Brave Words & Blood Knuckles conducted an interview with Fear Factory frontman Burton C. Bell on the fairly recent ‘70,000 Tons Of Metal‘. The feature—which can be read on Bravewords.com—found Bell both reflective of his past and hopeful for the future. He offered the following of the bands troubles during their tenure with Roadrunner Records:
“I still get royalties. It comes in, but it depends how much we work, how much we tour. If we tour a lot I see better royalties, if we don’t then I don’t. I have no idea when we’ll get the rights back, because that Roadrunner contract is bullshit. I literally signed a deal with a Dutch devil [Roadrunner Records founder Cees Wessels.] But when you’re young, you don’t care.
You’re 23 years-old and ‘we’re going to give you an advance to make your first record, we’re gonna put you on tour, sell your shirts in all the stores. You are gonna to be famous!” Alright, make it happen!’ My fucking lawyer too… he gets paid to be a fucking asshole, and I know his name. Fuck him. He’s still around to, but I want to kick him in his nuts.”
He later continued:
“Man, I can’t even imagine being a brand-new band starting off these days. I’m very fortunate in that respect. We have a resume, and we started when there was a music industry. It was right before the decline of the industry, we were there. They were still putting money in records, they were still putting money into videos, tours. We were right there before the end. And we saw that decline.
We asked Roadrunner ‘what’s going on?’‘You’re not selling any records.’ ‘That’s not my fault, that’s your fault.’ ‘How is that my fault?’ ‘You didn’t put out the right record.’ ‘Did everybody not put out the right record?’ It was so easy for the label to blame the artist, when it really was the label’s fault. It was every label. I just say Roadrunner because that was what label we were on.”
When quizzed about the bands future, Bell confirmed that writing is already underway for the bands next album which they hope to have out late this summer:
“We have started writing a new record. I’d like to have it out by August and start touring in September. You have to tour right when the record comes out so people know that it is out. So put out a new record and start touring again… let the cycle begin.”