FEAR FACTORY has set “Mechanized” as the title of its new CD, tentatively due in February 2010. “[The name] fits the vibe of the album very, very well,” Bell told Sergio Alvite of Mexico’s Search & Destroy in a brand new interview, which can be streamed using the audio player below.
The CD, which co-produced by the band with Rhys Fulber (FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY, PARADISE LOST), was recently mixed by Greg Reely (PARADISE LOST, FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY, SKINNY PUPPY).
Regarding “Mechanized”‘s musical direction, Bell said, “It has the raw aggression of what ‘Soul Of A New Machine’  was but it has… I would say it has the maturity of ‘Obsolete’ . When I say ‘maturity,’ I mean that it has the songwriting skills that ‘Soul Of A New Machine’ did not have whereas ‘Obsolete’ did.”
FEAR FACTORY has secured a brand new deal with an as-yet-undisclosed record company following a split with Liquid 8 Records, the label that issued the group’s last two albums — 2004’s “Archetype” and 2005’s “Transgression”.
In a June 14, 2009 appearance on the nationally syndicated radio program “Speed Freaks”, FEAR FACTORY drummer Raymond Herrera — who is not part of the above-mentioned lineup — stated about the group’s current status, “[Guitarist Christian Olde Wolbers and I are] actually still in FEAR FACTORY. There’s a big legal battle going on right now. Essentially, what’s happened is Dino and Burt have become friends again and they decided to start a new band, and furthermore, they decided to call it FEAR FACTORY. They never communicated with us about it, and they’re acting like there was never any contract, but there’s four members that are Fear Factory Incorporated — which is the four of us — so it’s almost like them two against us two, so it’s kind of a stalemate. Moving forward, I don’t know what’s gonna happen with the trademark, so to speak. It’s kind of a weird situation, but it’s not a situation that we created that was weird.”
Regarding why Christian and Raymond aren’t involved with the new FEAR FACTORY lineup, Bell told Rock My Monkey “The fact that I have not worked with Raymond and Christian for the past three years as FEAR FACTORY is for this one reason — it’s that I did not want to be involved with their manager. Her name is Christy Priske and she happens to be Christian’s wife. During the ‘Transgression’ mixing session, her and Raymond started a love affair that lasted for a couple years. As [she was the] manager of FEAR FACTORY, this was completely unacceptable to me.”
Dino’s tenure with FEAR FACTORY ended in March 2002 after Bell announced his departure from the group, allegedly telling his bandmates at the time, “Look, guys, I’m not into it anymore, I don’t wanna play in the band anymore, I don’t wanna play with you guys, and I especially don’t wanna play with you, Dino.”
FEAR FACTORY eventually reformed without Dino and released two more studio albums, the aforementioned “Archetype” and “Transgression”.
ARKAEA — the new band featuring Wolbers and Herrera alongside vocalist Jon Howard (THREAT SIGNAL) and bassist Pat Kavanaugh (THREAT SIGNAL) — released its debut album, “Years In The Darkness”, on July 14 via E1 Music (formerly Koch Records).