Rafi of VampireFreaks.com conducted an interview with vocalist Burton C. Bell of Los Angeles cyber metallers FEAR FACTORY when the band played in Denver, Colorado on May 22, 2010. The chat can now be viewed below.
FEAR FACTORY has scheduled three more in-store appearances/meet-and-greet sessions as part of its ongoing "Fear Campaign" American tour 2010. All four members of the band will be available to meet with fans at Magnolia Thunderpussy in Columbus, Ohio on May 30; Digital Ferret Records in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on June 6; and Vintage Vinyl in Fords, New Jersey on June 10.
FEAR FACTORY, currently on tour supporting its latest album, "Mechanize", had a brief scare earlier this month when its tour bus nearly went off road while en route to Boise, Idaho. Luckily no one was injured and the band made its show at Knitting Factory without much delay. Guitarist Dino Cazares says, "We were on our way to Boise for a day off when about 8:45 a.m. our bus driver fell asleep at the wheel. He swerved to the opposite side of the road. Most of us woke up when we felt the bus on the rumble strips and then the dirt. He woke up in time to swerve back onto our side of the road and pull over." He added, "Thank god there was no oncoming cars or 18-wheelers on the road. Everyone is fine, just a little nervous."
FEAR FACTORY's latest radio single, "Final Exit", made impact at hard rock/metal stations nationwide. The song is expected to follow the success of earlier singles "Powershifter" and "Fear Campaign".
Lyrically, "Final Exit" draws attention to the much criticized and sensitive issue of self-deliverance as introduced in the 1992 book by Derek Humphry, founder of the Hemlock Society and past president of the World Federation of Right to Die Societies. Bell explains, "Dino and I have created the edits to condense the song into a time specific for radio. We are very happy fans are loving the song for it is one that touches upon the importance of the freedom of choice and personal liberty that all human beings should be allowed. The song hopefully will create awareness for the support group Final Exit Network," the song’s namesake. Passionately Bell continues, "The right to life extends beyond life itself. If the medical community cannot, and will not find a cure due to cost effectiveness, then humanity needs the choice of a dignified, self-deliverance from continual, painful treatments from debilitating disease. We have been contacted by many fans who connect with this song on many levels, and with 'Final Exit' being played on the radio, we hope others will also become aware, understand, and enjoy this song."
FEAR FACTORY kicked off the second leg of its American "Fear Campaign" tour on May 14 at The Rialto Theater in Tucson, Arizona. The trek, also featuring PRONG, THY WILL BE DONE and SILENT CIVILIAN, will visit twenty cities before it concludes at The Trocadero Theater in Philadelphia.
FEAR FACTORY's new album, "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).
For more information, visit www.fearfactorymusic.com.