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Fear Factory  


Bursting onto the metal scene in the early 90's, Fear Factory's fusion of death metal and industrial influences has since proven to be enormously influential in the metal world since the band's inception, with Soul Of A New Machine still a landmark release. They peaked popularity-wise with '98's Obsolete, and also garnered acclaim for their interesting take on Gary Numan's "Cars", which they covered a year later. But the band's followup album, 2001's Digimortal, received only mixed reviews, and following some personal differences between band members, vocalist Burton Bell announced his leaving in March of 2002, and the band immediately disbanded. Later interviews with the various members indicated that a rift had developed between guitarist Dino Cazares and the rest of the band. Sure enough, the other three members (including Bell) announced their decision to reunite (with bassist Chistian Wolbers taking over on guitar) and continue as Fear Factory, while Cazares continued with his earlier side projects such as Asesino and Brujeria, as well as a new band, Divine Heresy. Arguably, the two post-Dino albums (Archetype and Transgression) haven't had the impact of their earlier works, preferring to play it a tad safe and stick to their earlier style. Also released after the split were Concrete (the band's first recording, originally done in 1991 and produced by Ross Robinson) and Hatefiles, a collection of leftovers and remixes.

After several years of relative quiet came the rather surprising news that not only had Cazares and Bell put their differences behind them, but that Cazares was back in a new-look Fear Factory that excluded core members Christian Wolbers and Raymond Herrera, with well-travelled veteran Gene Hoglan and former Strapping Young Lad bassist Byron Stroud rounding out the group. Wolbers and Herrera have formed their own band, Arkaea, but have also stated that they never really left the band, and so now this will become another court issue concerning the rights to the name.

Current Members

Burton C. Bell

vocals (Geezer)

Dino Cazares

guitars (Asesino, Brujeria, Divine Heresy)

Matt DeVries

bass (Chimaira)

Mike Heller

drums

Former Members/Guests

Christian Olde Wolbers

guitars (Arkaea, Devin Townsend)

Andrew Shives

bass

Byron Stroud

bass (3 Inches Of Blood, Strapping Young Lad, Tenet, Devin Townsend, Zimmers Hole)

Raymond Herrera

drums (Arkaea, Asesino, Brujeria)

Gene Hoglan

drums (Dark Angel, Daemon, Death, Dethklok, Mechanism, Old Man's Child, Phantasm, Strapping Young Lad, Testament, Tenet, Devin Townsend, Zimmers Hole)


Discography



Soul Of A New Machine 
1992 Roadrunner
  1. Martyr
  2. Leechmaster
  3. Scapegoat
  4. Crisis
  5. Crash test
  6. Flesh hold
  7. Lifeblind
  8. Scumgrief
  9. Natividad
  10. Big god / raped souls
  11. Arise above opression
  12. Self immolation
  13. Suffer age
  14. W.O.E.
  15. Desecrate
  16. Escape confusion
  17. Manipulation
  • Burton C. Bell
  • Dino Cazares
  • Raymond Herrera
1992 Internet Top Ten album

Reviews:   Lords Of Metal  Metal Observer 



(EP) Fear Is The Mindkiller 
1993 Roadrunner
  1. Martyr (Suffer Bastard Mix)
  2. Self Immolation (Vein Tap Mix)
  3. Scapegoat (Pigfuck Mix)
  4. Scumgrief (Deep Dub Trauma Mix)
  5. Self Immolation (Liquid Sky Mix)
  6. Self Immolation (LP Version)
  • Burton C. Bell
  • Dino Cazares
  • Raymond Herrera




Demanufacture 
1995 Roadrunner
  1. Demanufacture
  2. Self Bias Resistor
  3. Zero Signal
  4. Replica
  5. New Breed
  6. Dog Day Sunrise
  7. Body Hammer
  8. Flashpoint
  9. H-K (Hunter-Killer)
  10. Pisschrist
  11. A Therapy For Pain
  12. Your Mistake (digipack bonus)
  13. Resistancia (digipack bonus)
  14. New Breed (Revolutionary Designed mix) (digipack bonus)
  15. Replica (Electric Sheep mix) (digipack bonus)
  • Burton C. Bell
  • Dino Cazares
  • Christian Olde Wolbers
  • Raymond Herrera
1995 Internet Top Ten album

Reviews:   Metal Observer 



Remanufacture (remixes) 
1997 Roadrunner
  1. Remanufacture
  2. National Panel Beating
  3. Genetic Blueprint
  4. Faithless
  5. Bionic Chronic
  6. Cloning Technology
  7. Burn
  8. T-1000
  9. Machines Of Hate
  10. 21st Century Jesus
  11. Bound For Forgiveness
  12. Refinery
  13. Remanufacture (Edited Version)
  • Burton C. Bell
  • Dino Cazares
  • Christian Olde Wolbers
  • Raymond Herrera




Obsolete 
1998 Roadrunner
  1. Shock
  2. Edgecrusher
  3. Smasher/devourer
  4. Securitron (Police State 2000)
  5. Descent
  6. Hi-tech hate
  7. Freedom or fire
  8. Obsolete
  9. Resurrection
  10. Timelessness
  11. Cars (digipack bonus)
  12. O-O (Where Evil Dwells) (Japanese/digipack bonus)
  13. Soulwound (Japanese/digipack bonus)
  14. Messiah (digipack bonus)
  15. Concreto (digipack bonus)
  • Burton C. Bell
  • Dino Cazares
  • Christian Olde Wolbers
  • Raymond Herrera
1998 Internet Top Ten album

Reviews:   Chronicles Of Chaos  Sea Of Tranquility  Metal Observer 



Digimortal 
2001 Roadrunner
  1. What Will Become?
  2. Damaged
  3. Digimortal
  4. No One
  5. Linchpin
  6. Invisible Wounds (Dark Bodies)
  7. Acres of Skin
  8. Back the Fuck Up
  9. Byte Block
  10. Hurt Conveyor
  11. (Memory Implants) Never End
  12. Dead Man Walking (digipack bonus)
  13. Strain Vs. Resistance (digipack bonus)
  14. Repentance (digipack bonus)
  15. Full Metal Contact (digipack bonus)
  • Burton C. Bell
  • Dino Cazares
  • Christian Olde Wolbers
  • Raymond Herrera

Reviews:   Blabbermouth  Chronicles Of Chaos  Metal Observer 



Concrete 
2002 Roadrunner
  1. Big God/Raped Souls
  2. Arise Above Oppression
  3. Concrete
  4. Crisis
  5. Escape Confusion
  6. Sangre De Niņos
  7. Soulwomb
  8. Echoes Of Innocence
  9. Dragged Down By The Weight Of Existence
  10. Deception
  11. Desecrate
  12. Suffer Age
  13. Anxiety
  14. Self Immolation
  15. Piss Christ
  16. Ulceration
  • Burton C. Bell
  • Dino Cazares
  • Christian Olde Wolbers
  • Raymond Herrera

Reviews:   Metal Observer 



Hatefiles 
2003 Roadrunner
  1. Terminate
  2. Frequency
  3. Demolition Racer
  4. Machine Debaser
  5. Invisible Wounds (The Suture mix)
  6. Resurrection (T.L.A. Big Rock mix)
  7. Edgecrusher (Urban Assault mix)
  8. Descent (Falling Deeper mix)
  9. Body Hammer (Colin Richardson mix)
  10. Zero Signal (Colin Richardson mix)
  11. Cars (Numanoid mix)
  12. Dark Bodies (demo)
  13. Replica (live)
  14. Cyberdyne
  15. Refueled
  16. Transgenic
  17. Manic Cure
  18. New Breed (Spoetnik mix)

Reviews:   Lords Of Metal  Lords Of Metal 



Archetype 
2004 Liquid 8
  1. Slave labor
  2. Cyberwaste
  3. Act of God
  4. Drones
  5. Archetype
  6. Corporate cloning
  7. Bite the hand that bleeds
  8. Undercurrent
  9. Default judgement
  10. Bonescraper
  11. Human shields
  12. Ascension
  13. School
  • Burton C. Bell
  • Christian Olde Wolbers
  • Byron Stroud
  • Raymond Herrera

Reviews:   Chronicles Of Chaos  Lords Of Metal  Metal Observer 



Transgression 
2005 Roadrunner
  1. 540,000 Degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Transgression
  3. Spinal Compression
  4. Contagion
  5. Empty Vision
  6. Echo Of My Scream
  7. Supernova
  8. New Promise
  9. I Will Follow
  10. Millennium
  11. Moment Of Impact
  12. Empire
  • Burton C. Bell
  • Christian Olde Wolbers
  • Byron Stroud
  • Raymond Herrera

Reviews:   Blabbermouth  Sea Of Tranquility  Lords Of Metal  Metal Observer 



Mechanized 
2010 Candlelight
  1. Mechanize
  2. Industrial Discipline
  3. Fear Campaign
  4. Powershifter
  5. Christploitation
  6. Oxidizer
  7. Controlled Demolition
  8. Designing The Enemy
  9. Metallic Division
  10. Final Exit
  • Burton C. Bell
  • Dino Cazares
  • Byron Stroud
  • Gene Hoglan




The Industrialist 
2012 Candlelight
  1. The Industrialist
  2. Recharger
  3. New Messiah
  4. God Eater
  5. Depraved Mind Murder
  6. Virus of Faith
  7. Difference Engine
  8. Dissemble
  9. Religion is Flawed Because Man is Flawed
  10. Human Augmentation
  11. Blush Response (Difference Engine) (bonus)
  12. Landfill (bonus)
  • Burton C. Bell
  • Dino Cazares
  • Byron Stroud
  • Gene Hoglan


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