Original FEAR FACTORY frontman Burton C. Bell recently discussed his plan to return to performing live, which includes material from his former band
Burton announced his departure from FEAR FACTORY in September 2020, saying at the time that he could not “align” himself with someone whom he did not trust or respect, meaning guitarist and founder Dino Cazares. Bell was replaced by Italian vocalist Milo Silvestro in the band’s front spot.
Bell recently sat down with the “Home Is Where The Dark Is”podcast and discussed his musical career (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “I’ve had a lot of incredible ups in my career, a lot of incredible high points. I’ve had some devastatingly low points. But for me, this is all I wanna do.
“I consider myself an artist — multifaceted, but first and foremost I’m a musician; I’m a singer. So I wanna keep continuing that,” he explained.
“I love performing on stage. I love being out in front of the crowd. I love the energy of the audience, and I miss it completely.
“I am making plans — I’m making steps to get back onstage.”
When host Alex Crescioni thanked Bell for his “inspiring” musical output over the years, Burton replied: “People will hear those again. When I get back on the road, I’ll be playing… I’m proud of 99 percent of the songs we did [with] FEAR FACTORY. Not every song is a winner, but I’m proud of all the work I did with FEAR FACTORY, THE WATCHERS, GZR, CITY OF FIRE, MINISTRY, HATEFACE. There’s all these bands I’ve been part of.
“So when I go on the road, I will be playing music from all of these bands. Obviously, a lot from FEAR FACTORY, ’cause I got 30 years of that. But it’s not gonna be all about FEAR FACTORY. It’s gonna be FEAR FACTORY, WATCHERS, classic GZR, CITY OF FIRE — just do all of it. It’s gonna be fun. And I’m jamming with some guys right now. We’re working on it and making those steps to make that happen.”
Bell‘s ASCENSION OF THE WATCHERS project released its second full-length album, “Apocrypha”, in October 2020 via Dissonance Productions.