During a recent interview with Kaaos TV, Fear Factory guitarist Dino Cazares offered an update on the band’s search for a new singer. According to him, “no announcement is going to be made for a while.”
Cazares said the following:
“We have a lot of people who sent in video submissions, and I wanna thank them all for that. The love that we were getting from people who wanted to fill Burt’s shoes was enormous. But I can tell you this: no announcement is going to be made for a while. We wanna get along with the person; we wanna see if we have the right chemistry.
[There are] some really good talented [candidates] — male and female. And my decision will not be based off gender at all whatsoever. Gender does not play a role in my decision. So if it’s a female and she can do the job, great. If it’s a male, they can do the job and they’re ready to commit, they’re ready to go on tour, on the road, and they can handle it, great.”
He continued when asked if he is looking for a singer who will sound like Burton C. Bell:
“Whoever we pick has to know the style. And they have to be able to do both. No, they don’t have to sound like Burt. Some people might want that. Some people might want them to be identical — kind of like what JOURNEY did. That guy [Arnel Pineda] — that guy sounds identical [to Steve Perry]… I think that in the JOURNEY sense, the original [singer] was better years ago. But that doesn’t mean he’s better now, because he’s aged and his voice has changed. Whereas if you get a new, young replacement that sounds identical from way back when the original sounded really good way back, then it can be a plus. I mean, look at Todd La Torre with QUEENSRŸCHE; that guy sounds amazing. He does sound like Geoff Tate, but he also has other elements — fresher elements — that he brings to the band. So it can work. ‘Cause as you know, we have different eras to FEAR FACTORY. Some people love the ‘Demanufacture’ / ‘Obsolete’ era, and some people like the later era. And if you noticed, over the years, obviously, [Burt’s] voice changed. So, what era do you want the guy to sound like? So, my decision will based off the guy who can do all the different eras.”
As previously reported, Fear Factory’s final album with Bell, “Aggression Continuum,” will be released on June 18.