Fear Factory – American rock group
Fear Factory was formed in 1989 in Los Angeles. Only two members of the initial lineup remain with the group today. They are vocalist Burton C. Bell and back-vocalist/guitarist Dino Cazares. In 2012, the drummer Mike Heller joined the band. In 2015, the musicians invited a bass guitar player and a vocalist Tony Campos. The group’s lineup often changed.
Initially, the band’s name was Ulceration. A little later, the members changed it to Fear The Factory. Soon, they shortened the name to Fear Factory since it sounded better. The founders of the group were Dino Cazares and Raymond Herrera. They invited Dave Gibney and Burton C. Bell to join the group to form a quartet.
In 1992, the group released its first LP, Soul of a New Machine. Even though singles "Leechmaster", "Crash Test", "Scumgrief", "Flesh Hold", and "Big God/Raped Souls" didn’t make it into the charts, they managed to bring Fear Factory many fans. The LP climbed to the 49th spot of the Austrian Chart, came in 51st in France, and was 30th in Switzerland. The album didn’t manage to appear on Billboard 200 but still sold more than 90,000 copies in the USA.