Fear Factory recently posted their GoFundMe to help out with legal bills and creating their new album on Friday, September 11. That same day, vocalist Burton C. Bell took to Instagram to let fans know "I am not part of, nor am I benefitting, from any GoFundMe campaign."
Fear Factory guitarist Dino Cazares then clarified that the GoFundMe is legitimate, and that all the money goes toward the new album. Cazares added that the record label won't give them anymore money and for "this reason, and this reason only, a decision was made to ask for outside donations."
So it seems like Bell isn't saying that he's not involved with the GoFundMe, so much as he is that he's just done with his contributions to the record and whatever Cazares is doing it out of his hands. Bell echoed that sentiment in an interview with Aftershocks, saying the band "finished and delivered a new Fear Factory record in 2017 — mixed, mastered, artwork and everything. Now, we'll see what Nuclear Blast releases. I have no idea. My focus is Ascension of the Watchers."
For those unfamiliar with the story surrounding the new album, this all started around November 2016 when Fear Factory guitarist Dino Cazares said the band would like to have a new album out sometime in the summer of 2017. Then there was a whole lot of nothing happening, followed by a rumor that Fear Factory had broken up in May 2017. Cazares regularly said there was no news to report regarding the band’s status, but never explicitly said if they were done.
Then in October 2019, Cazares said there was no new album from the band coming despite vocalist Burton C. Bell revealing artwork for a record called Monolith. It was later revealed that day that there may very well be an ongoing lawsuit holding up the band. The lawsuit likely involves Bell's settlement with former members Christian Olde Wolbers and Raymond Herrera.