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Fear Factory returns to heavy roots on latest album

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Fear Factory's legacy as one of industrial metal's leading lights is well-established. But the Los Angeles group's forthcoming new album -- "The Industrialist," due out June 5 -- is intended to remind headbangers of that stature.

"For me, we finally recaptured the industrial roots that really helped put us on the map," says bassist Burton C. Bell, the group's sole constant member. "It's kind of been overlooked, overshadowed, neglected over the past few years. So we went into the album saying, 'We've got to bring that back. The sound of Fear Factory is definitely missing out there. Let's take those risks and experiment like we used to and get that sound of Fear Factory.'

And I think we really hit it on the head this time."

"The Industrialist" is Fear Factory's second album since guitarist Dino Cazares returned after a seven-year absence. This time, following the departure of Gene Hoglan, the duo and longtime producer Rhys Fulber decided to proceed without a drummer, instead using a computerize drum program to better achieve the feel they were after.

"That was a key element of the Fear Factory sound early on," Bell, 43, notes. "The drums have always followed what the guitars are doing, and the guitar already has a rhythmic, mechanical feeling to it. So the drums were able to completely, perfectly match what the guitars are doing, and Dino particularly is just in complete synchronicity with the (program), which is just what we're looking for."

Fear Factory, Shadows Fall, the Devastated, the Browning and Legacy of Disorder perform on Tuesday, May 15, at the Crofoot Ballroom, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $25. Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.

Web Site: www.thecrofoot.com

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