Former ROADRUNNER A&R Chief MONTE CONNER Talks 20th Anniversary Of FEAR FACTORY's 'Demanufacture'

Former ROADRUNNER A&R Chief MONTE CONNER Talks 20th Anniversary Of FEAR FACTORY's 'Demanufacture'

A two-part video interview with former Roadrunner Records A&R chief and current Nuclear Blast Entertainment president Monte Conner about the 20th anniversary of "Demanufacture", the highly revered second studio album from legendary pioneers of industrial-tinged extreme metal FEAR FACTORY, can be seen below.

FEAR FACTORY will tour Europe this fall in celebration of the "Demanufacture" anniversary. The trek will be a very rare event for fans, with FEAR FACTORY playing "Demanufacture" in its entirety. They will also showcase songs from their new album, "Genexus", due out August 7 via Nuclear Blast.

Commented FEAR FACTORY's Burton C. Bell and Dino Cazares: "If you had told us in 1995 that we would be touring 'Demanufacture' for its 20th anniversary in 2015, we would have said, 'Ya right! Get fucked!'

"The years have flown by in colorful and adventurous memory. 2015 has arrived, and FEAR FACTORY will be performing 'Demanufacture' in its entirety for the very first time for the U.K. and Ireland fans in December. We are very excited to perform this seminal album for the audience that made 'Demanufacture' a legendary success."

"Demanufacture" was a landmark release for FEAR FACTORY and for the metal genre. It is generally considered to be the band's defining work and a heavy metal classic, with its refined production, industrial textures, precise musicianship and greater dimension of sound. It succeeded in giving the band a more futuristic feel than previous works. The concept is based around one man's struggles against a machine-controlled government — with each song marking a chapter in his life, taking huge inspiration from the "Terminator" film series. The group's working relationship with "Demanufacture" producer Rhys Fulber continues to this day.

Asked about how it feels to be celebrating the 20th anniversary of FEAR FACTORY's classic "Demanufacture" album in 2015 with only two members of the band's classic lineup remaining in the group, Dino said: "The two main members are in the band right now. The soul of the machine is still intact, and that's me and Burton. And I don't think anything has changed, really."

He continued: "Every album we do always has to have something a little different. From the beginning, from the first album, 'Soul Of A New Machine', it was very death metal inspired, [with] a little bit of industrial. The second album, 'Demanufacture', the classic album… Every record changes. 'Obsolete' was a big difference, you know what I mean?! But my right hand is still there, the passion is still there, Burt's killer melodic vocals are still there. So I think that's all that matters."

"The 20th Anniversary Of Demanufacture" tour dates:

Nov. 07 - FIN - Helsinki - Unioni Festival
Nov. 09 - RU - St. Petersburg - Zal Ozhidanija
Nov. 10 - RU - Ekateringburg - Tele Club
Nov. 11 - RU - Moscow - Volta
Nov. 13 - ISR - Tel-Aviv - Reading 3
Nov. 15 - P - Lisbon - Paradise Garage
Nov. 16 - ES - Madrid - Arena
Nov. 17 - ES - Barcelona - Razzamatazz 2
Nov. 19 - FR - Nimes - Paloma
Nov. 20 - FR - Nilvange - Le Gueulard
Nov. 21 - FR - Paris - La Trabendo
Nov. 22 - NL - Eindhoven - Epic Fest
Nov. 24 - DE - Aschaffenburg - Colos-Sal
Nov. 25 - DE - München - Backstage Halle
Nov. 26 - CH - Aarau - Kiff
Nov. 27 - IT - Milan - Magazzini Generali
Nov. 29 - AT - Vienna - Arena
Nov. 30 - CZ - Prague - Meet Factory
Dec. 01 - DE - Berlin - C-Club
Dec. 02 - DE - Hamburg - Markthalle
Dec. 04 - DE - Köln - Essigfabrik
Dec. 05 - FR - Strasbourg - La Laiterie
Dec. 06 - BE - Ghent - Vooruit
Dec. 07 - UK - Bristol - Motion
Dec. 09 - UK - Manchester - Ritz
Dec. 10 - IRE - Dublin - Academy
Dec. 11 - NIRE - Belfast - Limelight
Dec. 12 - UK - Glasgow - The Garage
Dec. 13 - UK - London - The Forum

The follow-up to 2012's "The Industrialist", "Genexus" was mixed by Andy Sneap (ARCH ENEMY, TESTAMENT, EXODUS, MACHINE HEAD). Artwork was once again handled by Anthony Clarkson. Drums on "Genexus" were performed by Mike Heller (MALIGNANCY).

FEAR FACTORY recently parted ways with bassist Matt DeVries (previously of CHIMAIRA, where he played guitar, and SIX FEET UNDER and replaced him with Tony Campos (ex-SOULFLY, STATIC-X, PRONG, MINISTRY).

FEAR FACTORY will hit the road later this month with COAL CHAMBER.



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