Fear Factory has found a new vocalist to replace Burton C. Bell. According to guitarist Dino Cazares, the band has recruited a "kind of known" male vocalist that will be introduced to the world with a new song. Cazares broke the news in an interview with Bucketlist TV, saying he'll be working on the new song (or songs?) once he's home from the Soulfly tour.
"For those of you who don't know, our singer quit after 30 years, so I've been looking for a new singer. And I'm first here to tell you that I have definitely nailed it down to one person. I'm not gonna reveal who that is yet — not yet. Once I'm done, I'm gonna go back to L.A., back to the studio, and I'll be writing some new new Fear Factory songs with the new singer, because I'd like to introduce him with a new song."
Cazares said the band tried out a wide variety of new vocalists, adding that he wasn't really looking for anything specific.
"I auditioned a few women, yes. But it didn't work out — not because they were female or anything like that. Because I wanted to pick whoever was best for the position, and it turned out to be a guy," he said.
"[It] wasn't like I was only looking for somebody that nobody knew. I was looking for all different [types of singers]. Sure, if the guy turned out to be, or the girl turned out to be, someone that nobody knew and I gave 'em that shot, yeah, great. I was open to all of it, is what I'm saying. Male, female, whatever, known, unknown — I was open to all of that. And it turned out to be somebody who is kind of known, I guess. Kind of known. He does have experience."
Bell appeared on Fear Factory's new album Aggression Continuum, but was not in the band at the time of its release. Bell and Cazares have also not been making their feelings toward either other secret.