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Dino Cazares Of Fear Factory

Fear Factory’s Dino Cazares Recalls Turning Down Joining Limp Bizkit, Touring With Korn When They First Got Popular


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Fear Factory guitarist Dino Cazares appears on the latest episode of the ‘Talk Toomey Podcast‘ (hear it here), discussing the band’s forthcoming new album “Aggression Continuum” and the drama associated with it. During the conversation he also touched on the shift of the L.A. scene towards nü-metal in the mid-90s and more.

Cazares was one of a number of musicians who were called on to audition for the void left in Limp Bizkit back when guitarist Wes Borland exited in 2001. At the time Cazares called the audition “career suicide”.

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Speaking with Toomey on the matter, he said of how that opportunity came about:

“We were on tour with Iron Maiden around ’95 when they had Blaze Bayley. We were playing everywhere and we met the guys from Limp Bizkit. They came on our bus, they played the demo—their first demo—and they said that Ross Robinson was gonna be producing the album [“Three Dollar Bill, Y’all“] and this and that and they were gonna be in L.A. and to come hang out.

And so Ross Robinson called us up and Limp Bizkit were there and I was able to be on their first record on a song called ‘Indigo Flow‘. But whatever, you know. Later on they had asked me to audition for Limp Bizkit when they lost Wes [Borland], I respectfully declined.

I was like ‘nah’, but way back I saw Limp Bizkit fucking blow the fuck up and how that happened. Same thing with Korn, I witnessed Korn blow the fuck up too. I was there, we were on tour with them.

The minute they fucking started selling fucking 70,000 records a week, it was stupid. It was fucking insane how they blew up. We were on tour with Megadeth, Korn, Flotsam And Jetsam and Fear Factory opening up. Literally on that tour things started to take a shift for that band, ’cause remember this was still their first album and they’d been working that album for about a year and a half before it really started to take off.”

He continued:

“So they blew the fuck up and I was witnessing all that and I’m like ‘fuck.’ We’re selling like 5,000 records a week, 10,000 records a week and they’re like, ‘oh I’m doing 50,000’ and the next week ‘oh I’m doing 70,000’ and I’m like ‘holy fuck’.”

You can hear the whole discussion here. Fear Factory‘s new album “Aggression Continuum” is presently slated for a June 18th release and will mark the band’s final record with frontman Burton C. Bell, having been recorded prior to his acrimonious departure late last year.

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