Fear Factory vocalist Burton C. Bell recently quit the band after distancing himself from an ongoing new album GoFundMe headed up by guitarist Dino Cazares. Cazares quickly fired back saying that Bell needed to "tell the truth," and later issued a statement saying he's not really sure what happened.
Now in an interview with Kerrang!, Bell said he's been thinking about quitting ever since the lawsuits started happening.
"It's been on my mind for a while," he said. "These lawsuits just drained me. The egos. The greed. Not just from band members, but from the attorneys involved. I just lost my love for it. I've been working [intensely] on The Watchers for the last two years. Working with people who I can trust and who I love, and with whom I have grown to find a niche musically definitely pushed me towards it.
There are a lot of surprises. I've had a lot of surprises for the last four years. 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."
Bell also commented on the new album, saying he recorded his vocals in 2017.
"We recorded and delivered an album in 2017. It was written and demoed in late 2016 with Damien Rainaud. In 2017, we recorded. The artwork was finalized. We designed the new Fear Factory logo, as always. The album was delivered to Nuclear Blast, and accepted. We've just been waiting for all of these lawsuits to be over for it to come out. So, yeah, I'm supposed to be on it because I recorded all the songs!"
Read the full interview here.