Burton C. Bell Further Discusses His Departure From Fear Factory: “I’m Just Moving Forward With My Life”

During a recent interview with Kerrang!, Burton C. Bell further discussed his departure from Fear Factory. The vocalist said he is finished with the band and that he is “just moving forward with [his] life.”

Bell said the following:

“It’s been on my mind for a while. These lawsuits just drained me. The egos. The greed. Not just from band members, but from the attorneys involved. I just lost my love for it. I’ve been working [intensely] on The Watchers for the last two years. Working with people who I can trust and who I love, and with whom I have grown to find a niche musically definitely pushed me towards it.

There are a lot of surprises. I’ve had a lot of surprises for the last four years. With Fear Factory, it’s just constantly been like ‘What?!’ You can only take so much. I felt like 30 years was a good run. Those albums I’ve done with Fear Factory will always be out there. I’ll always be part of that. I just felt like it was time to move forward.”

He continued when asked about his 31 year legacy with the group:

“I’m proud of my legacy. We achieved great things. We made incredible music and left an indelible mark on the music industry and on fans around the globe. We’ve had peaks on top of mountains with our highs and we’ve plumbed the deepest trenches with our lows. There just comes a point where you have to move forward to do more great things with a different band…”

Bell also confirmed that his vocals will still appear on the new Fear Factory album:

“We recorded and delivered an album in 2017. It was written and demoed in late 2016 with Damien Rainaud. In 2017, we recorded. The artwork was finalized. We designed the new Fear Factory logo, as always. The album was delivered to Nuclear Blast, and accepted. We’ve just been waiting for all of these lawsuits to be over for it to come out. So, yeah, I’m supposed to be on it because I recorded all the songs!”

He also added that he has no plans to ever return to the band:

“I’m done. I haven’t spoken to Dino in three years. I haven’t spoken to Raymond and Christian in longer than that, and I have no intention to. I’m just moving forward with my life.”

This news comes after guitarist Dino Cazares recently said that “the door remains open for Burton should he wish to return, but the door won’t stay open forever.”

Dino Cazares Issues New Statement Regarding Burton C. Bell’s Exit From Fear Factory

Fear Factory’s Dino Cazares has issued a new statement regarding Burton C. Bell’s recent departure from the band. According to the guitarist, “the door remains open for Burton should he wish to return, but the door won’t stay open forever”

Cazares said the following:

“The departure of the Dry Lung Vocal Martyr”

Last week Burton C Bell announced his decision to leave Fear Factory.

We were all saddened and surprised by the news, as it was not discussed with anyone within the Fear Factory camp, as he has not spoken to anyone for well over a year which has made communication difficult. With our upcoming new album penned for a 2021 release, it is sad that he has chosen to do this.

There has been a lot of speculation as to why this has happened, with many fans posting negativity and sometimes very hurtful personal comments on all our social media platforms, mainly directed at myself. There are however a lot of inaccuracy’s and inconstancies in Burton’s statement posted on his website, and as always, there are two sides to every story.

After a long court battle with the two ex-band members, Burton lost his legal rights to own the name Fear Factory. I had the opportunity to do something right and I felt that obtaining the name in full was the right thing to do for the both of us, so after nearly 4 years we can continue as Fear Factory, to make more records and to tour.

That is why It is sad to hear that he decided to quit and, in my opinion, for whatever issues he has it seems like it could’ve been worked out.

I respect his decision although I don’t understand it. I think sometimes people just need to make big changes in their lives. Even though I am getting blamed for his departure I’m not mad because I am a pretty secure and a strong individual.

I forgive all the lies, the negativity and the blame that has come from him and from some of the fans, because I don’t really know what he is going through and some people handle a great loss differently to others.

One thing that will be made clear though, and I will reiterate one more time is the GoFundMe campaign is solely being used to complete the album. As I type this, the mixing and mastering the album has started and we cannot wait for you, the fans to hear it.

And yes, even with Burton’s decision to quit Fear Factory, all of his vocals will remain on the album. For those of you who have already contributed to the GoFundMe, we thank you immensely!

Burton, I’m going to miss you and after a thirty-year legacy as the frontman for Fear Factory, I can only wish you all the best for all your current and future endeavours and I want to thank you for all of your years of service to Fear Factory.

For now, the door remains open for Burton should he wish to return, but the door won’t stay open forever.

Whatever happens, Fear Factory is here to stay

Thank you
Dino Cazares”

This news comes after Cazares previously discussed Bell’s departure on a recent episode of “No Fuckin’ Regrets With Robb Flynn.”

Dino Cazares Says He Found Out About Burton C. Bell’s Exit From Fear Factory On Social Media

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.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Burton C. Bell Quits Fear Factory: “I Cannot Align Myself With Someone Whom I Do Not Trust, Nor Respect”

Burton C. Bell has officially announced his departure from Fear Factory. This news comes after the vocalist previously took issue with a GoFundMe campaign that guitarist Dino Cazares launched for their new album and after Cazares confirmed that he now owns 100% of the band.

