Fear Factory has been in the process of choosing a new vocalist for a little while now. Nothing is really known about who the new vocalist is, though now there are two new pieces of information available – ex-Nightrage vocalist Antony Hämäläinen tried out and didn't get it, and the new vocalist is supposedly "a person from Italy." Hämäläinen said in an interview with Pierre Gutiérrez of Rock Talks that he didn't get the job and that there's "better people than both of us out there, personally."
"I'll say this: it's a person from Italy. And there was a girl involved [with the auditions]. That rumor is true. People will know who that is. She's in a band with somebody who's a well-known producer/musician. I won't say who it is because it's not fair to do.
"But I feel — here's what I feel: the Italian person who got the job, I believe that there's better people than both of us out there, personally. That's what I think. But I believe that there's people that were better than that, and me, that I heard. And I think maybe because they don't have the touring experience, and they're just YouTube people, maybe that's the reason why. But there were some really good fucking people out there — better than what I did.
"Hopefully people like what I did — that's cool if they do — but there were some really good fucking choices out there. If the dude from Italy ends up being the dude, then all right; that's cool."
Fear Factory parted ways with vocalist Burton C. Bell in 2020 and put out their final album with him Aggression Continuum in 2021.