In a recent interview with Echo Online, FEAR FACTORY frontman Burton C. Bell was asked about the status of his ASCENSION OF THE WATCHERS (formerly THE WATCHERS) project. "That I had to put on hold for a little bit because in the middle of doing THE WATCHERS with John [Bechdel, FEAR FACTORY collaborator/keyboardist], I started shopping around for labels and things like that," he explained. "I found out that I was still on Roadrunner [Records], and that signed as an individual, Roadrunner would want a part of it and that basically they still owned me. And so, I didn't want THE WATCHERS to be a part of Roadrunner or anything like that so I kind of put THE WATCHERS on hold for a short time so I could do FEAR FACTORY to get off the label. And basically all the songs on [FEAR FACTORY's latest album] 'Archetype' describe trying to get off a label and my feelings toward that. But over the past few months, I've been diving back into THE WATCHERS and doing more music. I just printed up some t-shirts and decided that I'd rather not get signed and own all my stuff and therefore I'm getting ready to release it on a web site. I'm printing up vinyl, I make t-shirts, and basically I sell it on a web site. I want to do it in vinyl first, the demo I did, I'm remixing it, making it sound a little better and print it up on vinyl, with other added things, therefore making it even more special. And people won't be able to download it. [laughs] So that's how it's starting. There's a lot more interest coming my way and there are actually labels coming to me, wanting to hear about THE WATCHERS, so things are happening again with that, so that makes me happy." Read more.
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