Bell issued the following statement:

“IN MY OWN WORDS

I consider myself a private person, preferring to keep my personal business to myself and trusted loved ones. I make my public statements with thoughtful intent, never deviating from the truth, in spite of the consistent series of dishonest representations and unfounded accusations from past and present band members; a toxic drama I choose to not be part of.

The past several years have been profoundly agonizing, with these members bleeding my passion with depraved deceit. As a direct consequence of their greed, these three have dragged me through the unjust, judicial system, resulting in the legal attrition that has financially crippled me.

In the end, these three members have taken possession of my principal livelihood. However, they will never take my 30-year legacy as the beating heart of the machine. A legacy that no other member, past or present, can ever claim.

So, it is after considerable, contemplative soul searching that I have come to the realization that I cannot align myself with someone whom I do not trust, nor respect. Therefore, I am announcing to my fans my departure from Fear Factory, to focus all my energy and attention toward the continuing success for Ascension of The Watchers, and all my future endeavors.

I am very proud of the Ascension of The Watchers’ latest album, APOCRYPHA. The writing and recording process for APOCRYPHA has been a truly cathartic and artistic journey of exploration and growth for me. Reigniting my passions for my writing, allowing my music to flourish, enabling my soul to soar, saving me from the real hell that engulfed a significant part of my daily life. Collaborating with talented, kindred spirits has truly created an inspirational environment of support and mutual respect, a spirit I have missed for a very long time.

I would like to thank all of my fans for their continued support throughout my career. I am very proud of my achievements, but, it is time for me to move forward. Now I look to the future with open eyes, open mind and open heart, as my artistic path strives for even greater success in music, writing and my art. It’s true, “the end is always the beginning”. The soul is free from the machine.”

Dino Cazares: “I Have All The Legal Rights To Fear Factory”

During a recent interview with MetalSucks, Fear Factory’s Dino Cazares discussed the band’s various legal battles. Notably, the guitarist revealed that he now has “all the legal rights to Fear Factory.”

As previously reported, Burton C. Bell was involved in a trademark dispute with former members Christian Olde-Wolbers and Raymond Herrera. Now, Cazares has revealed that he was also involved in a separate lawsuit filed by the two. There was no litigation between Cazares and Bell. When asked how he got control of the name, Cazares said the following:

“I can’t tell you Burt’s side because this is how I ended up with the name. I can’t tell you that side. I can tell you that it was expensive. That’s all I have to say [laughs].”

Cazares also revealed that he hasn’t talked to Bell in over a year:

“I’ve reached out to him but maybe he’s too busy doing Ascension Of The Watchers. I’ve heard him make statements saying that he’s not talking about Fear Factory and that he only wants to talk about Ascension Of The Watchers. That’s the impression that I’m getting.”

This news comes after Bell recently distanced himself from a GoFundMe campaign that Cazares launched for Fear Factory’s new album. Cazares also commented on that:

“If it is Burt, I believe he’s wrong. I believe he has mistakenly misunderstood what was going on. If it’s not Burt, and it’s one of his people who run his social media, then I believe it was not the best comment to put out there and that’s what helped the confusion.”

Bell completed his parts for the record awhile ago and even shared the alleged title and artwork without Cazares‘ knowledge. Cazares said the following about that incident:

“At that time [in 2018] it was court ordered that we legally could not use the name Fear Factory to solicit any products like merchandising, CDs, touring etc… talking about it in public could potentially cause legal damage, and later it did. It for sure caused confusion with our fans, especially when I didn’t know about the title, art or it even being called Fear Factory.”

Despite all of these issues, Cazares still wants to work with Bell:

“Yes, I am sole owner of the name and trademark, but that doesn’t mean Burton can’t be right there with me, too. It means that we continue and keep working our asses off and making great music for people to hear.”

He also added the following when asked if Bell would be a salaried employee:

“Why can’t it be equal like we’ve had it before? Why can’t it. To me that hasn’t changed.”

Cazares continued:

“Mine and Burt’s relationship is not perfect. It’s not perfect, trust me, it’s not perfect at all. But, there’s something about us two that makes great music. I don’t want to change that. I think right now the ball is in Burt’s court with what he’s going to do.”

Dino Cazares Issues New Statement Regarding The Controversy Surrounding Fear Factory’s Crowdfunding Campaign

Dino Cazares has issued a new statement regarding the controversy surrounding the crowdfunding campaign he launched for Fear Factory’s upcoming album. You can read that below. This news comes after Burton C. Bell recently distanced himself from the campaign.

Cazares said the following:

“Despite what you may have heard about the Fear Factory gofundme page It is not a scam or created to pay anyone’s personal legal fees.

A lot of people have jumped on the negative band wagon that some of you fail to see the truth.

I’ve taken some of the most harshest criticism about me ,some coming from members of the band some from ex members of the band and from fans.

