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FEAR FACTORY forced to pull out of first show of 'Rise Of The Machine' tour due to extreme weather


FEAR FACTORY has been forced to cancel its appearance last weekend (Saturday, February 25) at The Fillmore in San Francisco, California at the opening show of the “Rise Of The Machine” tour as the support act for STATIC-X.

Earlier that day, FEAR FACTORY guitarist Dino Cazares released the following statement via social media: “Due to extreme weather conditions here in California FEAR FACTORY will not make the first show on the ‘Rise Of The Machine’ tour at the Fillmore in San Francisco We tried everything we could but the California Highway Patrol permitted anyone from driving through the ‘Grape Vine’ Tejón Pass for safety reasons. We apologies to anyone who bought tickets to see us but I promise ‘We Will Be Back’. We will link back up on the tour w/ @staticxofficial in Portland Oregon see u there.”

The San Francisco concert would have marked FEAR FACTORY‘s first appearance with new singer Milo Silvestro, who recently joined the band as the replacement for the band’s original singer Burton C. Bell.

The “Rise Of The Machine” 42-date North American tour will also feature DOPE as well as select dates with MUSHROOMHEAD and TWIZTID.

Earlier in the month, Cazares told “The Jasta Show” about the FEAR FACTORY vocalist search: “A lot of females stepped up. And there was definitely some females in the top five that I almost chose. But it did take a long process for me to find somebody. I was touring with SOULFLY as a session guitarist around late 2021 up till recently. And in that process I was looking for singers, and I was very meticulous, because I know how important it is for FEAR FACTORY fans that I pick the right guy. And I believe, and I know that I got the right dude. So I’m very happy about that.”

Cazares went on to say that he “definitely” considered “guys who were in other bands” but that he thought “there would be a lot of scheduling conflicts, if the guy is in another band, and then we wouldn’t be able to tour as much. What it somebody wanted us to do something like the Milwaukee Metal Fest, I wouldn’t be able to do it because the singer has another gig somewhere else,” Cazares explained. “So I wanted a guy who was fresh off the boat, new-school guy. I like discovering new talent. There’s a lot of talented people out there, and they just never get the shot. So I wanted to give kind of an unknown guy a shot, or an unknown person a shot.”

In a recent interview with Australia’s Wall Of SoundCazares once again opened up about his band’s search for a new vocalist following the departure of Burton C. Bell more than two years ago. Regarding how he is preparing the new singer for the inevitable barrage of criticism once his identity has been revealed, he said: “I had a lot of preparation with him because he’s gonna have to be able to not only fill some big shoes, which he can vocal-wise, but he’s never been inside in that arena, where you’re gonna have the media, you’re gonna have Internet trolls coming after you. So that’s one of the main things I’m getting him prepared for, because some people just can’t handle that emotionally.

“If you’re in a small band growing to be a bigger band, yeah, eventually you grow into all the Internet hate that you’re gonna get, but he’s gonna get it instantly and it’s gonna be bombarded on him,” Dino explained. “But I understand where some people are coming from, ’cause some people are not always adaptable to change. And Burton C. Bell definitely did have the legendary voice for FEAR FACTORY. But things change, people’s lives change, and sometimes you’ve just gotta move on. And that’s exactly what we’ve both done.”

Cazares previously told RichardMetalFan, that Bell “always had one foot out the door” during his time with FEAR FACTORY. “He originally quit way back in 2002, and he ended up coming band into the band and restarting the band with the other guys without me,” the guitarist said. “At least that’s what I thought. But I don’t know. I never really got the full story of why they did what they did. But to me, it always seemed like he always had one foot out the door, and I think that this was just his time to exit, for whatever reason. I mean, you have to ask him, really, to get (the full story of why he left). But he pretty much left me to handle the rest of the duties for (FEAR FACTORY‘s latest album) ‘Aggression Continuum’. And so now I’m moving forward without him, and the band’s gonna go on without him, and that’s just how it is. He’s moved on, and so have I. Fans can cry all they want and people can want what they want. And I get it; I understand. He was in the band for many years, and he was the only vocalist on the record, even though he had quit the band two or three times before that. But he’s gone, and I’ve moved on, and so has he.”

Dino also talked about FEAR FACTORY‘s new vocalist, saying: “There’s gonna be big shoes to fill. But I’m not afraid. I’ve been there before. I’m ready to move on forward. I look forward to it. I think it’s gonna be fucking ripping. It’s gonna be killer. I’m gonna put out some more heavy shit. So I don’t think anybody needs to worry. The vocalist I got is amazing. He’s younger; he’s in his mid-30s. He’s at his vocal peak, I think. He’s there and ready to go.”

In September 2020, Bell issued a statement officially announcing his departure from FEAR FACTORY, saying that he “cannot align” himself with someone whom he does not trust or respect.

Bell later told Kerrang! magazine that his split with FEAR FACTORY was a long time coming. “It’s been on my mind for a while,” he said. “These lawsuits (over the rights to the FEAR FACTORY name) just drained me. The egos. The greed. Not just from bandmembers, but from the attorneys involved. I just lost my love for it.

“With FEAR FACTORY, it’s just constantly been, like, ‘What?!’ You can only take so much. I felt like 30 years was a good run. Those albums I’ve done with FEAR FACTORY will always be out there. I’ll always be part of that. I just felt like it was time to move forward.”

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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