Burton C. Bell quits Fear Factory

2020-09-29 by Fernando Alves CONTRIBUTOR | 42 Comments
Burton C. Bell officially announced at his website his departure from Fear Factory. Burton was part of the band's line-up since 1989.

Burton's official statement goes as follows:

IN MY OWN WORDS

I consider myself a private person, preferring to keep my personal business to myself and trusted loved ones. I make my public statements with thoughtful intent, never deviating from the truth, in spite of the consistent series of dishonest representations and unfounded accusations from past and present band members; a toxic drama I choose to not be part of.

The past several years have been profoundly agonizing, with these members bleeding my passion with depraved deceit. As a direct consequence of their greed, these three have dragged me through the unjust, judicial system, resulting in the legal attrition that has financially crippled me. In the end, these three members have taken possession of my principal livelihood. However, they will never take my 30-year legacy as the beating heart of the machine. A legacy that no other member, past or present, can ever claim.

So, it is after considerable, contemplative soul searching that I have come to the realization that I cannot align myself with someone whom I do not trust, nor respect. Therefore, I am announcing to my fans my departure from Fear Factory, to focus all my energy and attention toward the continuing success for Ascension of The Watchers, and all my future endeavors.

I am very proud of the Ascension of The Watchers’ latest album, APOCRYPHA. The writing and recording process for APOCRYPHA has been a truly cathartic and artistic journey of exploration and growth for me. Reigniting my passions for my writing, allowing my music to flourish, enabling my soul to soar, saving me from the real hell that engulfed a significant part of my daily life. Collaborating with talented, kindred spirits has truly created an inspirational environment of support and mutual respect, a spirit I have missed for a very long time.

I would like to thank all of my fans for their continued support throughout my career. I am very proud of my achievements, but, it is time for me to move forward. Now I look to the future with open eyes, open mind and open heart, as my artistic path strives for even greater success in music, writing and my art. It’s true, "the end is always the beginning". The soul is free from the machine.


Burton C. Bell website: https://www.burtoncbell.com

Tagged: Fear Factory

Comments:Add a Comment 
Voivod
Staff Reviewer
September 29th 2020
8880 Comments


This year is just getting worse and worse...

Digging: Striges - Verum Veterum

Relinquished
September 29th 2020
45608 Comments


for real lmao

Josh D.
September 29th 2020
16093 Comments


He writes like a teenager thinking he's a poet

Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
September 29th 2020
21871 Comments


Well, they're done.

Digging: Crippled Black Phoenix - Ellengaest

KevinKC
September 29th 2020
907 Comments


Such an inappropriate comment in the context Josh D. I don't think you're qualified to judge of anybody's level of maturity.


Anyway, Fear Factory dying is not surprising at this point, but it's disgusting all the same.
Genexus was their best since Demanufacture.





Josh D.
September 29th 2020
16093 Comments


excuse me, I am VERY qualified

cloakanddagger
September 29th 2020
404 Comments


Band should probably just call it quits after this new album tbh.

PumpBoffBag
September 29th 2020
971 Comments


damn

Toondude10
September 29th 2020
14289 Comments


considering the major shitstorm he's been through with this band I don't blame him

ChaoticVortex
September 29th 2020
1053 Comments


Sad but understandable ending. He really carried the band on his shoulders, and got fucked over. I hope at least that recorded album is good.

Panzerchrist
September 29th 2020
510 Comments


Agree w Josh. Shit reeks of pseudo-intellectualism. He should sign up for his high school's newspaper crew



Digging: Skeletal Remains - The Entombment of Chaos

bloc
September 29th 2020
63527 Comments


Dino eat his lunch again? Such fuckin drama queens.

Digging: Phoxjaw - Royal Swan

SIIMBOLIC
September 29th 2020
1399 Comments


"bleeding my passion with depraved deceit"

dayum. sounds like hes speaking from the heart, even if it may be a bit corny.

Im loving the armchair psychiatrists in this posts,

"Shit reeks of pseudo-intellectualism. He should sign up for his high school's newspaper crew"

Are you trying to convince us you're smarter than you really are? Or funnier? Neither hit the mark champ

Josh D.
September 29th 2020
16093 Comments


are you gonna be ok

Dromasta
September 29th 2020
147 Comments


The guy is obviously hurt what does it matter what he writes like? Put 30 years into something and then go through all he has. Have a heart children.

Josh D.
September 29th 2020
16093 Comments


Are you mad at me

Dromasta
September 29th 2020
147 Comments


No. I mean it's not that serious lol. I just see a lot of negative shit on this site for no reason. I've been a member for like 10 years and I'm just kind of over it. Seeing it for so long has brought me out from my lurker hole. Here to spread some nice shit, for the most part. I'm a troll at heart so it might be difficult.

Josh D.
September 29th 2020
16093 Comments


As a 15 year veteran, I'm ordering you to do 10 pushups.

MercySeat
September 29th 2020
323 Comments


Sorry to bother but anyone have a quick version of what this is all about? Tried to look up but it seems like a really confusing saga

Digging: Manic Street Preachers - The Holy Bible

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
September 29th 2020
27107 Comments


nothing too clear cut, seems like burton is sick of the ongoing legal bullshit and has become jaded by both sides

Digging: Gorephilia - In The Eye Of Nothing

Dromasta
September 29th 2020
147 Comments


Josh D. Cock push-ups or regular push-ups?

judasgoat
September 29th 2020
311 Comments


Basically, the four OG Fear Factory members (Burton, Dino, Christian Olde Wolbers and Raymond Herrera) were in an ugly lawsuit for a year or two over the ownership of the FF name. Burton ended up having to file bankruptcy over it and other debts, and Christian and Raymond brought Burton back to court alleging he still had to pay them despite the bankruptcy. Judge ruled that Burton did have to pay them still I think (though only some of the money, not all). That whole spat ended with Dino being the sole owner of the FF name.

While that was going on, FF had a new album in the can but they couldn't release it due to the legal shit. Now that they can release it, Dino wanted to redo the instrumentals and bring in the people that produced Genexus, their last album. Burton thought it was a scam and that Dino was just trying to crowdfund his legal fees. They didn't really come together to talk about it since Burton was touring with Ascension of the Watchers. And now Burton left FF.

Hopefully that brings everyone up to speed. At this point FF should just release the album and break up. They're just too far gone.

TheNotrap
Contributing Reviewer
September 29th 2020
15107 Comments


Nice insight 👍

Digging: Nightbringer - Terra Damnata

gschwen
September 29th 2020
344 Comments


"I don't like drama but ... *drama*"

MercySeat
September 29th 2020
323 Comments


@judasgoat thanks for the insight, you're right what a train wreck. Some trash behavior on the band's part. Never given these guys the spin they probably deserve but this motivates me a bit to give Ascension a listen.

jouroboros
September 29th 2020
63 Comments


Makes me wonder about that GoFundMe they just had running recently

Imperial
September 29th 2020
1873 Comments


This guy sounds like he writes lyrics for Fear Factory LOL!

Pajolero
September 29th 2020
1116 Comments


Nah, that's Dino you're thinking of

evilford
September 30th 2020
45677 Comments


holy shit

MalicexMagnum
September 30th 2020
48 Comments


Can proudly say I've never heard a song from these guys, but when you have two obese guitarists, one far more morbidly than the other, I can't imagine the outcome being positive.

evilford
September 30th 2020
45677 Comments


one of the dumbest things I've ever read here. Quite an accomplishment, bravo

trilo
September 30th 2020
3484 Comments


lmaooo

Digging: Emma Ruth Rundle and Thou - May Our Chambers Be Full

InFlamesWeThrash666
September 30th 2020
9847 Comments


Let people enjoy food

Digging: Crippled Black Phoenix - Ellengaest

bloc
September 30th 2020
63527 Comments


Lmao this page just became hilarious

Sabrutin
September 30th 2020
7064 Comments


new copypasta?

bloc
September 30th 2020
63527 Comments


Too much to choose from

Darius The Imposter
September 30th 2020
22563 Comments


who

Darius The Imposter
September 30th 2020
22563 Comments


"
Can proudly say I've never heard a song from these guys, but when you have two obese guitarists, one far more morbidly than the other, I can't imagine the outcome being positive."

bro i dont even like this band and that was the stupidest shit ive read all month

go stand in the corner or something idk just get out of here youve said enough lmao

Imperial
September 30th 2020
1873 Comments


"Can proudly say I've never heard a song from these guys" Demanufacture is God tier.

Emim
September 30th 2020
29024 Comments


Dude knows a lot of words, that's for sure. Seems like a shitty situation.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
October 1st 2020
8880 Comments


@judasgoat

Thanks for the post.

Nowhere in the internet is FF predicament so clearly explained.

And yeah, band is finished, although I personally don't want it to.

Donchivo
October 2nd 2020
1067 Comments


I dunno, for me the band was finished after they went Nu Metal on Obsolete. All returns to 'classic' style seemed somewhat half assed even thou there were a couple of nice tunes here and there, but also newer live recordings sound atrocious. Well, and the whole soap opera that started to unfold nearly 20 years ago with the demise of Dino.
I will ever cherish them for Demanufacture and that album's huge impact on my musical taste and development, but yeat they should have called it quits back then...


Digging: Jefferson Airplane - Volunteers



You have to be logged in to post a comment. Login | Create a Profile





MOST VIEWED NEWS

Jesse Lacey Allegations
Jayyvon Opens Up About Abuse
R.I.P. Chester Bennington
The Fall of Troy bassist melts do..
The Story So Far's vocalist dropk..
R.I.P. David Bowie
Deftones stream new single
R.I.P. Lemmy
Brand new Brand New Single
Killswitch Engage debut new single



OTHER RECENT NEWS

Nader Sadek unveil new song
Julien Baker Enters Oblivion
Wake stream new EP
Coexistence stream album
Architects share
Blackstarkids say "Whatever, Man"
Spine announce 12" EP
New Boris with Merzbow collaborat..
Quitters (DK) stream debut LP
New Efrim Menuck (GY!BE) Song
Escape the Fate are "Invincible"
Striges are Verum Veterum
Daniel Tompkins unveils new song/..
Dysphoria stream new track
Old News share debut LP

» see all news

RELATED REVIEWS
Fear Factory
Genexus
Fear Factory
The Industrialist
Fear Factory
Mechanize
Fear Factory
Transgression
Fear Factory
Archetype
FAQ // STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS // SITE FORUM // CONTACT US

Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Site Copyright 2005-2019 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy