As Fear Factory gear up to move on with a new vocalist and new album, founding vocalist Burton C. Bell offered some interesting nuggets of information in a recent interview with Metal Hammer.
Bell has been candid in recent interviews, and that trend continued here. Going through the history of the band, Bell was asked about the reunion in the late '00s and if it was about money, and Bell was honest in saying yes it was “It was. Sad to say. And when you do it for money, look what happened. I last spoke to Dino three years ago, maybe. He said some things to me that I was, like, ‘That’s fucked up…’”
Things eventually reached a tipping point in September 2020 when Bell announced he was leaving. Bell revealed the final straw that led to his departure. “I’d been thinking about it for a long time – four years, since the last record. Recording that new album, I was, trying to record and dealing with lawsuits and bankruptcies… it was all out of control.
“I personally filed bankruptcy nine years ago. But after that, the last round of lawsuits plus Dino’s bankruptcy made me go bankrupt again. It definitely broke me, financially.”
During the interview, Bell makes it clear that his friendship with Dino and previous members Raymond Herrera, drummer and Christian Olde Wolbers is over and he wouldn't even stay in the same room with them.
It's sad to say, but it seems as though the Fear Factory we knew and loved is never coming back. There is much more to the interview, so head over to Metal Hammer to read it all.