Singer Burton C. Bell of legendary pioneers of industrial-tinged extreme metal FEAR FACTORY says that the band would like to do a U.S. tour in celebration of the 20th anniversary of their highly revered second studio album, “Demanufacture”, but that “promoters aren’t interested.”
FEAR FACTORY will embark on a European trek this month which will see the band playing “Demanufacture” in its entirety. They will also showcase songs from their new album, “Genexus”, which came out on August 7 via Nuclear Blast.
Asked by Mick Stingley of Rreverb.com if there are any plans for FEAR FACTORY to come back around to the North America after the New Year, Bell said: “We’d like to. We’re going to figure something out. We’d still like to do a ‘Demanufacture’ tour of the United States, but it’s up in the air. The promoters aren’t interested… It costs money. But hopefully we’ll see that change in the next couple of months.”
FEAR FACTORY guitarist Dino Cazares recently told Metal Forces magazine about the band’s plans to celebrate the 20th anniversary of “Demanufacture”: “Can you believe that that record’s already 20 years old? It just went by fast. We feel that because that record has fan favorites, it would be good to do a tour around that just for a whole new generation of people who never got to see us during that time and that tour. To just play it in its entirety, man. To show respect to what was a record that opened a door to metal. It basically gave a facelift to metal. Burt’s vocal style is definitely something that is very, very common these days among other bands. We just wanna show people where it came from, where it started, so hopefully a new generation will get into FEAR FACTORY.”
Bell told Spotlight Report in a 2013 interview that he felt “Demanufacture” was ahead of its time. He said: “[At the time of its release] it was a hit, but it was an underground hit; it never made the mainstream. It’s one of those records that was scratching the surface, but never really crossed over. At the time, it was still too aggressive, still too out there. Ever since then, that album just inspired and influenced so many other bands that if people that never heard ‘Demanufacture’ would listen to it today, they’d think it’s a contemporary album.”
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