FEAR FACTORY will embark on a U.S. headling tour, dubbed "Fear Campaign Tour 2010", in late March. Support on the trek will come from WINDS OF PLAGUE, DIRGE WITHIN, PERIPHERY and, on select shows, DIVINE HERESY (the band featuring FEAR FACTORY guitarist Dino Cazares).
So far the following shows have been announced:
Mar. 22 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee
Mar. 23 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theatre
Mar. 24 - Colorado Springs, CO - The Black Sheep
Mar. 26 - Dallas, TX - House Of Blues
Mar. 27 - San Antonio, TX - White Rabbit
Mar. 28 - Houston, TX - The Channel
Mar. 30 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Culture Room
Mar. 31 - Lake Buena Vista, FL - House Of Blues
Apr. 01 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
Apr. 02 - Knoxville, TN - Valarium
Apr. 03 - Little Rock, AR - The Village
Apr. 05 - Ft. Collins, CO - Aggie Theatre
Apr. 06 - Grand Junction, CO - Mesa Theatre & Club
Apr. 11 - San Diego, CA - House Of Blues
More dates will be announced soon.
Fan-filmed video footage of FEAR FACTORY performing a new song "Christploitation" on February 21, 2010 in Brussels, Belgium can be viewed below.
FEAR FACTORY's new album, "Mechanize", sold 10,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 72 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band's previous CD, "Transgression", opened with 19,000 units back in August 2005 to land at No. 45. This was substantially less than the first-week number registered by its predecessor, "Archetype", which sold 32,000 copies back in April 2004 to enter the Billboard chart at No. 30.
"Mechanize" has registered the following first-week chart positions so far:
UK: #7 (Rock Albums)
"Mechanize" was released in the U.S. on February 9, 2010 via Candlelight Records. The CD, which was co-produced by the band with Rhys Fulber (FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY, PARADISE LOST), was mixed by Greg Reely (PARADISE LOST, FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY, SKINNY PUPPY).
FEAR FACTORY's current lineup — featuring original FF members Dino Cazares (guitar) and Burton C. Bell (vocals) alongside bassist Byron Stroud (who was credited on the last two FEAR FACTORY albums in addition to touring and recording with STRAPPING YOUNG LAD and ZIMMERS HOLE) and legendary drummer Gene Hoglan (DETHKLOK, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, DARK ANGEL, DEATH, TESTAMENT) — made its live debut on December 4, 2009 at Espaço Lux in São Bernardo do Campo, São Paulo, Brazil.
FEAR FACTORY will be IRON MAIDEN frontman Bruce Dickinson's guests on Friday, March 6 during Bruce's weekly BBC 6 Music radio program, dubbed "The Bruce Dickinson Friday Rock Show". Listen to the broadcast live via the Internet between 9:00 p.m. and 12:00 a.m. (midnight) U.K. time at BBC.co.uk.