Fear Factory has a song on its latest album, 2005’s “Transgression,” called “Supernova.” But frontman Burton C. Bell says the heavy metal group has no quarrel with
Rock Star Supernova,
which had to change its name from just Supernova after a group with the same moniker sued it this year.
“Unfortunately, titles are open property, but it’s not a big deal anyway,” Bell, 37, says. “For some reason, we’ve been dealing with that kind of bull for a long time — that TV show, “Fear Factor,” all sorts of stuff.
“Y’know, there’s so much coincidence in the world. It’s a large media venue, just in general. I’m pretty sure those guys in Supernova had no idea we had a song called ‘Supernova.’ ”
These days, Bell and his bandmates are mostly concerned that people know there are Fear Factory songs out there, period. The quartet left its deal with Roadrunner Records four years ago, releasing its last two albums on smaller, independent labels. Without Roadrunner’s wider reach, it’s meant reestablishing the band in some ways, but Bell says he’s starting to see signs that Fear Factory’s diligence is paying off.
“The fans are more into (‘Transgression’) now than they were when we put it out,” Bell explains. “I think we confused ’em; we released an album (‘Archetype’) in 2004 and another in 2005, when we were still touring for ‘Archetype.’ There was a bit of confusion, and a lot of them had never heard ‘Transgression.’
“Now I think it’s coming into its own. People are starting to realize ‘Wow, this record’s out’ and are starting to check it out and like it. You just have to be patient.”
Fear Factory, Suffocation, Hypocrisy and Decapitated perform Friday (November 24th) at Harpo’s, 14238 Harper, Detroit. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15. Call (313) 779-9278 or visit www.harposconcerttheatre.com.
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