificial: I personally miss having Herrera and Olde Wolbers in the band really, their sound isn't what it used to be since they left.

    23 Jul 3:32am Reply
  • cmd-artificial

    Will take alot to make me listen to them again though. [2] This. But tough chance we ever get something as great as Demanufacture or Obsolete. Unless they take a few years off and come back actually inspired and willing to do a kickass record.

    22 Jul 7:33pm Reply

    " This is a really unpopular oppinion but i'm going to be frank here: Kick Burt out, get a vocalist that's more than capable of doing SOANM like vocals again." Barney Greenway on growls, Justin Broadrick on cleans. :)

    22 Jul 2:51pm Reply
  • tfaaon

    this may be the shittiest metal live act right now. awful sound and voice. good studio music though

    19 Jul 11:33am Reply
  • crazysharky666

    V Minus the fact that I'm still pissed off about Burt's shenanigans: Mechanize was easily my least favorite since it didn't had FF's sound in it. Industrialist was a huge step up since it actually sounded like their Demanu/Obsolete albums. Also, Transgression is nowhere as bad as people make it out to be. 'Supernova' needed to grow on me but the only thing truelly off was the U2 cover. Will take alot to make me listen to them again though.

    18 Jul 9:43pm Reply
  • spineshank155

    I thought the new stuff was closer to Demanufacture. Not as good as Demanufacture for sure, but i think they still have spark in them. They kind of fell through the cracks after Obsolete, Archetype i thought was an improvement to Digimortal and Transgression had some good tracks, but ended up sounding like a cover album with the U2 and whatever else was on it. If it made Burton happy that's all that matters. It's funny though how people can hate on the new material when i thought it was pretty good. Mechanize for sure had some Divine Heresy sound in it but i can see Dino wanting to sport or promote some of his new sound to promote Divine Heresy a bit. The Industrialist i thought was an excellent return to the older formula, i think some people are a little too harsh that it doesn't sound quality, FF is doing pretty well at 22 years (24 years now), they are doing what they can but every band loses the spark they had in the beginning and at least FF isn't totally pulling a Metallica.

    4 Jul 5:27am Reply
  • ketamineface

    nah fuck that I want it to be more like Demanufacture but I know that'll never happen sadly. I can hope though. I would definately say I don't care what it sounds like as long as it's nothing like Transgression. That album was terrible.

    3 Jul 11:47pm Reply
  • xNelSx

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    23 Jun 4:52am Reply
  • Infinite_Impact

    I hope the new album is nothing like Mechanize. I don't want another half FF, half Divine Heresy sound without futuristic electronics and a dry production again. The Industrialist was at least standard FF formula again, despite its questionable production.

    17 Jun 12:39am Reply
  • TheTailedBeast

    @jGustainis "McDonald's metal" said the guy who has Tool as his most listened artist...

    16 Jun 11:19am Reply
  • GasmaskAvenger

    I hope the new album is less The Industrialist and more Mechanize. I found The Industrialist to be a huge disappointment coming off such a monster of an album Mechanize was and still is.

    11 Jun 5:43am Reply
  • CriticalSwitch

    First album is killer

    30 May 1:33pm Reply
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  • spineshank155

    Oh wow, this is cool.. looking forward to the new album.

    22 May 3:03am Reply
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