Fear Factory have reformed and will play Bloodstock and Sonisphere in the UK this year. In an interview with Metal Hammer, the band’s vocalist Burton C. Bell explained how the reunion first started…
“You know, we were friends before we were in a band together and after a while we forgot what it was all about. The first time we saw each other in a long time was at the Ministry show in LA, and we just started talking again. It was like ‘I don’t really remember what it was all about!’ It’s like, good friendships will always return, basically.”
Dino Cazares added, “Before we even talked about it, we had a few drinks! He was on tour with Ministry, he invited me backstage, we had a few drinks, and after that we kept in contact by phone and email and he approached me with the idea and I thought it was a great idea. We had to rekindle the friendship first and then move forward from there.”
The band have also begun to write new material, Dino expands on the themes and ideas in the FF camp right now,
“One of the things about Fear Factory’s m.o. is that we were always a band that evolved, and that’s something we want to achieve now too. It’s obvious that we’ve got my signature right hand, my guitar, and we’ve got Burton’s signature vocals, but we’ve got a different drummer and this is eight years later, so there’s gonna be some different ideas and we’re gonna make it the best it can be. We’re not gonna put out a record that’s half-assed. It’s going to be 100 per cent Fear Factory and it’s going to be the future.”
Burton adds, “You know, there’s a lot more to the future than just machines, and right now it’s just…the world’s kind of messed up and there’s a lot of material out there for me to write about. We’re on the verge of apocalypse, it seems to me, in a lot of ways, socially and technologically, mechanically. It’s all coming full circle so there’s plenty of material I can choose from and write some interesting lyrics.”
For more information, visit the band’s Myspace and website.