GUEST POST: Sean “ORC Adams” of ORCumentary -Top Albums of the Year 2020

 

Ghost Cult continues our “End of Year Guest Post Extravaganza” with a slew of posts from bands, industry, PR pros, and more! We’ll be sharing lists, memories, and other shenanigans from our favorite bands, partners, music industry peers, and other folks we respect across the globe. Today’s post brings released an “ORChestrated” version of his classic track “Goblin Death March” as a lyric video. The track is from his upcoming album “Fully ORChestrated” which remakes many of his classic tracks.

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Dino Cazares Shares a Playthrough of New Fear Factory Music

Fear Factory, by Melina D Photography

According to a report by Metalsucks, Dino Cazares has posted a snippet of him playing new Fear Facotry riffs over on his Twitter account. Cazares has been posting a lot on Twitter to stay in touch with his fans, while he presses forward on the new Fear Factory album, tentatively titled Regenerate and due out in 2021 from Nuclear Blast Records. No word yet from the guitar legend how the progress goes on replacing Burton C. Bell, who announced his departure from the group after thirty years last month.

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PODCAST: Episode 125: Burton C. Bell on Ascension of The Watchers

We caught up with music legend Burton C. Bell (ex Fear Factory) of Ascension of the Watchers for a new podcast, to chat all about his new album Apocrypha (Dissonance Productions). We chatted about the history of the band, the lead up to making this new album, Burton’s songwriting process, how he derives inspiration from film scores and soundtracks, his bandmates Jayce Lewis and John Bechdel (Ministry, Prong), the spiritual side to his lyrics and themes he writes from, the concept of “modern analog” and how it influenced the recording, memories of the late Paul Raven (Killing Joke/Prong), some thoughts on other projects like City of Fire and G/Z/R, and much more. Order the album here, and check out our chat.

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Dino Cazares Says “Fear Factory is Alive and Well”, Appears on Robb Flynn’s Podcast

Dino Cazares has responded to the news of Burton C. Bell quitting Fear Factory in a series of Tweets and an appearance on Robb Flynn’s (Machine Head) podcast, No Fkn Regrets Podcast for an exclusive. Dino reports that “FF is alive and well”, the record with Bell is still coming out, and he is presently looking for a new singer. On the Flynn podcast, Dino confirmed he found out Burton quit from social media, that the door is open for Burton to return – to a point, tentatively the release of the new Fear Factory album is March 2021 via Nuclear Blast, the album is being mixed now by Andy Sneap, a deep details about the legal issues of the last few years, (reconfirming things he recently told Metalsucks), his personal history getting started in bands, and key points in Fear Factory History. Despite the ugliness, it sounds like Dino is gonna be alright. The band celebrated the 25th anniversary of their classic second album, Demanufacture (Roadrunner) this year. We’ll keep following this story as it develops.

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Burton C. Bell Quits Fear Factory

Fear Factory, by Melina D Photography

Following the back and forth in the press between himself and Fear Factory co-founder Dino Cazares, Burton C. Bell announced his departure from the band after thirty-plus years. Bell posted a statement to his official website which you can read below. Bell is releasing his new album with his band Ascension of The Watchers soon on October 9th, 2020. We have an interview coming up soon with Burton, so be on the lookout for that. We’ll continue to monitor this story as it develops.UPDATE read Dino Cazares’ response here: Continue reading

Black Sabbath Bassist Geezer Butler’s Three 1990s Solo Albums Are Getting Reissued

All three of Geezer Butler’s 1990s solo albums apart from Black Sabbath reunions are getting reissued. Plastic Planet (1995), Black Science (1997), and Ohmwork (2005) will be avaialble on vinyl for the first time ever, with both CD and LP using newly updated cover artwork and all will be available via BMG on October 30. Plastic Planet featured Fear Factory vocalist Burton C. Bell, with its incendiary single “Drive Boy Shooting,” and is considered a highlight of that time. In an upcoming interview with Ghost Cult, Bell remarked that he would “jump at the chance” to make another GZR album. That interview is coming soon. Purchase the albums at the link below.

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Fear Factory Launches a GoFundMe to Support New Album Due in 2021

Industrial Metal legends Fear Factory have announced their new album is in the works and will be released in 2021 via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. They are trying to raise at least $25k USD for the process. Read the band’s message to fans to support the process of finishing a new album, taking into account the global downturn in 2021. The campaign is called “Fear Factory Regenerate.” Any extra monies collected over their goal will be used to create music videos for the album. Continue reading

Ascension of the Watchers (Fear Factory) to Release a New Album This Fall

Atmospheric synth-driven Gothic metal band Ascension of the Watchers, featuring Fear Factory vocalist Burton C. Bell, will release their second full-length album Apocrypha globally on October 9, via Dissonance Productions. The recording will be available on cd, two limited vinyl formats, and through all major digital outlets. Formed in 2002 in rural Pennsylvania with a friend and musical confidant John Bechdel, the band created their 2004 debut, Ascension of The Watchers independently released – Iconoclast, printed only on cd and vinyl to a limited number.Now in 2020, renowned UK solo artist Jayce Lewis and Burton brought in the essential camaraderie, talents and studio that perfectly suited the recording of Apocrypha.Continue reading

Fear Factory Released The Genre Smashing Album “Demanufacture” 25 Years Ago!

Many times in music journalism, we writers are given to hyperbole, often because it is the low hanging fruit of the field to gush about the classics with a torrent of compliments. You often read words like genre-defying, and frankly, a lot of the time they don’t land as they are meant to. However, in the case of the entire career of Fear Factory and certainty of the album Demanufacture (Roadrunner Records), the words can never do proper justice to the music. Simply stated, Deamnfacture is one of the most important, unique, and unapologetically brutal albums in heavy metal history. Continue reading

Fear Factory Drops Clues About 2020 Release and New Name

Thanks to social media posts, some well-placed sources, and a newly published report over at MetalInsider.net, we may finally get new music from Fear Factory in 2020. However, it may not be under the Fear Factory moniker as we know it. Dino Cazares has been posting to social media a lot lately, hinting at a new album while stating, Fear Factory is not coming back. Confused? Us too! MetalSucks reported on the ongoing lawsuit and continuing issues between Dino, Burton C. Bell, and former members/name and IP owners Raymond Herrera and Christian Olde-Wohlbers (Powerflo). You can readabout that here. Dino has been tagging his numerous recent posts with #fearcampaign and monolith. ‘Fear Campaign’ is, of course, a FF song and Monolith is the name vocalist Bell said previously is the definitive title of the new album in a post earlier this year, in a story broken by Ghost Cult. Recently our site interviewed drummer Mike Heller’s band Malignancy and they basically said Mike can’t tour or finish their new album because he is booked solid for Fear Factory in 2020. Hopefully, we get some new music from these guys in some way, shape or form in 2020. Continue reading