FEAR FACTORY — the newly revamped band 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) — will make its live debut this Friday, December 4 at Espaço Lux in São Bernardo do Campo, São Paulo, Brazil. A handful of dates in Chile, Argentina, Colombia and Mexico are also scheduled to take place later this month.
FEAR FACTORY is rumored to be planning a U.K. tour in February 2010, with the web site of the Wulfrun Hall in Wolverhampton currently listing a February 17 FF date at the venue. The band is also said to be playing the Academy 2 in Manchester on February 16 and the Electric Ballroom in London on February 19, although this has not yet been corroborated by an official source and should be treated as a rumor only at this point.
FEAR FACTORY will release its new album, "Mechanize", in the U.S. on February 9, 2010 via Candlelight Records and February 5, 2010 in Europe via AFM Records. The CD, which was co-produced by the band with Rhys Fulber (FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY, PARADISE LOST), was recently mixed by Greg Reely (PARADISE LOST, FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY, SKINNY PUPPY).
"Mechanize" track listing:
02. Industrial Discipline
03. Fear Campaign
07. Controlled Demolition
08. Designing The Enemy
09. Metallic Division
10. Final Exit
Regarding the new album's lyrical approach, Bell stated, "In the past, the lyrical concept was of a futuristic, 'sci-fi' nature. An attempt to protect the ideas and logic of those involved in FEAR FACTORY; because those who incite progressive thought are always chastised and persecuted. By placing the 'story' into a futuristic, fictional narrative, the words and ideas may not have seemed threatening. Not so for 'Mechanize'. These are the words of a reality that once seemed distant, that are now apparently, and evidently real. These are the words of the world in which we live; for what once seemed like a story of another time, has come to be our reality today. Welcome to the world of 'Mechanize'."
Regarding "Mechanize"'s musical direction, Bell told Sergio Alvite of Mexico's Search & Destroy, "It has the raw aggression of what 'Soul Of A New Machine'  was but it has... I would say it has the maturity of 'Obsolete' . When I say 'maturity,' I mean that it has the songwriting skills that 'Soul Of A New Machine' did not have whereas 'Obsolete' did."
"Powershifter" audio stream: