Bursting onto the metal scene in the early 90's, Fear Factory's
fusion of death metal and industrial influences has since proven
to be enormously influential in the metal world since the band's
inception, with Soul Of A New Machine still a landmark release.
They peaked popularity-wise with '98's Obsolete, and also garnered
acclaim for their interesting take on Gary Numan's "Cars", which
they covered a year later.
But the band's followup album, 2001's Digimortal, received only
mixed reviews, and following some personal differences between
band members, vocalist Burton Bell announced his leaving in March
of 2002, and the band immediately disbanded.
Later interviews with the various members
indicated that a rift had
developed between guitarist Dino Cazares and the rest of the band.
Sure enough, the other three members (including Bell) announced
their decision to reunite (with bassist Chistian Wolbers taking over
on guitar) and continue as Fear Factory, while Cazares continued
with his earlier side projects such as
as well as a new band,
Arguably, the two post-Dino albums (Archetype and
Transgression) haven't had the impact of their earlier works,
preferring to play it a tad safe and stick to their earlier style.
Also released after the split were Concrete
(the band's first recording, originally done in 1991 and
produced by Ross Robinson) and Hatefiles,
a collection of leftovers and remixes.
After several years of relative quiet came the rather surprising news
that not only had Cazares and Bell put their differences behind them,
but that Cazares was back in a new-look Fear Factory that excluded
core members Christian Wolbers and Raymond Herrera, with well-travelled
veteran Gene Hoglan and former
Strapping Young Lad
bassist Byron Stroud rounding out the group.
Wolbers and Herrera
stated that they never really left the band, which seemed to imply that
there would be a legal issue surrounding the band name.
The new Fear Factory recorded albums in 2010 and 2012 and have since
replaced both Hoglan and Stroud, while
Wolbers and Herrera went on to form their own band