Lamb Of God, Anthrax, Suicidal Tendencies, Etc. Set For 2023 Milwaukee Metalfest

The lineup has been revealed for this year’s Milwaukee Metalfest. The event, which was resurrected by Hatebreed’s Jamey Jasta, will take place at The Rave/Eagles Club in Milwaukee, WI on May 26-28 and it will feature: Lamb Of God, Anthrax, Suicidal Tendencies, Napalm Death, Dark Angel, The Black Dahlia Murder, Obituary, Shadows Fall, Corrosion Of Conformity, Fear Factory, After The Burial, The Halo Effect, Dying Fetus, Immolation, Crowbar, Vio-lence, Goatwhore, Jungle Rot, Misery Index, Broken Hope, Terror, Macabre, Gatecreeper, Sanguisugabogg, Frozen Soul, Defeated Sanity, Dying Wish, Khemmis, Undeath, Blood Incantation, Imperial Triumphant, Impaler, Fuming Mouth, Ingrown, HATH, Repentance, Casket Robbery, Disinter, Thrown Into Exile, and Toxic Ruin.

Fear Factory Re-Sign With Nuclear Blast Records

Fear Factory have officially re-signed with Nuclear Blast Records. The band are planning to release their next album through the label.

Guitarist Dino Cazares commented:

“This is a new year and a new chapter for Fear Factory. We are off to a great start because we have re-signed with Nuclear Blast Records and our A&R legend Monte Conner, who originally signed the band in 1992. It is a great feeling to be with a label that gets us and who has always had our backs, especially when we needed them the most. Prepare for the future of Fear Factory.”

Nuclear Blast A&R Monte Conner added:

“Working with Fear Factory right from the start of their amazing career has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my own career. I was thrilled to be reunited with them when I signed Fear Factory to Nuclear Blast in 2013, and to be able to continue that journey once again for round #3 feels incredibly satisfying. I have believed in Dino Cazares from day one, and I know he is going to deliver a killer new album with all the trademarks that have made and still make Fear Factory one of the most pioneering and unique sounding metal bands of all time.”

Watch Slipknot Members Perform “(sic)” With Anthrax’s Scott Ian, Fear Factory’s Dino Cazares, Etc. In 2005

As previously reported, Roadrunner United, the project that was organized to commemorate Roadrunner Records’ 25th anniversary in 2005, will be reissuing “The All-Star Sessions” on March 10, alongside a live album featuring the group’s December 15, 2005 show at the Nokia Theatre in New York, NY. Now, footage of “(sic)” from the concert has been shared online. The performance found Slipknot’s Corey Taylor, Paul Gray, and Joey Jordison rocking the track with Scott Ian (Anthrax), Andreas Kisser (Sepultura), Dino Cazares (Fear Factory) and Tommy Vext (ex-Bad Wolves). Ian said the following about taking part in the set:

“It was incredible to be part of a lineup of such insanely heavy hitters. WOW. And to have had the opportunity to play with Joey and Paul that night, with Corey singing — definitely a Make-A-Wish moment for me”

Fear Factory Guitarist Dino Cazares On Current Touring Industry: “People Don’t Understand The Cost That Goes Into Doing These Tours”

During an appearance on the “Vulgar Display Of Podcast,” Fear Factory’s Dino Cazares discussed the current state of the touring industry. The guitarist says “people really don’t understand the cost that goes into doing these tours.”

Cazares said the following about post-pandemic touring:

“So much has changed in those couple of years, because look how much the economy has gotten really, really over the top, with gas and even availability on certain things, even drivers; just getting a driver, it’s hard. People really don’t understand the cost that goes into doing these tours. Everything affects you, whether it’s venues taking a big cut of the merch sales to insane diesel and gas prices. A lot of people don’t realize that these buses take diesel, and diesel is more expensive than gas. So that adds up, when you’re spending eight hundred to a thousand dollars just to fill up a tank of a bus. People don’t realize the cost of all that. So it’s getting harder and harder.

