Guitarist Dino Cazares of Los Angeles cyber metallers FEAR FACTORY has begun demoing material for the band's next album, tentatively due in early 2012 via an as-yet-undetermined record label. Assisting Dino during the sessions earlier today (Wednesday, August 3) at L.A.'s Downtown Rehearsal studios was DEVOLVED drummer John Sankey.
Sankey previously collaborated with Cazares on a short-lived project in 2003 which also featured ex-LIQUID GANG singer Jose Maldonado.
In a January 2011 interview with SkullsNBones.com, FEAR FACTORY vocalist Burton C. Bell stated about the band's plans to go into the studio to record the follow-up to last year's "Mechanize", "We wanna take our time doing it. Personally... 'Mechanize', don't get me wrong, is a good record I'm very proud of it but it's gotta be better than that. I've got plans where I'd like to do a full-on concept again story, artwork. Just make it real cerebral. But there'll definitely be another FEAR FACTORY record, maybe in 2012."
"Mechanize" was released in the U.S. on February 9, 2010 via Candlelight Records. The CD, which was co-produced by the band with Rhys Fulber (FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY, PARADISE LOST), was mixed by Greg Reely (PARADISE LOST, FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY, SKINNY PUPPY).
FEAR FACTORY's current lineup featuring original FF members Dino Cazares (guitar) and Burton C. Bell (vocals) alongside bassist Byron Stroud (who was credited on the last two FEAR FACTORY albums in addition to touring and recording with STRAPPING YOUNG LAD and ZIMMERS HOLE) and legendary drummer Gene Hoglan (DETHKLOK, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, DARK ANGEL, DEATH, TESTAMENT) made its live debut on December 4, 2009 at Espao Lux in So Bernardo do Campo, So Paulo, Brazil.