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FEAR FACTORY announces new touring bassist for October 2023 shows


FEAR FACTORY has recruited SCATTERED STORM‘s Javier Arriaga to play bass on the veteran Los Angeles-based act’s upcoming October 2023 U.S. shows as well as some European dates.

Arriaga, who plays drums for SCATTERED STORM and has previously served as FEAR FACTORY‘s guitar and drum tech, will fill in for FEAR FACTORY‘s longtime bassist Tony Campos, who is currently on the road with STATIC-X.

On Thursday (September 28), Arriaga shared a now remoeved photo of him in the rehearsal studio with FEAR FACTORY, and he wrote in an accompanying message: “I can announce now since (FEAR FACTORY guitarist Dino Cazares) mentioned it in an interview today for KLAQ. Im gonna be playing bass with FEAR FACTORY for the whole US run and some dates in Europe while Tony catches up with us. Today we practiced and it felt like a fucking dream. Someone pinch me please. Maybe not. I don’t want to wake up.”

FEAR FACTORY played a one-off show on September 17 at the Metal Injection Festival where the band performed a very special “Demanufacture” and “Obsolete” set. FEAR FACTORY will next launch a five-date headlining “DisrupTour” with special guests LIONS AT THE GATE, which will kick off on October 7. This will be followed by the band heading out on the “October Dawn 2023” tour with headliners LACUNA COIL and openers LIONS AT THE GATE. The 10-date trek will begin on October 13 in Atlanta and make stops in Louisville, Oklahoma City, and Houston before concluding in San Antonio, Texas on October 24.

FEAR FACTORY will embark on a European tour this fall. The 44-date trek will mark the band’s first European shows since 2016. Joining them on this run are BUTCHER BABIES from the USA and IGNEA from Ukraine.

FEAR FACTORY‘s next album, which is tentatively due in late 2024, will be the band’s first with vocalist Milo Silvestro, whose addition to FEAR FACTORY was officially announced in late February.

Pressed about whether there is any chance of a reconciliation with FEAR FACTORY down the line, Burton said: “I’m done. I haven’t spoken to Dino in three years. I haven’t spoken to Raymond (Herrera, drums) and Christian (Olde Wolbers, bass) in longer than that, and I have no intention to. I’m just moving forward with my life.”

Cazares recently confirmed that he and the new FEAR FACTORY vocalist have begun work on material for the follow-up to 2021’s “Aggression Continuum” album.

In February 2022,  former NIGHTRAGE singer Antony Hämäläinen, who unsuccessfully auditioned for the vocalist slot in FEAR FACTORY, revealed in an interview that the new FF frontman was “a person from Italy.”

“Aggression Continuum” was released in June 2021 via Nuclear Blast Records. The LP, which was recorded primarily in 2017, features Cazares and Bell alongside drummer Mike Heller.

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