It’s really kind of weird, because when we first booked the tour, the economy was much lower than now. And then we do these show contracts for ‘X’ amount of dollars, and all of a sudden we postpone the tour to a year or so later, and so much has changed. Now these contracts, it doesn’t match to where the economy is at now. A lot of people don’t realize that either, that a lot has changed so much. I wish we can go back and renegotiate our contracts, but it’s too late — can’t do it. It is what it is. We’re just not gonna be making the money that we would normally make to do that tour, but we’re still gonna do it; we’re committed to it. We can’t wait to get back on the road and just play in front of all those people.”

He also added:

“I’m not the only one that really talks about that. There have been other people — Devin Townsend‘s been talking a lot about it; Dark Funeral and a few other bands as well, talking about what it’s like out there. Of course a lot of people who follow me who are fans of the band, they don’t really understand what it is, how it is out there. But in a way, they should, because, obviously, gas prices affect everything. Food prices — food prices have gone insanely high. So people should be able to relate to it in that way. Speaking in the third person, if it’s hard for that person to pay rent or to buy food, imagine what it’s like for us to be out there touring. People have this misconception, just because you’re on the road, you’re making big bucks and you’re a rich guy. We are affected by it just as much as they are — as a matter of fact worse, ’cause we have more overhead.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Dark Funeral’s Lord Ahirman: “Venues Will Slowly Kill The Live Scene With Their Outrageous Merch Cut”

As previously reported, Devin Townsend recently opened up about the harsh realities of touring, saying that “the ability to make money on tour is almost completely gone now.” Other artists have since chimed in as well, including Dark Funeral’s Lord Ahirman, who blasted venues for merch cuts.

Lord Ahriman said the following::

“The sad truth is that mr @dvntownsend is right. The venues will slowly kill the live scene with their outragious merch cut. You should clearly be ashame of yourself! Next up for bands will be to start selling merch out from the bus trailer outside the venue, or just quit touring. Id rather do the trailer option though… we gotta keep the scene alive!

Just to give you an exemple how crazy it all is, which also explain why the merch prices have gone up so much at the shows. On this tour, there’s been a few nights where we have had to pay the venue more for selling merch then our guarantee. And as everyone knows, on this stage merch income usually are the main income/profit for the bands, even more now with all the increased costs (gasolin, flights, visas + more).

And with a 20% or more merch cut + tax theres not much left for the bands. I could go on forever on this issue but I wont, but I’m sure you get my point. Anyway, I sure hope more bands & fans start to raise up against this bullshit. It gotta stop!!!”

Fear Factory’s Dino Cazares also responded to a Metal Injection article regarding this story:

Fear Factory Demoing Material For New Album

During a recent interview with Sonic Perspectives, Fear Factory guitarist Dino Cazares offered an update on the band’s next album. According to him, the group are currently demoing new material for the effort.

Cazares said the following:

“We started pre-production about a week ago. So right now we’re just demoing everything. And then we’ll be recording probably early next year. But then I’ve gotta go on tour… We’ve gotta go on tour starting in late February, and we’re gonna be on tour till at least June. So we probably be able to finish the production sometime until July, and then shortly after that hopefully get the record out as quickly as possible.”

He also commented on working with a new vocalist:

“You wanna take your time [working with the new singer]. You wanna make sure you find someone that best fits the job. It’s not anything new for me; I’ve started many other bands with other singers, and I’ve had to replace singers before. But not in a band like FEAR FACTORY. So, yeah, it’s definitely very challenging, and I’m definitely up for the challenge. I understand there’s probably gonna be some sort of backlash, but there’s a backlash with everything. So, yeah, I’m up for the challenge. I’m not planning on changing anything. I’m gonna pretty much keep what FEAR FACTORY is known for and try to honor the legacy of who we are.”

He continued when asked if musical chemistry, stage presence, and personality influenced his decision while choosing a new vocalist:

“All of the above, especially when you’re working with people that you don’t know. Especially someone like the singer, who I don’t know that well. When I hired him, I didn’t know him that well. Of course we’ve spent some time together and we got to know each other. You wanna make sure you’re not making a bad decision, ’cause this is gonna be something that’s gonna last a while. Plus, relationships are relationships. You can’t always control how things are gonna turn out. You try your best. And you put your right foot forward and you just keep moving.”

On another note, Cazares also revealed that the band are currently “label-less”:

“We don’t have any record company. FEAR FACTORY doesn’t have any new record company right now. We haven’t signed any new deals. And we are in the process also of negotiating and evaluating different offers that we have. That’s another thing too. I didn’t realize that this year that our record contract had expired with Nuclear Blast. But they still have the obligation to promote this record, ‘Recoded’ [the recently released collection of remixes of the songs from ‘Aggression Continuum’]. But now, moving forward, we’re exploring our options and it’s looking really good. So hopefully we’ll get some sort of deal done and be able to get this music out to you as soon as possible.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Roadrunner United Album And Live Set To Be Reissued In March

Roadrunner United, the project that was organized to commemorate Roadrunner Records’ 25th anniversary in 2005, are planning to reissue “The All-Star Sessions” next year. The record, which features members of Slipknot, Trivium, Fear Factory, Machine Head, and more, will be available on March 10. A live album featuring the project’s December 15, 2005 show at the Nokia Theatre in New York, NY will be available that day as well.

Trivium’s Matt Heafy commented:

“The Roadrunner United album was something I still have a hard time believing that it happened. A 19-year-old me being enlisted to be able to write anything I wanted… while picking a dream lineup of my favorite musicians every single every song? I am still honored and grateful to have been allowed this amazing experience. All I can say is… I want to do Part II.”

Machine Head’s Robb Flynn added:

“I had a couple of riffs left over from [2004 Machine Head album] Through the Ashes of Empires that I hadn’t ended up using, so brought them into play first-off for Roadrunner United. The song that really kicked it off for me was ‘The Dagger‘. I was like, ‘Man, this is a fucking banger. I don’t know if I even want to give this away!’ I actually told the label, ‘If you can lock in Howard [Jones] from Killswitch Engage to do the vocals, you can have it. Otherwise, I’m keeping it for Machine Head!’

We had so much fun when Howard flew in to record that song at my studio. He only had about three sentences of lyrics prepared, so we spent hours talking over what the song could be about, and then he freestyled a bunch. I remember him getting up, walking into the vocal booth, and just belting out this fucking insane scream, this screech! It became the sound that opens the whole record.”

Pre-orders can be found HERE and a live video for “The End” can be found below:

Fear Factory Planning To Reveal New Vocalist In February

During an appearance on Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta‘s “The Jasta Show,” Fear Factory guitarist Dino Cazares offered an update on the band’s new singer. The guitarist says the group are planning to reveal the identity of the mystery musician in February.

Cazares said the following:

“Fear Factory singer and music will be coming just before the [group’s North American] tour with Static-X. End of February is the first show, so just before that we’ll be releasing the single and the singer. And then boom — right on the road.”

He went on to say that he has already been working with the singer for a year:

“It’s just a lot of developing. You know, Fear Factory is precious to a lot of people, and so I’ve gotta make sure that it’s right. I wanted to release some tracks a while ago with the singer, but then I had nothing behind it — no tour or anything like that — so the hype was gonna die down quick. So I wanna do it around a tour; that way you’ve got something to work. And I just didn’t wanna release his name too quick, because no one’s gonna care by the time I release a track a year later. So I want it all to be done together.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Dino Cazares Reveals New Divine Heresy Drummer

During an appearance on Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta‘s “The Jasta Show,” Fear Factory guitarist Dino Cazares revealed that Gabe Seeber (Decrepit Birth, The Kennedy Veil) will be serving as the new drummer for Divine Hersey. This news comes after the band recently recruited Once Human’s Lauren Hart as their new vocalist.

[via The PRP]