In case you forgot or were not alive, the late 1990s was a time when every Metal record label was jumping on the bandwagon of trend-hopping and hunting for the next “big thing” mostly Nu Metal or Nirvana’s take on pre-Grunge revival of Punk vibes. With almost no websites yet, pundits at music magazines, radio, and MTV, had declared metal dead (many bands would say otherwise, all the while the underground excelled like never before with stellar releases.
Whenever an established act loses its frontman, especially one as talismanic as Max Cavalera, fans are usually left choosing sides. Do you go with the musician striking out on their own or do your allegiances remain with the band? Largely dependent on the situation, an amicable split can leave listeners happily following both parties down separate paths to the promise of glory but when open hostility is at the heart of the separation, loyalties are often put to the test.Continue reading →
Having stayed with Black Sabbath until 1983’s unfairly criticised Born Again (Vertigo) album, founding member Geezer Butler returned to the band in the early nineties but with a growing desire to prove himself as a solo artist. After leaving again in ’94, the iconic bass player and moustache enthusiast teamed up with former frontman Ozzy Osbourne for a while before eventually going it alone to form G/Z/R.
It’s been well documented that the road to Aggression Continuum (Nuclear Blast Records), the latest album from Californian cyber-metallers Fear Factory,has been strewn with obstacles, challenges, and all manner of highly publicised internal disputes. Since its recording, the band has endured a lengthy legal battle which concluded with the departure of vocalist Burton C Bell, and saw guitarist, songwriter, and current studio bassist Dino Cazares winning the rights to the Fear Factory name via auction.
Fear Factory has shared a video teaser for upcoming single “Disruptor” and revealed the art work for new album Aggression Continuum due out this year via Nuclear Blast Records. Last week,, Dino Cazares has posted a snippet of him playing “Disruptor.” Watch a teaser for the “Disruptor” video created by Finland’s Riivata Visuals below. Also available is the “Aggression Continuum” cover art, designed by Light The Torch guitarist Francesco Artusato. Cazares has been posting a lot on Twitter to stay in touch with his fans, and we are likely to learn the identity of the new vocalist for the band next week as well, replacing Burton C. Bell, who announced his departure from the group after thirty years last month.
In a new video announcement to social media, Fear Factory has announced a new album Aggression Continuum due out this year via Nuclear Blast Records. Last week,, Dino Cazares has posted a snippet of him playing a new song, now dubbed “Disruptor.” Cazares has been posting a lot on Twitter to stay in touch with his fans, and we are likely to learn the identity of the new vocalist for the band next week as well, replacing Burton C. Bell, who announced his departure from the group after thirty years last month.
Ghost Cult continues our “End of Year Guest Post Extravaganza” with a slew of posts from bands, industry, PR pros, and more! We’ll be sharing lists, memories, and other shenanigans from our favorite bands, partners, music industry peers, and other folks we respect across the globe. Today’s post brings released an “ORChestrated” version of his classic track “Goblin Death March” as a lyric video. The track is from his upcoming album “Fully ORChestrated” which remakes many of his classic tracks.
According to a report by Metalsucks, Dino Cazares has posted a snippet of him playing new Fear Facotry riffs over on his Twitter account. Cazares has been posting a lot on Twitter to stay in touch with his fans, while he presses forward on the new Fear Factory album, tentatively titled Regenerate and due out in 2021 from Nuclear Blast Records. No word yet from the guitar legend how the progress goes on replacing Burton C. Bell, who announced his departure from the group after thirty years last month.
We caught up with music legend Burton C. Bell (ex Fear Factory) of Ascension of the Watchers for a new podcast, to chat all about his new album Apocrypha (Dissonance Productions). We chatted about the history of the band, the lead up to making this new album, Burton’s songwriting process, how he derives inspiration from film scores and soundtracks, his bandmates Jayce Lewis and John Bechdel (Ministry, Prong), the spiritual side to his lyrics and themes he writes from, the concept of “modern analog” and how it influenced the recording, memories of the late Paul Raven (Killing Joke/Prong), some thoughts on other projects like City of Fire and G/Z/R, and much more. Order the album here, and check out our chat.