Former FEAR FACTORY frontman Burton C. Bell has issued the following statement regarding his decision to leave the groupeffectively causing the band's break-up after a nearly 12-year existence:
On Saturday, March 2nd, 2002, I met with all the members of FEAR FACTORY. At that meeting, I announced my personal feelings about the present situation within the band. I have been unhappy for quite sometime both interpersonally, and business wise, and that has rendered me creatively restrained. After extensive deliberation within my self, I decided that the best possible answer I was comfortable with was to leave the band.
This is not a whimsical advance into the unknown, it is something that I have been thinking about for quite sometime. I have kept my feelings and realizations to myself until it was evident that it was a relationship that was unproductive to me as an artist. This decision was a sudden development to most everyone to whom I am familiar with.
We have experienced many highs, and just as many lows in the span of 12 years, and I do not regret a single moment. I have searched within me, every possible avenue of execution in making this decision and I feel that for me, and my growth as an artist, moving forward is the best possible solution. I would like to extend my wishes to the guys 'the best of luck in their future endeavors'. I will miss the relationship I had with the fans and I want to thank them for their support through all the years.
Burton C. Bell