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Dino Cazares Issues New Statement Regarding Burton C. Bell’s Departure From Fear Factory


Fear Factory guitarist Dino Cazares has issued a new statement in regards to the departure of frontman Burton C. Bell earlier this week. Bell announced his exit from the band via a statement of his own this past Monday, September 28th. That statement minced view words, with Bell saying of Cazares, “I cannot align myself with someone whom I do not trust, nor respect.”

The seemingly bitter split came about following a legal resolution earlier this year over a battle for the band’s trademarks—one that saw Bell lose his 50% stake in the band with Cazares attaining 100% ownership.

According to Cazares, that resolution was not the result of any direct litigation between himself and Bell, but rather the outcome of individual lawsuits filed against both himself and Bell by former Fear Factory members Christian Olde Wolbers & Raymond Herrera.

Cazares has since been back in the studio reworking an as-yet unreleased album the group recorded several years back which features vocal tracks recorded by Bell at the time. That album is expected out in March and this GoFundMe campaign was launched to raise funds for several new aspects being incorporated into it, including a new drumming performance, guest performers and mixing/mastering.

Bell himself took issue with that campaign, at one point labeling it a ‘scam’ in a since deleted post—a claim which Cazares denied. Cazares‘ new statement on Bell‘s departure can be read below:

“The departure of the Dry Lung Vocal Martyr”

Last week Burton C Bell announced his decision to leave Fear Factory.

We were all saddened and surprised by the news, as it was not discussed with anyone within the Fear Factory camp, as he has not spoken to anyone for well over a year which has made communication difficult. With our upcoming new album penned for a 2021 release, it is sad that he has chosen to do this.

There has been a lot of speculation as to why this has happened, with many fans posting negativity and sometimes very hurtful personal comments on all our social media platforms, mainly directed at myself. There are however a lot of inaccuracy’s and inconstancies in Burton’s statement posted on his website, and as always, there are two sides to every story.

After a long court battle with the two ex-band members, Burton lost his legal rights to own the name Fear Factory. I had the opportunity to do something right and I felt that obtaining the name in full was the right thing to do for the both of us, so after nearly 4 years we can continue as Fear Factory, to make more records and to tour.

That is why It is sad to hear that he decided to quit and, in my opinion, for whatever issues he has it seems like it could’ve been worked out.

I respect his decision although I don’t understand it. I think sometimes people just need to make big changes in their lives. Even though I am getting blamed for his departure I’m not mad because I am a pretty secure and a strong individual.

I forgive all the lies, the negativity and the blame that has come from him and from some of the fans, because I don’t really know what he is going through and some people handle a great loss differently to others.

One thing that will be made clear though, and I will reiterate one more time is the GoFundMe campaign is solely being used to complete the album. As I type this, the mixing and mastering the album has started and we cannot wait for you, the fans to hear it.

And yes, even with Burton’s decision to quit Fear Factory, all of his vocals will remain on the album. For those of you who have already contributed to the GoFundMe, we thank you immensely!

Burton, I’m going to miss you and after a thirty-year legacy as the frontman for Fear Factory, I can only wish you all the best for all your current and future endeavours and I want to thank you for all of your years of service to Fear Factory.

For now, the door remains open for Burton should he wish to return, but the door won’t stay open forever.

Whatever happens, Fear Factory is here to stay

Thank you
Dino Cazares

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