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Fear Factory Launches GoFundMe And Controversy Ensues

Last week Fear Factory guitarist Dino Cazares told fans that Fear Factory will be releasing a new album in 2021 and that all legal matters preventing them from doing so, are over. Cazares also stated that between his legal fees and divorce, the past couple of years have taken a toll monetarily and that the band needed to come up with more money to finish the record. A fan then suggested that they utilize a crowd funding campaign to raise the needed funds. 

Fast forward to today and a new GoFundMe has been launched by Fear Factory. Shortly after the GoFundMe was launched, Fear Factory vocalist Burton C. Bell, posted to Instagram stating:

“Let me be clear

“I am not part of, nor am I benefiting, from any GoFundMe Campaign.”

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This post led to many fans now questioning the legitimacy of the crowd funding campaign. Some were starting to think that Cazares was trying to get money to pay for his legal debt.

Cazares has since responded to clear up any confusion on the band’s Facebook page. “This is to address some of the controversy regarding the FEAR FACTORY GoFundMe page. It is not a scam. All donations go toward covering newly incurred production costs and not anyone’s personal legal fees.

“On the previous version of the album recording, which was completed in 2017, it had programmed drums. I decided to not make that mistake again and had Mike Heller perform live drums on the record. I later realized I needed to re-track guitars and bass to fit better with the live drums. I also decided to add new keyboards from Rhys Fulber, Damien Rainaud, Igor Khoroshev, Giuseppe Bassi and Max Karon.

“Damien Rainaud took over production duties for all this, and Andy Sneap is also handling the mixing and mastering. They all did an amazing job on ‘Genexus‘, and I decided to bring them back for the new album. Burton‘s lead vocals, which were also recorded in full in 2017, will remain on the new version of the album.

“FEAR FACTORY has exceeded its limit in borrowing money from the record company to complete the new version of the album. For this reason, and this reason only, a decision was made to ask for outside donations.

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“Fear Factory would like to thank everyone for there continued support.”

When a fan then asked on Twitter about Bell’s post, Cazares stated, “He sang on the record he’s finished his parts. The donations is for live drums ,mixing and mastering plus keyboards the production team and performers need to get paid for there work. Burton definitely benefits from a great sounding record.”