Fear Factory is an American extreme Industrial Metal band that has toured with bands such as Black Sabbath, Pantera, Megadeth, Iron Maiden, Slayer, Dream Theater, Ministry and Rammstein, played in three editions of Ozzfest and opened the Gigantour festival. His albums have already remained on Billboard, and his singles have remained on the Mainstream Rock charts, both in the United States.
The band explored in its lyrics the idea of Man Versus Machine and criticism of Religion, themes that were addressed from the album “Soul of a New Machine” to “Digimortal”. The band started out making a more Death Metal/Grindcore sound but later changed to a more modern sound, a sound that influenced new Metal/Groove Metal. The band has sold more than 1 million albums in the United States alone.
Fear Factory was formed under the name Ulceration in Los Angeles, California, in 1989 by the band’s guitarist Dino Cazares and drummer Raymond Herrera. The name Ulceration was chosen by the band members because they thought that name sounded good at the time.
In 1990, they changed the band’s name to Fear Factory. Characterized by a mix of Thrash Metal riffs (nowadays, sounding more Nu Metal), guttural vocals that transform into melodic ones, and pulsating beats marked by double bass drums and heavy basses, the band caught the attention of the American Death/Industrial scene with the release of the band’s debut, “Soul of a New Machine”, in 1992. The album was not a success in the media, although the band managed to embark on an extensive tour across America alongside bands such as Biohazard, Sepultura and Sick of It All and in Europe with Grindcore legend Brutal Truth. It is important to highlight that only this album has a more Death Metal/Grindcore style, as in the following albums, the band changes its style, gradually evolving from album to album.
After the release of Obsolete in 1998, the band went on the road with Slayer and then began another tour with Rammstein. Still, in the same year, the band became the main band on the second stage of Ozzfest, replacing Judas Priest at the last minute. Obsolete sells over 500,000 copies in the US, and the band earns a gold record for it. This record is then auctioned to help Chuck Schuldiner (leader of Death) in his battle against cancer. In 2001, the album Digimortal was released, which features members of Cypress Hill, and after a series of shows and festivals, the band took a break from its activities.
Regarding recent news about the band:
In September 2020, Dino Cazares announced that Fear Factory would release new music in 2021. Less than 1 month later, on September 28, vocalist Burton C. Bell announced that he would leave the band, saying there was a “consistent series of dishonest representations and unfounded accusations from past and present band members.” Even after his departure, Bell’s contributions remained on this next album. Loudwire chose the album Aggression Continuum as the 33rd-best Rock/Metal album of 2021. The track “Disruptor” was chosen by the same publication as the 12th best metal song of the year.
In February 2023, it was revealed by the band that after more than 300 auditions, Italian vocalist Milo Silvestro would be replacing Bell. After cancelling the first date of their American tour, it was revealed via Stories that Pete Webber, from the band Havok, would be temporarily joining as the band’s drummer. In May, Webber was confirmed as the drummer.
Milo Silvestro – vocals (2023 – present)
Dino Cazares – guitar(1989-2002-2009- present)
Tony Campos – bass (2015- present)
Pete Webber – drums (2023- present)
Concrete (1991), depois relançado em (2002)
Soul of a New Machine (1992)
Mechanize (2010), depois relançado em (2023) com 3 faixas bônus
The Industrialist (2012)
Aggression Continuum (2021)