I dont understand why all this senseless drama because at the end of the day we all want the same thing and that is to enjoy a bad ass Fear Factory récord ,that is going to benefit us all.

I’m going to tell you the truth about this album.

3 years ago in 2017 we finished a album that was given to the record company complete with artwork. This record may have never seen the light of day because of all the legal issues that were surrounding the rights to the Fear Factory name.

After I regained my full rights to the name I decided to take this 3 year old album and make some much needed improvements.

Thanx to all the donations that we’ve received so far we are able to hire the same production crew that we’ve had on Genexus.

All I want to do is make this record the best record it could be with some amazing people working on it. It deserves a killer production to make this a classic FF album. I’m so exited for everyone to hear it because it really sounds amazing.
It’s that simple. That is all I wanted to do.

Despite all the shit I’m getting I still love you all and I’m not mad at anyone. Please help us reach our goal.

–Dino Cazares“

Fear Factory Share Footage From New Album Sessions

Fear Factory guitarist Dino Cazares has shared some behind the scenes footage from the sessions for the band’s upcoming album. You can check that out below. This news comes after frontman Burton C. Bell recently distanced himself from a GoFundMe campaign that Cazares launched for the record.

Burton C. Bell Says He Is Not Involved With Fear Factory’s GoFundMe Campaign

As previously reported, Fear Factory recently launched a GoFundMe campaign for their new album. However, vocalist Burton C. Bell has now issued a statement saying he is not involved in the campaign.

Bell said the following:

“Let me be clear I am not part of, nor am I benefiting, from any GoFundMe Campaign.”

A fan then asked guitarist Dino Cazares about Bell’s comments and he responded with the following:

“He sang on the record he’s finished his parts. The donations is for live drums ,mixing and mastering plus keyboards the production team and performers need to get paid for there work. Burton definitely benefits from a great sounding record.”

Cazares has since posted another statement regarding the campaign as well:

“This is to address some of the controversy regarding the FEAR FACTORY GoFundMe page. It is not a scam. All donations go toward covering newly incurred production costs and not anyone’s personal legal fees.

On the previous version of the album recording, which was completed in 2017, it had programmed drums. I decided to not make that mistake again and had Mike Heller perform live drums on the record. I later realized I needed to re-track guitars and bass to fit better with the live drums. I also decided to add new keyboards from Rhys Fulber, Damien Rainaud, Igor Khoroshev, Giuseppe Bassi and Max Karon.

Damien Rainaud took over production duties for all this, and Andy Sneap is also handling the mixing and mastering. They all did an amazing job on ‘Genexus‘, and I decided to bring them back for the new album. Burton‘s lead vocals, which were also recorded in full in 2017, will remain on the new version of the album.

FEAR FACTORY has exceeded its limit in borrowing money from the record company to complete the new version of the album. For this reason, and this reason only, a decision was made to ask for outside donations.

Fear Factory would like to thank everyone for there continued support.”

Fear Factory Launch GoFundMe Campaign For New Album

Fear Factory have launched a GoFundMe campaign for their new album. The record is expected to be released in 2021 and it will feature a lineup consisting of Burton C. Bell, Dino Cazares, and Mike Heller.

Fear Factory commented:

“Calling all Fear Factory fans!

As the smoke clears on what has been a very long and arduous period for Fear Factory, we would firstly like to acknowledge our fans for supporting us and being very patient as we again find our footing after a long absence due to an intensive legal dispute.

We are relieved to report that the legal matter surrounding the Fear Factory name has now come to an end and the band is now able to move forward.

It has been a long road in getting to this point and it has certainly not been without it’s challenges both professionally and personally.

As a result, it has caused a significant blow and thrown a wrench into the gears of the Fear Factory machine by creating a heavy financial burden of debt and crushing legal fees associated with the many disputes on the road to reaching a final outcome.

As it stands, Fear Factory are back, but are now facing an uncertain future financially and we need your help to restart the machine to get FF back up and running and firing on all cylinders. The mounting legal hardship and ensuing legalities have caused both the delayed completion and release of our 10th studio album, so we’ve decided to take the unique step of reaching out to our fans to ask for help through a Gofundme page.

If you are able to contribute your donation will go directly towards finishing the new album. We are currently in the post production stage and have yet to complete drums, mixing, mastering and finalizing artwork for a 2021 release.

Any monies raised above our goal will also go towards producing new music videos for the upcoming album which we are excited to get underway as soon as possible.

We understand that the current situation with the global pandemic may make it difficult for a lot of our fans to contribute at this time, as we are also feeling the financial hardship due to the corona virus and recognize the struggles we are all facing at the moment.

We’d like to thank you all for the love and continued support over the last 30 years and hope that together, we can reach our goal.

Please share and help spread the word and also keep a look out, as we will be posting regular updates on the new album as it progresses for everyone to get a peak inside the gears of the machine and a look at the recording and post production process.

Stay safe, Stay positive and know that you have got the power to effect a change.

The machine is still alive!

Thank You

Fear Factory“