Interview: Dino Cazares of FEAR FACTORY
Words/Interview by Wojtek Tomczyk It has been an incredibly long road for Fear Factory since the release of Genexus back in 2015; years of soul-crushing personal disputes, legal battles, and constant setbacks have proven to be a major challenge for Fear Factory leader Dino Cazares, but the end of this painfully stressful journey is near, with the release of the new album Aggression Continuum closing in.
Due to the factors surrounding this album, it’s safe to say that anticipation for the album is at an all-time high, not just for the fans, but for Dino himself. “We’ve been sitting on this album since 2017, completely recorded, and it’s been locked away for quite some time. "After everything that has happened, this album is something I’m incredibly proud of and I can’t wait for everyone to hear it. After the insane success of the GoFund Me campaign, I was able to get to work on this album and give the fans the best product that they deserve.”
The GoFund Me campaign, which raised $26,580 total, $1,580 more than their expected goal of $25,000, helped the creation of the Aggression Continuum immensely. “With the funds from the GoFund Me campaign, I was able to make this album the way it should be. It helped me commission Mike Heller, our drummer for 9 and a half years, to replace the programmed drums on the album, I hired Andy Sneap, who we worked with previously on Genexus, to do the mixing and mastering, I hired Igor Khoroshev and brought back Rhys Fulber for some keyboards and programming, and we were able to hire Riivata Visuals to help out with the music video. I can’t say I was happy with the original mix because there really wasn’t one, but the campaign also helped me re-track the guitars and the bass, as I wasn’t happy with the original stems”
"The campaign was not without its issues, however, with backlash from (now former) member Burton C. Bell. “I didn’t understand what was going on. Burton set out to sabotage the GoFund Me, and it confused me because he could have only benefitted from it. The product we were funding has his voice on it, and the chance for him to be in the band has always been there. The window of opportunity can only be held open for so long.”
Dino had also announced recently that Tony Campos (Static-X) and Mike Heller are still a part of the band moving forward. “The funny thing is, they never left. Tony has been busy with Static X and their recent reunion, and Mike has just been doing his own thing whilst I went through all the legal disputes. The only thing is that I recorded bass on Aggression Continuum due to Tony’s time being taken up, but both those members are still a part of the band and will be in the future.”
The latest music video for Disruptor, done by Riivata Visuals, was released a few weeks back to critical acclaim, not just the music but also the video.
“Tuomas from Riivata Visuals did such a great job with the video. I had been scrolling through and came across a music video that he made, and it blew me away. After I contacted him, he sent me a link to his website which had his portfolio, and I was sold. It’s even more insane than the kid is like 25 years old and upholding that high of a standard for his videos, and it’s even better than the entire team behind Riivata Visuals are huge fans of Fear Factory. All I had to do was give him a concept, and he made it better than I could have ever imagined.”
Now that Aggression Continuum is set for release, there is always that lingering question of new material. “I have been writing on the side, I’ve never stopped. Unfortunately, with the legal issues in the past, and now with the interviews running from Sunday to Friday every week, I have slowed down a bit, but I can say that we’re doing something new for the fans. The Industrialist was an album I was never really happy with because it suffered from programmed drums; Mike and I are currently in the studio recording those drums and getting them remixed. On top of all of that, we still got the new Asesino record I’m currently working on, which is going to be a very, very exciting release.”
“To the fans in Australia, hello from the past! I’m very excited to get back on your shores and perform for you guys again, I miss you all. I hope you guys love Aggression Continuum and all the new material and thank you so much for your undying, unconditional support.”
Fear Factory will release their new album Aggression Continuum on 18th June via Nuclear Blast.