Fear Factory returns with mystery singer: Guitarist Dino Cazares is the sole remaining member of the classic Fear Factory, but still, it’s great to have them back. He’s been keeping the identity of the new singer close to his chest, and as far as we’re aware the guy isn’t a “name” — they’re going in fresh. Should be fun. Lions at the Gate, Infinite Sleep, Against the Grave, Plagues Ov Khaos, Sleeping Faceless, and Slanderus also perform.
We spoke to Cazares in the summer of 2021, just as the band was releasing the Aggression Continuum album featuring the vocals of former singer Burton C. Bell.
“There’s a big organization – let’s call it Skynet – that is capturing humans and extracting their memories and their mind, their consciousness, and basically uploading them into an automaton so it can think it’s human,” Cazares said. “So it’s a relationship between humans and AI. This AI thinks it’s human but it’s not. Through the whole process of Fear Factory, it’s always been a relationship between man and machine. In this one, they’re not getting along at all. There’s a war between them going back and forth.”
“People ask me if I thought about replacing Burt’s vocals and the answer is yes. But the record company wanted Burt’s vocals to remain on the record, and I was a little hesitant at first. This is a unique situation. But at the same time, maybe his vocals should stay there because this is his last album and people should hear it. I agreed with the record company, so we kept his vocals intact and worked around them. It worked out great in the end.”
Fear Factory returns with mystery singer: The event takes place at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, May 5 at the Whisky A Go Go.
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