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Burton C. Bell Says He’s Not Involved With Fear Factory’s GoFundMe Campaign, Dino Cazares Issues Statement (Updated)


Update: September, 11th, 2020 02:15 PM:

Fear Factory guitarist Dino Cazares has since issued the following statement regarding the confusion surrounding the band’s crowdfunding campaign for their new album.

“This is to address some of the controversy regarding the FEAR FACTORY GoFundMe page. It is not a scam. All donations go toward covering newly incurred production costs and not anyone’s personal legal fees.

On the previous version of the album recording, which was completed in 2017, it had programmed drums. I decided to not make that mistake again and had Mike Heller perform live drums on the record. I later realized I needed to re-track guitars and bass to fit better with the live drums. I also decided to add new keyboards from Rhys Fulber, Damien Rainaud, Igor Khoroshev, Giuseppe Bassi and Max Karon.

Damien Rainaud took over production duties for all this, and Andy Sneap is also handling the mixing and mastering. They all did an amazing job on ‘Genexus‘, and I decided to bring them back for the new album. Burton‘s lead vocals, which were also recorded in full in 2017, will remain on the new version of the album.

FEAR FACTORY has exceeded its limit in borrowing money from the record company to complete the new version of the album. For this reason, and this reason only, a decision was made to ask for outside donations.

Fear Factory would like to thank everyone for there continued support.”

Original Story:

You can add another wrinkle to the Fear Factory situation as the band prepare for their 2021 return. The group’s frontman Burton C. Bell and guitarist Dino Cazares are said to have incurred substantial legal debt as part of a a decade-long legal dispute over the band’s trademarks between current and former members. It was recently revealed that the dispute was resolved and that the group intend to release a new album next year.

Yesterday, September 10th, saw the band launch this GoFundMe to help them raise funds to finish the album and get them back on their feet after being depleted by the “heavy financial burden of debt and crushing legal fees associated with the many disputes on the road to reaching a final outcome.”

Today (September 11th) the band’s frontman Burton C. Bell has issued the below statement, offering:

“Let me be clear

I am not part of, nor am I benefiting, from any GoFundMe Campaign.”

He would also go on to label the crowdfunding campaign a scam:

In response to a fan asking about the matter, Cazares responded:

Bell previously announced in November of 2018 that Fear Factory would be releasing a new Fear Factory album titled “Monolith” in 2019. Word of that album was later disputed by the band’s guitarist Dino Cazares with the record never materializing publicly.

Cazares recently confirmed that Bell and drummer Mike Heller will appear on the album, with Bell‘s parts already completed. Nuclear Blast Entertainment will be issuing the effort, which was produced by Damien Rainaud (DragonForce, Once Human).

Mixing will be done by Andy Sneap (Judas Priest, Carcass). Keyboards and programming on the album were overseen by longtime collaborator Rhys Fulber as well as Rainaud, Igor Khoroshev (ex-Yes), Giuseppe Bassi and Max Karon. In light of bassist Tony Campos focusing on Static-X, Cazares handled the bass duties in addition to the guitars on the record.

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