FEAR FACTORY Confirm New Record Deal, Bassist

FEAR FACTORY have officially signed a new record deal with D3 Entertainment in the U.S. (as first predicted here back in July) and Roadrunner Records in Europe. The group's new album, titled "Archetype", is currently being recorded at Rumbo Recorders in Los Angeles with engineer Ken Marshall (SKINNY PUPPY). An April 2004 release is expected.

The complete track listing for "Archetype" is as follows:

01. Slave Labor
02. Cyberwaste
03. Act of God
04. Default Judgement
05. Corporate Cloning
06. Archetype
07. Drones
08. Bite The Hand That Bleeds...
09. Bonescraper
10. Undercurrent
11. Human Shields
12. Ascencion (outro)
13. School (NIRVANA cover) (bonus track)

The following is FEAR FACTORY guitarist Christian Olde Wolbers' update on the recording process, as posted on the web site of Roadrunner Records U.K.:

"Everything is going great! We just finished tracking 14 songs at Rumbo Recorders in LA. This is where GUNS N' ROSES recorded all their albums! The studio had a great vibe. A lot of history in this place! Roy Orbison still wanders thru the hallways!

"I must say this was the smoothest record we have ever recorded. We tracked the whole thing in 28 days! The record is called 'Archetype' and was produced by FF ourselves. We used Ken Marshall (SKINNY PUPPY) to engineer and record the album. Another Canadian!! LOL!

"Currently I'm finishing up programming and keyboards with Rhys Fulber, Steve Tushar and John Bechdel. We will start mixing on the first of December in Vancouver with Ken Marshall. I must say this is a pretty heavy classic FF album and our hardcore fans will be pleased!

"No watered-down songs, no stripped parts...blah blah blah...Just brutal FEAR FACTORY!!!! Raymond has especially pushed the bar in Metal drumming to the next level!!!! The drums on this record make 'Demanufacture' for beginners!!!! LOL....

"I played all the guitars and bass on the album and we will start rehearsing with Byron Stroud (STRAPPING YOUNG LAD) on bass guitar in December. He will be our bass player for FF [as first reported here last month—Ed.]. I feel Byron has the perfect mentality for FF and he's a cool motherfucker!!!! And he's from Canada!!!! What's up with all them Canucks!!!!! LOL!

"We will be touring with KORN and STATIC-X in February which we're really excited about!! Both STATIC and KORN are longtime friends and I have nothing but respect for those guys! It's gonna be a great tour...and a great year for FEAR FACTORY!

"We feel this FF is stronger that ever..more hungry than ever....and most important of all.... Burton, Ray and myself have become best friends in the last 2 years! We see and hang out more with each other now than we did in 10 years of touring!!! It feels truly amazing!!!!!

"I played [new material] some for [producer] Ross Robinson and he looked at me saying this is the best work he's heard from FF yet. Rhys is saying similar things......

"It feels good to be back!!!!!"

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