During an appearance on Machine Head frontman Robb Flynn’s “No Fuckin’ Regrets With Robb Flynn” podcast, Fear Factory’s Dino Cazares discussed Burton C. Bell’s recent departure from the band. The guitarist says that he was unware that the vocalist was planning to leave the group until he saw the news on social media.
Cazares said the following:
“Our singer for the past 30 years decided to leave the band. He released a statement. [I] found out [about it] via social media.”
He went on to say that Bell’s statement didn’t address all of the issues that caused the band’s new album to be delayed:
“I don’t really wanna get into what [Burton’s statement] says, really, ’cause a lot of it’s just a lot of nonsense. What I noticed [is] that he doesn’t take responsibility for all the legal actions that went down.
Most people know that we were in a legal battle for the last three-plus years, trying to sort out this FEAR FACTORY name situation. And him and I were sued separately, in separate courts. The other two ex-members decided to take us to court, which led to me and Burton going bankrupt in separate states — I was in California; he was out there in Pennsylvania. [A few months ago] Burton’s [portion of the FEAR FACTORY] trademark ownership became available, so I ended up purchasing it.”
“I don’t wanna get into the gory details. I don’t wanna have to throw anybody under the bus. But if anybody wants to see the truth, they can go and Google the paperwork. Google our names and you’ll find it. It’s all there. It’s all black and white. And you can see what happened and how it all transpired.”
He also added:
“For me, I didn’t want him to leave the band. I wanted him to stay in the band, and let’s continue, and let’s go work. That’s how I look at it. We’ve got a record that’s coming out next year. When the touring opens up, let’s get out there and work. That’s my whole thing: I got the name. Let’s go work. What’s gonna change? Nothing will change. The only thing that changed is the person who owns [the trademark]. [It was] both of us before [who owned the name]. And years before that [when drummer Raymond Herrera and bassist Christian Olde Wolbers were in FEAR FACTORY], it was all four of us… We finally got [the name back]. Let’s get to work. That’s just my attitude. Let’s make some records that the fans wanna hear — the classic FEAR FACTORY stuff. We’ve got a great record coming out next year.”
“It’s too bad that he decided not to stick around, but the door is open for him. So whenever he decides to get past whatever his issues are, I’ll be here waiting. But I can’t wait too long, ’cause when things start opening up and I’ve gotta get back out there and work, I’ve gotta do what every other band does, and they’ve gotta move on — earn a living. But in the meantime, the door is open for him.”
Despite Bell’s departure, Cazares confirmed that his vocals will still be featured on the new Fear Factory album:
“Andy Sneap is mixing the record right now, as we speak, and Nuclear Blast wants this record to come out. And that’s exactly what’s gonna happen. It’ll be out next year. As soon as I find out the date, I’m sure everybody will find out too. But we’re shooting for March next year. And we’ll see what happens after that. Hopefully this world will open up soon and we can all get back to work.”