Nev Pearce of Australia’s “Rabid Noise” podcast recently conducted an interview with FEAR FACTORY frontman Burton C. Bell. You can now listen to the chat below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).
On performing FEAR FACTORY’s 1995 album, “Demanufacture” in its entirety to celebrate the LP’s 20th anniversary:
Burton: “It’s fun. It’s more exciting to see the crowd react than me playing them, ‘cause I’ve played them… There’s a couple of songs that we’ve rarely played over the years, and there’s one song we’ve never played, but, for the most part, we’ve played all those songs throughout the years, and so, for me, it’s just the same old thing. But the best part is watching the audience reaction to the setlist, so that’s what’s important… The fans love it [when we play songs like ‘H-K (Hunter-Killer)’]. It’s a good song. I’d say the lyrical content is pertinent to what’s happening in today’s world all over, so I think people still understand it and feel it.”
On whether FEAR FACTORY’s “Demanufacture” 20th-anniversary tour in the U.S. is being filmed for DVD release:
Burton: “No. It is not being filmed. It costs money, and money is one thing this band doesn’t have. The labels don’t give, really, support very much anymore. They do the best they can, but there’s no support in making DVDs anymore, ‘cause no one really buys DVDs; everything’s on YouTube.”
On whether there is a chance that FEAR FACTORY will embark on a special tour during which it will perform its 1998 album “Obsolete” in its entirety:
Burton: “It’s being tossed around. With today’s market, the fans are more interested in nostalgia than anything really new, and so nostalgia seems to sell, and this ‘Demanufacture’ tour seems to be doing really well because of that. And so we’ll see… We are tossing around the idea of doing ‘Obsolete’.”
“Obsolete” remains the only FEAR FACTORY album to have achieved gold status in the U.S., driven largely by the success of its fourth single, “Cars”, a Gary Numan cover that featured Numan himself on vocals.
FEAR FACTORY’s latest album, “Genexus”, was released on August 7, 2015 via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The follow-up to 2012’s “The Industrialist” was co-produced by longtime collaborator Rhys Fulber, along with guitarist Dino Cazares and vocalist Burton C. Bell and mixed by Andy Sneap (ARCH ENEMY, TESTAMENT, EXODUS, MACHINE HEAD). Artwork was once again handled by Anthony Clarkson. Drums on “Genexus” were performed by Mike Heller (MALIGNANCY).