Interview By Blackdiamond
Industrial metallers FEAR FACTORY have long been a force to be reckoned with, being pioneers of this genre of metal music and still going strong after 25 years.
The two linchpins of the band are vocalist Burton C. Bell and guitarist Dino Cazares and as with most bands they have seen some line up changes over the years.
But that doesn’t stop FEAR FACTORY and they are set to release their ninth album “Genexus” on 7th August via Nuclear Blast Records. I recently caught up with Dino on the phone in Slovakia whilst on tour, to discuss the new album. Unfortunately the phone connection was a little unstable at times, so you may miss one or two of Dino‘s words, but luckily most of the conversation is audible. You can read a few excerpts from our chat below and the full interview on the audio player.
Discussing “Genexus”, Dino revealed:
“It’s a concept record about the singularity process, of when man and machine become one. Where nano technology is taking over and we’d be able to create cells that will be able to create humans and also make them extremely intelligent – being able to download information. That’s where the song ‘Soul Hacker’ comes in, ‘cos you’re able to basically feel somebodies memories and souls and consciousness and be able to transfer into another person. And it’s just the evolution of where human technology is going and moving towards. Futurists are predicting that within the next thirty to forty years that’s where we’ll be and that’s kind of what the record’s about.”
Regarding the band Dino had the following to say:
“We’re very happy with these two guys and we hope that they stick around. You know, it’s mine and Burton’s band, so musicians are going to come and go. Some people have to leave for personal reasons, some people – because maybe it’s time for them to leave.”
On today’s metal scene Dino said:
“The metal scene has definitely changed – I think in some ways it’s gone new places and in some ways it has gone back to old school. There are so many new school bands that have taken what what everybody did in the past and kind of repeated it. Certain bands are pushing the way forward for other bands as well, just combining different styles of music. But I do see the metal scene growing and I hope it stays there, I hope it gets bigger and I hope that everybody will have successful careers.”