FEAR FACTORY guitarist Dino Cazares is featured in a new interview with Songfacts.com. An excerpt is available below:
Songfacts: When Fear Factory first appeared and first started putting out albums, what was the reaction from fans of heavy metal? Because Fear Factory was pretty different sounding than the average metal band at the time.
Dino: "Well, our first album came out in 1992, and we started in 1990. So the minute we got together and our singer (Burton C. Bell) hit this melodic vocal, something just sounded right, and we were like, 'Wow, okay. Besides insane heavy, he's doing this melodic part.' And it became our thing. It became who we were. It became our style.
Over the years, we've gotten better at it. And Burt's vocals have gotten better. When we first came out, no one was really doing anything like that, so we were put into the death metal genre even though we weren't a death metal band. We were kind of lumped into that genre, because of the label that we were signed to, Roadrunner Records. A lot of the death metal kids heard it, and it was like, 'What the fuck is this? Why are they singing on this death metal record?' It was funny, because it got us attention. Whether you hated it or you liked it, it got us attention. Kids either hated it or liked it. The ones who liked it were like, 'Holy fuck, this is amazing.' The ones who hated it just hated it for that reason: 'Oh, the music's great, but I hate the vocals.'
Demanufacture came out in 1995 - a lot had changed in those three years. The band made a huge jump. We definitely got rid of the death metal style vocals and death metal style music, and we went into a whole new thing. We experimented much more with technology and we brought in a lot more keyboards and we completely changed our sound, used a lot of drum programs and the computer for the album. People were like, 'This is new, and this is amazing.' People instantly got sucked into the melodic vocals, and it opened a whole other door for us. It became more acceptable.
Since that record came out, the vocal style has become a staple in music today. You hear it in every band: KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, ALL THAT REMAINS, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH. That typical vocal structure, vocal style that Burt created has become the norm today. I've heard other people claim that they started something like that, but we were before that. Everybody was like, 'Yeah, we came out in 1995 and I did this.' I'm like, 'Oh, yeah? Well, you need to go back to 1992.'
for the complete interview.
Fear Factory are currently on the road in support of their latest album The Industrialist, which was released June 5th, 2012 through Candlelight Records.
Remaining dates are as follows:
2 - New York, NY - The Gramercy Theatre
3 - Amityville, NY - Revolution
9 - Jacksonville, FL - Brewsters Roc Bar
10 - Winter Park, FL - The Haven Lounge
12 - Tampa, FL - Brass Mug
14 - Dallas, TX - Trees
15 - San Antonio, TX - Backstage Live
16 - Houston, TX - Scout Bar