Fear Factory’s Tighter Without Dino

Fear Factory drummer Raymond Herrera spoke with Time Off magazine about the band’s brief split in 2002, and reforming a few months later without founding member Dino Cazares. “There were personal issues between Dino and the rest of the band which just got worse and worse over time,” Herrera confided. “Basically we couldn’t go on like we were and something had to give. It was a terrible situation, personally and professionally. I mean, I was friends with Dino since we were 18, and now I haven’t spoken to him in three years. Still, in a way, that schism ensured our long-term survival. Fear Factory is now a tighter unit and a more efficient songwriting team.” The article at timeoff.com.au has since been removed.

Gigantour Hits Duluth

Dillinger Escape Plan, Dream Theater, Life Of Agony, Fear Factory and Megadeth performed at the Gigantour Summer Festival 2005 stop in Duluth, Georgia on August 5th at the Arena at Gwinnett Center. Check out pictures from WireImage.

Lamb Of God, Fear Factory At Roseland

Kirk Hammett of Metallica and Andrew W.K. were on hand for Lamb of God, Fear Factory, Children of Bodom and Throwdown’s gig at Roseland on October 13th in New York City. Check out pictures from FilmMagic.

Q&A With Fear Factory’s Christian

Fear Factory guitarist Christian Olde Wolbers recently spoke to Planet-Loud.com about the songwriting process for the group's new album, 'Archetype'. "I just wrote some songs thinking what I would want to hear if I was in the pit," he said. "A song like 'Cyberwaste' is like slam pit all the way. I wanted to bring that energy from when I was twenty one years old again... We wanted to put down some really heavy stuff. Especially with Burt's vocals which, on the last two records weren't the Burton C Bell that everyone knew. He had a lot of sh** to get out and it rubbed off and it turned him into a different singer. A radio song isn't really what we wanted and it turned him into a different singer. Take a song like [the Gary Human cover] 'Cars', which we loved but we didn't want to do as a single, and, next thing, someone went behind our back and it ended up on the album and the radio. We had lost control of our band. Everyone had control of the band except the band. It was such a destructive pattern for the band. Now we started from scratch, like the bottom up."

Fear Factor Drummer Comments On Illegal Music Sharing

Fear Factory drummer Raymond Herrera recently spoke to Rock Confidential about illegal music downloading and the various ways in which artists try to make their product more appealing to the fans. "Bands could have better packaging," he said. "Give people a better product, better artwork. The complete package has to be more than what they've been used to in the past. The other thing is the price of the music. I think that's the main reason for the downloading. If music was cheaper I think people would think twice about wanting to download it because you'd get better quality if you bought it. Most downloading is MP3. I don't have anything against MP3s because it's an easy way to move music across the Internet. The quality is just not there. Why spend $2-3-400,000 on a record if at the end of the day people are just going to download the MP3s? It's an insult as well. I think it's cool if you can go online and get music that you can't buy, like a lot of really old music that you can't get any more. That's a really great reason to have it on the Internet. New music that's not even out yet — to have it available on the internet to people for free, that's bad. Especially for the bands. That's what is killing the industry. It's not the other way around. I don't have a problem with people downloading music. People can do it all day long if they want. If it's not even out yet, that's what is killing bands. All of that makes us give the people a better product when it hits the stores. All we can do is create a better product at a better price. If people still don't want to go for that the next step will be just to sell music song by song. At that point you're getting rid of record labels, record stores. Ultimately bands could sell new songs online for one or two dollars. That's a whole different thing now. Maybe that's the way it will have to go down. I'm curious to see how it's going to pan out. The movie industry is freaking out as well because the same thing is happening to them as well. It's good and bad. It's good because it shows our technology. The bad thing is it hurts the people that are creating the product."

Burton C Bell Tells Why He Left Fear Factory

Blabbermouth.net spoke with former Fear Factory frontman Burton C Bell who has indicated for the first time why he left the group. Bell said, "I met with all the members of Fear Factory, and I announced my personal feelings about the present situation within the band. I have been unhappy for quite sometime both interpersonally, and business wise, and that has rendered me creatively restrained. After extensive deliberation within my self, I decided that the best possible answer I was comfortable with was to leave the band."