AFM Records have today confirmed June 4th as the UK release date for Fear Factory's new album 'The Industrialist'.
Produced by the band with Rhys Fulber (Front Line Assembly), the album was mixed by Greg Reely (Paradise Lost/Skinny Puppy/Machine Head). It features additional tracking by Logan Mader (Gojira/Divine Heresy/Five Finger Death Punch) and artwork by Anthony
Clarkson (Devin Townsend).
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'The Industrialist' is a conceptual album that brings to life a story scripted by vocalist Burton C Bell. The album's lyrics detail the plot of the original narrative while delivering Fear Factory's massive signature sound.
Bell reveals: "The album is a futuristic tale of an automaton, striving to survive by fighting for its existence within a desperate world. The lyrics tell the story while the music takes our industrial roots and blends them
more perfectly than ever with our Metal edge.
"And all without losing the sound that makes Fear Factory a machine of sonic devastation. Fear Factory fans of any era will not be disappointed."
Clocking in at just under one hour, the album's ten songs again unite Bell with guitarist Dino Cazares. It is the second album written by the duo, reuniting in 2009 after a seven year split...
Cazares says: "Collaborating with Burton again on the new album was like magic. Everything just fell into place naturally. It felt good to recapture the true sound of Fear Factory, taking it back to where it all started while raising it to new levels."
'The Industrialist' also again pairs Fear Factory with long-time friend Rhys Fulber. Their collaborations together include five albums and two remixes, including the certified gold album 'Obsolete'.
"Rhys has been our secret member," shares Cazares. "He is the one producer who has been able to understand what we have been trying to accomplish from the beginning and has opened our eyes to new things without sacrificing our original sound. His talents in production and keyboard/samples has made Fear Factory stand out amongst the many bands of our genre."
'The Industrialist' follows the 2010 release of 'Mechanize'. Widely regarded, the album was the first release from the band in six years and the first new material from the nucleus of Bell and Cazares since 2002. The album debuted on Billboard's Top 100 album chart week of release and continues to sell in early 2012.
Sirus XM/Headbangers Ball's host Jose Mangin comments: "After Mechanize dominated 2010 as Liquid Metal's Album Of The Year, North America is chompin' at the bit to get an ear full of new Fear Factory. I have no doubt that the boys are going to kick our collective asses in 2012."
Fear Factory will debut tracks from 'The Industrialist', and in fact a new line up (as the band recently recruited new bass player Matt DeVries), to a UK audience first at the Download Festival on Friday June 8th, so see you all down the front!
DeVries, previously of Chimaira and most recently Six Feet Under, joins the band replacing Byron Stroud.
DeVries comments: "I have been asked by Dino and Burton to join one of my favorite bands. I have been a fan of Fear Factory since 1992 and I could not be more excited to be part of this incredible band. We have shared the stage many times together and now I'm beyond stoked to be on the same stage playing together. Thank you to all my fans worldwide for sticking by me and I will be seeing you all very soon."
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