On April 9, Metalkills.com conducted an interview with vocalist Burton C. Bell of Los Angeles cyber metallers FEAR FACTORY. Bell talked about the band's upcoming tour in North America and Europe; how he developed his style as an artist and writer through music, photography, and writing; FEAR FACTORY's first show at The Roxy Theatre in Hollywood in over 20 years; what's on the band's Netflix queue on their tour bus while touring; new album and material in the works; the true meaning of industrial music; and their album "The Industrialist" released in 2012; the first metal album he bought; and more. You can listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below.
FEAR FACTORY's video for the title track of their new album, "The Industrialist", was directed and edited by James Zahn. The clip utilizes live footage of the band from last June's Graspop Metal Meeting in Dessel, Belgium against a visual backdrop that pulls topical subjects from the story written by vocalist Burton C. Bell that served as inspiration for the group's latest CD.
A part of "The Industrialist" video was revealed in 2011 leading up to the release of the album. Now with the full video, the visual door to the concepts presented on the album are available for music fans to experience. Bell said, "We allowed James to take his time to create the video so that he could match his expertise with the conceptual imagery that was written in 'The Industrialist'. Being that he has been a longtime fan of FEAR FACTORY, he understood the nature of the FF machine; the concepts, imagery, and history. I believe he achieved a new era for FEAR FACTORY video concepts."
As a longtime fan of FEAR FACTORY, Zahn knew his work on "The Industrialist" would be enhanced by his extensive knowledge of the band.
"Growing up listening to FEAR FACTORY and being captivated with the heavy industrial scene of the 1990s, the one thing that always stuck with me was the accompanying visual aspect," he says. "Those videos that featured stock footage intercut with live performance clips were such a staple of the time and helped in editing 'The Industrialist'. Broken technology working alongside machinery in the midst of social change served as inspiration."
"The Industrialist" sold 9,300 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 38 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band's previous CD, "Mechanize", opened with 10,000 units back in February 2010 to land at No. 72.
Photo credit: Stephanie Cabral