Watch Soulfly Cover Fear Factory’s “Replica” With Dino Cazares On Guitar

As previously reported, Soulfly are currently touring with Dino Cazares on guitar. As a result, the band have been performing a cover of Fear Factory’s “Replica,” along with the intro to “Body Hammer,” during their recent shows. You can see footage of that from the group’s August 26 concert at Red Flag in St Louis, MO below:

Watch Footage From Soulfly’s First Show With Fear Factory’s Dino Cazares

Last night (August 20), Soulfly kicked off their U.S. tour at Sunshine Theater in Albuquerque, NM. The show served as the band’s first with guest guitarist Dino Cazares (Fear Factory), who was recruited following the group’s acrimonious split with Marc Rizzo.

Dino Cazares Says He Has Officially Chosen A New Singer For Fear Factory

During a recent interview with Bucketlist TV, Fear Factory’s Dino Cazares confirmed that he has finally chosen a replacement for the band’s ex-frontman Burton C. Bell. However, the guitarist has yet to reveal the identity of the mystery vocalist.

Cazares said the following:

“For those of you who don’t know, our singer quit after 30 years, so I’ve been looking for a new singer. And I’m first here to tell you that I have definitely nailed it down to one person. I’m not gonna reveal who that is yet — not yet. Once I’m done [playing with Soulfly as a fill-in guitarist for the summer U.S tour], I’m gonna go back to L.A., back to the studio, and I’ll be writing some new new Fear Factory songs with the new singer, because I’d like to introduce him with a new song.”

He also added the following when it was mentioned that he auditioned both male and female vocalists:

“That was true. I auditioned a few women, yes. But it didn’t work out — not because they were female or anything like that. Because I wanted to pick whoever was best for the position, and it turned out to be a guy.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Watch Footage Of Fear Factory’s Dino Cazares Rehearsing With Soulfly

As previously reported, Fear Factory’s Dino Cazares will be playing guitar for Soulfly on their upcoming tour. You can see footage of him rehearsing with the band below. Cazares took the temporary role in the group after they parted ways with guitarist Marc Rizzo.

Soulfly’s Max Cavalera Says Marc Rizzo Was Fired “Due To Personal Reasons”

Soulfly’s Max Cavalera has officially confirmed that Marc Rizzo is no longer a member of the band. The frontman says the guitarist was fired “due to personal reasons.”

Cavalera said the following during a new episode of his “Max Trax” series:

“Right now, for the tribe, I wanna address something that is going on with SOULFLY. Of course, it’s about Marc Rizzo. He did not leave the band. We decided to part ways with him due to personal reasons. I wish Marc the best on his career. I wanna thank Marc for the 18 years with SOULFLY.”

He also added the following about recruiting Fear Factory’s Dino Cazares for their upcoming tour:

“I’m very excited that we’re bringing our friend Dino to play guitar with us for the next U.S. tour,” he said. “The show must go on. Dino is an O.G riffmaster. One of my favorite riff [writers]… He’s on ‘Eye For An Eye’ [a song from the first SOULFLY album]; that’s how long me and Dino go back. I got them signed; FEAR FACTORY, I got them signed [to Roadrunner Records], because I loved their demo so much and I showed it to Monte [Conner, former Roadrunner A&R executive].

Dino’s gonna come here [to Phoenix, Arizona to rehearse with the band]. We’re gonna start practicing. We might even throw a couple of Dino classics in there for the set for you guys. And we’re playing a brand new SOULFLY song for the future for the next record; we’re gonna play it on this next tour. So be there to watch two legends, Max Cavalera and Dino Cazares, on a stage together. It’s gonna be a sick tour starting August 20th.”

As previously reported, Rizzo will now be focusing on several other projects.

[via Blabbermouth]

Fear Factory’s Dino Cazares To Play Guitar For Soulfly On Upcoming U.S. Tour

Fear Factory’s Dino Cazares will be playing guitar for Soulfly on their upcoming U.S. tour. That trek is scheduled to kick off later this month.

Cazares commented:

“The first time I met Max in 1991, I knew we were going to be long-time friends. I was standing at the bar, he grabbed my arm and yelled ‘Papa Capado.’ I was like ‘who the F@#% are you? He said “I’m Max‘ and from there we just hit it off.

That same night I played him the Fear Factory demo tape on his cassette Walkman in his hotel room while we were attending a music convention in Los Angeles. He liked it so much that he wouldn’t give it back, so I had to wrestle him and take it out of his walkman, haha. It was my only copy.

Max told Monte Conner, the A&R director from Roadrunner Records, that we had a new demo that he needed to check out, so our manager at the time sent our demo to Monte after many labels turned us down. The rest is history.

Over the past 30 years, I’ve guested on a few of Max’s projects and jumped on stage whenever and wherever I could. Now it’s a great honor to be doing this tour alongside Max as the second guitarist. It’s going to be amazing for all the fans to see the two of us playing a selection of Soulfly songs and a few familiar extras.

Much respect to Max and his family – thank you for always making me feel at home with the Soulfly Tribe.

Let’s Do This!!!!
Um Dois Três Quatro”

Max Cavalera added:

“I’m very excited to be sharing the stage with Dino. He is a true OG riff master, It’s going to sound heavier than Soulfly has ever sounded before! Dino‘s legendary Fear Factory crunch guitar sound mixed with Soulfly is going to sound insane.”

