Former FEAR FACTORY bandmates Dino Cazares (guitar) and Burton C. Bell (vocals) were photographed "hanging out" together at last night's (Sunday, April 6) MINISTRY concert at the House of Blues in West Hollywood, California.
Cazares' tenure with FEAR FACTORY ended in March 2002 after Bell announced his departure from the group, allegedly telling his bandmates at the time, "Look, guys, I'm not into it anymore, I don't wanna play in the band anymore, I don't wanna play with you guys, and I especially don't wanna play with you, Dino."
FEAR FACTORY eventually reformed without Dino and released two more studio albums, 2004's "Archetype" and 2005's "Transgression".
In a September 2007 interview with MTV.com, Cazares who currently heads up a new band called DIVINE HERESY stated about his former group, "In the long run, I believe I came out the winner, and I feel that they have bastardized the name, and it's a completely different band, different style. I definitely carried the passion in that band, and my riffs, my style, they were very distinctive. I don't regret anything I created in FEAR FACTORY whatsoever. It will be part of my memory for the rest of my life. I believe I am continuing the legacy and keeping this metal torch alive and bringing it back with DIVINE HERESY. You can feel the hunger and passion in DIVINE HERESY, which I believe FEAR FACTORY has been missing, and is still missing to this day."
Classic FEAR FACTORY lineup performing "Scumgrief" at UK's Castle Donington in 1996: