Burton C. Bell quits Fear Factory2020-09-29 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
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This year is just getting worse and worse...
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for real lmao
He writes like a teenager thinking he's a poet
Well, they're done.
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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.
excuse me, I am VERY qualified
Band should probably just call it quits after this new album tbh.
considering the major shitstorm he's been through with this band I don't blame him
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.
Agree w Josh. Shit reeks of pseudo-intellectualism. He should sign up for his high school's newspaper crew
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Dino eat his lunch again? Such fuckin drama queens.
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"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
are you gonna be ok
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.
Are you mad at me
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.
As a 15 year veteran, I'm ordering you to do 10 pushups.
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
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nothing too clear cut, seems like burton is sick of the ongoing legal bullshit and has become jaded by both sides
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Josh D. Cock push-ups or regular push-ups?
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.
Nice insight 👍
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"I don't like drama but ... *drama*"
@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.
Makes me wonder about that GoFundMe they just had running recently
This guy sounds like he writes lyrics for Fear Factory LOL!
Nah, that's Dino you're thinking of
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.
one of the dumbest things I've ever read here. Quite an accomplishment, bravo
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Let people enjoy food
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Lmao this page just became hilarious
Too much to choose from
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
"Can proudly say I've never heard a song from these guys" Demanufacture is God tier.
Dude knows a lot of words, that's for sure. Seems like a shitty situation.
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.
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...
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