National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) 2019 Show Report

Greetings and salutations from sunny California!  Once again, another amazing National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) convention has come and gone!  There were a few surprises along the way, and as always, we had a great time checking out all the gear!

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FEAR FACTORY Premier “Fear Campaign” Music Video

FEAR FACTORY have premiered the music video for “Fear Campaign” off their forthcoming new album, Mechanize. The video was directed by Ian McFarland and Mike Pecci for Boston-based, Emmy nominated Killswitch Productions. The clip was filmed in Los Angeles with additional photographic elements and all post production completed in Boston.

View the clip below…

Mechanize is the ancitipated new album featuring the return of original guitarist Dino Cazares as well as involvement of keyboardist/producer Rhys Fulber (FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY). Mechanize drops next week, February 9th, through Candlelight Records.

FEAR FACTORY’s Mechanized Confirmed for February 9, 2010 U.S. Release Date

Candlelight Records today confirms February 9, 2010 as the American release date for Mechanize, the seventh studio album from FEAR FACTORY. Mechanize features the highly reported reconciliation of vocalist Burton C. Bell with original guitarist Dino Cazares along with bassist Byron Stroud and drummer Gene Hoglan. The anticipated album also welcomes back keyboardist/producer Rhys Fulber (FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY).

Mechanize is a full-fisted blast of passion and innovation that sounds like the missing link between 1995’s groundbreaking Demanufacture and 1998’s more texturally nuanced Obsolete. Songs like “Industrial Discipline” and “Powershifter” are crushing and colossal, melding fast and precise rhythms with vocals that pinwheel from raw and scathing to hauntingly melodic while “Fear Campaign,” which features harrowing spoken word passages, quickly segues into a showcase of punishing beats, rapid-fire riffs and ghostly keyboards. For the first time in years, the band’s industrial roots glimmer through its street-lethal metal, thanks in part to Fulber, who worked on FEAR FACTORY‘s popular industrial remix albums Fear is the Mindkiller and Remanufacture.

“I didn’t want any of the soundscapes to sound natural,” says Bell. “I wanted them to be really mechanical because I wanted that aspect of FEAR FACTORY to really shine again. I feel it kind of got dulled over and that’s the aspect that I really enjoyed a lot about FEAR FACTORY. I was a huge fan of industrial music and still am. And you don’t hear much of that anymore these days.”

As work began on the album in early April, Bell, who resides in Pennsylvania, admitted he initially expected the years apart would leave him feeling awkward or uncomfortable. However, when Cazares picked him up at the airport his apprehensions melted. “After being with him a couple hours and talking to him everything was cool,” Bell says. Three months later the duo had a fresh batch of new songs written and more importantly a renewed confidence in their union.

“Our creative juices were really flowing the whole time,” says Cazares about the entire creative process. “All of a sudden we’d look at the clock and go, ‘Holy shit, it’s already 2:30 or 3:00 am.’ We just lost track of time because we were all bouncing ideas off each other really productively. We were adding touches right up until the final second to make the record as fresh as it could be.”

“This is definitely a different chapter for us and I think it’s the best thing we’ve ever done,” Cazares adds. “Obviously, Burton and I have grown up and we’ve pretty much perfected what we do. More importantly, we’ve discovered why we so were good together in the first place. Our combination just works. All the ingredients and the elements that we had in the past, combined with what we’ve learned since being apart feels like putting on a new glove that still feels as good as an old glove.”

DIVINE HERESY Working on Sophomore Album; South American Tour

DIVINE HERESY are hard at work on their much anticipated sophomore release, their first with Travis Neal on vocals. The group plan on hitting the studio on Feb. 1st once again with acclaimed producing team Dirty Icon (Logan Mader and Lucas Banker) who has recently produced CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, GOJIRA and FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH. The band will also be co-producing this new effort.

The band have posted a re-recorded version of “Bleed the Fifth” with Neal on vocals on their MySpace page: http://www.myspace.com/divineheresyband

Guitarist, Dino Cazares, comments on the album: “With Neal now having a few shows under his belt, his confidence is coming across through the new material. The songwriting process has been great and the ideas are constantly flowing. Collaborating with Tim Yeung, Joe Payne and Neal, all together hashing out ideas in the practice space has been very therapeutic and enjoyable. We all have a collective desire to take our performances to the next level with this release to undoubtedly prove that we are one of the most devastating bands in the scene today. Prepare to be annihilated and stay tuned to our MySpace page for studio reports and new video footage.”

DIVINE HERESY embark on a string of headlining South American dates on Dec. 4th. Tour dates can be found on their MySpace page.

DIVINE HERESY Announces Record Release Show; Completes New Video

DIVINE HERESY — the new band of former FEAR FACTORY guitarist Dino Cazares – will celebrate the release of their highly acclaimed debut album, Bleed The Fifth, with a special record release show at The Whisky in Los Angeles on Tuesday, August 28th. This event marks their second performance with new bassist Joe Payne (ex-NILE), so you definitely don’t want to miss witnessing them in this type of intimate setting.

Cazares states: “I began my musical career in Los Angeles and I felt that there was no better place to launch the debut release from my new band DIVINE HERESY than in my hometown. The Whisky is the perfect-sized venue for this record release show so we can get close to the fans and give them the most intense performance we possibly can. This is going to be a night to remember, and we look forward to spending it with our closest friends and fans. We hope to see you all there, and we can’t wait to hear people’s reactions to the new material.”

DIVINE HERESY recently shot a video with director Christoffer “Salzy” Salzgeber for the track “Failed Creation.” Look for it to make its debut online later this month. Also expect a major U.S. fall touring announcement in the coming weeks.

DIVINE HERESY has also posted three new videos on their official YouTube page, www.youtube.com/DivineHeresy, which features Cazares and Tim Yeung (drums) jamming the track “Bleed The Fifth,” in addition to an in-depth interview with Yeung.

Dino Cazares’ DIVINE HERESY Signs with Century Media Records

After a five-year hiatus, Dino Cazares (co-founding member of the revolutionary band FEAR FACTORY) has triumphantly returned with a new group that is quickly going to force the entire genre to take notice. This new band is DIVINE HERESY whose members feature Cazares handling guitar and bass duties, Tim Yeung (HATE ETERNAL, VITAL REMAINS) on drums and newcomer Tommy Vext on vocals. This band will redefine the true meaning of extreme with their Century Media Records debut offering, Bleed the Fifth, which is set for an August release. (The record will be released on Century Media in North America with Roadrunner having the rights to all other territories).

Be sure to check out the band’s MySpace page (www.myspace.com/divineheresyband) for additional info and snippets of the new tracks “Bleed the Fifth” and “Failed Creation” will be posted in the coming weeks.

Bleed the Fifth was produced by Dirty Icon (Logan Mader (ex-MACHINE HEAD, SOULFLY) and Lucas Banker) and co-produced by DIVINE HERESY. Dirty Icon and DIVINE HERESY also handled the mixing duties. Joachim Luetke (DIMMU BORGIR, ARCH ENEMY, MARILYN MANSON) has also created the album’s striking cover art, which perfectly compliments the music’s sheer intensity.

This offering is unquestionably Cazares career defining work and he states: “It took me four years to find the right musicians to make this happen and I’m very excited to finally unleash this to the world. Many people will be wondering what it sounds like, but it is hard for me to describe it. All I can say is when you hear the legendary machine gun riffs mixed with Tim Yeung’s lighting speed double bass drums combined with Tommy‘s brutal and powerful vocals, just be prepared to face the Annihilation. I promise you will not be disappointed.”

Tommy Vext states, “Approaching this I realized that I would have to bring a lot to the table working with such renown and accomplished musicians. Having everyone coming from different metal backgrounds was a challenge, but it is that exact formula that gives us such an eclectic sound. Also, having worked with vocal instructor Melissa Cross (Zen of Screaming) for the past three years I’d utilized those tools and exercises to push my abilities further than I ever imagined. I am so proud and excited to unveil this band to the world!”

The metal/hard rock world has been anxiously awaiting Cazares return since he left FEAR FACTORY and he will quickly prove that he was the force that propelled them to the forefront of the scene in the 90’s.