Tour Dates:

With Niviane:

08/20 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
08/21 Denver, CO – Marquis Theater
08/22 Colorado Springs, CO – Sunshine Studios
08/24 Wichita, KS – Wave Outdoors
08/25 Lawrence, KS – The Bottleneck
08/26 St. Louis, MO – Red Flag
08/27 Ft. Wayne, IN – Piere’s
08/28 Pipestem, WV – Pipestem Event Center (‘Metal In The Mountains‘)
08/29 Columbus, OH – Skully’s
08/30 Buffalo, NY – Rec Room
08/31 Pittsburgh, PA – Crafthouse
09/01 New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre
09/02 Providence, RI – Alchemy
09/03 Providence, RI – Alchemy

With Suicide Puppets:

09/04 Syracuse, NY – The Lost Horizon
09/05 Chesterfield, MI – Diesel Concert Lounge
09/06 West Chicago, IL – WC Social Club
09/07 Indianapolis, IN – Emerson Theater
09/08 Louisville, KY – Diamond Pub Concert Hall
09/09 Birmingham, AL – Zydeco
09/11 Orlando, FL – Warlando Festival (Soulfly only)
09/12 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
09/14 Houston, TX – Scout Bar
09/15 Austin, TX – Come And Take It Live
09/16 Dallas, TX – Trees
09/17 Tyler, TX – Country River Club
09/18 San Antonio, TX – Vibes Event Center
09/19 El Paso, TX – Rockhouse Bar & Grill

Soulfly only:

09/21 Tucson, AZ – Encore
09/22 San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
09/23 Long Beach, CA – Alex’s Bar
09/24 Los Angeles, CA – The Whisky

With Incite, Go Ahead & Die, and Healing Magic:

09/25 Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theater

Dino Cazares Says Fear Factory’s New Singer Won’t Be Announced For “For A While”

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.

[via Blabbermouth]

Dino Cazares Explains How He Gained Control Of The Fear Factory Trademark

It was previously revealed that Dino Cazares had gained full control of the Fear Factory trademark. Now, during a recent interview with Metal Hammer, the guitarist explained how he pulled that off.

Cazares said the following:

“If I wanted this record to come out, if I wanted Fear Factory to live on, there was an urgency that I had to fight to get it. I don’t mean fight Burt, I mean fight the courts to get it – fight Raymond [Herrera] and Christian [Olde Wolbers] to get it.

When you file a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, you have to list all your assets – your computer is an asset, your car, your house, your businesses, your trademarks. If you fail to list anything there, they’ll take it from you.

That’s what happened to Burton [C. Bell]. They took the trademark from him because Raymond and Christian’s attorneys discovered that he never listed the Fear Factory trademark as an asset.

So boom, the court put it up for auction. People think I took it from Burt or sued Burt. But the court put the trademark up for auction, meaning anybody could bid for it – it’s like eBay. People bid on it, but I wasn’t gonna let it go.

Because Burt failed to list it in his bankruptcy, he was not able to own it again. And if I bought it, I couldn’t gift it to him, because the courts would think I was defrauding them and we were in collusion to give it right back to him.

So it was up for auction and I was trying to outbid the highest bidder – and those people were Raymond and Christian as well. It was intense. I was sweaty.”

He continued when asked if taking over the trademark impacted his relationship with Bell:

“I don’t really know, other than what he said, why he left. Because he never spoke to me about it. Again, he ran away. If you have an issue with me, just tell me. Why take it out there in the media? That’s just old school.”

As previously reported, Fear Factory’s final album with Bell, “Aggression Continuum,” will be released on June 18.

Dino Cazares Close To Choosing New Fear Factory Singer

As previously reported, Fear Factory’s new album “Aggression Continuum” (out June 18) will be their last to feature Burton C. Bell. It is still unclear who will be taking his place in the group, but Dino Cazares has told Temple Of Bleh that he is close to choosing a new singer.

Cazares said the following;

“We’re at the point where I’m gonna decide on a singer any day now. There’s multiple people that are really good — really good. Even some females that are really good. And making a decision is gonna be definitely tough. ‘Will the fans accept them? Will the fans not accept them?’ — that kind of thing. I worry about all those kinds of things, but at the same time, I’ve gotta be how I was in the beginning and not fear — not fear change. I necessarily don’t fear change, but I do take it into consideration how fans are gonna take it. I mean, I can’t base everything I do on what a fan might think, because then I’ll never get anything done. But it is definitely a big decision. And whoever I choose, I want them there to be for the long run, because I plan on making a few more records before I’m retired or gone or whatever. It’s definitely a big decision. And it’s some big shoes to fill.”

“I wanna get back to playing songs that we never got to play live. It’s no secret that Burt had some vocal issues when he sang live — he just couldn’t sing certain songs. It just happens. Like ‘Linchpin’, our biggest song, we could never play it. I wanna be able to find a singer that can sing that song and we can play it live every night. I wanna be able to give people the hits — the songs that they paid money to see.”

He also added:

“I was able to find a couple of very talented guys for DIVINE HERESY, who went on to do big things. Some of ’em went on to do big things and caused big things. [Chuckles] So I’m hoping that — well, I actually know that I’ve found some other really good talent. Now it’s just a fact of getting in a room with these guys. Before I make a decision, I want these guys to come down here, spend some time with us, see if I like them, see if we can get along, see if they’re gonna be too nervous on stage or singing in front of us. Blah blah blah blah blah. That kind of stuff.”

“I’m excited. I’m very excited about this. I can’t wait.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Fear Factory’s Dino Cazares Says His Car Was Hit By A Bullet Earlier Today

Fear Factory guitarist Dino Cazares’ car was hit by a bullet earlier today (January 21). He said the following about that:

“Bullet hole in my windshield today, Los Angles Police Department asked me if I have any enemy’s I said “yes” and named 3 people. Let’s see where this investigation goes. LAPD said it looks like a 45 caliber, it’s a big bullet.”

He also added the following while responding to a fan:

“The bar that’s part of the frame that holds the dashon the inside stopped it from going all the way through.”