It's never too early to start planning ahead and the organizers for the annual 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise are whetting fans appetites by unveiling the first eight performers for the early 2014 voyage. They include Fear Factory, Symphony X, Overkill, Death Angel, Soilwork, Septicflesh, Finntroll and Dark Tranquillity.
Fear Factory, 'The Industrialist'
Fear Factory frontman Burton C. Bell was the guest on Full Metal Jackie’s radio show this past weekend. Bell spoke candidly about exactly why the Shockwave tour was canceled, as well as upcoming Fear Factory dates for the rest of the year. He also talked about his friendship with guitarist Dino Cazares and the band’s new record ‘The Industrialist.’ If you missed Full Metal Jackie’s show, check out her interview with Burton C. Bell below:
'Smells Like Teen Spirit' is an iconic video, with Nirvana playing a pep rally that turns into chaos. The song ended up being Nirvana's biggest hit and propelled the album 'Nevermind' to the top of the charts. One thing you may not know, however, is that one of the kids in the video was Fear Factory vocalist Burton C. Bell.
Fear Factory have always been a force to be reckoned with in the world of industrial rock. Like most long-lasting bands, they have faced several obstacles throughout their tenure in the rock world. One obstacle that threatened to be the demise of the band was when it was announced that they would be returning from their break-up in 2002 without founding member and guitarist Dino Cazares. Overcoming that obstacle, though, it didn't take long for Cazares to return to the lineup with lead singer Burton Bell and release 2010's 'Mechanize.'
More bands have been added to the lineup for the Gathering of the Juggalos 2012, which will be held Aug. 8-12 at Cave-in-Rock, Ill. P.O.D., Static-X, Mushroomhead and Hed PE are among the groups playing the festival. They join previously announced acts Fear Factory and Soulfly at this year’s event.