Blasting-Zone.com recently conducted an in-depth interview with FEAR FACTORY vocalist Burton C. Bell. Several excerpts follow:
Blasting-Zone.com: What can you tell us about your new album?
Burton: "I really feel it's going to be something very fresh for FEAR FACTORY fans. [Producer] Toby Wright has helped us find something we have been searching a very long time for. The music has a really good feeling. It has a really good sound to it. I think it’s a couple of steps forward from 'Archetype', that's for sure."
Blasting-Zone.com: Really? Wow…I thought that disc was great.
Burton: "It was a great record, ya know? It was a great comeback record, a great reminder, if you will. With this one, it will be obvious right off the bat. We feel like we almost kinda played it safe with 'Archetype', but with this record, each member of the band is totally moving forward. Listening to Raymond beats, it's just incredible… it's like, 'How the fuck is he even doing it?' (laughs). Christian and Raymond have been writing together. Raymond has been writing [to] Christian's riffs. The riffs are really sick and there's a lot of different time signatures. I'm very happy with the sound on this record."
Blasting-Zone.com: In your opinion, what has been the main creative difference between "Archetype" and your latest disc?
Burton: "I think everyone is just a lot more focused (laughs). It's hard to really say what it is that we did different. The only real difference is that we're working with a producer of Toby Wright's caliber. He's brought something to FEAR FACTORY that's really interesting. That's the only way I can really describe it. I'm really excited about it. It's totally FEAR FACTORY yet something a little different, ya know? You gotta hear it to understand it, really. I think it's gonna really surprise a lot of people. We've got our core fan base that just love FEAR FACTORY. If we can interest a few more people…"
Blasting-Zone.com: Would you say that the sound on the new record is a radical departure from what your fans have grown accustomed to?
Burton: "I wouldn't say it's radical…I'd say it's an evolution that makes sense. With 'Archetype', we were all kinda playin' it safe. 'Let's jut put out a FEAR FACTORY record,' ya know? We had a new guitar player. That was part of it. He was already a member of FEAR FACTORY, he was just changing guns, so to speak. In a sense, we had to show our fans, those that knew the whole story of what had happened during those three years, that we could still make a FEAR FACTORY record. 'Archetype' is the definition of FEAR FACTORY in its most basic form. We had to do that record due to extenuating circumstances. Not only were we playing it safe, Raymond and I were getting used to a new guitar player as well. We chose Christian because we couldn't think of anybody else. We were like 'Why don't you do it?' It's a hell of a lot easier to find a new bass player than a guitar player."
Blasting-Zone.com: Well, he did have some pretty serious shoe to fill…
Burton: "Dino was a great guitar player. He wrote some great riffs for FEAR FACTORY. Above that, that's the way it is. Whatever else happened just happened. You just can't control that shit. I will give him props, though. He was a great guitar player."
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