The story of Fear Factory over the past few years is a very murky one. It 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 involves Bell’s settlement with former members Christian Olde Wolbers and Raymond Herrera. Earlier this year, Cazares even said "Fear Factory has been plagued with lawsuits, so it has been preventing the band from doing anything for the last three years."
Now it seems like those troubles are over. According to Cazares in a recent Instagram post, Fear Factory will release new music in 2021. Who knows what the lineup for the band will be, but I think it's safe to assume Cazares will be a part of it.
Last we knew, Fear Factory was Cazares, vocalist Burton C. Bell, drummer Mike Heller, and bassist Tony Campos.