Despite the fact that the reformed FEAR FACTORY have completed at least four new tracks in demo form for the band's next studio album, frontman Burton C. Bell appears less than certain that a full-fledged reunion will carry forward beyond the pre-production stage.
"The FEAR FACTORY thing is a gamble at this point," Bell told Kerrang! magazine. "I recorded the [demo] tracks awhile back and I'm not sure exactly what is happening with them. The situation seems to change every day. But THE WATCHERS is my main focus."
THE WATCHERS, which finds Burton reunited with former FEAR FACTORY programmer John Bechdel, have been piecing together songs at Bechdel's home studio since April. To date, five new songs — "Residual Presence", "Moonshine", "Evading", "Quintessence", plus a "mystery" cover version titled "Hypnotized" — have been committed to tape.
"It's a whole new sound, a complete re-invention for me and a deliberate attempt to do something different," Bell said. "It's hypnotic and painfully moody, heavy in a whole new way. I don't know how FEAR FACTORY fans will receive the new songs, but I know that someone will like it. It's coming together beautifully."
Bell says that three new tracks will be completed by mid-November, at which point he'll begin recruiting band members and shopping the demos to record companies.